535 courses found

Code: 19SCI/011P Primary Science Conference

How can an effective primary science curriculum be developed to engage all and deliver progression in both working scientifically skills and conceptual understanding?

This year’s Primary science conference will focus on how to ensure every pupil is provided with the best introduction to science by reviewing the curriculum and its intent, implementation and impact.

We will explore how to develop curiosity and wonder while giving children the skills to enquire and discover the world around them. Throughout the day delegates, will have the opportunity to listen to a range of inspiring speakers and share ideas and good practice with colleagues to support in developing their own science curriculums.


Wondersmiths: How primary teachers and parents can give children a good start in science education – Alom Shaha

Alom is a science teacher, dad of two, and author of books including Mr Shaha’s Recipes. He has spent most of his professional life trying to share his passion for science and education with the public. He has produced, directed, and appeared in a number of television programmes for broadcasters such as the BBC, and has held fellowships from the National Endowment for Science, Technology, and the Arts (NESTA) and the Nuffield Foundation.

How does effective leadership and an aspirational curriculum impact on the quality of teaching and learning in science? – Jane Turner BA (Hons), PGCE, MEd, CsciTeach

Jane taught in in Hertfordshire and London. She is now the Director of the Primary Science Quality Mark, based at the University of Hertfordshire where she is an Associate Professor in the School of Education. Jane is lead author of the 2011 ASE guide to Science Enquiry; It’s Not Fair Or Is it? which significantly influenced the Primary National Curriculum for Science, has contributed to several primary and early years education publications and research projects and is series editor for Snap Science. She has worked as an advisor to the DfE, the BBC and the Learned Bodies on primary science assessment and curriculum.

How stories can be used to enhance the teaching and learning of science – Jules Pottle

Jules loves using stories to teach science. She is a Primary Science Specialist Teacher at a village school in Oxfordshire and was awarded PSTT Primary Science Teacher of the Year 2015 for her work, teaching science through stories. She also works with Storytelling Schools as a Literacy and Science Specialist and has published several books including 'Science Through Stories' (Smith and Pottle, Hawthorn, 2015) and 'The Molliebird - an evolution story' (PSTT, 2019).

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue
1 13 November 2019 09:00 - 16:00 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage

Code: 19ENG/051P Raising attainment through broadening vocabulary (Cancelled)

Enriching and extending pupil's vocabulary 'opens doors' to increasingly complex texts, supports reading to learn and deeper understanding, and reaps benefits across the curriculum.

This course offers Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 teachers the opportunity to consider the critical importance of early vocabulary development and the vital role it plays in determining future academic achievement.

Informed by research, the course covers a wide range of practical approaches that can be implemented in the classroom quickly and effectively.

Delegates will also have the opportunity to consider strategies and practices that can be adopted and adapted by a whole school. The course will support teachers in deciding which words to teach and why. It will explore links between: - vocabulary, language comprehension and reading - vocabulary, spelling and enriching pupil's writing composition - vocabulary and other curricular areas.

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue
1 13 November 2019 09:00 - 16:00 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage

Code: 19EAY/048P Rethinking behaviour - understanding children's behaviour is a form of communication in the Early Years

This course will better equip practitioners with their understanding on children's behaviour.

Practitioners will learn how to make adaptations and explore effective approaches on how best to support all children to engage in their learning.

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue
1 13 November 2019 16:00 - 18:00 Spellbrook CofE Primary School

Code: SRF46 Safer Recruitment Refresher (LIMITED SPACES)

It is a Hertfordshire recommendation that all safer recruiters receive refresher training to remain accredited. This 2 hour training session is only to be attended by those who have previously completed the all day Safer Recruitment training and whose 5 year accreditation is due to / very recently expired (please check if you are unsure).

This is open for governors and staff to attend - please check costs below.

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue
1 13 November 2019 19:00 - 21:00 West Herts College

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.

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

Code: 19HAS/014A Asbestos training for schools

This course covers the essential information required for the effective management of asbestos remaining on the school premises. Areas covered include: risks of asbestos- locations and type HCC asbestos policy and guidance types of asbestos survey and understanding survey data the use of asbestos management plans the effective use of the permission to work procedure incident management asbestos works

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue
1 14 November 2019 09:30 - 12:30 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage

Code: 19MFL/012S Assessment and moderation cluster for MFL – Bishop's Stortford High School

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.

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue
1 14 November 2019 15:30 - 17:30 Bishop's Stortford High School
2 19 March 2020 15:30 - 17:30 Bishop's Stortford High School
3 25 June 2020 15:30 - 17:30 Bishop's Stortford High School

Code: 19SEN/020A Big-Hearted Schools: The Herts for Learning Annual SEND Conference

Big-Hearted Schools are those that welcome pupils with SEND and embrace the opportunity to grow great provision for all their pupils. Nick Whittaker, HMI, Specialist adviser, SEND, believes that ‘the experience of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is a bellwether of the school’s performance.’ (see blog). This year’s conference explores this concept further and builds on the message central to the 2019 Ofsted Framework that ‘academic excellence, and effective SEND provision, are all part of the same picture and a school cannot be truly outstanding if it’s letting some of its pupils down.’

The conference will offer SENCOs and other school leaders a valuable opportunity to explore, discuss and reflect upon key messages, current research and thinking in order to strengthen practice in their own setting. We are delighted to welcome Nick as a keynote speaker, in addition we will hear the thoughts of Daniel Sobel (Inclusion Expert) and also Robyn Steward (Author, Musician and Researcher) along with colleagues from Hertfordshire schools to provide inspiration and food for thought during the day. This will be a valuable and uplifting day, allowing time for reflection, networking with colleagues and browsing interesting resources. Breakfast pastries and a delicious hot buffet lunch will add to the experience. Make time in your diary for this treat!

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue
1 14 November 2019 09:30 - 16:00 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage

Code: 19EAY/049P Effective and efficient observation, assessment and planning in the EYFS

This course will support practitioners to develop effective systems and processes to meet the needs of the children in their cohort.

Delegates will take part in interactive activities including opportunities to reflect on their practice in order to make changes.

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue
1 14 November 2019 09:00 - 16:00 Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage

Code: PFA190/4 Paediatric First Aid (EVENT FULL)

Paediatric First Aid

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue
1 07 November 2019 09:30 - 16:00 Stanborough Centre
2 14 November 2019 09:30 - 16:00 Stanborough Centre