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Blackawton Primary School

Opening doors to a world of possibilities

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Blackawton Primary School is a village school, which is at the centre of the local community. Our aim is to ‘Open doors to a world of possibilities,’ which we do through the core principles laid out in our school charter. We are a small school with big aspirations; we want every child to thrive in an environment that is without walls and ceilings – metaphorical and physical.  Subsequently we have developed a fantastic outdoor learning space, our 6th classroom, and every member of staff is asked to consider the question ‘why am I doing this indoors?’ when planning lessons and activities.

We are also a school that looks out beyond the village to Dartmoor, the sea, Europe and links with schools in Ethiopia. All of these connections support our school ethos, which places a high priority on an inspiring, challenging, relevant and creative curriculum for all children.

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Working for Us

EDUCATION SOUTH WEST

By working together the schools within ESW benefit from:-
  • a support network of like-minded colleagues who believe in taking responsibility for the outcomes of children from age 0 to 19 within the Trust;
  •  opportunities to share good practices and CPD opportunities;
  •  students who will be supported because of the closer working relationships between primary and secondary schools regardless of where a child attends a school;
  •  staff who benefit from the increased opportunities to share best practice at a primary and secondary level and across phases.

 These opportunities also provide an incentive to new staff to join one of the academies within the Trust. There are opportunities for the sharing of staff both within and across phases.

 Pension Scheme

As a contracted member of staff you will be automatically enrolled into either the Teachers’ Pension Scheme or the Local Government Pension Scheme (whichever is appropriate).  Further details can be found on the following websites:

 -       Teachers’ Pensions(TPS)

 -       Peninsula Pensions (LGPS)

 Car Parking

Free car parking is available on the school premises. Spaces are on a ‘first come first served’ basis. There are also secure bike shed where colleagues and students can leave bikes and equipment.

 Catering Facilities - Canteign

Our catering is provided by ESW Catering Service.  Tasty and reasonably priced food is served in our Canteign for breakfast, break and lunch.  The meals are home-cooked, and where possible use produce from the school farm – Abbrook Farm.  In addition, drinks and snacks are available from the Snack Shack and the Sixth Form Common Room, with free tea and coffee for staff throughout the day in the Staffroom. 

 Childcare Vouchers

We participate in the childcare voucher scheme, which provides tax benefits to working parents.

 Bike Scheme

Staff can save between 32% and 43% on the cost of a bike and cycling safety accessories under HMRC regulations. 

 Eye Tests

Periodic eye examinations for frequent users of Display Screen Equipment are available.  We provide assistance in the purchase of glasses if they are deemed necessary.

Continuing Professional Development

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What’s on offer?

  1. Bursaries and support for professional development e.g. MAs and PhDs
  2. External CPD on request*
  3. Safeguarding and child protection training
  4. New staff induction
  5. Fortnightly coaching time with colleagues
  6. Learning Forum membership
  7. Lunchtime CPD sessions
  8. School INSET provision

When can this happen?

Applications for bursaries and financial support should be submitted to SLT for consideration

On completion of a CPD request form and authorisation from your line manager Throughout the year.

What’s on offer?

  1. NQT induction programme
  2. Weekly meetings with a subject mentor
  3. Visits to other schools

When can this happen?

Throughout the year

Visits to other schools in the Spring and summer term

What’s on offer?

  1. Opportunity to participate in either the OTP or DTP course.
  2. Working with a lead practitioner
  3. Participation in the Leadership Development Programme
  4. NPQML

When can this happen?

Request opportunity to participate on the courses throughout the year as they are available after discussion with your line manager and CPD leader

What’s on offer?

  1. NPQML or NPQSL
  2. Participation in the Leadership Development Programme, including shadowing opportunities
  3. Coaching and mentoring
  4. Subject network meetings as part of the SWTSA

When can this happen?

Request opportunity to participate on the courses throughout the year as they are available after discussion with your line manager and CPD leader

What’s on offer?

  1. NPQSL or NPQH
  2. Coaching and mentoring
  3. Safer recruitment training
  4. Shadowing opportunities

When can this happen?

Request opportunity to participate on the courses throughout the year as they are available after discussion with your line manager and CPD leader

EDUCATION SOUTH WEST (ESW)

Blackawton Primary School is part of the Education South West

ESW are a ‘multi-academy trust’ made up of a number of primary and secondary academy schools in the Newton Abbot and Kingsteignton/Teign Valley area that have come together so that local children can gain from the many benefits of close collaboration between us – whilst we each retain our distinctive identity.


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Our Location

EDUCATION SOUTH WEST

Blackawton Primary School

Dartmouth House,
Church Hill,
Blackawton,
Totnes
TQ9 7BQ