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School Workforce Development Achievments 2004-10

Since the School Workforce Development Team was formed in 2004 the following provision which supports school improvement and the Every Child Matters agenda has been put in place for Blackburn with Darwen schools: 

·         A comprehensive programme of support staff training development including:

o        Support staff introductory training (generic and TA)

o        ICT training for teaching assistants

o        Literacy and numeracy programmes for primary teaching assistants

o        Cover supervisor training

o        Subject specialist programmes for secondary staff in Mathematics, English, Science and Food Technology

o        Development programmes designed to achieve competency against the National Occupational Standards in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools and the Higher Level Teaching Assistant standards

o        HLTA preparation programme

o        Pastoral staff development programme e.g. learning mentors

o        Local CSBM cohort

o        Welfare Assistant training (linked to the Support Work in Schools qualification)

·         Performance management training for headteachers, teacher and support staff reviewers on an annual basis, plus bespoke sessions for schools

·         Common processes training

·         Well-being programmes

·         Career development frameworks for all staff in schools from induction through to further professional development

·         Access to a range of qualifications and accreditation opportunities through our FE and HE partners, including links to in-house training

·         Establishment of an effective secondary CPD network which has resulted in a number of effective developments including:

o        Middle leadership programme

o        Local LftM collaborative addressing BSF agenda

o        Programme for staff working with pupils at NC Level 3 and below

o        Work on impact evaluation

o        Revitalisation of EIP network groups

o        Secondary succession planning programme

·         Emerging work with primary schools to develop CPD networks

·         Linking support staff and teacher training, and ensuring that training is based on identified need and embedded in practice

·         Linking workforce development to school improvement planning – as outlined in borough agreed policies for CPD and performance management for the school workforce

·         Widening of the range of CPD opportunities used by schools

·         Development of a range of resources to which all schools have access:

o        CPD Leader Toolkit

o        2 develop on-line training needs analysis tool

o        On-line CPD Audit Tool

o        On-line Transforming the School Workforce tool

o        Well-being framework

o        Working Successfully with Supporting Adults toolkit

·         Support for recruitment and retention, including access to and training in the use of:

o        BESS – Blackburn Education Supply Service (launch Sept 2010)

o        SRS – Schools Recruitment Service

·         Support for remodelling the school workforce, including ongoing support with staffing structures, job descriptions and person specifications

·         Advice and guidance in relation to:

o       Performance management

o       Threshold applications

o       Qualifications

o       Professional development

o       Remodelling

·         Organisation of and contribution to events, such as:

o       Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher conferences

o       Children’s Workforce Open Day

o       Regional Support Staff Managers’ Conference

o       Sub-regional and local  Well-being conferences

o       NQT programme

o       Regional and local CPD Conferences

o       One Children’s Workforce events

·         Support for the following areas of work in relation to workforce development: 

o       14-19 curriculum

o       Gifted and talented

o       One to one tuition

o       SEN

o       Extended services 

·         Effective partnership working at regional and local level which has benefitted schools:

o       NW Support Staff CPD network

o       NW CPD Leadership project/Extending the Links project

o       TDA Regional Workforce forum

o       Well-being partnership (with Lancashire and Wigan)

o       BESS procurement with Blackpool

o       Partnership with Blackburn College for support staff qualifications, including mapping in house training to NQF qualifications

o       Partnership with Edge Hill University giving access to free accreditation at foundation degree, bachelors and masters level

o       University of Cumbria – development of HLTA programme

o       Concordia Education and Training – support staff programmes

o       NCSL/CEL University of Manchester – leadership programmes, coaching development

o       NCSL/Manchester Metropolitan University – local CSBM cohort

o       STAR (Training and Consultancy) Ltd – 2develop training needs analysis, CPD Audit tool, Transforming the School Workforce benchmarking toolkit

o       Rochdale and Wigan LAs – Working Successfully with Supporting Adults toolkit – piloted with support of GTCE

Impact of funding changes September 2010

A change to government policy has resulted in the withdrawal of two key TDA grants which have underpinned school workforce development for the past six years.  The implications of this have been communicated to all headteachers in a letter which went out in the school bags on 1 September 2010 and via a notice on the first school bulletin of the year.
Key changes include:
  • the development of a new charging and cancellation policy for all school workforce development courses
  • the cancellation of the HLTA programme which was planned for the Autumn and Spring Terms 2010-11
  • the introduction of a 'fast track' HLTA programme for the Autumn Term 2010 only
We will let you have details of HLTA training, preparation and assessment from January 2011 onwards as soon as these are available.
Despite these challenging times, we will continue to do our best to provide high quality and accessible training and development opportunities for the staff of Blackburn with Darwen schools.
For details of courses running between September 2010 and March 2011 please visit our 'Courses' section.


Changes to support staff qualifications


Major changes in the way qualifications are designed come into effect from 1 September 2010 with the introduction of the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).   Blackburn College will be delivering the new QCF qualifications for school support staff from the start of the Autumn Term.   To find out more read 'Changes to support staff qualifications'

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