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October 2018
October 5 9:30 am 4:00 pm

Differentiating the Learning Experience

Julia Rowlandson BA Hons, PGCE, Dip RSA SpLD, AMBDA (Co-Director of Understanding and Supporting Learning) ‘The child or young person is at the ‘heart of the system.’ Revised Code of Practise 2014 “Every student can learn, just not on the same day, or the same way” George Evans ESL Kids Games This conference will explore different ways of presenting information and securing learning. It will suggest alternative tasks and resources and a variety of methods to assess the stage of…

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October 8 10:00 am 3:00 pm

Librarian Refresher Course

PROMOTING READERS – this conference is for librarians, English teachers and all those involved in developing readers in prep schools. SPEAKERS Tricia Adams was, until recently, Director of the School Library Association. She is a lifelong librarian with a passion to get children reading for the pleasure and benefit it brings. Tricia’s sessions will look at the variety of research available on the benefits of reading, as well as practical ideas on how to use limited resources to create the…

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October 10 9:00 am 4:00 pm

Ongoing Learning and Development in your 2nd year of teaching

Completing your NQT year is a major achievement and one during which a great deal of learning and professional development has taken place. During your second year in prep school, much of the role will be wonderful and fulfilling. However, will be moments though when it feels more like a case of day to day survival. There is a very steep learning curve during your second year as a prep school teacher and this course will help you climb that…

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October 10 9:30 am 4:00 pm

GDPR – are you compliant?

From May 2018, schools must comply with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) or face fines of 4% of their income. The implications are significant, and this course will ensure that you are fully briefed on the implications and have an implementation plan in place. This course is aimed at senior school leaders, governors and those with responsibility for GDPR. By the end of the course, participants will have built an awareness of the new requirements for GDPR, be…

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October 11 9:30 am 4:00 pm

Growth Mindset

9.30 – 11.00: Session 1 – Growth Mindsets: Putting Theory into Practice Coffee Break 11.20 – 12.30: Session 2 – Getting the Language Right: Using Language to Foster Growth Mindsets Lunch 1.15 – 2.15: Session 3 – Changing how Learners Perceive Mistakes Comfort Break 2.30 – 3.30: Session 4 – Helping Learners to think about their own Thinking Mike Gershon is an expert educationalist whose knowledge of teaching and learning extends across the Key Stages and the curriculum. His online…

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October 16 9:30 am 4:00 pm

Leading Music to Outstanding in a Prep School

Course Description and Aims The leadership and management of a prep school music department is a unique and challenging role. Leaders of music in prep schools face the rewards and challenges of planning and leading an active and creative music curriculum, managing a range of visiting instrumental teachers, representing the public face of the school through concerts and other events; and ensuring that music is seen as an area of teaching and learning that offers exceptional value for money to…

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November 2018
November 6 9:30 am 4:00 pm

The Inspection Ready Leader: ISI Compliance (including boarding)

How to do your own audit. Course leader: Hilary Moriarty   How will your school fare in the new inspections Can your staff readily identify the outcomes they seek? Can they ensure they emerge in the classroom Will they provide the evidence they did? Question: what really matters in a classroom? Answer: what comes out of it – now identified for the latest ISI inspection process as ‘Outcomes for Pupils’ This was always true – the aim of great teaching…

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November 9 9:30 am 4:00 pm

Preparing for Art Scholarship

Building an Excellent Portfolio: How to become an Art Scholar If you have a pupil who shows artistic promise, it’s worth them considering a scholarship in the subject. Ivan Stroud, Head of Art Faculty at Northbridge House Canonbury and previously Head of Sculpture at Harrow School and University College School, will explain what schools will be looking for when they interview prospective scholars. Achieving the status of ‘the art scholar’ is a competitive business among senior school children. ‘Who’s going…

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November 12 9:30 am 4:00 pm

Staff Wellbeing and Pastoral Care

Auditing the issues • Knowing your strengths and analysing your goals. • What does school expect from you? • Understanding your support network • How does the world outside school impact on your own well-being? Developing better communication skills • Understanding the messages we give out • Developing an awareness of how our expectations colour our engagement with others • Remaining assertive and in control • Applying techniques to minimise difficult situations. Better whole school well-being • What are the…

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November 13 9:30 am 4:00 pm

Raising potential and attainment with digital art

Overview Beyond being an exciting part of the art curriculum, digital art techniques also bring new learning opportunities across the school. This course gives teachers, art specialists and curriculum leaders the technical understanding and practical ideas to confidently use digital art techniques in art lessons and across the curriculum. The course provides non-IT specialists with the technical details they need to know to ensure successful outcomes and achieve great results with digital art and media. Who should attend? The course…

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November 13 9:30 am 4:00 pm

Using critical thinking and problem solving to encourage outstanding learning

Critical thinking and problem-solving techniques should be central to developing effective, independent learners yet, so often, they are not. By investigating our own critical thinking and problem-solving skills, challenging our existing knowledge and developing a deeper understanding of key concepts; ‘Critical thinking and problem solving’ will give you the tools and strategies you need to embed these skills in your own teaching and the learning of your students. If you want to find out more, why not sign up for…

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November 15 9:30 am 4:00 pm

SATIPS Pastoral Conference 2018

Effective pastoral care is a feature that enhances all aspects of school life. All staff contribute to it, whether they have a formal role in its system or whether they are “only a teacher” – and a shared approach which recognises this is the starting point for this opening keynote. Stephen De Silva sets out a vision for both the structures and ethos that can achieve highly effective pastoral care.

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November 15 9:30 am 3:30 pm

Preparing for Common Entrance English at 13+

This one day conference will be led by Sarah North, member of the ISEB Common Entrance and CASE setting team for English. She is the team leader for the 11+ Common Entrance team for English having previously gained experience as a member of the ISEB Academic Committee Team for Humanities. Sarah will share accessible but inspiring ways of preparing pupils for the Common Entrance English exam at 13+ whilst focusing on key techniques for analysing prose and poetry in Section…

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November 16 9:30 am 4:00 pm

Moving on to Middle Leadership: for academic and pastoral leaders

The Essential Elements of Leadership & Management • Leadership versus management • Communication – the wrong and the right type • Day-to-day operational duties vs. strategic leadership • Successfully managing change & conflict Outstanding Pupil Outcomes & Inspections • What is an outstanding lesson? • Creating a culture of self-reflection & evaluation • Effective lesson observations • Monitoring teaching and learning • Preparing for inspection Build for long-term success – how to: • Identify the priority areas for your school…

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November 20 9:30 am 4:00 pm

Bringing Coding and Computing to Life – Pre-Prep and Lower Prep School

Overview Are you unclear on where to start with the computing curriculum, or would like ideas on how to bring computing to life? Would you like to secure your own understanding or be sure that you are have a strong offering in this area? This course is designed to support teachers in ensuring they have a complete understanding of coding and computing and how to confidently deliver the curriculum in ways that spark the imaginations of our younger pupils. Who…

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January 2019
January 28, 2019 9:30 am 4:00 pm

Preparing for Common Entrance English at 11+

This one day conference will be led by Sarah North, team leader for the 11+ ISEB setting team with previous experience as a member of the ISEB Academic Committee Team for Humanities (English). Sarah will share accessible but inspiring ways of preparing pupils for the Common Entrance English exam at 11+ whilst focusing on key techniques for approaching the prose comprehension in Paper 1 and the skills required for responding successfully to the writing prompts in Paper 2. The course…

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February 2019
February 12, 2019 9:30 am 4:00 pm

Coding in Upper Prep – Years 3 – 8

Overview Are you confident that the computing curriculum is being well delivered in your school, or would like ideas on how to bring a ‘wow’ to computing lessons? Would you like to secure your own understanding or be clearer on academic or technological requirements for delivering computing? This course is designed to support schools in ensuring they have a complete understanding of coding and computing and how to confidently deliver the curriculum. It covers the key concepts, ways to bring…

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March 2019
March 5, 2019 9:30 am 4:00 pm

Outstanding Academic Leadership of Departments and Schools

• Are you aware of the latest changes to the inspection framework and how these apply to teaching and learning? • Do you know how to lead your staff to deliver outstanding teaching? • Do you need some practical skills and strategies to move teaching in your school to outstanding? This ‘hands-on’ course looks at the criteria and processes that school leadership will need to both understand and apply to be graded outstanding/excellent within the inspection framework. The course highlights…

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March 22, 2019 9:30 am 4:00 pm

Improving pupil progress by metacognition, self-regulation and decision making strategies

• Do your pupils prefer recalling information to “real” thinking? • How do you help students improve their self-understanding? • What are good metacognitive skills? • What are pupils with high levels of metacognition capable of? • How can metacognition improve the pupil outcomes for SEND and more able students? The Sutton Trust highlight how metacognitive and self-regulation strategies add, on average, up to 8 months of additional progress. According to the Sutton Trust, teaching students meta-cognitive skills has “consistently…

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