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The following Cross-Phase opportunities are available:

FREE: Character Development Event for SLTs 

Supporting character development through education as reflected in the new Ofsted framework (Free Event)

The Minster School is hosting a FREE event for SLTs on Thursday 5th March 2020, 4.00-5.00pm.  This session, run by the awarding body SLQ, is an opportunity to look at why character development is important and how this is reflected in the requirements of the new Ofsted framework.  It will also include a Case study from a school delivering the new personal skills programme.

The session aims to provide participants with:

  1. The definition of what character development is.
  2. Why character development is important in schools.
  3. The understanding of the requirements for personal development in the new Ofsted framework.
  4. How the personal skills programme helps support delivery of character development in schools.
  5. The impact of delivering character development in a school.

To find out more and to book a free place at this event please click on this link.

Places are limited so early booking is advised - maximum of 2 staff per school.

NEW: Minster Teaching & Learning Programme (3 for 2 offer)

Nothing is more important in improving outcomes for children than the quality of teaching. This programme aims to improve the classroom practice of participants in the long-term and is facilitated by outstanding teachers, senior leaders and SLEs with specialisms in teaching and learning.


  • To develop reflective practitioners.
  • To improve the quality of teaching and learning in the classrooms of participants, leading to better outcomes for children.
  • To develop an understanding of what makes highly effective teaching and learning, and why.
  • To provide practical strategies that work in the classroom.
  • To enable participants to apply new learning to their own context.


The programme runs over a period of approximately one term and consists of 7 face-to-face afternoon sessions, occurring every two weeks from 1.30pm to 4.30pm.

Each session takes a particular teaching and learning theme and will include elements of facilitated discussion, the modelling of teaching and learning activities , peer collaboration, expert input, learning visits to lessons and ‘gap tasks’ to undertake and reflect on.


Teachers from all phases, and at any stage of career, who have the potential to improve their practice further. This includes teachers moving towards ‘Good’ and from ‘Good’ to ‘Outstanding’. 


  • Attendance at all sessions.
  • Active participation.
  • Completion of gap tasks, including trialling strategies, learning visits to other lessons.
  • Regular meetings with an in-school learning coach *, usually a senior leader or teaching and learning leader.
  • Completion of a learning log during the programme, leading to an action plan.

* Identified and provided by the participant’s school


Session 1: Thursday 16th January 2020
Session 2: Tuesday 28th January 2020
Session 3: Monday 10th February 2020
Session 4: Monday 2nd March 2020
Session 5: Thursday 19th March 2020
Session 6: Thursday 2nd April 2020
Session 7: Wednesday 22nd April 2020


£350 per person, or £300 for MTSA member schools.  3 for 2 offer available.

For further information or if you have any questions please contact Trish O’Malley, Teaching School Administrator, tel 01636 817 318.

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NEW: Cognitive Load Theory - how to design teaching strategies that will maximise learning

The Minster Teaching School Alliance, in collaboration with Carlton Le Willows Academy, is pleased to offer an hour long twilight session on Cognitive Load Theory and how it can be used to shape teaching and learning. This session will also draw on the 7 principles taken from the book “Making Every Lesson Count” by Shaun Allison and Andy Tharby and how these concepts work together to ensure “sticky teaching” and “sticky learning”.

In addition, at no extra cost, there will be an opportunity to attend the following 30 minute  small group workshops, providing further research on cognitive load and how it relates to  aspects of the “Every Lesson Counts” framework. Workshops will include practical guidance on effective practice.

Workshop 1: A “sticky” approach to challenge and explanation
Workshop 2: A “sticky” approach to scaffolding and modelling
Workshop 3: A “sticky” approach to deliberate practice


Cognitive Load Theory session will be delivered by Halina Kuczynska, Assistant Head - Carlton Le Willows Academy
Workshop 1 will be delivered by: Halina Kuczynska and Baz Jones
Workshop 2 will be delivered by: Louise Moss and Kirsty Pheasant
Workshop 3 will be delivered by: Rob Gardiner and Dan Johnson

Further information can be found by downloading the flyer below.

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NEW: Anglican Church School Studies Award

This is an exciting opportunity to participate in a pilot CPD programme for teachers new to, or thinking about, teaching in a church school.

This programme consists of 4 twilight sessions at The Minster School facilitated by Dr Anne Lumb (Diocesan Schools Adviser and Associate Tutor) and a final presentation/celebration event hosted by the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham.  Participants will explore the distinctive nature of church schools, gain valuable insights into teaching in a church school and develop expertise in teaching RE and leading collective worship. The programme content will enhance professional practice in all school contexts and will provide an excellent first step on the church school leadership pathway.

Accreditation options are currently being explored with Liverpool Hope University.


Session 1: The Church of England Vision for Education: ‘Quality wine for all’. Exploring what it means to be distinctive yet inclusive; deeply Christian yet serving the common good.

Session 2: Ethos enhancing outcomes: developing values which are ‘lived not laminated’.
Considering the nature of church school effectiveness.

Session 3: The role of Religious Education as a core subject. 
Addressing the interface between RE as an academic subject and RE as a safe space which allows opportunities for spiritual development.

Session 4: Collective worship at the heart of the church school community.
Exploring the nature of worship time in an educational setting.

Session 5: Presentation of assignment tasks by participants.
Celebrating completion of the programme.

Further information can be found by downloading the flyer below.

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NEW: SEND Network

The SEND Network is cross-phase and provides a strong and supportive professional learning community for SENCOs and those involved in supporting SEND pupils in schools. It does this by exploring best practice in SEND from a national and local perspective and provides a forum in which professionals can collaborate and share ideas and strategies to improve outcomes and experiences for students with SEND in all schools.

The network will include:

  • Opportunities to share best practice
  • Expert input from local and regional SEND leaders
  • Specialist sessions on developing the work of TAs, Quality First Teaching and working with parents
  • Working with trained SEND Reviewers to prepare and participate in a nationally-recognised SEND Review process
  • Developing action plans linked to SEND Review outcomes


Participants in the network receive five half-day face-to-face events each academic year as well as opportunities to work more regularly with colleagues across schools and to experience learning visits in different schools. Each network meeting will include expert input as well as opportunities for collaboration and developing best practice. Participants in the network will also be expected to contribute to and receive an SEND Review during the year.


SENCOs, Senior Leaders with responsibility for SEND in schools and lead TAs.

Further information can be found by downloading the flyer below.

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NEW: Diversity Network

Further details will be published in due course.  Please register your interest by emailing 

Managing Difficult Conversations 

Due to the popularity of this course, the Minster Teaching School Alliance is continuing to offer this twilight training session on the subject of Difficult Conversations. The two hour workshop will include:

  • Key features to bear in mind when planning a difficult conversation
  • Key strategies to use in a difficult conversation
  • What to do if the difficult conversation does not have the desired impact
  • Sharing examples of challenging behaviour and practising the difficult conversation

The session will be aimed at staff with a middle or senior leadership responsibility, although would be relevant to all staff leading others in schools.

If your school is interested, please send us an email and we will add you to our register of interest for 2019-20 - 

Some feedback from previous participants...

I found the course very useful.  I used several of the strategies that were discussed at the workshop in a conversation this week and the outcome was very positive!

The whole course was great - it made me think about the way I need to deal/speak to people when having difficult conversations.

Very good structure with well prepared resources that I can use or adapt. Good delivery from different perspectives.

Good to realise that other people feel the same/may be in the same situation.  Role plays worked well. Good to think about what might happen if we don't have that conversation.

The content of the course and the way in which it was delivered - friendly, informative, role play! Taking it to our own setting - thinking of our own examples.

'A School Without Marking' - Case Study

The Minster Teaching School Alliance is pleased to be able to offer a twilight session on the subject of ‘A school without marking’.

Teacher workload, retention and the effectiveness of marking have been ‘hot topics’ in education over the last few years. This session, hosted at the Minster School and delivered by Manor Leas Junior Academy, provides colleagues with the opportunity to consider a case study of one of the member schools in the Minster Teaching School Alliance who have taken the decision to abandon traditional marking, to benefit both teachers and children.

The session will include:

  • The rationale and evidence base for the changes made at Manor Leas
  • A discussion of the marking and feedback policy introduced and what this looks like for teachers in the classroom
  • The chance to look at the impact, in terms of pupil outcomes, work in books and teacher workload
  • The chance to discuss these issues with school leaders and teachers

Who is it for?

The session is aimed at school leaders who are concerned about these issues and teachers who want to have the maximum impact on the progress of children they teach in the time they have available.

If your school is interested, please send us an email and we will add you to our register of interest for 2019-20 - 

Some feedback from previous participants...

Brilliant way of sharing a new idea. Really inspiring. Staff open and honest and presented very well. Nice to see real life examples.

Excellent explanation of journey and reasons behind approach. Great use of examples and explanation of application in school. Engaging and approachable speakers.

Lots of food for thought - very inspiring. Thank you!

Clear, well-delivered, human, honest.

Absolutely brilliant presentation. So refreshing to see the impact that it is having particularly on staff wellbeing.

Well presented - lots to consider for our school.

Creating an Excellent Customer Care Culture in the School Reception Area

Rising above it all! - Creating an excellent Customer Care culture in the School Reception Area

The Minster Teaching School Alliance is pleased to offer training for reception staff to help provide or improve the skills needed for busy and often challenging school reception areas and is suitable for primary and secondary schools.  An experienced course leader from the Regional Training Agency will provide participants with detailed guidance on -

  • Working under pressure - techniques that work
  • Successfully managing confrontational situations
  • Developing assertiveness skills
  • Dealing effectively with aggression and conflict
  • Knowing what to do when things go wrong
  • Dealing with common mistakes and how to avoid them

If your school is interested, please send us an email and we will add you to our register of interest for 2019-20 - 

Some feedback from previous participants...

Thank you for an informative course. I feel I have benefited from it!

Training was very group involved and it was good to see other people’s experiences in the office.

Brilliant session! I often struggle with self confidence & asserting myself but I have found the session really useful.  There are aspects of the course which I will use professionally & in my home life. Thank you!!

Really engaging, really enjoyed today & all the laughs!

Very informal but informative & useful. Pitched just right & a lovely group of people to work with!

Business/Office Manager Network 

There are school business/office manager meetings for MTSA members only, which meet once a term as a self-supporting group to discuss matters of interest and share ideas – these are free of charge, held at The Minster School, 9.30-11.00am.

The date of the next meeting will be published shortly.

Should you wish to join this network please email Trish O'Malley, Teaching School Administrator

Behaviour Management for TAs and Cover Supervisors

This course is suitable for Teaching Assistants, Cover Supervisors and Technicians who cover staff absence or who support teaching and learning in primary or secondary schools.

During the training participants will learn about a range of tools and techniques which can be put into practice in school to prevent and manage disruptive behaviour.


  • Establishing and enforcing appropriate ground rules
  • Effective strategies for preventing disruptive behaviour
  • Using rewards, sanctions and punishments appropriately
  • Pro-actively managing difficult behaviour and de-escalating angry situations
  • Keeping your cool when the going gets tough!
  • Building a positive rapport with students

The cost via the MTSA is anticipated to be £100-£150 per person depending on numbers (no VAT charged) and includes all resources, lunch and refreshments.  A reduction in cost may be offered to schools wishing to send more than one member of staff.

We are currently keeping a register of interest for 2019-20 and will confirm a course date once the required numbers are reached.

Please email Trish O'Malley, Teaching School Administrator to register.

Mental Health First Aider Course

What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course, designed to teach people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis. 

A copy of our flyer can be downloaded for further information.

Pilgrim School and Ash Villa School will be running this  two-day Youth MHFA course at the Minster School, Southwell.   

The cost per delegate will be £250 (£225 for Alliance Members) which include refreshments and course materials. 

Please email Trish O'Malley to register your interest for 2019-20.

Supporting Students with Mental Health Issues in a Mainstream Setting 

This workshop is aimed at teachers and support staff from primary and secondary schools. We are seeing increasing numbers of students experiencing poor mental health at a time when the services traditionally available to support these young people are less accessible. This workshop, delivered by two experienced practitioners, aims to give colleagues in mainstream schools a range of practical strategies to support students.

Please email Trish O'Malley to register your interest for 2019-20.

A copy of our flyer can be downloaded for further information.

Some feedback from previous participants...

I have a good understanding of mental health issues but from an adult perspective. This was very helpful in relation to applying the knowledge in school.

Highlighted strategies we are doing well but also things that we are doing wrong. This will allow us to adapt our practice.

Well delivered and informative.

This subject should be in child protection for all teachers at beginning of year.