Initial Teacher Training

Your school's direct route for Qualified Teacher Status, training routes for development of leadership capability and ongoing training through CPD.

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Supporting Schools

Gain access to specialist leaders to support specific needs in your school, learning new and best practice methods through peer mentoring.

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Massage in Schools Programme

In association with MISP, Inspire Teaching Schools are facilitating Massage in Schools support, through the academic year.

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If a child is disengaged, their capacity to learn is profoundly impaired

Domestic violence, alcohol and drug abuse, a decline in parental mental health, post- natal depression, forced migration, and removal from the birth home can all cause trauma to children’s brains which result in attachment difficulties. Increasingly, many children and young people have social and emotional needs that go beyond what the majority of school staff has been trained to deal with.

The evidence suggests that a large proportion of children and young people affected by trauma underachieve.

To support schools in raising the life- chances of all pupils, a group of six Northamptonshire Teaching Schools, in collaborative with Virtual Schools, are rolling out a training programme. Our aim is to create Reconnect Attachment Aware School Leaders who can cascade vital information to all staff. Written by specialist leaders, social workers, early years and behaviour specialists, under the guidance of a clinical psychologist, these materials explore strategies to fully engage children and young people with trauma difficulties.

As this is funded by Northamptonshire ‘Virtual Schools’, there is no cost for the training or accompanying materials. We will train two people from each school as Reconnect Leaders. To register an interest, please click here.

Engaging with British Values through a Global Perspective

Over the past two years, in partnership with the Global Learning Programme, ‘Inspire’ has been running a teaching and learning project to explore how British Values and the development of SMSC can be integrated into our school curriculum.

Mary Tulley, our Associate leading this project commented “Our partner schools pooled the additional £500 of e-credits per school so that they could all complete the Global Teacher Award and access Writing the World training, what an imaginative and highly inclusive way of raising standards for children”.

As Ofsted recently reported: The work in pupils’ books shows that they have lots of opportunities to practice their writing in a range of subjects… The school uses global education themes very effectively… This makes the learning more relevant and interesting for pupils, and so it contributes to their enthusiasm for learning.

...Improving Outcomes

In partnership with the Local Authority, KCA Associates, Swan and Fairfields Teaching Schools, we are offering you free training to explore how to improve standards by meeting the needs of vulnerable learners.

This might include Looked After Pupils, migrant populations, children living in families with domestic or alcohol abuse or any other child who has suffered trauma and attachment difficulties at an early age.

The initial conference is to launch part of series of 5 further training days also offered at no cost.

For further training, each participating school will also receive £100 per day per delegate attending to help towards the cost of cover and access to a whole range of supportive teaching materials.

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Some of our alliance schools are already engaged in international work which is funded through Erasmus +. Learning from international contexts provides enriching opportunities for our staff to explore innovation in other countries. Schools already familiar with International schools work are able provide support to other teachers interested in expanding their horizons across Europe.

In collaboration with the Northampton University Research and Development team, we are also developing an exciting international research project to gain insight into responsive curriculum models which promote high levels of pupil engagement. This is intended to up skills teachers in practitioner research and involve children as student researchers. This is an ideal training opportunity if you would like your teaching staff to be skilled in practitioner research.

We often ask children to pay attention but do we ever teach them how to actually do this?  Over the past two years, a number of our schools have been involved in teaching mindfulness to children, engaging teachers in mindfulness practice as well as teaching children a range of strategies help them direct their attention to experiences 'in the moment'.  Since September, Inspire has trained over thirty teachers in the foundation course and our twelve ITT students have also embarked on mindfulness training. In the spring term, we will train a further fifteen teachers so that they can bring mindfulness to their school. If you would like to pursue an eight week training course follow this link.

The foundation programme ensures that mindfulness is learned in an accessible and practical way.  By practising a range of techniques, participants learn to direct their attention in a more focused way.

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Why Train through Inspire?

Initial Teacher Training Opportunities

If you are looking for a rewarding career where you can transform lives, then teaching may be the career for you. Inspire Teaching Schools can help you to achieve your ambition through our Schools Direct programme.

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The Inspire Offer

We offer two options to Alliance Members:

  1. LA Schools or Multi Academy Chains who wish to avail of the audits and reviews and SLE support as part of the offer.
  2. Schools with Teaching & Learning and Safeguarding reviews and SLE support as part of their provision already.

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