NEWS Apply for a grant of up to £150,000 to support teacher development

The Teacher Development Fund (TDF) aims to support the delivery of effective arts-based teaching and learning opportunities in the primary classroom, and to embed learning through the arts in the curriculum. It seeks to do this by helping teachers and school leaders to develop the necessary skills, knowledge, confidence and experience. The Fund will award up to £150,000 to

partnerships between arts and cultural organisations and up to ten schools, who will work together for two academic years. Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF) will prioritise

applications that support pupils experiencing disadvantage and those that demonstrate co-

construction of content as part of an effective partnership. A series of blogs and films, and an independent

evaluation of the pilot projects offer more details and unpack features and principles that are central to the Fund: Catherine Sutton, Senior Grants Manager at

PHF, said: “The Teacher Development Fund offers a valuable opportunity for schools and arts and cultural organisations to come together as equal partners to explore and mutually improve their practice and outcomes for students. The Fund responds to teachers’ appetite for opportunities to develop their skills, knowledge and professional practice in teaching through the arts.

New Teacher Training Centre unveiled in Guilsborough

It’s our goal that teachers and school leaders feel empowered to use the arts-based approaches they will learn across a wide range of subjects and to embed these in the curriculum to maximise the long-term impact of their project, and to inspire and engage students for years to come.” Applications are now open for projects

beginning in September 2019. The deadline is Wednesday 5 December 2018 at 12pm.


Rio Ferdinand, Olly Murs, Lauren Child and Joseph Coelho team up to judge ‘Premier League Writing Stars’

The Premier League Writing Stars poetry competition returns for its second year to inspire children aged between five and eleven to get creative and pen their own poem on the theme of diversity. The campaign, which is open to all primary schools in England and Wales,

is supported by stars from the worlds of football, entertainment and literature. Last year’s inaugural Writing Stars competition encouraged more than 25,000 primary school pupils to write a poem. The judging panel includes former Premier League footballer Rio

Ferdinand, singer and songwriter Olly Murs, Waterstone’s Children’s Laureate Lauren Child, poet Joseph Coelho. Casia Wiliam, current Bardd Plant Cymru (Welsh-language Children’s Poet Laureate) will guest judge all Welsh- language entries. All judging will be overseen by National Literacy Trust Director Jonathan Douglas. To inspire children taking part in the competition Joseph Coelho has

A new Teacher Training Centre has been opened by Chris Heaton-Harris MP at Guilsborough Academy which aims to address the national shortage of teachers. The building, which is located at the front of Guilsborough Academy, was

created by converting an old caretaker’s house on the premises. The training centre now houses several training rooms and a kitchen. The project is the brainchild of the Principal, Julie Swales, who was

appointed two years ago, and will be supported by the Grand Union Training Partnership (GUTP), which facilitates a Teacher Training Centre at Sponne School in Towcester, and the teacher training partnership at Ashlawn School in Rugby. It will also work closely with local universities including Leicester, Bedford, Northampton and Warwick. Six trainee teachers have already enrolled to start at the centre in September and the team plans to support a further two teachers in its pilot year. If the pilot year goes well, there are plans to extend the centre and provide a training solution for teachers at secondary schools across the county in its second year. Beth Nunley, Assistant Principal at Guilsborough Academy and Teacher

Training Lead will be running the centre on a day-to-day basis. She said: “Our motto at Guilsborough Academy is ‘learning without limits’, this doesn’t just apply to our students it also applies to our staff. We hope the new Teacher Training Centre will put Guilsborough Academy on the map when it comes to producing high quality teachers who want to train and work in a range of secondary subject areas. We also want to develop our training programmes for Newly Qualified Teachers, Recently Qualified Teachers and experienced teachers through a range of courses and continued professional development opportunities, so they can thrive within their profession.”

uFor more information on the Teacher Training Centre at Guilsborough Academy, contact Beth Nunley on

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created a bespoke poem titled ‘Beautifully different, wonderfully the same’. Entries will be considered against a range of criteria including creativity,

tone and originality. The winning poems will be published in a limited-edition book. Other prizes include author-led writing workshops and Premier League trophy school visits, as well as winning poems being read aloud by some of the competition judges. The first 1,000 primary schools to enter will receive a poetry book bag containing 12 different titles. All poems are submitted via schools either online or by post. Teachers have

until Friday 21 December to submit their pupils’ work. Winners will be announced in March 2019.


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