Do you feel that pupils are passengers in their learning journey, or are they the captains of their own ship? We know that powerful learners are autonomous agents in their education, yet sometimes pupils develop a passivity that leads them to be very reliant on teacher input, validation and feedback. This can lead to pupils becoming more risk averse and more susceptible to having a discouraging mindset about their own capabilities and growth. Let's find a way to put them firmly at the helm.
This one-day course will explore current research and thinking on learning, brain development, engagement and motivation and how these can be implemented to benefit our pupils - empowering them and building their self-efficacy and independence. Combining theory and practice, we will discuss activities and strategies to cultivate, in our pupils, curiosity, courage, reflectiveness and an awareness of how they can improve and persevere in the face of challenges and setbacks.
The course will address the key principles and concepts related to increasing pupil progress, attainment, independence, love of learning and a Growth Mindset. This will include developing a feedback culture, positive learning attitudes and self-belief, resilience, improving self-awareness and focus. Let's turn "I can't" into "I can’t yet – but I will" and show our pupils the power that is in their hands!
This training aims to dispel some of the myths surrounding health and safety and promote a proportionate and sensible approach to safety in schools. The course will provide an overview of health and safety management within schools and summarise key areas in which management control is particularly important.Essential Information
This innovative and sharply focused programme aims to support identified pupils in Year 5 who are not yet working at expected standards.
Teachers will be provided with three sequences of lessons. These sequences include twenty detailed lessons with a range of resources and a variety of innovative approaches to support the focus pupils to develop the skills and the confidence required for age-related writing. The lessons can be adapted to form a part of whole-class teaching or used for a small group in addition to the English lessons. These approaches and resources can also be embedded as part of the teaching and cycle year-on-year. Teachers will benefit from a heightened awareness, and deeper subject knowledge of the elements that support precise, effective writing.
The programme begins with a half day’s training in which participants will be supported to consider the core aspects and transferable skills in writing. There will be an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the lesson content and ask questions.
An added benefit to the programme is the opportunity to network with other Year 5 teachers through a final review/celebration session.
Each school will have a half-day consultancy visit from one of the course leaders. The focus pupil’s writing will be analysed by the Herts for Learning advisers to provide a baseline assessment, and then again at the end of the programme, thus providing an analysis of the progress made.
The subject leader is also invited to join the Year 5 teacher(s) in order to consider how this the principles of the programme can be adapted in school and applied to other year groups. Please note that this programme focuses intensively on the writing skills that underpin technically precise and effective composition – it is not designed to address spelling or handwriting issues.
As the course is based on responsive teaching, it may not be suitable for less experienced teachers.
This half-day session is provided by Data Management Services to assist schools in the production of an accurate School Workforce Census (SWC) return. The first part of the session will involve understanding the data in Personnel within SIMS and running and checking reports relevant to the SWC return. The second part of the session will involve running the SWC return, correcting errors and checking the details reports generated. These sessions are offered to nursery, primary, special, middle and secondary school users.Essential Information
This additional course, will allow delegates to carry out the processes covered in the School Workforce Census training, on their own school data, enabling delegates to complete the process with guidance from a DMS consultant.
Delegates should have a basic familiarity of Personnel in SIMS and have their own login to the system.
Shortly before the course your school will be provided with instructions for setting up the remote connection. It is the school’s responsibility to ensure that these instructions are followed and it should be noted that failure to do so may result in the delegates being unable to work on their school’s own data during this session.
The content of the three-day intense leadership course is assessment, curricular targets, analysis of data, carrying out an audit, creating an action plan and contributing to SEF, improving the learning environment for languages, raising the profile of languages, resources and ideas for languages days/weeks, marking and feedback, monitoring, planning, teaching, work scrutinies, carrying out pupil perception surveys, helping pupils reach age-related expectations, intervention programmes, policy documents, cross-curricular links and most-able resources.
Delegates who have recently completed this course have thoroughly enjoyed looking at insights into the future Ofsted inspections and how to prepare the school and activities for more-able pupils. Sharing ideas and a chance to talk through the different techniques has been a great experience for everyone who have been on the course and could not wait to feedback to SLT and colleagues.
This essential workshop is part of a county-wide programme to introduce schools to the Hertfordshire SEND toolkit. This newly developed resource accompanies the Hertfordshire SEND Quality Offer and the SEND Benchmark & Planning Tool. Together this suite of materials provides schools with a vision, a self-evaluation framework and now has a toolkit providing a range of resources, tools and guidance to support the onward journey.Essential Information
This new forum is for language departments that want to validate their professional judgement in marking, enhance their moderation processes, and improve outcomes for their pupils. It will also provide an opportunity for delegates to compare and discuss different types of assessment used across a range of contexts and their impact. Each session will focus on a particular aspect of assessment, before moving on to live moderation of speaking and writing tasks, and will end with a summary of the lessons learned to improve outcomes for pupils, departments and schools.Essential Information
Designed to support NQTs and teachers new to Early Years or Key Stage 1.
Delegates will have the opportunity to both secure their own phonic subject knowledge as well as develop familiarity with the guidance for phonics teaching through exploration of the ‘Letters and Sounds’ publication.
Delegates will explore key strands of the phonics curriculum through practical approaches and hands-on activities, explore the relationship between speaking and listening and early phonological awareness, and explore useful strategies for assessment of phonics.
This new course aims to support Key Stage 2 teachers gain a deeper understanding of how children learn to spell and how to manage differentiation in an increasingly demanding classroom environment.
During the day, we will unpick the aspects of spelling that often hold children back and will then look at approaches to support their understanding in these areas.
Delegates will discover how to deliver discreet spelling instructions as well as how to create a word rich environment in which pupils can refine their skills and apply their learning in engaging contexts.