Session 1 | Designing Effective Professional Development
Friday 14 October 2022 | 0930 – 1100 | Online
If Professional Development is one of the greatest levers to change that we have when it comes to school improvement, it is crucial that any Professional Development we design or buy has the greatest possible impact.
This session aims to introduce school leaders to the Education Endowment Foundation’s (EEF) Effective Professional Development guidance report and the evidence-informed principles that help ensure Professional Development is as powerful as it can be.
This session is suitable for Senior and Middle Leaders.
Session 2 | Effective Modelling in the Classroom
Friday 20 January 2023 | 0930 – 1100 | Online
If we model a strategy, but stop short of helping students acquire and remember the strategy, we have created dependent learners instead of independent learners - in other words, we have created learners who can apply their skills when a teacher is present to guide them, but cannot do it come exam time.
This session draws on the Education Endowment Foundation’s (EEF) Metacognition and Self-Regulated Learning guidance report and focuses on how we model to make information stick.
This session is suitable for all teachers and staff.
Session 3 | Designing a Theory of Change
Monday 17 April 2023 | 0930 – 1200 | Coombeshead Academy
A Theory of Change can help leaders plan, communicate and evaluate anything from a small-scale intervention to a Trust-side school improvement strategy.
This session is suitable for Programme Developers and Senior Leaders new to the concept of the Theory of Change or for those curious to discover an alternative way of planning change.
PIPS training is aimed at all staff working in a Primary, Secondary, Special Schools & Alternative Provision settings. It aims to support staff in developing a consistent, effective and acceptable team approach to managing behaviour, while, crucially, maintaining positive relationships and minimising risk for all.
Comfortable clothing to be worn to support practical work during the course.
This training will equip middle leaders with the necessary skills and expertise to carry out their roles and responsibilities effectively, resulting in a sustained impact on improving the quality of teaching and learning in the subjects that they lead.
There will be a focus on providing tools that help participants develop their own practice and evaluate its impact. Participants will have the opportunity to actively engage in a range of activities such as planning and work scrutiny to challenge their existing approaches and work collaboratively with other colleagues.
The course is designed to support participants and their schools to sustain and embed positive change in subject development and link shorter activities with sustained programmes of school improvement. There will also be an opportunity for participants to talk about and reflect on their leadership roles within their own schools and share best practice.
Participants are required to bring the following:
Some examples of long- and medium-term planning in their subject (s) that can be shared and discussed.
Samples of pupils’ work in their subject areas (3 pupils from KS1; 3 pupils from KS2) that can be used in a work scrutiny.
Primary Geography subject masterclass series
Places also available online. Wednesday 19th October 2022 Thursday 17th November 2022 Monday 6th February 2023 Wednesday 22nd March 2023 Wednesday 10th May 2023 All 1-4pm
‘Are your students exposed to the beauty of African civilisations, such as the kingdom of Benin, through art, history and architecture? Or do they just see images of famine and civil unrest?’ (Bennie Kara)
In this session colleagues will explore exciting opportunities for increasing curricular diversity in subjects such as literacy, history, geography, art and design and science. There will be discussion of ways in which we can help pupils recognize and challenge harmful stereotypes and guidance around auditing the diversity of schools’ existing curriculum offer.
About the Trainer
Andy Brumby began work as a secondary history teacher in 1985, happily spending the next 20 years in the classroom. During this period, he became Head of Humanities and was also an Advanced Skills Teacher. In 2005 Andy was recruited by the local authority as Teaching and Learning consultant for the Foundation Subjects, specialising in formative assessment and oracy. With the introduction of the Pupil Premium in 2010, Andy developed strategic expertise in helping schools to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils, something he considers to be a moral imperative for everyone involved in education.
Bringing things up-to-date, Andy now divides his time between working as an independent consultant and his role as Director of Cornwall Associate Research School, a branch of the EEF’s Research School Network. In his career to date, Andy has been privileged to work alongside system leaders, school leaders, teachers, teaching assistants, trainee teachers, governors and, most importantly, children and young people ranging in age from 4 to 18 years.
Subject Masterclass Series
Thursday 20th October 2022
Tuesday 6th December 2022
Friday 6th January 2023
Thursday 9th March 2023
Friday 19th May 2023
Places also available online.
Led by David New, this course is designed to support middle leaders to be confident in responding to questions about their curriculum and how they enable all pupils to succeed. It will explore effective curriculum planning, monitoring and evaluation, action planning and leadership. The session will involve discussion and planning relevant to the participants.
Choice of dates:
Tuesday 1st November 2022
Thursday 30th March 2023
Please use this Google form to make your booking: https://forms.gle/C6ZzUxzyZceZuYB39
This series of masterclasses will help develop and strengthen Secondary English Leads with the curriculum design, assessment and leading their subject within their own school.
The participants of the masterclass will form their own network as they will have access to a group forum with David Didau, included in the cost of the programme. Also included within this professional development is a copy of David Didau’s latest book for each participant.
Session 1: Intent
This will focus on designing a curriculum that is ambitious, broad and balanced. A carefully planned and sequenced curriculum that is also adapted for students with SEND. This session will also include a discussion of what a ‘concept-led’ curriculum means.
Pre-reading: Chapters 3 & 4 of Making Meaning in English
Session 2: Implementation
- How to ensure the curriculum is taught as intended (teacher guides and student anthologies);
- pedagogical approaches (reading fluency, C25K writing, structured discussion);
- the importance of co-planning
Pre-reading: The case against Power Point as means of implementing curriculum
Session 3: Impact
- Problems with assessing English;
- how to use the curriculum as a progression model;
- formative and summative assessment; reporting;
- ensuring students are ‘GCSE ready’.
Pre-reading: Assessing English at Key Stage 3
Session 4: Responses to participants
Content will be driven and adapted to suit the needs of the participants - to be confirmed
The aim of these termly HR Professional Community sessions are to enable HR Managers to tap into the latest employment law updates, build upon specialist knowledge in the HR field and collaborate with fellow HR colleagues to share experiences and ideas.
November Agenda TBC.
About the Facilitator
From graduating with a Business Management Degree, Josie Medforth has over 20 years business operation experience, predominantly in the education sector. She worked for 4 years as a Director of Operations for a successful Trust in Exeter, is currently providing part time interim Chief Operating Officer support for an organisation and enjoys being a Trustee for a Trust in Torbay. These roles have built her experience at an Executive Level.
Message from the Facilitator
I look forward to being able to share my knowledge, experience and networks to support you by sharing ideas, key information and resources that could help you deliver your outcomes. I would very much like to work in partnership with you, therefore please feel free to contact me via the dedicated Microsoft Team that has been created.
All meetings will be held via Microsoft Teams. Upon booking, you will be added to the ‘HR Professional Community’ Team. From there you can access the ‘HR Hub’ channel where you can send messages to other colleagues, ask questions, join meetings and share files.
Open to Trust HR Managers and Business Managers from Primary, Secondary and Special Schools.
Cost: Free for SWIFT member schools.
Working scientifically and science enquiry – are they the same or different?
About the Trainer
Allie Beaumont is an independent primary science consultant who has extensive knowledge and experience of working within primary schools.
She was a primary school teacher for 20 years becoming an Advanced Skills Teacher in science working within Plymouth LA. She left teaching to specialise in primary science, leading the Primary Professional Learning Department for STEM Learning within Bristol. Within this position she supported primary science teachers throughout the South West and has supported subject leaders through the Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM).
More recently she has worked with Bath Spa University on the Thinking, Doing, Talking Science project based on research from Oxford Brookes University and Science Oxford and also the Focus4TAPS research project led by Bath Spa University. She has also provided CPD for the Ogden Trust facilitating their talk for science EYFS cpd partnership programme.
She currently holds the senior facilitator CPD quality mark badge.
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