Registration for the FREE 2020-2021 Teacher Subject Specialism Training Programme in either Secondary Mathematics, or Physics is now open.
Please Note: There are up to 12 participant places on the Secondary Maths training programme and 6 places on the Physics programme. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Fully-funded Teacher Subject Specialism Training (TSST) in either Secondary Maths, or Physics, led by specialist subject tutors at The Blue School, Wells. This programme starts with a two-day induction conference on Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd December at The Blue School.
When registering your place via the 'Book (Individual)' link below, please indicate in the designated field whether you would like to participate in the Secondary Maths, or the Physics specialism training.
Please download the attached TSST Course Handbook 2020-2021 (via the link at the bottom of this page) for more detailed course information.
TSST participant feedback:
"I completed TSST training in Physics in July 2017 and I found it very useful in gaining teaching skills and confidence in teaching new subject, that is why I decided to apply again this year for training in Mathematics."
"Training sessions were well structured, I was able to follow the process from the start to the end and from session to session my confidence in teaching maths was increasing."
"Working with like minded teachers looking to improve their Physics teaching practice was refreshing. It was also nice to see tutors who are truly enthusiastic about their subject. The focus on the new area of required practicals was particularly relevant and helpful to me."
"The course has met my expectations and I feel more confident in my ability to teach Maths at KS3 and KS4. Mark Williams from The Blue School in Wells has a passion for his subject of Maths which shows through and he knows his subject inside out and can break it down into the simplest of terms."
"The knowledge and help that the tutors provide has been fantastic.The sessions they run are genuinely engaging and give us a lot of really great information and resources to use within my teaching."
Please note that once you have registered your place, you will be contacted by Taunton Teaching Alliance to provide the following information:
Your School’s URN (Unique Reference Number)
Your TRN (Teacher Reference Number), or QTS / QTLS Membership Number
Your Date of Birth
Your Maiden Name (if applicable)
Your main subject that you qualified in and that you currently teach
Your Returners ID Number if you previously completed a TSST course in a different subject area.
All personal information is treated with utmost security and confidentiality. Please see the DfE’s Privacy Notice:
Privacy Notice TSST - How will we use your information?
The TSST training you are applying for is funded by the Department for Education (DfE). For the purpose of data protection legislation, the DfE is the data controller for the personal data processed as part of the evaluation of STEM and MFL teacher supply and recruitment programmes.
How your data will be used: We will share with the DfE personal data, provided by you in your TSST application, in order for the DfE to
(a) know who is participating in the training;
(b) confirm eligibility and funding for the training;
(c) link the information you provide in your application form to other information about you that they already hold (for example, on the Database of Qualified Teachers and School Workforce Census), or to which it is lawfully permitted access. This is to identify (for example) how many participants go on to teach in the TSST subject they have undertaken;
(d) contact you to take part in research related to your training. Please be aware that, if contacted, you are under no obligation to take part in research.
Your contact details are also shared with CFE Research (an organisation contracted by the DfE) who will use your data as a sampling frame to contact individuals to take part in interviews or surveys, to evaluate the training. CFE may also link the answers from these surveys/interviews to other information within the data, such as subject taught (where applicable). Please note that if contacted, you are under no obligation to take part and you can ask not to participate, or change your mind, at any time. Individuals will not be identified in any results of the evaluation.
Lawful use of your personal data: In lawfully using your data, conditions in the data protection legislation must be met. The relevant condition for the purpose of TSST is ‘Schedule 2 (5)(c) of the Data Protection Act: that the processing is necessary for the exercise of a function of the Secretary of State of the Department’.
Storing your personal data: All personal data shared with DfE (and its contracted organisations) will be handled securely and only accessed for the purposes of the evaluation of teacher training, recruitment and retention. Your data will only be stored for as long as required for the purpose(s) of this programme, and will then be securely destroyed. Please note that, under section 33 of the Data Protection Act, and in compliance with the relevant conditions, we can lawfully keep personal data processed purely for research purposes indefinitely.
Your data protection rights: You have the right to
- ask for access to information about you that we hold;
- have your personal data rectified, if it is inaccurate or incomplete;
- request the deletion or removal of personal data where there is no compelling reason for its continued processing;
- restrict our processing of your personal data (i.e. permitting its storage but no further processing);
- object to direct marketing (including profiling) and processing for the purposes of scientific/historical research and statistics;
- not be subject to decisions based purely on automated processing where it produces a legal or similarly significant effect on you.
Contact the DfE at www.gov.uk/dfe
if you have concerns with this privacy notice.