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January 2019
January 16, 2019 9:30 am 4:00 pm

Excellent Pupil Outcomes for all Students

Outstanding Pupil Outcomes for All Students Excellent! – so many useful strategies and practical techniques which can be implemented in the classroom immediately. Isabella Mech Head of Sixth Form , Cheltenham College Improving levels of Achievement and Personal Development School inspection frameworks have moved away from a series of lesson observations where the teacher was expected to “perform” for the Inspector whilst they completed a check list of such things as “uses interactive whiteboard” and “AfL”; they now focus much…

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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

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, 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 8, 2019 9:30 am 4:00 pm

Outstanding Practice in EYFS

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March 15, 2019 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, 2019 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, 2019 9:30 am 4:00 pm

Digital Leadership

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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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May 2019
May 7, 2019 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, 2019 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 14, 2019 8:00 am 5:00 pm

Independent Learning and Increased Pupil Initiative

Independent Learning and Increased Pupil Initiative It was informative, constructive and invaluable for me. Melanie Westlake, Head of Science, Saint Felix School • Are you looking to developing 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 games and tasks to boost pupil motivation…

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May 16, 2019 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 17, 2019 9:30 am 4:00 pm

Excellent Pupil Outcomes for all Students

Outstanding Pupil Outcomes for All Students Excellent! – so many useful strategies and practical techniques which can be implemented in the classroom immediately. Isabella Mech Head of Sixth Form, Cheltenham College Improving levels of Achievement and Personal Development School inspection frameworks have moved away from a series of lesson observations where the teacher was expected to “perform” for the Inspector whilst they completed a checklist of such things as “uses interactive whiteboard” and “AfL”; they now focus much more closely…

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May 22, 2019 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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