RSA Academies’ TSA Conference for NQTs and RQTs

On 10 February in the Central Trust offices in Birmingham, the RSAA Teaching School Alliance held a conference for nearly 50 newly and recently qualified teachers across the RSA Family and beyond, providing delegates with an opportunity for career development, reflection and practical resources for the classroom. Themes were wide-ranging, from behaviour management to working with others to women in education, and two highly respected educationalists – Dr Debra Kidd and Sue Cowley – gave keynotes described as ‘inspirational’ and reflecting ‘a fantastic wealth of knowledge’ by attendees.

Other speakers included:

  • Kyle Bailey, a Fellow on the Masters in Expert Teaching Programme with the Institute for Teaching, whose workshop was on developing effectiveness in individuals and teams
  • Sarah Bates NLE, a member of the Education Team with Coventry Diocesan MAT, who provided a workshop on inspiring the next generation
  • Elena Kkama, a Vice Principal at RSA Arrow Vale and a respected mentor and facilitator of coaching and CPD, who talked about the ‘WomenEd’ movement, which connects existing and aspiring women leaders

Delegates rated almost all aspects of the day as good or excellent, with many feeding back it was both ‘purposeful and useful’ and ‘engaging and inspiring’, with some commenting that the conference made them realise why they were in teaching and inspired them to carry on.

Matthew Purslow, Director of RSA Academies’ Teaching School Alliance, has said about the day:

“As an Alliance, we are acutely aware of the importance of excellent teachers and supporting practice which helps provide the best possible outcomes for our learners. As an ‘RSA’ family, it is our endeavour to nurture colleagues in these formative years of their teaching career and to provide a supportive and encouraging environment which allows practitioners to learn from other colleagues, from their own practice and from the fantastic educational relationships they form with their learners. The RSAA TSA conference provided a further opportunity to extend our reputation beyond the family – in total we welcomed 17 schools on the 10th; it was inspiring to see so many colleagues together keen to enhance practice and to pursue their career stage development; I am proud to be involved with an alliance which continuously offers opportunities for reflection as well as practical tips for classroom practice.”

Find out more about the RSA Academies’ Teaching School Alliance by visiting their website.