Graduate Teacher music module hits the high notes!

Our School Direct Initial Teacher Training programme includes an optional music module, and this year everyone opted to participate in it. It’s a great way to build confidence in teaching music, which is essential for primary school teachers working in a school that doesn’t have a music specialist available. This year, the module has consisted…

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Applications open for Leading SENCO Programme

The Leading SENCO Programme is delivered jointly be The Mead Teaching School and the Avon Teaching School Alliance, in close collaboration with the Local Authority. The Local Authority refers schools to the programme who would benefit from the support of a Leading SENCO; the Teaching Schools then match the school to an appropriate Leading SENCO,…

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Welcome to our 2020-21 cohort

We always love the start of a new school year, not least because we get to welcome a new cohort of Graduate Teachers to the Teaching School. This year, we have 12 fantastic students, all studying with us for their PGCE. They have spent the last two days in training with their mentors, and have…

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Oh, the drama!

Our Graduate Teachers have been working with Leanne, our Trust Lead for English, on different drama strategies to inspire writing. It looks like they have had a fantastic time exploring a variety of techniques!  

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September 2020 Teaching Vacancies

The Mead Academy Trust is now recruiting teachers for a September 2020 start. We have an opening for a creative and dedicated Resource Base teacher, based at Castle Mead School. Additionally, we are recruiting for class teachers to join the Trust (school placement to be decided). Now is an exciting time to join The Mead Academy Trust.  We…

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Term 3 Graduate Teacher Update

Our Graduate Teachers (students who are studying to gain their PGCE / QTS with us through our School Direct initial teacher training programme) changed placements at the beginning of Term 3. To qualify as a teacher, everybody has to teach in two different schools and in two different Key Stages, and in our programme we…

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Castle Mead teachers host Boolean Maths Hub TRG

Today (22nd January 2020), Mrs Fay Perdicchia, Maths Lead for The Mead Academy Trust, and Mrs Heather Elliot, Year 2 class teacher and Maths Lead at Castle Mead School, hosted 20 teachers from other local schools who are all members of their Boolean Maths Hub Teacher Research Group (TRG). The TRG Lead, Ty Newtown, said…

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Writing Focus for Teachers on TD Day

All teachers from across The Mead Academy Trust gathered today (Monday 6th January 2020) for a day focused on writing and the curriculum. The day began with a keynote speech from Mike Haines, a friend of the Trust and former HMI. Mike spoke to the room about the importance of writing, and encouraging children to…

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Whole School SEND Reviewer Training

We were delighted to host Erica Wolstenholme from nasen Whole School SEND today (Monday 25th November 2020) who provided a fascinating insight into the role of Whole School SEND Reviews for our Leading SENCOs and SLEs for SEN. We are hopeful that these specialist SEN practitioners will be able to carry out reviews for schools…

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