Teacher Training Update

Recruitment for teacher training places has been going very well. We have filled about half of our primary places and two-thirds of our secondary places. We have had interest from many potential teachers in the local area, some ex-pupils and even far away contact from Tanzania and the United States!

Our taster days have been popular, with over 20 people spending a day looking around the school and finding out more about teaching and the training routes. Please do sign up to our next ones here.

Due to our high demand, we are now delighted to be adding Chipping Campden School as another local partner in our training. This gives us an additional Outstanding School where trainees can train if places here at The Cotswold School are full. Geographically it may also benefit some potential trainees.

The Secrets of Sixth Form Success

7 local sixth form leaders and teachers came together for our recent CPD event on the secrets of sixth form success. It was a great opportunity not only to share out thoughts and ideas about what goes well here at The Cotswold School, but also to collaborate with colleagues elsewhere.

The day itself looked at pastoral care, leadership and wider sixth form life as well as having an opportunity to see the sixth form and lessons in progress. Our leadership team of Phil White, Julie Franklin and Ange Rodrigues led the day really well.

“Phil’s knowledge and expertise are superb - so many good ideas to take away. An excellent day that’s provided lots of food for thought.

Nunnery Wood Professional Visit

We welcomed three teachers from Nunnery Wood School, Worcester, for a professional learning day. They were given the time to see our school in action and to delve into their own department specialisms.

Thanks for this and thanks for hosting yesterday.  I had a great day and it was good to get out and about and see another school in action.  You have a good school, great students and fantastic staff!

We are always very happy to open our doors to colleagues from other schools. Please do get in touch.

Strategies for SPLD Learners

We were delighted to host the British Dyslexia Association for a training session on strategies for supporting dyslexic students. The training, which was attended by a number of our primary partners as well as secondary colleagues, covered well the theory but also a good range of day-to-day ideas to help our students make better progress. Everybody left with ideas they can take away and use it their own classrooms.

Challenging the More Able - Bradon Forest School

We were delighted to share some of our experience and expertise working with more able students at Bradon Forest School as part of their twilight inset programme. Our key concepts of the pit, questioning technique, metacognition, praise and reward, were covered in a fast paced session. The session was run by Ben Edwards, one of our SLEs.

Taking opportunities like this to work with colleagues in other schools is a key part of our teaching school work. Please get in touch if you’d like to arrange similar events for your school.

Primary ICT Network

We have recently set up an ICT network for our local primary schools so that we can best share best practice around our local community. Utilising the skills and expertise of our secondary ICT team, as well as the resources they can offer, this has proven to be useful for developing schemes of work and ideas to further expand the primary ICT curriculum. Plans for further outreach work are already in place. If you’d like to get involved with this, please do get in touch.

Class of 2018

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We are delighted to announce the first successful graduation of our School Direct trainee teachers.  A teacher training year is a tough ask, but they have coped admirably and all developed into great teachers ready to join the profession. 

It is excellent also that all have secured jobs, many in local and partner schools in the area. 

One of the biggest advantaged with School Direct is that the trainees and school bound a close working partnership and we can say this has been especially true with this cohort of trainees.  As well as training them, we have benefited ourselves from the experience and learnt new ideas and approaches to teaching.

Roll on next year with more trainees and the start of our primary school direct course too!

Stretching the Highly Able in a Comprehensive School

We were pleased to host a day of in school training looking at how, we in a county with grammar schools, stretch our highly able students.  The day included opportunities to see best practice, discuss with pupils their perceptions and two workshops, one looking at extra curricular activities and the other at classroom techniques.

It was fascinating to see how the focus drifted towards good, generally teaching and learning and therefore the importance of stretch and challenge for all.  We dislike labelling pupils as 'gifted', 'talented' or 'highly able' but nonetheless there is a huge wealth of opportunity and challenge at The Cotswold School.

Hanley Castle Research Visit

We were delighted today to host three excellent middle leaders from Hanley Castle School keen to find out more about the secrets of our success.  We spent the day talking about and seeing in practice the ways that the ethos and culture of the school are formed.  We went on to study different aspect of the school's leadership including data, pastoral care and teaching and learning.  It was also a great opportunity to discuss and collaborate with colleagues and the start of future partnership work together, we hope.

Highly Able Research Group

We are delighted to be working in partnership with two other local schools (Balcarras and Winchcombe) on a project to research and then implement better provision for our highly able students.  As genuine comprehensive schools, we aim to stretch and challenge all students whilst making provision for our very most able both in terms of what they can do in the class room as well as outside learning and extra curricular activities.

The group has been involved in interviewing pupils, study trends and patterns and comparing different ideas used in the three schools in order to try to reach some consensus on a best approach that can be implemented to the advantage of all our pupils. 

We are pleased as a Teaching School to be able to support this initiative.