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Code: 19CPT/013A Designated senior person safeguarding training (level two, single agency, specialist training)

This course is designed for those who are new to the role of designated senior person (DSP) for child protection and have completed stage one safeguarding children training for school staff. The course explores the role and the responsibilities of the DSP. This course is for all schools in the Hertfordshire area.

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1 03 December 2019 09:00 - 16:00 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage Map
2 04 December 2019 09:00 - 16:00 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage Map

Code: 19ASS/048A Do you speak learnish? The role of teaching assistants in the implementation of Assessment for Learning (Cancelled)

For the effective implementation of Assessment for Learning (AfL) and development of a learning culture, more is required than the use of isolated strategies. What's needed is a shift in how everyone in the classroom talks about learning, potential and achievement, and how this translates into high-quality teaching and learning. Teaching assistants are well placed for shaping, reinforcing and supporting the learning classroom and the attitudes and beliefs pupils have about themselves and their learning journey.

This course provides an essential overview of key underlying principles of AfL and the role of good assessment procedures in effective planning and teaching. Delegates will gain an understanding of how language in the classroom and the feedback process can have positive impact on pupil’s progress and engagement.

Key aspects of day-to-day assessment will be explored, such as planning clear learning objectives, generating success criteria, giving pupils quality feedback and using effective questioning techniques.

Suitable for any TA that works with whole classes or with individuals, regardless of the age of the pupils or the subject area, as the ideas apply across the curriculum.

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1 04 December 2019 09:30 - 16:00 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage Map

Code: 19ENG/063P Key Stage 2 Reading Fluency Project: Implications for Classroom Practice - Warren Teaching School Alliance

This one-day CPD event will offer an insight into the transformational teaching strategies used in the Herts for Learning KS2 Reading Fluency Project.

The project draws on proven reading strategies to improve pupils’ trajectory towards the Expected Standard (EXS) in reading in Year 6, including: - modelling of fluent reading
- echo reading
- repeated re-reading
- skilled questioning leading to deep discussion
- selection of well-chosen text
- modelling of comprehension skill

Headline Project data: Pupils made an average of 27 months progress in their reading comprehension age (PPG pupils made 31.5 months progress).

82% of eligible pupils made 6 months+ progress in their reading comprehension age.

Furthermore, following the 8-week project period, pupils typically demonstrated the following changes in reading behaviour:
- increased stamina
– pupils are able to read more text for a longer period whilst retaining understanding
- increased accuracy
– pupils make less substitutions, omissions, mispronunciations, additions when reading a ‘cold’ text
- increased enjoyment
– pupils read more and are more willing to explore a wider range of literature
- increased confidence
- pupils tackle challenging texts with greater willingness and show improved tenacity in teasing out meaning
- increased engagement
– pupils offer more extended contributions in group discussions about challenging texts

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 04 December 2019 09:30 - 15:30 Warren Teaching School Alliance, Orpington Map

Code: 19ENG/041P Reception Early Reading Project (LIMITED SPACES)

This hugely successful project is aimed at supporting schools in analysing historic ELG reading data and using this to fine-tune the teaching of early reading and phonics in order to close gaps for as many pupils as possible, as early on as possible, success in reading in the early years of school is linked to later reading fluency and comprehension. We know that children may experience barriers to reading for a range of reasons. Unpicking these, and matching provision to individual need, is integral to closing these gaps. Previous project schools have seen an improvement of their ELG reading by on average 4.6 percentage points. The largest increase seen was +13.3 percentage points, in a school with a high proportion of disadvantaged and vulnerable pupils.

The project package includes high-quality training resources, observational assessment tools and the professional development outlined below. Schools benefit from the project in a range of ways, e.g. improving their ELG reading attainment in comparison to National, LA or their own previous data.

During the project participants will be using tracking tools to support pace and progress and to explore matching provision to need. With their linked adviser, they will plan, carry out and review key actions for individual pupils and groups of pupils. The project will then support the delegates to embed strategies through robust action planning, ensuring future success and building sustainable improvements in provision.

For more information please follow the link below:
Early Reading Project

Following the launch day event a half-day consultancy visit will be arranged with an allocated adviser by the end of October 2019. For all schools outside of Hertfordshire please contact us for a price and availability before booking.

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 19 September 2019 09:00 - 12:00 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage Map
2 14 November 2019 16:00 - 18:00 Bowmansgreen Primary School Map
3 04 December 2019 09:00 - 12:00 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage Map

Code: 19SCI/015S Secondary Science Conference: Enhancing and Enriching the Curriculum (Cancelled)

This is our major secondary science event of the year. The theme of this year’s conference is enhancing and enriching the curriculum. This year’s conference will feature presentations from specialist secondary science keynote speakers and offer delegates the opportunity to participate in workshops, review the resources exhibition and, as always, have some time to network and share ideas with colleagues from other schools.

Dr Tony Sherborne will be delivering a workshop focusing on high grades by design and looking at a 5-year strategy based on a precision curriculum, mastery assessment and brain-based teaching. In addition to Tony, Ellie Cripps from the Thinking Science Project will be delivering a keynote session on developing thinking skills in science lessons. Finally Adam Boxer, Head of Science at TTA, will be speaking about cognitive load, with a particular focus on learning retention.

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 04 December 2019 09:30 - 15:30 University of Hertfordshire, Bayfordbury Campus Map

Code: 19ENG/032P Teaching assistants: spotlight on phonics and spelling (EVENT FULL)

This course is aimed at teaching assistants who are new to phonics, or those who have been delivering phonics for a while but would like some reassurance that they are on the right track.

It will support the delivery of phonics within Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2, as part of small-group work or within whole-class sessions.

During the session, delegates will have the opportunity to get to grips with synthetic phonics, and will spend the day securing an understanding of progression through the phonic phases of "Letters and Sounds". A range of practical activities will be explored, which can be used with pupils across the primary phase.

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1 04 December 2019 09:30 - 15:30 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage Map

Code: 19DMS/065P The secrets of SIMS: a year in the life of a school administrator

Delegates will see how to streamline the ways SIMS is used throughout the school year.

They will receive key dates and pointers for each month of the year, helping them schedule necessary work across the 12-month period. They will see how to access shortcuts and other useful tips that could make school administrative life easier and their role more efficient.

This course will also look at SIMS processes that may not be part of their daily routine, or may be new features that users are not aware of. The aim of the course is to highlight areas of SIMS that may have been previously unknown and could help to save time in a busy working office.

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 04 December 2019 09:30 - 16:30 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage Map

Code: DMS/19/387/A Virtual SIMS user group

This new virtual user group is designed for delegates that are unable to attend one of our face to face user groups allowing them to log in from the comfort of their desk in school or from home.

During this cross-phase session we will provide the delegate with 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.  

The sessions are free to schools that have a support contract with data management services.

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 04 December 2019 13:30 - 14:30 Webinar Map

Code: 19ENG/042P Year 1 Phonics Screening Check Project (EVENT FULL)

This hugely successful project supports schools in analysing their phonics data and using this to fine-tune phonics provision in Year 1 to close gaps for as many pupils as possible, and to continue to raise attainment in reading for all. Accurate and efficient decoding is linked to reading fluency and comprehension, and deep subject knowledge around reading development forms a core thread of the project. We know that children may experience barriers to learning for a range of reasons. Unpicking these, and matching provision to individual need, is integral to closing these gaps. Previous project schools have seen a mean increase of +16% on their previous year’s results; the greatest increase a school has seen is +49.3%. In addition, the gender gap has narrowed to, on average, only 1% in project schools.

The project package includes high-quality training resources, diagnostic assessment tools and the professional development outlined below. Schools benefit from the project in a range of ways, e.g. improving their score in comparison to National, LA or their own previous scores. For schools who are experiencing a decline in their school’s phonics data over a number of years, full implementation of the project has successfully supported with reversing this.

During the project, the participants will use their screening check data and individual annotated response sheets to carry out error analysis and explore matching provision to need. With their linked adviser, they will plan, carry out and review key actions for individual pupils and groups of pupils. The project will then support delegates to embed strategies through robust action planning, ensuring future success and building sustainable improvements in provision.

For more informaiton please follow the link below:
Year 1 Phonics Screening Check

Following the launch day event a half-day consultancy visit will be arranged with an allocated adviser by the end of October 2019. For all schools outside of Hertfordshire please contact us for a price and availability before booking.

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 19 September 2019 13:00 - 16:00 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage Map
2 13 November 2019 16:00 - 18:00 Bowmansgreen Primary School Map
3 04 December 2019 13:00 - 16:00 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage Map