News & Updates

RQT CPD Package

Making the transition from an NQT into an RQT (Recently Qualified Teacher) can be quite a challenge, as you move away from a high level of mentor support, to becoming more independent in the classroom. Many, particularly those in small schools, may be asked to take on subject leader roles and middle management roles in order to support your professional development.

We have designed a new RQT training programme beginning this Autumn to develop and enhance leadership skills and to support career progression.  For further details please view the leaflet here.

Added 23 June 2020

NQT Update and Support

You will remember that we sent out communication with regards to your Induction year just before the Easter break, with updated government advice.  We recognise that if the school closures and current lockdown conditions continue for some time, then managing your Induction year will be more challenging. Therefore please see below several documents which the Lincolnshire Appropriate Bodies have worked on together, which should support you with both managing the Induction requirements and gathering evidence for your next assessment point.  If you require any further assistance please do not hesitate to contact us.

LTT Letter Supporting Teacher Standards

LTT Teachers’ Standards Evidence Grid

NQT CPD Primary Plan

NQT CPD Secondary Plan

Added 27 April 2020

History Subject Leaders Training – New Date

Stuart Tiffany (Mr T) is delivering a day of training for History and Curriculum Leaders. This course is aimed to support curriculum leaders to develop and improve the teaching of history across the primary phase.

Originally planned for the 9th June 2020 at Bourne Westfield this has now been moved to the 5th November 2020.

Please click to view the FLYER and to book please visit Bookitbee.

Updated 7 May 2020

Easter Schools Materials

Pat Eccles and Helen Ackrill have provided a suite of materials for schools to use with their pupils during this unprecedented time which we hope will help whilst the schools are closed. Please visit the following links for the materials:

Booster materials and reading resources:
Easter 2019
Easter 2020

Amended 27th March 2020

Teaching Vacancies

Are you aware of ‘Teaching Vacancies’ which is the free, national service for searching and listing teaching jobs. It will help publicly-funded schools save money and attract quality teachers. Visit for further information.

Added 24 January 2020

Curriculum Training

Bill Lord, LLE is delivering a series of three curriculum sessions, the last one takes place on the 21st May 2020 at Bourne Westfield Primary Academy. Please click to view the FLYER and to book please visit Bookitbee.

Amended 14 February 2020

Supporting Stronger Governance

Lincolnshire Teaching Schools Together (LTT), The Lincolnshire Learning Partnership (LLP), Lincolnshire County Council (LCC), Lincoln Anglican Diocese and the Leaders of Governance (NLGs/LLGs) have all worked together to produce a comprehensive and coherent support offer to ensure stronger governance of schools and academies in Lincolnshire.  Please click here to view the Governance Support Guide.

Added 19 June 2019

Voice21 Oracy Project

Keystone Teaching School have formed a partnership with Voice21, national experts in oracy. We know that this is a huge focus for primary schools and especially now that pupils have had even less opportunity for talk during school closures. Together with Voice21 we are going to be running an oracy project with a group of between 10 and 15 schools. The project will train 2 oracy leads from each school involved who can then disseminate training across their whole school community. The project will run between 1 and 3 years depending upon the level of commitment that the school wishes to give. 

For further details and costings please get in touch by email 

Added 17 June 2020

Whole School SEND Videos for NQTs

Whole School SEND have developed condition-specific videos for NQTs to develop knowledge of SEND and to introduce helpful resources and tips for the classroom. The videos could also support ITT delivery by offering underpinning knowledge about a range of SEND conditions. These free resources are accessible here.

Added 2 June 2020

NQT Induction Update

In response to the government guidelines for NQT Induction on the 1st April 2020, please see the links below for the LTT Appropriate Bodies response and information for schools.

LTT Update and FAQs

We have summarised the key points below:

• The TRA have advised that NQTs should not complete induction early. The existing timeframes remain in place.
• NQTs are required to continue gathering evidence (where possible) to demonstrate their progress towards satisfactorily meeting the teachers’ standards. Further guidance regarding support to both NQTs and their Induction Tutors will be issued by LTT at the beginning of summer term 1.

Please be assured that the Appropriate Bodies in Lincolnshire are working collaboratively to support all parties during these challenging times.

Added 2 April 2020

School Improvement Programmes of Support

Did you know that we can offer support to headteachers and school leaders to drive school improvement?  Our Local Leaders of Education (LLEs) can offer coaching and support to new headteachers or offer peer challenge and support to experienced headteachers, ensuring impact in school improvement strategies.  Please see our School Improvement programmes of support flyer for the details on the packages available.

Updated 28 Jan 2020

Coronavirus Update from Keystone

Please be aware that all of our face to face events up to Easter have been cancelled to support social distancing and we are currently looking at alternative ways to support our schools. In light of the announcement today from the DfE all of our moderation events in April and May will be cancelled and we will be in touch to arrange refunds to those that were booked to attend. We thank you at this time for your understanding and if you need any support please do not hesitate to contact us by email.

Added 20 March 2020

Lincolnshire NPQs Booking Information

Lincolnshire Teaching Schools Together are pleased to share that the booking processes for the Lincolnshire National Professional Qualification programmes 2020-21 are OPEN. Our programmes include the NPQML, NPQSL, NPQH and NPQEL qualifications.

For 2020 -2021: In the current climate, we have converted many of our face-to-face days into online webinars, video resources and activities so that learning is flexible for schools. We anticipate that this will be the offer for the Autumn term and hope to integrate some face-to-face learning in the Spring and Summer terms.

Funding details are provided in the NPQ Leadership Programmes document, including the rationale for there being two application deadlines. This is funding-related.

Please note the application deadlines for the programmes. Please can you ensure that you complete your online booking form (accessed through the website below) before the following closing dates:

• 8th July or 25th September

If you require any further information, please visit the website where you can find details regarding dates, costs and the booking forms.

Added 15 June 2020

EEF Guidance 

Don’t forget to visit the EEF website for guidance on how to support home learning during Covid-19:

Added 1 May 2020

Networks continue with Zoom

We are pleased to advise that our networks will continue this term over Zoom.  Starting with the English Network on 4th June, SENCO Networks on 18th and 24th June, EYFS Network on 25th June and Maths Network on 6th July.  Please visit our CPD page for further details.

Added 2 June 2020

Self-Care Checklist

Please see the Self-Care Checklist that has been adapted by EP Sarah Murray from Psychological First Aid For Schools (PFA-S).  Please feel free to use this list to help you with self-care strategies.  It is so important that we are looking after ourselves during this difficult time.

Added 29 April 2020

Y1,3,4 and 5 Moderation Book Available Now

Helen Ackrill, the Keystone Director and LA KS2 Lead Moderator, has written a moderation book containing exemplification materials for the non-statutory year groups of 1,3,4 and 5 and these are now available to purchase.  To place your order please complete the order form and return to 

Added 11 December 2019

Leicester Children’s Hospital CPD 

Leicester Children’s Hospital School are committed to supporting schools and other partners through a regular CPD programme and a bespoke training offer, helping to support children with medical needs.  Please click HERE to view the full details.

Added 28 January 2020

Science Hub Newsletter

Please click HERE to view the latest Science Hub Newsletter providing details of their CPD offering this term. 

Added 28 January 2020

SEN Offer

Keystone Teaching School are able to provide the following support around SEN:

  • SEND audit/reviews
  • SEN Networks
  • Bespoke SEN support provided by our SLEs
  • SENCO coaching around The Graduated Approach and requesting EHCPs

For a more specialist offer please click here to view the LEARN/Inspire offer.

Added 15 July 2019

Peer Improvement Pathway

The Peer Improvement Pathway pilot project is now underway and Keystone has 6 schools within its Hub.  Each school has previously engaged in some form of Peer Review and will now be using the EEF guidance ‘Putting Evidence to Work: A School’s Guide to Implementation’ in order to formulate action plans.  Our Enquiry Lead will be facilitating 3 cluster meetings over the year using research to inform practice.  As part of these meetings, 3 of the schools will showcase areas of the school which are working well.  We hope that this enquiry process will provide high support/high challenge to all those involved, in order act as a powerful school improvement tool.  The project will last for the academic year 2019/2020 but we hope will continue beyond this.  Should you be interested in future projects then please let us know.

Added 31 October 2019