Excellence Through Training
If you are committed to TEACHING, then be committed to TRAINING.
Raising Standards of Education Through Quality Training
Ashton on Mersey School was designated the first DfES Training School in Trafford in September 2003. This followed on from becoming a Specialist Sports College and the only Secondary Modern Specialist Beacon School in the country in 1998. The last three Ofsted inspections described Ashton as an ‘Outstanding School’ and we have been included twice in the Chief Inspector’s annual ‘Honours List’ of consistently high achieving schools. Only 21 secondary schools in the country have been included three times.
These prestigious awards demonstrate our positive culture of professional development for all our staff and the school’s commitment to sharing our experience with colleagues from other institutions. Similarly the highlight of our success in Initial Teacher Training, Newly Qualified Teachers and Recently Qualified Teachers, preparing the next generation of teachers. Through these activities we believe pupils are offered the highest quality teaching.
The Benefits of being a Training School
- Sharper focus on teaching and learning.
- Refinement of classroom practice.
- Professional development of staff.
- Productive partnership with H.E.I.’s, other schools and organisations.
- Additional Funding.
- Fresh ideas.
- New schemes of work, lesson plans and resources.
- A stake in the training of teachers.
- Working in partnership.
- A sense of achievement.
- Working with like minded professionals who know how to enjoy what they do.
What We Offer
- P.G.C.E. placements for approximately 40 trainees each year from several H.E.I.’s.
- Undergraduate placements for approximately 20 trainees each year from several H.E.I.’s.
- Key Stage 2 / 3 school experience placements, vast experience in successfully training people through the Graduate Teacher program.
- ‘Open School’ of ‘Tutor Day’ experiences for those considering a school-based career.
- Opportunities for teachers to be involved in interviewing potential trainees.
- Opportunities for teachers to be involved in delivering tutorials and seminars to trainees working with H.E.I.’s.
- Flexible P.G.C.E. placements.
- Return to Teaching placements.
- Supporting staff and trainees through the Fast Track Program.
- Opportunities for staff to participate in research projects (e.g. Impact of staff CPD upon pupils learning).
- Training and supporting colleagues in other schools.
- Mentor training staff at Ashton-on-Mersey School and across the borough.
- P.E. training for staff across the borough at both primary and secondary level.
- N.Q.T. training for our staff and colleagues across the borough.
- Career-long training and support for all Ashton on Mersey School staff to continually enhance their professional development.
- A range of professional issues seminars for ITT, NQT, RQT and more experienced staff.
- A dedicated training suite with full ICT facilities.
- H.L.T.A. opportunities for teaching assistants at Ashton-on-Mersey School.
David Miliband – Minister of State for School Standards
“Training Schools will be at the cutting edge of school improvement in the next few years.”
Conrad Chapman – Regional Partnership Manager – Teacher Training Agency
“When you’re a Training School, everyone is a winner, especially the pupils.”
Jessica Genovese – GTP Trainee
“The real ‘hands on’ approach course, the staff, the support and the culture at Ashton on Mersey School has filled my Graduate Trainee year with invaluable training experiences and opportunities.”
“The Training School at Ashton is excellent for resources and support. Professional Study sessions were incredibly useful and the additional information supplied really helped me.”
TTA Open School Visitor
“I am writing to thank Ashton-on-Mersey School for participating in such a scheme and giving me the valuable opportunity to see teaching and a school environment at close quarters.”
Louise Keenan – Newly Qualified Teacher from Ashton on Mersey School
“Ashton has provided me with an excellent start to my teaching career thanks to fantastic support and resources. The weekly NQT meetings have enabled me to familiarise myself with school policies and broaden my understanding of professional issues, whilst providing opportunities to share views and experiences with other NQT’s.”
NQT from Altrincham Grammar school for Girls
“The NQT training sessions I attended at Ashton on Mersey were practical, well prepared and extremely useful. They have helped my teaching and professional development enormously.”
Linda Hart – Senior Advisor/ CPD Manager Trafford LEA
“It is great for the LEA to work in partnership with Ashton on Mersey Training School. It allows us to deliver quality training and CPD for colleagues across the borough.”
Professional Attributes – Secondary Coaching and Mentoring: Active Observation
At Ashton on Mersey School in Manchester, PE Teacher Caroline Blakey is being coached as part of the school’s routine professional development cycle. In addition the coach, Director of Sport Aidan Moloney, is being coached on his technique by headteacher Vicky Beer.
Watch the coaching process from initial planning stages to the lesson observation. Aidan provides feedback on Caroline’s teaching practice, while Vicky comments on Aidan’s coaching style.
Caroline, who is undertaking a new project at the school, also seeks advice from mentor Richard Middlebrook; watch as she successfully implements the guidance she’s received. The viewpoints of both Richard and Caroline are discussed, in addition to the key components required for a successful mentoring session.
Published: 24 September, 2007