MTSA Bulletin - April 2020
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MTSA News Bulletin - April 2020


Dear all, 

The last few weeks have left us full of gratitude for all that you are doing for our children and communities.  We are truly honoured to work with you and are so proud to be part of such a supportive, pastoral and dynamic team of school leaders and educators. 

It has been sad but necessary to pause our face to face training for the next period of time; but we are fully committed to supporting our partner schools in every way that we can over the days, weeks and months ahead.  We have tried to provide online and digital resources in place of many of our cancelled and postponed opportunities, and are looking to provide replacement face to face opportunities as soon as the climate allows. 

In the meantime, we realise that this period of time presents a wide spectrum of challenges, as well as opportunities.  Some colleagues will be looking to use this time for professional development, but many others are juggling childcare, homeschooling, keeping centres open for vulnerable and key worker children,  supporting home learning, actively working on safeguarding and supporting vulnerable families - and that’s just the beginning of the list.

We are hoping that our catalogue of online professional development opportunities will be of some benefit to you.  We realise that the availability of online learning is a field that is developing very quickly.  We have reached out to our networks and started to collate some of these resources and provide a central list of links.  These are ever-changing and we don’t claim any credit for most of them, we just hope that a library will make navigating them an easier experience.  This information can be found via our website.  As you find more links please do share them with us at

We are delighted to be again receiving applications for our Nationally Accredited NPQ suit of qualifications, which are again funded by the DfE for eligible schools.  Further information is included below, with applications required by close of play on Friday 22nd May.

Please do stay in touch, our future planning is in full swing.  We are ready to register NQTs in our capacity as an Appropriate Body, and will have next year’s Professional Development offer ready to share with you after half term.  If you haven’t yet, please do let us know your hopes and plans for next year’s PD via our survey or directly via email. 

We would love to continue to support so please do stay in touch.  We love to see what your communities are doing so please do tag us in your social media posts with us on Twitter  @The_MTSA

Thank you again for all you are doing, stay safe.

Esther Cook - MTSA Director

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Do you want to make a real difference in children’s lives? 

The rich diversity of our partnership enables MTSA to offer you a really exciting training environment delivered by school leaders in partnership with our outstanding partners. Our training programme will develop you as a teacher who is confident in the classroom, able to engage in and with research to inform your practice and with ambitious aspirations for your career as a teacher and leader. 

Further information on the courses on offer can be found on our new Website

Update on School Direct 2019/20 Cohort
In such difficult circumstances as presented by Covid-19, the School Direct mentors continue to offer an outstanding service, many meeting their trainees via online video-conferencing, with Zoom becoming a household word. Trainees have been reassured they will not miss out on NQT status and we currently await the new guidance from CCCU as to how to move forward.

To date 90% are on track to pass with the highest grades and 10% with a grade 3 hopefully moving to a grade 2.  So far 17 trainees  have informed us that they have secured NQT placements for 2020/21, with 82% of those 17 remaining at their training school and 6% securing their NQT year outside of Medway.

Update on School Direct 2020/21 Recruitment
Recruitment continues to happen in these strange and unprecedented circumstances. Like most aspects of life, it just looks a little different than usual. The MTSA continues to accept and review applications, while KMT are conducting interviews remotely in collaboration with the host schools. So far we have recruited a further 2 using this process. Once schools are open again, candidates will have an opportunity to visit their base school. 

Exciting recruitment opportunities continue to be available through our new partnership with KMT for September 2020 start.  If you have staff within your schools who wish to progress on to a teacher training route, or family members looking to change careers into a career with high job security, please promote the opportunities we have in a range of phases and subjects.  Further details can be found


In March we had the privilege of bringing highly respected educationalist Professor Dylan Wiliam over from the United States. He delivered a fascinating and thought-provoking interactive workshop on developing a broad and rich curriculum. Senior leaders from across Kent and beyond were able to benefit from the wealth of experience and insight that Dylan provided. Feedback from delegates was overwhelmingly positive with one attendee being particularly impressed by “the incredible knowledge and engaging delivery of Dylan. A very insightful workshop, clearly based on research & validated data to underpin the content.”  We would like to thank Strood Academy for being fantastic hosts for this event. Both staff and sixth formers were incredibly accommodating in the support that they provided in helping the event run smoothly, during a busy school day.

Later that same week Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School hosted the annual Primary Moderation event, together with The Primary First Trust. This was very well attended, with around 90 teachers coming to share their knowledge and good practice. We look forward to hosting this incredibly valuable event again next year.

Due to the current pause in our face-to-face events, where possible we are collating online resources for distribution. These will also be available via the CPD resources of the MTSA website.

We are now in the consultation and planning stages of our offer for 2020/21. Although we are currently working in unusual and adapted circumstances this is an exciting time for us as we look to provide an ever-improving offer for all the schools that we work with. We value and take on-board all feedback provided and will be looking closely at the results of our recent CPD survey to inform our planning.

Please see this link for a list of the online PD opportunities our networks have shared with us.  We’d love to keep expanding this, so please do share your favourites with us at

Our survey is still open via this link, please do share via this or directly via email your hopes and plans for our shared Professional Development opportunity next year.
Just a reminder that we are welcoming registrations for NQT accreditation in our role as an Appropriate Body,  Please see our website for details. 
Scholarships are still available for participants starting an NPQ before the summer break using the current criteria (listed below).  New criteria will be introduced after the summer break (although we are yet to be informed what this will be). To assist you in taking advantage of this opportunity, LLSE is developing a remote induction session that clusters can use to formally begin the programme if face to face days are not an option before the summer.

As a reminder the criteria for scholarships (up to July 2020) are:
Any school in an opportunity area
Any school in a Category 5 or 6 area
Any MAT school with at least 1 school in a category 5/6 or opportunity area
Any school within a diocese

For further information and applications please visit our website.  Please submit all applications to by Friday 22 May 2020, ensuring all the information requested is completed - including Teacher Reference Numbers.
Please follow this link to access the up to date Kent & Medway Maths Hub bulletin
For all enquiries please contact Sarah Rose, Hub Administrator:


Please take a look at the recent communication from our partners at The Royal Opera House.
Follow this link.
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