Welcome to Linwood Teaching School Alliance

Kate Tuck
LTSA Director
Kate Tuck LTSA Director

We have managed to rearrange most of our training to a virtual platform. Feedback so far has been great.

We are so pleased to be able to continue our training, albeit slightly different to what we are used to.  Fingers crossed we can get back to face to face training in the not too distant future.

Evaluations: Continuing Professional and Leadership Development

During the Spring term 2020,  we delivered 32 training events, which included central events and whole school training. Due to Covid-19 restrictions and subsequent lockdown, 30 further central training events were cancelled alongside many more whole school training events

We have evaluations from training sessions delivered through the Teaching School from 692 people across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. They were asked to grade the event they attended from 1 (positive) to 5 (negative) on a number of different aspects.

In response to the question ‘How would you rate your knowledge before the event?’, 54% of them gave the answer 1 or 2.

In response to the question ‘How would you rate your knowledge after the event?’, 92% of them gave the answer 1 or 2.

Testimonials from Spring term training

  • “A good balance of talk, discussion, activities and videos”
  • “Thank you for your time, it has really made me think about the impact I have on the children in my care”
  • “Great to share practice, receive updates and gain more resources”
  • “Thank you, it was so good to receive training which is so practical and can be used straight away”
  • “Enjoyable, entertaining and helpful session, delivered in an engaging way”
  • “Fun and engaging, the trainer used a variety of teaching strategies to help our understanding”
  • “Event leaders were very knowledgeable and presented the information superbly”

BOOST – Bournemouth Outreach Offer: SEND Together

Linwood School and Tregonwell Academy in partnership

As a service we provide Universal SEND support to schools (Primary and Secondary) and specific support for individual pupils at SEN Support & EHCP Level. We work in a solution-focused way, providing advice and guidance to help pupils achieve their potential.

BOOST Leaflet
BOOST Overview
BOOST Partnership Principles
BOOST Partnership Vision
BOOST Referral Information
BOOST Request Form SEND Training
Form 1. BCP Outreach Application Form

Head Teacher network

Following on from a successful Head Teacher network in October 2019, we plan on holding these virtually on a termly basis. Next date to be confirmed soon for the Summer term.

Are you a new SENCo?

We are pleased to announce we are running our “Grow your own SENCo” course again this year. The session will consist of two dates, one in the Autumn term and one in the Spring term. Details as follows ;

Grow own SENCo flyer 2020

SEN Leadership Network – 27.5.21 Please book via workforcedevelopment – No charge to attend

For all School and Academy Leaders of SEND

These termly networks provide an opportunity for SENCos and other senior leaders from mainstream and special schools and colleges with responsibilities for vulnerable learners to meet, share ideas and hear the latest local, regional and national information and statutory requirements. There will be a focus on provision and outcomes for learners with special educational needs, disabilities and other vulnerabilities.

SEN leadership network flyer 27.5.21

 Speech and Sound Production, Stammering, Primary School Talk, Secondary School Talk, Supporting Social Language Difficulties (Primary and Secondary workshops) and Selective Mutism   available to book now – all delivered by the Paediatric Speech and Language Service.

Speech and Sound Production virtual March 2021

Stammering March 2021

Supporting Social Language Difficulties Primary

Supporting Social Language Difficulties Secondary

Primary School Talk virtual May 2021

Selective Mutism June 2021

Secondary School Talk virtual 2021


We are delighted to be offering training from Dr Susan Ebbels from Moor House Research and Training Institute on The SHAPE CODING System.

Shape coding

“Can’t write, won’t write – and you can’t make me ” – A workshop to support reluctant writers. Delivered by Neil Mackay from Action Dyslexia Ltd.  Primary and Secondary versions available.

Can’t write, won’t write primary

Can’t write, won’t write secondary

Current Programmes

School Direct – Train in Bournemouth to be a Primary Teacher

Looking towards a career in teaching?     Get in touch now!

Train to teach here! Applications for 2021 will open in October.

Read more…

School to School Support

How can we help you and your staff? Read more…

The Engagement Model

The DFE Engagement Model replaces P Scales 1 to 4 and becomes statutory from September 2021.  We will be hosting virtual  training on The Engagement Model during the Spring term. Attendance at both sessions within the event is essential.  Please see details below and book onto one of the links.

EM Virtual Jan & Feb 21 – fully booked

EM Virtual Feb & March 21 – fully booked

EM Virtual April and May 21

EM Virtual – Katrina February and March

SENCO Accredidation

The National Award for SEN Coordination is a DfE approved post-graduate qualification for
teachers in the role of SENCO. Please click below to read more;-

SENCo Award information January 2020

Enc 6 SENCO flyer

Enc 7 SENCO Award Leaflet

Autism Education Trust (AET) Training for Early Years settings and Schools – Professional Development Opportunities for Staff

AET Tier 1 Virtual May 2021

AET Tier 2 Extended June 21

AET Tier 2 Schools April & May virtual delivery

AET Tier 3 Schools May 2021 virtual delivery

AET EY Tier 2 March 21 virtual

Summer term dates for AET Training will be added soon.

We can offer AET Training as a whole school, or at our central events.  If you wish to arrange Tier 1 whole staff training (90 minutes) or Tier 2 whole staff training (all day), at your school,  please email jackiehorne@linwood.bournemouth.sch.uk .

Social Stories

Dr Siobhan Timmins has been writing Social Stories™ for 25 years and is a published author. She has more than a decade of experience in teaching social understanding in Autism to parents and professionals, delivering workshops in SOCIAL STORIES™ , as defined by Carol Gray, nationally and internationally. We are pleased that Siobhan will be delivering 2 training sessions for us, one for primary staff and one for secondary staff

Social Stories Primary

Social Stories Secondary

Supporting young people with Autism with Relationships

Led by Yvonne Smith, Autism Together.

During this workshop, we will aim to increase knowledge and confidence in supporting those on the autistic spectrum in developing and understanding relationships as they progress into Adulthood. We will look at how we can best to support young people with Autism in creating, understanding and maintaining friendships and relationships . We will also discuss how to keep young people safe in relationships.

Autism and Relationships

Primary Maths network – 10th June 2021

Content tbc


Other Maths related courses running;

Dyscalculia virtual April 21

Maximising the Practice of Teaching Assistants- new date added in June

Research indicates that quality feedback on learning and the development of metacognition skills can boost pupil attainment. This  Improving pupil independence course provides TAs with the skills to scaffold learning and help pupils become confident, independent learners.

Based on the acclaimed book, The TA’s Guide to Effective Interaction, this course introduces TAs to the  scaffolding framework, and provides practical strategies and reflective activities. The course is suitable for teaching assistants, learning support assistants and other classroom support staff who support learning in all settings and at all stages.

This  MPTA programme  includes a 1½ hour pre-recorded  training for teachers, MPTA: What teachers need to know.


This 90 minute session provides teachers and leaders with essential information on how to plan for and deploy TAs in the classroom and ensure they can make full use of TAs’ new MPTA skills.

We are delighted to be working with the team at maximisingtas.co.uk

MPTA June 2021

MPTA October 21

Removing Barriers workshops

We are pleased to facilitate the following workshops; The Dyslexia friendly classroom, Down Syndrome awareness, The 5 Point Scale, Sensory Differences, Supporting SEN students with Maths, Dyscalculia, Fine Motor Skills and Visual Perception.


Dyscalculia virtual April 21

Developmental Co-ordination disorder

Fine motor skills and visual perception

Removing Barriers – Sensory Differences 28.6.21

Mission Statement: “We aim to provide a centre of excellence in which individuals are valued and encouraged to give of their best.”


We offer professional development and networking opportunities for SEND Leadership, Primary Maths, Primary English and Governors.

To book a place on any of our Networks, please visit the BCP Workforce Development website