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November 2019
November 27 10:00 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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December 2019
December 9 1:00 pm 3:30 pm

Outstanding Teaching in Maths (A)

INSET Outline Setting our educational goals Nurturing our pupils’ independence and curiosity. The importance of resilience and persistence. Developing creative problem solvers Training for exams Reaching our educational goals The value and limitations of research Applying research to our own practice Direct instruction v. discovery learning The value of collaboration The power of questioning Responding to pupil questions The value of marking and feedback Making testing more effective The meaning of metacognition Measuring our success The timing of this inset…

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December 9 1:00 pm 6:30 pm

Outstanding Teaching in Maths & Developing Independence in Maths (A + B)

Outstanding Teaching in Maths (A) INSET Outline Setting our educational goals Nurturing our pupils’ independence and curiosity. The importance of resilience and persistence. Developing creative problem solvers Training for exams Reaching our educational goals The value and limitations of research Applying research to our own practice Direct instruction v. discovery learning The value of collaboration The power of questioning Responding to pupil questions The value of marking and feedback Making testing more effective The meaning of metacognition Measuring our success…

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December 9 4:00 pm 6:30 pm

Developing Independence in Maths (B)

Are you looking to develop the levels of independence and resilience in your pupils? Do you want to develop more self-reliant leaners who take more initiative and responsibility for their own learning? Do you need an innovative and in-depth guide to successful learning? Would you like some strategies and tasks to boost pupil motivation and independence? Do you want to re-focus student attention on the skills needed for lifelong learning and achievement? Establishing Excellent Attitudes to Learning across the school…

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January 2020
January 9, 2020 3:30 pm 7:00 pm

Differentiation and Personalised Learning

Maximising progress in lessons for all learners Building effective inclusion and clear progression: raise standards, narrow the gap, challenge all learners Ensuring value added: strategies for all learners to make significant progress Challenge the commonly held myths and misconceptions of differentiation, including what is outstanding practice and what inspectors want to see. Learning should be a deeply personal experience. Children have a huge appetite and capacity to learn, yet all do not learn as enthusiastically or effectively at school. That…

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January 15, 2020 1:00 pm 3:30 pm

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving (A)

Support your pupils to think deeper about lesson content Do you think your pupils miss valuable opportunities to ‘dig deeper’ into the real meaning of a topic? How can we make critical thinking a habit that all learners take on? What does the research literature say about higher-order thinking? Why it is critical thinking such an important skill to have in the 21st century How can we make sure all of our students are engaging at higher levels? The significance…

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January 17, 2020 10:00 am 4:00 pm

Skills for more effective Teaching Assistants

Understand the research and best practice guidance around making the best use of teaching assistants Learn how simple changes can transform TA preparedness and practice Find out how to overcome key obstacles to change Discover how to work with the TA Team to ensure that all staff are engaged with change for the better Gain insight into what TA best practice looks like in all areas of school life Making the best use of Teaching Assistants Based on the Education…

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January 30, 2020 10:00 am 4:00 pm

Difficult Conversations

Building positive relationships with difficult colleagues/parents This INSET will provide effective strategies to: • Evidence effective leadership and the support of positive behaviours for staff and student wellbeing, as described in OfSTED guidance for inspection. • Know how to deal with ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ issues through opening lines, questioning tips, interaction strategies; and de-escalation techniques • Develop reasoning skills to turn around difficult and demanding situations • Build an effective, skill-base to defuse aggression, handle bullies, complacency, complainers; and support…

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January 31, 2020 10:00 am 4:00 pm

Improving Pupil Progress by Metacognition and Self Regulation

• 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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