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Welcome to Inspire Learning
Teaching School Hub

We hope that the new academic year has started smoothly for everyone and that it has felt more “normal” than the previous 18+ months.

The summer break continued to be busy with schools ensuring their Early Career Teachers were signed up to the Full Induction Programme through the hub. The National Roll Out of this programme started on Monday 6th September and there are Induction Conferences this week - further details are below.

Registration and application for the reformed National Professional Qualifications continues apace with deadlines fast approaching. Again, further information can be found below and on our website at

NPQs with Inspire Learning NW TSH

NPQ Update

To register for the reformed NPQs you need to:

*The NPQ in Leading Teacher Development is currently fully funded for all participants working in a state-funded school. 

*The NPQH is fully funded for participants in the first 2 years of their headship, working in a state-funded school.

ECF update 

The reforms to statutory Induction of Early Career Teachers came into effect on Monday 6th September.

Any teacher new to the profession starting on or after 1st September 2021 must complete a two year period of supported Induction. We are delighted that so many schools have signed up to the Full Induction Programme with our Hub and UCL.

Most commonly asked question this week: Do I still need to register my ECTs with an Appropriate Body? The short answer to this is ‘yes’. As with previous years, you still need to register all new teachers (ECTs) with an Appropriate Body. The ECF is not an assessment framework and ECTs still need to be signed off against the Teacher Standards. You can find further information here: Induction for Early Career Teachers

Below are some other important points that you will need to be aware of:

The UCL Mentor Induction Conference is due to take place online on the 13th September. There will be two separate sessions for this - one at 3.30pm-4.30pm with the central team from UCL and one with Inspire Learning TSH as the local delivery partner at 4.45pm-5.30pm. Across both sessions you will find out important information about being a mentor and also get to meet the Inspire Learning team. The link to register for the UCL event is below. The Zoom link for the 4.45-5.30pm slot is also below.

Mentor Induction Conference - 13th September, 15.30 -16.30

Mentor Induction Conference with Inspire Learning TSH (4.45-5.30pm, 13th September)

Meeting ID: 817 0739 4361

Passcode: 645574

The UCL ECT Induction Conference is due to take place online on the 14th September. There will be two separate sessions for this - one at 3.30pm-4.30pm with the central team from UCL and one with Inspire Learning TSH as the local delivery partner at 4.45pm-5.30pm. Across both sessions you will find out important information about being an ECT and also get to meet the Inspire Learning team. The link to register for the UCL event is below. The Zoom link for the 4.45-5.30pm slot is also below.

ECT Induction Conference - 14th September, 15.30 -16.30

ECT Induction Conference with Inspire Learning TSH (4.45-5.30pm, 14th September)

Meeting ID: 836 8243 2179

Passcode: 108682

If you have not yet signed your Induction Tutor, ECTs and school Mentors onto the DFE online portal, please do so as a matter of urgency. This is the only way that they will gain access to the UCLExtend platform and be formally registered. This is not something that we can do on your behalf. The following link is from the DFE and provides some explanation about the process: 

LINK TO DFE Portal - Manage training for Early Career Teachers

ACCESS TO UCLExtend – UCL are in the process of getting all new ECTs access to their online platform, UCLExtend. If you registered your ECT on the DFE portal before 26th August, they should have already been sent a welcome email by UCL. If you registered them after the 26th August, UCL will be enrolling ECTs every Monday, on a rolling programme.

Please be aware that to access all of the materials on UCLExtend, you need to accept the ‘privacy policy’ at the bottom of the page. This is the case even if you have managed to login before and see all of the materials.

Maths Hubs 

Our Hub area is well served by two Maths Hubs: NW3  and Cheshire and Wirral 


Due to popular demand NW3 Maths Hub will be re-running the Effective Diagnostic Assessment to Assist Recovery Work Group. 

This is a 2-part Work Group that will explore effective, high quality diagnostic assessment.

We would like to invite ALL primary schools across Liverpool, St Helens, Wigan, Sefton, and Knowsley the chance to attend the following Work Group: 

Diagnostic assessment gives teachers an understanding of children’s learning so that they can plan their teaching to match the needs of the class or their additional interventions to match the needs of smaller groups or individuals.

According to the Education Endowment Foundation: "High-quality assessment is essential to great teaching, helping us understand what pupils have (or have not) learned. Targeted diagnostic assessments can support teachers to monitor pupils’ progress, particularly as they re-establish classroom routines and recover any learning loss."

 Participants should be either:

·     2 teachers from each school, or

·     1 teacher and one TA

This Work Group is for 2 people to attend as a pair. 

Participants will receive an understanding of the principles and practices of diagnostic assessment together with a range of guidance materials to trial. To build capacity within school the selected participants should be able to disseminate relevant approaches.

Session 1 – Monday 27th September (9am to 12pm)

Session 2 – Friday 15th October (1:30pm to 3:30pm)

These sessions will run ONLINE.

There are limited spaces on this Work Group. Spaces will be offered on a first come, first served basis. 

Schools should select one key stage to sign up for based on either teacher capacity or pupil needs. Although the diagnostic assessment will initially focus on the selected key stage, this can then be disseminated to other key stages.

This Work Group is FREE of CHARGE. 

If you would like to book a place, please contact: 

Paula Foster-   

Sarah Makin-  

Cheshire and Wirral Maths Hub

We are currently recruiting schools onto the following Work Groups. Please click on the links to find out more. For further questions, please email

Subject Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics for Secondary non-specialists

Secondary Multi Academy Trust Leads Work Group

Useful resources for primary school teachers:

​​Curriculum prioritisation materials, mapping the whole year’s primary maths curriculum term-by-term, are available to support teachers planning their maths teaching for 2021/22.

Useful resources for Secondary school teachers:

For teachers of Year 7, new Checkpoints diagnostic activities are now available to download from the NCETM. Associated professional development online seminars are also taking place regularly. Checkpoints are classroom activities that will help teachers assess the understanding students have brought with them from primary school, and suggest ways to address any gaps that become evident.

Additional information

Senior Mental Health Lead Training

The DfE will soon be offering schools and colleges a grant to pay for senior mental health lead training to equip senior leads with the knowledge and skills to implement effective approaches in their settings.   

Grants will be available for up to a third of schools and colleges in England between September 2021 and March 2022, with the aim of all schools and colleges benefitting by 2025.  

Every senior mental health lead’s learning needs will be different, so a diverse range of courses will be available to reflect different phases of education, types of setting, learning preferences, location, and personal development aims.

Further information can be found here on

Research Community

The National ResearchEd Conference took place last week at Harris Chobham Academy, London,It was the opportunity for some of the big hitters in the Education Blogosphere to get together and explore their latest ideas. Most notable was the presence of Amanda Spielman (Chief HMI) and Heather Fearn (HMI). They both presented on the role research and evidence has played in the development of the EIF and the Ofsted Subject Reviews. 

Amanda Spielman explores the various strands of the research and development work undertaken by Ofsted, whilst Heather Fearn shares the process taken by Ofsted to develop their most recent subject reviews - a must read for all curriculum leaders. 

At InspireLearning NW Teaching School Hub, we are working closely with subject hubs, to help bring these reviews into the classroom. Look out for further details coming your way. 

What you need to do..


  • Make sure your Induction Tutor, ECTs and Mentors are registered on the DfE portal

  • Ensure that Mentors and ECTs are aware of and register for the Induction Conferences next Monday and Tuesday respectively

  • Ensure that ECTs are registered with an Appropriate Body for the formal assessment aspects of their Induction


  • Identify whether there are staff in school who would benefit from applying for one of the new NPQs

  • Encourage them to complete their registration through the DfE portal as a matter of urgency.

Contact details

Jane Kennedy - Teaching School Hub Lead:

Strategic Lead for ECF:

Strategic Lead for NPQs:

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