Primary science should inspire pupils and foster their natural curiosity. Harnessing this curiosity involves providing opportunities for pupils to ask questions, explore materials and the environment, observe, test things out and find answers to questions. Exploring what it means to be a scientist, will not only engage and excite pupils but also develop essential working scientifically skills. This course is for teachers and subject leaders who are looking to inspire future scientists and develop life-long learning skills.Essential Information
Is developing teaching to ‘pitch work at the correct level for the most able’ or ‘set work which consistently challenges and stretches the most able’ or ‘improve teaching of the most able so they achieve higher standards’ a school focus?
Understanding exactly what this means and looks like in the classroom is hard. Pupils who are quick at calculating and getting the right answer might seem secure and ready for the challenge. But do they have depth of understanding? Can they explain their thinking or apply it independently to a different context? Why is it that even when providing opportunities for deeper thinking pupils do not reach the higher standard by the end of the key stage?
This course, suitable for subject leaders, Key Stage 1 and 2 teachers, will explore how to move pupils through the programme of study ‘at broadly the same pace’ whilst providing opportunities to challenge all pupils. Using simple, yet elegant, approaches ways to add depth and challenge to tasks suitable for all by adding reasoning, varying representations, asking ‘what if?’ and developing independence will be developed. Exploring how to convert greater depth into more pupils reaching the higher standard will also be focused upon by considering what else needs to happen.
This termly user group is designed to provide up-to-date information on developments within the Capita SIMS software and statutory returns, as well as exchanging information on processes and procedures undertaken on a day-to-day basis. It also offers the opportunity to ask Data Management consultants any questions, and network with other school administrators. This session is free to schools that have a support contract with Data Management Services. HfL recommends attendance at these user groups to keep up to date and informed.Essential Information
This session will update delegates on local and national developments for special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). It will help delegates to be confident in understanding their school's statutory duties and provide practical support in enabling them to fulfil their leadership and management responsibilities. The session will include a range of short updates and also a more in-depth exploration of topical issues, to help delegates consider implications for their school.Essential Information
Statistically three pupils in every classroom could have diagnosable mental ill health.
It is vital NQTs feel equipped to fulfil their role in supporting these pupils.
This involves attention promoting and supporting positive wellbeing in classroom processes and activities. Teachers need to make the necessary adjustments to support mental health needs.
This course will also introduce mindfulness as a coping, self-soothing mechanism and as an approach to supporting mental wellbeing.
Teaching pupils to visualise as they read aids their ability to recall key information and ideas from texts in greater detail.
Very few people suffer from aphantasia, a condition in which a person is unable to visualise mental images. Most pupils in our schools are able to see key mental images in their heads.
Through observing drawings and asking key questions we can begin to understand how the process information and make sense of text.
The course will take delegates through how to assess pupils' visualisation skills, teach key skills and support pupils to independently visualise, in order to better comprehend what has been read. This course is suitable for teachers of Key Stage 1 and Lower Key Stage 2 classes, as well as subject leaders.
This term’s briefing for Sixth Form leaders will focus on the funding cycle for 2020/21 sixth form allocations. This session will also cover the impact of the £190 million increase in core funding for 16-19 year olds, as announced by the Chancellor for 2021/22 Sixth Form funding allocations.
Specifically, the session will focus on UCAS trends, to include the national picture of applications for 2020, and will include an overview and demonstration of the new UCAS adviser portal.
Recently heralded as ‘the next big thing’, Cognitive Load Theory has found its way into Ofsted’s new inspection framework and been described by Professor Dylan Wiliam as “… the single most important thing for teachers to know’. Moreover, many teachers are claiming that strategies founded on an understanding of cognitive science are helping to close the gap between their disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils.
With such claims, this half-day course aims to introduce teachers to the research and, most importantly, examine how these recently discovered understandings can be utilised in the classroom to maximise learning for all pupils.
This course is designed for those who hold the role of designated senior person (DSP) for child protection and have completed stage two DSP training. The course updates the role and the responsibilities of the DSP. This course is for all schools in the Hertfordshire area.Essential Information
Fluency sessions – the what, why, when and how. A day of training which includes a complete suite of resources to support teachers back in school. Schools are aware of the need to ensure pupils are ‘fluent’ with their mathematics knowledge and skills. Many are establishing fluency sessions (also known as maths meeting or everyday fluency) to support this, but what does an effective session look like?
This one-day course will unpick the purpose of fluency sessions and outline a possible structure. Resources will be given out on the day which schools can use as a starting point.
The course also includes the resources for an introductory staff meeting for launching back in school, so that mathematics subject leaders can get going straight away with implementing the sessions.