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Newsletter 17
Leadership special
a range of exciting leadership development opportunities for Bristol Schools
In this newsletter:

We have now opened our recruitment window for additional Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) to add capacity to our talented team.  SLEs support teachers, subject leaders and whole school teams in Bristol schools and help to run our training courses across the city. It is a fantastic development opportunity for those who are designated as you will develop your skills whilst supporting others and bring a wealth of expertise and knowledge back to your own school.

If you are interested in applying to become an SLE, you will need to complete the application form on our website and meet the relevant criteria: the link is here, along with more information about the role.  We are particularly looking for SLEs with maths or phonics / English specialisms in KS2, KS1 and / or the Early Years to add capacity to our team. Through the selection process you will need to demonstrate that you are an outstanding practitioner in a chosen specialist field and that you have already supported schools beyond your own. You will also need excellent interpersonal, organisational and negotiation skills and a drive to support improving the outcomes of children across the city in a range of contexts. You will need to be a member of the school's leadership team and have the support of your headteacher and some time so you can be released to work in other schools. Schools are reimbursed for your time away, as well as your planning and preparation time and time out of school is always negotiated with the SLE and their headteacher. 

For more information and to download the application form, do look at our website:
The closing date is the Friday 8th December 2017 at 12.00pm.  Interviews will take place early in the new year.

If you would like to find out more about the role of the SLE, please contact Mike Eatwell, manager of the Teaching School  by email at:
Lead Practitioners
Many schools will have highly skilled and inspirational teachers who have a great deal to offer and share - and they may be wishing to develop their roles in supporting others in the future. However, to apply to become a specialist leader of education (SLE) you need to be a senior leader in school and have had experience of supporting other schools beyond your own already which can inhibit those wishing to step up.
This year for the first time, we are using some of our teaching school funding to support this leadership and development journey for a small number of fantastic teachers. The lead practitioner group will be given the opportunity to shadow some work of the current SLEs and to learn about sharing their good practice and leading and supporting others in a different school, whilst developing their own leadership roles.
We are looking to recruit a small group of lead practitioners with who will work together to develop their skills in supporting others this year. They will need to be outstanding teachers, excellent communicators and excellent English or maths teachers - and be committed to developing professionally through supporting others. English or maths subject leaders are particularly welcome to apply. The time commitment will be 3 half days of central training, plus two twilights and up to two days of shadowing an SLE. This will be fully funded by the teaching school alliance, including any supply costs.
This is a fantastic opportunity to grow and develop Bristol teachers to enable them to support other schools and to equip them with the skills to step up and apply to be an SLE in the future.  There will be a short application process, coupled with a recommendation from their headteacher.
Our criteria for the lead practitioner programme is that teachers:
  • Are judged to be outstanding in their practice;
  • Have an area of specialism to share with other schools (preferably in English or maths);
  • Willing to commit to the training and shadowing opportunities for the programme;
  • Have a headteacher who will confirm the applicant is in an appropriate role, support their application and be their referee.
For more information and to download the application form, do look at our website:
The closing date for lead practitioner applications is Monday 11th December 2017 at 12.00pm.
The newly reformed NPQML and NPQSL windows for application are now open!

As a newly designated DfE licenced provider, the Bristol Primary Teaching School Alliance has worked with our partner teaching schools to create and deliver new and innovative middle  and senior leadership programmes, designed by experienced school leaders in order to develop the potential of the talented and motivated individuals across our region. Calling ourselves NPQ@teachingschools, we are a unique partnership of eight teaching school alliances in the wider Bristol area with a strong track record of delivering exceptional professional development.


For more information about the NPQML for middle leaders, including costs, venues, applying for a place and programme details please visit our NPQML webpage

For more information about the NPQSL for senior leaders, including costs, venues, applying for a place and programme details, please visit our NPQSL webpage

The window for application for both the NPQML and NPQSL is now open and closes on December 20th 2017 at 12.00pm

Find out more


For more information about the Primary Teaching School Alliance, please visit our website or get in touch with us via email.


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