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Latest Updates

If you would like to know more about the NPQ qualifications commencing in Autumn 23 we will be hosting two information sessions for potential participants which will be run virtually.

Specialist NPQs (including Leading Teaching, Leading Literacy, Leading Behaviour and Culture and Leading Teacher Development plus the new NPQs in Maths and SEN) - Monday 19th June 2023 - 4pm to 5.30pm

Leadership NPQs (including Senior Leadership, Early Years Leadership and Headship) - Thursday 22nd June 2023 - 4pm to 5pm

Click here to register your interest


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.

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. See below to find the forthcoming dates for both primary and secondary networks, and book your place.

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.


The National Centre for Computing Education has new DFE funding for STEM Learning.

All CPD courses are now FREE for state-funded schools. This includes all full day and short courses both face to face and remote – click to see 2023 schedules – Summer Computing Secondary and Summer Computing Primary.  


Plus there are additional subsidies for attendance at CPD

Subsidies of £205 are available for the first teacher to attend a full day primary course from a school located in an EIA area to support with supply costs (This includes Wolverhampton and Walsall Schools). This subsidy is available for the summer term regardless of if a subsidy has been used this academic year and will then be available once every academic year moving forward.

Subsidies for secondary courses are available to provide two days supply cover (£205 per day) for teachers to attend the Computer Science Accelerator (CSA) CPD, helping to develop teachers’ subject knowledge and skills without impacting pupils' lessons. This support is available to state-funded secondary schools and colleges in England.


Utilising recommendations from the recent Ofsted science report “Finding the optimum” our local Science Hub is providing CPD on:

  • Curriculum - A series of summer conferences for primary, secondary and technicians will help staff from schools to develop their understanding and skills in delivering effective practical work in schools and the implications for their wider team.
  • Pedagogy and assessment – Sessions on Making Powerful Connections to Maths and Literacy in the Science Curriculum (15/5/23) and Key Stage 3 Science for Non-Science Specialists (23/6/23)
  • Systems, subject and school level - Remote networks ensure staff at every level have access to subject support and development, these can be bespoke for groups local to your area if needed.

Click here to see the full flyer and links to book.

Featured Programmes

If you have ECTs joining your school in Autumn 2023 then you may wish to attend our virtual ECT Information evening on 20th June 2023 from 4pm to 5.30pm. Colleagues from our Appropriate Body team and the Ambition ECF programme team will be available to answer all your questions. To sign up for this session 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.