Initial Teacher Training

Many congratulations to the first cohort of teachers to train with the RSA Academies Teaching School Alliance. 18 colleagues successfully completed their training year earlier this month, 11 of whom will be staying on in schools within the RSA Family next year. And as one cohort moves on, the next cohort begins: 19 trainees will be joining us in 2017/18, including for the first time two in the primary phase.

Mental Health in Schools Conference

The TSA’s first ever conference was a huge success, with SENCOs and senior leaders from across the West Midlands attending. The day kicked off with a fascinating and wide-ranging presentation from Professor Barry Carpenter, who has authored over 100 articles on a variety of topics in special educational needs. This was followed by a case study from an RSA school, Whitley Academy, highlighting the importance of inclusion and using ‘The Base’ at Whitley as an example of best practice. Bonita Fradd, who works as a play therapist with the RSA academy¬†Abbeywood First School, provided a primary school case study and presented on attachment theory. The afternoon then involved a series of workshops on an impressive variety of issues including supporting young people who identify as LGBT and working with children who mistrust.

Next year

2017/18 will see some changes in the leadership of the RSA Academies Teaching School Alliance. Theresa Wilson, who is based at Holyhead School, will continue as Director of Initial Teacher Training. Meanwhile, Matthew Purslow, from Whitley Academy, will become Director of the TSA, whilst Mark Healy, based at Arrow Vale RSA Academy, will be the strategic lead for the TSA. We wish Danielle Owen, the current Director of the TSA, all the best as she goes on maternity leave.