EborHope TSA Newsletter: October 2018.

EborHope TSA Newsletter: October 2018.


Welcome to the first Ebor Hope Teaching Schools Alliance Newsletter.

We hope you had a great half term break.

We wanted to keep you all updated with what’s going on across the Ebor Hope Teaching Schools Alliance. There’s quite a lot going on, so although we can’t fit everything in, but we’ve given you the highlights below. We are keen to make this half termly bulletin as useful and helpful as possible so do let us know your thoughts (admin@eborhope-tsa.org), and happy reading!

EborHope Secondary: 2018-19 ITT cohort off to a flying start

Beth Hartwell, Director of ITT (Secondary) said, “We are excited to welcome our sixth cohort of Schools Direct PGCE teachers. I am looking forward to developing them into outstanding teachers to teach within our local schools.” This year, as well as being placed in mainstream schools around North Yorkshire we are also strengthening our relationships with Danesgate Community Pupil Referral Unit and Applefields, a school for secondary aged students with a range of learning difficulties We hope this will give our trainees a unique opportunity to get involved in the broader secondary education system so early on in their career.

Ebor Hope TSA are now turning their attention to recruitment for 2019-20 as UCAS applications have just opened! You will be able to find us at a number of Get Into Teaching roadshows and post graduate study fairs over the next few months. Please check www.eborhope-tsa.org/events/ for the latest information.

EborHope Secondary: Programmes are back with a bang!

We started the year with a new Physics programme supported by the DfE and Physics Partners. Sarah Clarke, Director of EborHope Teaching Schools Alliance said “We are delighted to be working closely with Physics Partners to design and deliver a programme which will support the development of Physics teaching across our partnership. It’s a great opportunity for teachers to work together, share good practice and work alongside excellent practitioners in order to improve engagement and outcomes for young people.”

The first session featured a host of engaging content from our facilitators Eleanor Belfield and Andrea Mapplebeck – including James Bond references and some practical experiments .Building on the success of the NQT Programme, we have developed an RQT programme to support RQTs with their continued professional development. As well as York based cohorts, we are also running a Scarborough NQT/RQT programme which starts on 13 November. Applications for this cohort are still open – contact us if you’d like further information. We are looking forward to seeing the progress of our cohorts throughout and celebrating with them at the end of the year.

EborHope Primary: Training Centre opens for business

An under-used part of Osbaldwick Primary Academy in York has been repurposed and refurbished as a business and training centre. The centre is home to Education Pathways, the primary phase CPD and training arm of EborHope Teaching Schools Alliance. It is also the registered office of Ebor Academy Trust. Education Pathways held an event for all York schools at the beginning of the new academic year to launch its partnership with Just Imagine, an internationally recognised centre of excellence for reading.

Further partnerships have been established with Early Excellence, who are using the site as its York hub.

Together with Inspiring Leaders, a programme delivering national professional qualifications, the collaborations are quickly establishing Osbaldwick as a regional centre for high quality education development.

“We are pleased that we have been able to reinvigorate a school site that would otherwise be woefully under-utilised,” said Richard Ludlow, chief executive of Ebor Academy Trust. “It brings under one roof excellent CPD and training facilities that address the education spectrum and in the spirit of collaboration, is largely open to everyone.”

CPD opportunities and other events are updated regularly on the EborHope TSA website: www.eborhope-tsa.org/events/


EborHope Primary: Teaching Assistants launch new apprenticeship programme

Teaching Assistants at schools in York are taking part in a new Apprenticeship Programme. Twelve TAs from Ebor Academy Trust schools across York, Selby, the East Riding and the Yorkshire Coast met up at the new Osbaldwick Training Centre for the first training event of what will be a comprehensive 18-month programme.

“Ebor Academy Trust is now accredited as a provider of apprenticeship programmes and we’re delighted to start with upskilling TAs,” said Alison Taylor, Ebor’s HR director. “Initially we are training our own Teaching Assistants, but hope that in due course we will be in a position to offer this fantastic opportunity to other schools and academy trusts in the area.”

The Level 3 Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship focusses on developing the knowledge, skills and behaviours TAs need in order to be highly effective in supporting teaching and learning in schools. Sue Hinchcliffe, programme lead, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for our TAs to grow and develop as professionals, to increase in confidence as well as in capacity to make a significant difference to outcomes for our pupils.” Ebor Academy Trust now comprises 22 schools.

EborHope Autumn 2 key dates for your diary:

  • Tuesday 13 November: NQT RQT Scarborough Session 1, Graham


  • Wednesday 14 November: Secondary Languages HoDs meeting, Barlby


  • Monday 19 November: NQT RQT York Session 2, Manor


  • Wednesday 21 November: Physics Session 2, Manor


  • Thursday 29 November: Deadline for SLE and School to School Support Partner Applications


  • Friday 7 December: SLE and School to School Support Partner Assessment day


  • Monday 10 December: Secondary English, Maths, Science HoDs meeting


  • Tuesday 11 December: NQT RQT Scarborough Session 2, venue tbc


  • Thursday 13 December: Women Leading in Education coaching event, Manor