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West Somerset Research School 

Issue #4
Spring Term
Welcome to our February newsletter, largely based on the theme of  mathematics.

The start of 2020 has flown by, and we find ourselves heading rapidly towards half term.  In January and February, we've been busy speaking about evidence-based practice at events and conferences across the region, including a recent new venture: #BrewEdWilts.  What a fantastic gathering!  Both our Early Years Literacy and Secondary Science training programmes have been launched, too.

Some of you may have noticed that we now have an updated WSRS logo, designed to compliment the network logo. We'd like to thank Bethy Morgan, part of the admin team here at The Blue School, who came up with this winning design.

We have been busy finalising details for two of our training programmes: Leading Learning and Improving Maths at KS2 &KS3, both due to start very soon. We have secured contributions from fantastic key speakers, and will be running in locations across the South West. See our Training section below for more details.

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Improving Behaviour
NEW BLOG: Changing Behaviour at the Blue School.
In this blog our Head Teacher, Mark Woodlock, looks at how improvements to the school have been underpinned by changing the behaviour of it's pupils, and improving the skill-set of teachers in the classroom. Applying strategies from the EEF's Guidance Report on 'Improving Behaviour in Schools' has been key. Read More 
Mathematical Routines in Year One
In this blog, Clare Christie, Lead Practitioner at Ashley Down Schools Federation, outlines the many strategies used at Brunel Field Primary School to integrate maths skills and learning into daily routines for Reception and year one students. Read more.
The Master's Glasses
Nicol Winfield, Maths Research Lead for the Derby Research School, discusses how her team at Wyndham Primary invented the 'Master's Glasses' to help 'change the way staff and pupils viewed success in mathematics'. Read more.
Manipulatives in Maths: putting evidence into practice
Simon Cox, EEF Content Specialist for Mathematics, describes how he has supported schools' use of manipulatives in mathematics teaching through his work as Director of Blackpool Research School. Read more.

Simon is booked in to speak to delegates in Somerset on our 'Improving Maths at KS2 & KS3 training programme.  Scroll down for further details.
EEF Trials
The EEF is currently recruiting for 7 different trials across England. These include 2 trials focused on SEND – a structured, peer-to-peer evaluation of SEND provision across secondary schools and Headsprout, a targeted reading intervention running in special schools. They are also recruiting primary schools for a reading aloud task for a Teacher Choices Story Time Trial

KEEP Teaching is a national EEF trial led by the Institute of Physics. This Randomised Controlled Trial tests an intervention that reduces workload during a physics teacher’s NQT year. Early-career teachers can then focus on becoming skilled classroom practitioners. The trial examines how this early workload reduction impacts physics teacher retention. We’re looking for 120 schools which may be employing a physics-specialist NQT in September 2020 to join the trial. For more details, schools and trainees can register at
The Education Endowment Foundation’s (EEF) latest guidance report – Improving Maths in the Early Years and Key Stage 1– reviews the best available research to offer schools and teachers five recommendations to support children’s development. The report is free to download from the EEF’s website.
To support good maths teaching in Key Stages 2 and 3, the EEF's Improving Mathematics in KS2 and KS3 Guidance Report gives schools and teachers practical 'do's and don'ts' of great maths teaching. FREE to download from the EEF's site.

West Somerset Research school is running a 3-day evidence-informed training programme for Maths Leads, based around the recommendations in this report.  Scroll down for more details but sign up fast as it starts next week!

Improving Maths at KS2 & KS3
A 3-day programme running on 13th February, 12th March and 22nd May in Frome, Somerset.The cost is £295 and £95 for a second delegate from the same school. The programme is aimed at primary & secondary maths teachers and leaders wanting to improve transitions by increasing knowledge of T&L approaches, curriculum and expectations in the other key stage. It's also a great opportunity to strengthen links between primary & secondary staff & create impactful curriculum coherence between schools. Led by Catrin Cross from Oakfield Academy - our Maths ELE.

Full details including a downloadable flier can be found here

Leading Learning - Training & Retaining Great Teachers
A 3-day programme running on 9th March, 23rd April and 4th June in Bristol.  During the workshops you will learn how to create and successfully implement evidence-based CPD plans for your school in the coming year. Join our 3rd cohort of senior leaders from across the region on our three-day Leading Learning programme based at The CLF Institute in Bristol.

Full details including a downloadable flier can be found here

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