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Covid Recovery

The school year 2020/21 will be substantially affected by the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.  All Minster Teaching School Alliance work will be flexible and adapt to the changing situation. This will include CPD events being hosted online in the first instance. We will endeavour to respond to need and keep you informed of arrangements throughout the year as we adapt to the situation, at the same time as continuing to support school improvement.

The following Secondary opportunities are currently available:

NEW: Secondary NQT Support & Development (3 for 2 offer) 

NQTs who trained in 2019-20 missed a huge part of their time in schools, and will need additional support in the coming months as they work through towards achieving NQT status in our schools and we have created a bespoke secondary programme to respond to the needs of this particular year.  Most sessions will take place face-to-face to enable NQTs to develop relationships with their peers and seek bespoke support as they revisit the core elements of their training and explore ways to manoeuvre the current situation in schools to ensure that student achievement and wellbeing remain central to their role.

A programme of six half-day sessions throughout the year designed to both support and challenge NQTs in their first year of teaching.  Sessions will provide:

  • An opportunity to share good practice
  • A teaching and learning theme for each session 
  • The chance to discuss teaching and learning with each other
  • Visits to lessons in subject and/or phase leading to reflection on effective teaching and learning
  • Practical tips and resources to take away and use the next day

Programme outline

Session 1: Climate for learning
Session 2: Questioning
Session 3: Challenge and engagement
Session 4: Differentiation
Session 5: Assessment
Session 6: Moving on from the NQT year


Hazel Theaker, Associate Principal Learning & Teaching - The National C of E Academy.

Session details - all online until further notice

Session 1:  Thursday 12th November 2021
Session 2:  Wednesday 9th December 2021
Session 3:  Tuesday 9th March 2021 (postponed - new date to be confirmed)
Session 4:  Date to be confirmed
Session 5:  Wednesday 12th May 2021
Session 6:  Friday 25th June 2021

Cost:  £300 Per NQT (10% reduction for Minster Teaching School Alliance Members).  3 for 2 offer available.

Contact:  Please email Trish O'Malley, Teaching School Administrator if you have any questions or would like to reserve a place.

Secondary Music Hub CPD Network 

The Music CPD Network provides a strong and supportive learning community for subject leaders and those involved in delivering music in Nottinghamshire schools. It does this by exploring best practice in music education from a national and local perspective.  Activities will be tailored to meet the specific learning needs of participants.

Cost:  Cost is £120 for all three face-to-face sessions or £50 per individual session (10% reduction for Alliance members) which includes all resources, lunch and refreshments.

Session details: To be confirmed.

Please email Trish O'Malley, Teaching School Administrator if you have any questions or would like to reserve a place.

Some feedback from our previous participants...

Great to have time to discuss, share and compare. Good resources and ideas.

Enjoyed discussion on how things are done in other schools.  Opportunity to ask questions/share resources/ideas.

Learnt the importance and examples of starters, with some link to the lesson context.

Will help new planning - shift to 3 year KS4. New A-level courses.

Session on middle leadership - made me assess my role in more depth.

Secondary Subject Leader Networks 

This year more than ever, teachers and leaders will need to work collaboratively to provide engaging and effective learning within the new school arrangements. Our Secondary networks are an opportunity for your teachers and leaders to meet with colleagues from other schools to discuss and share strategies, explore new areas of pedagogy and revisit key areas of subject knowledge. Our networks will be tailored to respond to the unique needs of schools in our current situation, and to explore subject-specific responses to changing curriculum expectations as this evolves throughout the year.

Subject networks available:

  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Education


We are currently keeping a register of interest and will confirm session details once the required numbers are reached.


To be confirmed.


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

SEND Network (cross-phase)

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.


Per person is £150, or £120 for MTSA member schools.


Sessions will be negotiated by network attendees throughout the year.


Please email Trish O'Malley, Teaching School Administrator if you have any questions or would like to reserve a place.