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Latest Updates

Good News for Small Schools - Is your school less than 600 pupils? Then you can get ADDITIONAL Support Funding to retain and train your staff.  In addition to the full scholarship funding for all state-maintained schools and academies, the DfE are providing additional payments to small schools to help support your leaders to undertake NPQs.

We know that smaller schools often don’t have the resources to promote top talent, but we know that staff value your commitment to their progression and training and that this can help retention. So an ideal qualification to consider is the NPQSL for those aspirant senior leaders who offer so much to your school.  

This ‘Targeted Support Fund’ will give a grant payment of £200 to settings with 1-600 pupils, for each employed teacher or leader who participates in an NPQ. This is funding that you can use in any way to make engagement more possible, e.g. cover costs.


Teacher Training - Huge congratulations to the Teacher Training institutions in the West Midlands who have been reaccredited to continue building teacher training provision locally – Click here for the full National List. This includes Strategic Partners of the TSH and you can find out more about their provision here.

National Professional Qualifications - The next cohorts of NPQs are recruiting fast and the application deadline for February 2023 is January 12th.  All programme are fully funded - All teachers and leaders employed in state funded schools in England can access these National Professional Qualifications at no cost.

Leading Teaching
Leading Literacy
Leading Behaviour and Culture
Leading Teacher Development
Senior Leadership
Early Years Leadership.

Provisional schedules and Information on each course can be found here. And to express your interest click here.

Maths CPD – Starting Autumn 22

The Shaw Maths Hub (covering Wolverhampton) and Maths Hub North Midlands (covering Walsall and South Staffs)  are running Years 5-8 Continuity Work Groups suitable for both primary and secondary colleagues.

Colleagues may also be interested in the following from Shaw Maths Hub: 

Primary - Wolverhampton based Specialist Knowledge Work Groups for Early Years or Year 1 and 2

Secondary - online Work Groups for A Level Pedagogy or GCSE Resit or Early Career Teachers

Colleagues might also consider Subject Leadership programmes from Maths Hub North Midlands:   

Secondary Subject Leadership - This new programme, over four sessions, supports secondary subject leaders to better understand and implement teaching for mastery approaches and to develop in their role as leaders of both student learning and teacher professional development. 

Primary Subject Leadership - will consider the key skills, knowledge and behaviours required by primary subject leaders to effectively lead and embed school-wide developments in mathematics.

Plus a raft of other Work Group opportunities inc Early Years, Primary and Post-16.

NPQ Assessment

NPQ Assessment – not just “Talking the Talk” but showing they can “Walk the Walk”

We have recently experienced the first round of NPQ assessment and, as an NPQ assessor for many years, I was pleased to be involved in marking the new format. Assessments no longer involve an in-school project, instead, it is a reflection on a case study which lands with all participants across the country at the same time. With eight days to reflect on the case study and write a response, participants were naturally a little concerned - but my reflections are that they don't need to worry – they did a great job! 

Our assessors noticed the following excellent competencies. Participants showed their strong analytical skills in reading the extensive case study information and identifying the relevant and important data. There was excellent synthesis of the evidence in order to diagnose the priority issues to be tackled. Once the key area for improvement had been identified leaders put together a comprehensive implementation plan which took into account how they would address wider stakeholders to gain further clarity, collaborate across the school to identify a change team, use the research evidence to consider high leverage interventions and plan with an end in mind so that they knew what the success criteria would be.

All that before diving into action. By focusing on the explore and plan stage the proposed action plans were more robust and well-considered such that if they were implementing this in their own school, they would be able to walk the walk and be more assured of successful outcomes.   

The two qualifications that really stood out to me were:

Leading Teaching where it was clear the extensive research base behind pedagogy is really becoming explicit in schools – spreading deep into the practice of leaders of teaching at subject and phase level. 

Leading Teacher Development which is based on the same robust evidence around Teaching and Learning but layers onto that the evidence about structuring and implementing professional development of teachers so that there is the common language of pedagogy across the school. This qualification I believe is a superb investment for a school, training leaders to embed excellent teaching not only in their own practice but also in their influence upon others’ development in school.  

Subject Network Meetings

Working with local schools across the Black Country we are developing a series of Networks where practitioners can share good practice and the latest news and developments. Click below to find the forthcoming dates for both primary and secondary networks.

Curriculum Hub News

An important role of the Teaching School hub is to signpost relevant high quality professional development run by the Curriculum Hubs. We promote the work of the Maths, English, Computing, Science and Behaviour Hubs as well as signposts CPD from local Research Schools. Click below to go to their websites for the most up to date information.

Find out more HERE.


Birmingham and Central Midlands run an excellent range of Primary courses – CLICK HERE to find out more for the summer 2022. 


27th June 2022 - Computing Conferences for both primary and secondary teachers – don’t miss the opportunity to find out more!

Primary conference Click HERE

Secondary conference Click HERE

Featured Programmes

June and July sessions for Headteachers covering the ECF programme – join colleagues from Ambition Institute to ask everything you would like to know about the programme for ECTs and mentors in your school  

Session Sign Up Click HERE


As part of the EEF’s involvement in the DfE's Accelerator Fund, Research Schools are now promoting and recruiting for the 6-module Supporting Recovery programme. This new programme is linked to recovery and evidence-informed leadership and teaching. We are delighted to be able to offer this programme for free to all schools within our area.

Learn more HERE.