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March 2019
March 5 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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March 6 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 8 9:30 am 4:00 pm

The Journey to Outstanding Practice in the Early Years

Very informative, lots of thought-provoking ideas. Tanya Cross Assistant Head, Inglehurst Junior School Do you know what outstanding looks like in the early years? Are you able to evidence it in practice? To be outstanding is a shared responsibility between early years practitioners, line managers/senior leaders and parents. Embedding a learning culture of improvement is an essential ingredient on this journey. Understanding these needs and how they express themselves in the early years environment will help achieve this goal. INSET…

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March 12 9:30 am 4:00 pm

Coding and Computing in the 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 15 9:30 am 4:00 pm

Extending Pupils’ Academic Study Skills and Higher-Order Skills (HOTS)

What can teachers learn from psychology and cognitive science to apply to the classroom? Are you looking for strategies to make your pupils really think? How do we improve pupils’ research and referencing skills? How should teachers best utilise ‘pupil talk’ in their classrooms? Teachers are good at writing and asking literal questions (eg. name the parts of the digestive system), but do we tend to do this far too often? Students must be taught to find the information they…

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March 18 9:30 am 4:00 pm

Leading Outstanding Teaching and Learning in your School

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 and…

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March 18 10:00 am 3:00 pm

Promoting Reading – Librarian Refresher course

PROMOTING READING – 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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March 19 9:30 am 4:00 pm

Leaders Day: Building and leading a robust Digital Strategy

Overview All schools are now are feeling the pressure to use technology in innovative yet measured ways to engage pupils and parents and are expected to be leaders in digital possibilities. The reality is often that schools are finding that navigating their way through the maze of digital solutions is expensive, time consuming and confusing. School leaders are often not computer experts and do not want jargon and techie-speak when all they need to know is the educational value of…

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March 20 8:45 am 3:30 pm

Leading Outstanding Teaching and Learning in your School

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 and…

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March 22 9:30 am 4:00 pm

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

“Excellent, clear, well-pitched delivery and responds to questions well” Ben Fell, Teacher, Uppingham School 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…

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May 2019
May 7 9:30 am 4:30 pm

High Impact Lesson Observations

High Impact Lesson Observations and Coaching to empower and develop staff in your school or department “The feedback from the middle leaders and SLT was overwhelmingly positive, they loved being able to share ideas and raise their concerns” Svetlana Bajic-Raymond, Deputy Head, Cotham School STRATEGIES FOR LESSON OBSERVATIONS, FEEDBACK AND COACHING TO IMPROVE TEACHING AND STUDENT PROGRESS • Do your middle leaders feel confident in the skills of lesson observation? • Can you feedback to colleagues in a structured and…

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May 8 9:30 am 4:30 pm

Challenging More Able Pupils in Maths

Challenging More Able Pupils in Maths I feel particularly inspired. Unlike many courses, this felt achievable. Alison Tanner, Year 5/6 Teacher Cameley Primary School Maths is an exciting subject. The National Curriculum provides a framework to enable children to explore a range of concepts and improve fluency, ability to reason and solve mathematical problems. However, many children need to have the opportunity to become more secure and develop a ‘greater depth’ at every stage of their learning – and it’s…

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May 16 9:30 am 4:00 pm

Well-being for better teaching

Well-being for Better Teaching Thriving, not just surviving: Well-being for teachers at work and at home • How can we better manage stress, and develop resilience and avoid burnout? • How does ensuring a good work-life balance enable us to do our job more effectively? • How can stronger personal boundaries help us to remain focused on the key elements of our job, and ensure we do them to the best of our ability? • How can we build personal…

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May 22 9:30 am 4:00 pm

Leaders’ Day: stress management and resilience building for SLT

Leaders’ Day: Stress Management and Resilience building for SLT Stress Management and Resilience Building: The Lead Team guide • Why is it important that leaders have a good understanding of stress and resilience for themselves? • Why do people become stressed in the first place? • How can leaders and managers apply this understanding to their teams? • What kinds of tools can help to manage discord and conflict within teams? • How can team leaders maintain high performance and…

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November 2019
November 18 9:00 am 3:30 pm

Key Stage 2 English Conference – Developing Young Writers: From Reading to Writing Teresa Cremin, the Open University

Venue: The King’s School Canterbury – Birley’s Pavilion, St Stephen’s Road, Canterbury CT2 7JS A valuable, practical and stimulating day for all KS2 English teachers on the close relationship between reading and writing, and how to develop young writers’ skills, inspiration and engagement in the classroom. Delegates will return to school with: • more understanding of the influence of reading on writing; • a range of activities that lean on literature and offer support to writers; • ideas for inspiring…

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