The Willink School

The Willink School

Teaching School
The Willink Teaching School Alliance was established in July 2017.  As a centre of excellence providing high quality services in the Berkshire/Hampshire area, we have a proven track record of collaboration with local schools.
The services we offer are:
  • High quality school-based ITT
  • High quality School to School Support
  • Professional and leadership development for teachers and leaders (CPD)

 

 

 

 

Train to Teach

 Welcome to the Two Counties Teacher Training Partnership, which comprises of Little Heath School, Prospect School, The Hurst Community College, Theale GreenThe Wren  and The Willink as Lead School and Teaching School. As a Partnership, we pride ourselves on our teaching and the strength of our teacher training programmes.  We have many years' experience supporting trainee teachers with our talented ITT coordinators, mentors and supportive Leadership teams.  Successful School Direct trainees will be based in one school, but will meet with other trainees across the Partnership and have the opportunity of placements in our variety of different educational settings.

School Direct is a one-year programme that enables aspirant teachers to train full-time in schools.  For further details on School Direct please access the Teaching Agency's website: www.education.gov.uk/teachschooldirect.

The Two Counties Teacher Training Partnership is working with the University of Reading as a training provider, an alliance that is well established, strong and successful.  The Two Counties Teacher Training Partnership have a great deal of experience supporting trainee teachers with the University of Reading; many trainees continue at our schools after their Initial Teacher Training, completing their NQT years and developing their careers further.  For more details on the University of Reading and School Direct please click here: http://www.reading.ac.uk/education/pg-taught/ioe-SchoolDirect.aspx

There are strict application criteria for applicants to this programme.  All applicants must have GCSE A*-C passes in GCSE Mathematics and English; have a second class upper division degree (or better) in a relevant subject (certain subjects may have some flexibility on this).

 School Experience Programme 

The Willink Teaching School Alliance holds regular Train to Teach Information Drop-in sessions which are advertised through the DfE’s ‘Get Into Teaching’ website (https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/teaching-events) and include details on:

  • Training and assessment programme both with the University and in school
  • Entry requirements
  • Selection process
  • Finance options.

Candidates wishing to apply to this partnership will be given opportunities to arrange school experience days within one of our schools. Contact details are:

Sonia Edwards
Prospect School
sedwards@prospect.reading.sch.uk
0118 959 0466
Laura Billingham
The Hurst Community College
laura.billingham@hurst.hants.sch.uk
0118 981 7474
Rebecca Whitford
Little Heath School
rwhitford@littleheath.org.uk
0118 942 7337
Helen Jonas
The Willink School
hjonas@willink.w-berks.sch.uk
0118 983 2030
Mrs Sarah Page
Theale Green School
spage@thealegreen.w-berks.sch.uk
0118 930 2741
Bessie O’Brien
The Wren School
Bobrien@wrenschool.org
0118 959 1868

School to School Support

The Willink Teaching School has always been proud to work collaboratively with other schools.

National Leaders in Education (NLEs) usually work with schools identified as being in need of improvement.  Their goal is to increase the leadership capacity of other schools to help raise standards.  This is one part of the government’s plan to give schools a central role in developing a self-improving and sustainable system.

Our Head Teacher, Peter Fry, has received NLE training and is available to carry out any NLE commissionings.

Support packages

We have a group of experienced practitioners who are available to undertake School to School support.  (Our School to school support rate card is available on request.) Our experience as a Teaching School has been in offering support in the following areas:

  • Subject specific support for HoD or individual teacher in all core subjects, humanities and music
  • Ofsted preparation
  • Senior middle management reviews
  • Department reviews
  • NQT consultancy

If you require support please make contact with Jenny Evans to discuss a bespoke package jevans@willink.w-berks.sch.uk

CPD

Professional and leadership development for teachers and leaders 

If you are interested in any of the following opportunities please contact Jenny Evans - jevans@willink.w-berks.sch.uk

 

  • PGCE collaborative training with Alliance schools

Our School Direct and University of Reading trainees meet regularly with other trainees in the Partnership for subject specific training provided by expert professionals.

 

  • Secondary NQT Induction

We see NQT induction as a means to develop the best teachers in the local area. 

Our key aims:

To improve learning outcomes for students by ensuring that NQTs have the range of skills, knowledge and experience that will enable them to deliver high quality learning activities

To retain the best quality teachers by giving NQTs opportunities to develop their careers successfully

To provide gap tasks for the NQTs that will enable engagement in the CPD activities and further develop them as reflective practitioners

To provide the NQTs with an opportunity to network and form collaborate groups

The NQT programme consists of the following twilight sessions:

Building positive relationships for learning 

The COVID context: Blended learning-  maintaining engagement and addressing gaps

Filling the gaps

Using TAs

Effective group work - collaborative and peer-led learning

The deep dive: curriculum and Ofsted

Stretch and challenge

Difficult conversations and the role of the tutor 

 

  • Collaborative 'Excellence in Middle Leadership' CPD

Principle:

To provide aspiring middle leaders and those new to the role with the opportunity to engage with research and experience some of the key issues underpinning middle leadership with the support of a cross section of leaders in the partnership schools.

Core Unit 1 – Managing a team    

Core Unit 2 – Managing change and managing conflict

Optional Unit 3 (Curriculum Leads) – Managing data and the curriculum

Optional Unit 4 (Pastoral Leads) – Managing data and relationships with parents and external agencies

 

  • Collaborative 'Aspiring Senior Leaders' CPD

Principle:

To provide aspiring senior leaders with the opportunity to engage with research and experience of some of the key issues underpinning senior leadership, with the support of a cross section of senior leaders in the partnership schools

Unit 1- Leading the curriculum teaching and learning: holding others to account

Unit 2 - Behaviour management and inclusion: addressing barriers to learning

Unit 3 - Effective school management: leadership; finance; HR

 

Training with Alliance Schools

The Teaching School regularly works collaboratively with other local schools on staff training, including work on the curriculum and Teaching and Learning.  To discuss any potential projects please contact Jenny Evans (jevans@willink.w-berks.sch.uk)

Contact information

The Willink School,

School Lane,

Burghfield Common,

Reading, RG7 3XJ

Tel: 0118 9832030

Email: traintoteach@willink.w-berks.sch.uk

Ms Jenny Evans  

Teaching School Lead

jevans@willink.w-berks.sch.uk

Helen Jonas

Professional Tutor

hjonas@willink.w-berks.sch.uk

 

Teaching School Administrator

Mrs Anne Lean

traintoteach@willink.w-berks.sch.uk