Teacher Subject Specialist Training (TSST)

The Arthur Terry National Teaching School works in partnerships with the National Forest Teaching School to deliver Teacher Subject Specialism Training in MFL and Maths.

These programmes offer an opportunity for those who have a teaching qualification but are not currently teaching a subject in which there is a national shortage to develop their subject knowledge and pedagogy to enable them to teach the shortage subject to GCSE. The certificate that is awarded at the end of the year by The National Forest Teaching School and The Arthur Terry  National Teaching School, in conjunction with the DfE, states that you have completed a programme which will enable you to teach the shortage subject to GCSE.

There is also an opportunity for participants to gain 30 Masters level credits towards the Masters in Teaching and Learning through Birmingham City University, although completing this element is not a condition of gaining the certificate.


The MFL TSST courses offers participants an opportunity to develop both their subject knowledge of French or Spanish alongside their understanding of MFL pedagogy.

The course comprises two distinct parts; 6 x 90-minute subject pedagogy sessions led by an MFL SLE and 6 x 90-minute French or Spanish subject knowledge development sessions led by experienced MFL teachers. All sessions will start at 3.45pm – 5.15pm and will be delivered virtually by facilitators from the Arthur Terry Teaching School alliance.

Part 1:  MFL Pedagogy

Tues 17.11.2020Phonics, Vocabulary and Grammar
Tues 15.12.2020Knowing more and remembering more
Tues 12.01.2021Practice makes perfect
Tues 02.02.2021Spontaneity and speaking
Tues 02.03.2021Developing accuracy and content
Tues 23.03.2021Using authentic resources Part Two

Part 2:  French / Spanish subject knowledge development

Dates: TBC

For more information on this programme or to book a place please contact Jeanette Taylor-Perks at cpd@jths.co.uk.

This course is exactly what I’ve always hoped for and I can’t recommend it enough! The course was well-planned and the facilitator is clearly an experienced and knowledgeable instructor who won my respect straight.  I loved the sense of academic rigour that underpinned all the sessions and could tell everything was well-researched and free of gimmicks. It was really enjoyable to have someone to truly instruct me and leave me with solid concepts and specific strategies and activities that I can use in the classroom to improve my practice.

TSST Spanish Participant 19-20

TSST Maths

Dates and content for the 20-21 TSST Maths programme are currently being finalised.  To register your interest in this programme please e-mail Jeanette Taylor-Perks at cpd@jths.co.uk.

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