Pastoral Leads’ Meeting

 Monday April 25th 9.30-2.30

 Meols Cop High School

 North Sefton Coastal TSA welcome all pastoral leads from Sefton secondary schools to share best practice/discuss key current issues.

Have you, like us, found the SEND administrative changes, the appeals system, fair access, Prevent, children’s mental health, British Values, cuts to external agencies and support and so on, very difficult to assimilate and successfully manage? [Did we mention workload and wellbeing too?] Professional development seems to be aimed towards learning and teaching and succession planning doesn’t always encourage the pastoral route as much as subject specific roles.

Please do come along and bring examples of your best practice in these key areas and together we can support each other to continue to provide the very best support and care for our students.

Other issues of interest might be teaching assistants, the use of mentors, key learning tutor skills and the development of professional development courses to develop the skills and knowledge that will encourage colleagues to apply for middle leader pastoral posts.

These ideas came out of an SLT meeting between 3 Southport high schools and it seemed sensible to open up our discussions with all schools. Please let us know if you would like to attend. There is no cost and lunch will be provided.

Please email Annette Peet at to let us know if you would like to attend and which examples of practice you can share/would like colleagues to discuss on the day

If you would like to download the information click here: Pastoral Leads’ Meeting

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Meols Cop High School & Range High School are proud to announce an exciting professional development event:

Research Leads in Schools


Establishing Research Leads in Schools. The aim of the conference is to establish a network of research leads across the North West

Meols Cop High School as part of the North Sefton Coastal Alliance will be holding a unique opportunity to find out how an enquiry based approach, rooted in effective educational research, can develop and transform teaching and learning.

The conference will showcase the latest thinking of how effective research can be used across schools to have an impact on the outcomes of all students.

There will also be an opportunity to listen and ask questions to practitioners who have developed their own enquiries throughout the year.


Senior leaders interested in establishing a research lead in their school to facilitate an enquiry based approach to the development of teaching and learning.


Professor Robert Coe from the School of Education and Director of the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM), Durham University. His research interests are wide-ranging and include: evaluation methodology; Evidence-Based Education and the involvement of practitioners in research.

Dr Gary Jones, worked in post-compulsory education for over 25 years. Gary has a doctorate in educational management from the University of Bristol and is interested in the art and craft of vocational pedagogy and evidence-informed practice.

Alex Quigley is the Director of Learning and Research at Huntington Secondary School, York. He is the Project Lead of the RISE (Research-leads Improving Students’ Education) Project. An EEF funded randomized controlled trial to evaluate if and how a Research-lead can improve outcomes for students.

Representative from the Education Endowment Foundation, an independent grant-making charity dedicated to breaking the link between family income and educational achievement.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?  £40 per person

When: Thursday, 23 June 2016 from 09:00 to 16:00 (BST)

Where: Meols Cop High School – Meols Cop Road, Southport 6JS, United Kingdom

Book a Ticket for the Conference



Start a new rewarding career this year by taking your skills and experience into the classroom, inspiring the next generation and helping them realise their ambitions.

Do you have, or are working towards, a degree? Do you want to become a secondary school teacher?



Daytime Session: 24th February at 1pm (Complimentary lunch provided). Short presentation followed by Q&A and one-to-one sessions.

Book a ticket for the afternoon session (1pm)

Twilight Session: 24th February at 7pm (Complimentary refreshments provided). Short presentation followed by Q&A and one-to-one sessions.

Book a ticket for the evening session (7pm)

School Direct is the most practical hands on route into teaching. It works by letting schools and colleges select and recruit their own trainees.  Trainees benefit from the opportunity to spend time in school learning directly from outstanding current practitioners.

Working in Partnership

We are a vibrant and diverse alliance of schools in North Sefton. When you choose to train with us you will have access to three currently outstanding schools, schools with Sixth Forms and schools without, Faith and non-Faith schools, co-educational and single sex schools. The Coastal  Alliance will ensure you the widest breadth of experience possible.




If you are an experienced middle or senior leader who is interested in supporting leaders in other schools, you might want to apply to be a specialist leader of education.

There are currently over 3,800 specialist leaders of education.

Teaching schools are responsible for the selection and placement of specialist leaders of education. This is one part of the government’s plan to give schools a central role in developing a self-improving and sustainable school-led system.

Who can apply

To become a specialist leader of education, you need to have been in a leadership role below the headteacher for at least 2 years. Your headteacher will be asked to confirm that you are in an appropriate role. Higher level teaching assistants are not eligible to apply.

You can be from any type or phase of school. You do not need to be in an outstanding school or a school that is part of a teaching school alliance, as long as your school has the capacity to release you to work in other schools. You must have at least one specialism from our areas of expertise.

The window for applications closes on 23rd October 2015. For more information contact us.

Increased tax-free bursaries and scholarships for 2016 to 2017 announced.

Top graduates are being offered up to £30,000 tax free to train to teach the key subjects – like maths and physics – that help young people reach their full potential, Schools Minister Nick Gibb announced today (Thursday 1 October 2015).

To ensure all pupils, regardless of background, receive the best possible education, the government wants every child to study the academic qualifications at GCSE that will help them succeed in life – whether it is securing a place at university, an apprenticeship or their first job. Pupils who started secondary school last month will all have the opportunity to study the key English Baccalaureate (EBAcc) subjects of English, maths, science, history or geography, and a language at GCSE.

To help attract the best and brightest graduates with the potential to be exceptional teachers in the core Ebacc subjects, the government has today published details of the increased tax-free bursaries and prestigious scholarships available for the academic year 2016 to 2017.

These include:

  • £30,000 tax free for graduates with a first class degree who are training to teach physics, an increase from £25,000 in 2015 to 2016 – trainees in physics with a 2:1 will continue to receive a £25,000 bursary, and trainees with a 2:2 will also now receive £25,000, up from £15,000 last year
  • increased bursaries of up to £25,000 in other EBacc subjects including maths, biology, chemistry, computing, languages and geography
  • continuing the increased funding available to schools offering School Direct (salaried) places in maths and physics to boost starting salaries in these subjects – trainees can earn over £21,000 nationally and £25,00 in inner London
  • a further 700 prestigious tax-free scholarships worth up to £30,000 for physics and £25,000 for maths, chemistry and computing trainees, delivered in partnership with the professional bodies for these subjects

Schools Minister Nick Gibb said:

As part of the government’s commitment to real social justice, we want every child to study the core academic subjects that will provide the best preparation for later life.

Teaching now attracts more top graduates than ever before. To ensure we can continue to attract the best and brightest graduates into the profession, with the potential to be excellent teachers in these key subjects, we are continuing to offer a wide range of bursaries and scholarships.

These new financial incentives will give more talented people the opportunity to become teachers so they can inspire even more young people to achieve their full potential.

Many thousands of talented graduates have already received a tax-free cash incentive in recognition of their potential to be outstanding teachers in a range of key subjects.

More than 16,500 trainees receive a training bursary every year. A further 1,400 of the most gifted maths, physics, chemistry and computing trainees have also benefited from one of the government’s sought-after teacher training scholarship schemes, which have been running since 2011 in partnership with highly respected professional bodies:

  • The Institute of Physics (IOP)
  • The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA)
  • The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
  • BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT

As well as generous financial benefits, scholars will enjoy a range of perks including free membership to professional bodies, access to resources and events to support them during their training, and early career support through their first years of teaching.

Fern Langran-Goldsmith, who was awarded a scholarship in partnership withIOP in 2014, said:

I would highly recommend the IOP scholarship to everyone. You have nothing to lose but everything to gain. Through it I have met some incredible people and it has given me opportunities beyond what my training course was able to give me.”