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October 2019
October 18 10:00 am 4:00 pm

Improving pupil progress by metacognition & 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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November 2019
November 5 10:00 am 4:00 pm

Differentiating the Learning Experience

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…

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November 8 10:00 am 4:00 pm

Moving on to Middle Management

Middle leader training for new HOD’s and Head’s of Year • Do you need a middle leaders training programme in your school? • How do you insure the successful career development of your best staff within your school? • How do teachers make an impact as a middle leader? • Can you show you have an educational vision and see that through to sustainable improvement in your school? This course is for those staff who are looking to become HOD…

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November 11 1:00 pm 3:30 pm

Holistic Development in the EYFS (A)

90% of brain development occurs by the age of 5, so it is crucial that we provide early years experiences that support the whole child. The aim of this training is to build the teachers confidence in providing holistic activities that support emotional, psychological and physical development in young children. Teachers will also gain a greater understanding how to plan effectively in line with the EYFS. Inset Outline Understanding holistic approach How to support emotional, psychological & physical development of…

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November 11 1:00 pm 6:30 pm

Holistic Development in the EYFS + Teaching with inspiration in the EYFS (A + B)

Holistic Development in the EYFS (A) 90% of brain development occurs by the age of 5, so it is crucial that we provide early years experiences that support the whole child. The aim of this training is to build the teachers confidence in providing holistic activities that support emotional, psychological and physical development in young children. Teachers will also gain a greater understanding how to plan effectively in line with the EYFS. Inset Outline Understanding holistic approach How to support…

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November 11 4:00 pm 6:30 pm

Teaching with inspiration in the EYFS (B)

Often we can become complacent in our methods and need to refresh our ideas and ways of thinking! Children are receptive to teachers who are engaging, exciting and enthused about what they are teaching. The aim of this course is to inspire educators and give them the confidence to review the Early Years Foundation Stage in a new light and create exciting opportunities for learning by using creativity to engage curious minds. Inset Outline Multiple Intelligence approach to learning Curious…

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November 15 10:00 am 4:00 pm

Lesson Observation and Performance Management

Lesson Observation & Performance management: strategies to improve teaching and pupil outcomes through effective observations, feedback and coaching Effective teacher professional development, appraisal and capability place effective and accurate observations of teaching and learning at the heart of the process of overall improvement in both teacher and pupil outcomes and progress. This course will explore practical strategies to ensure rigorous and robust lesson observations are at the centre of any school’s performance management processes, and highly effective lesson observation is…

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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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November 18 10:00 am 4:00 pm

Gender Differences in the Classroom

This INSET weaves together the brain science with child and adolescent development to develop whole school and classroom strategies that are both effective and easily applicable. But why does the subject of gender differences continue to be so controversial…? …Real-life observations demonstrate clear examples such as the fact that insurers quote higher premiums when young men apply for car insurance; most lower sets and special needs groups in school are boy-heavy; around 60% of high-achieving women turn down promotions in…

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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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