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Code: TLPTS/22/0030 Primary Writing, Assessment Training, Year 4

Primary Writing, Assessment Training for Class Teachers  

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1 25 November 2022 13:00 - 16:00 Roundswell Community Primary Academy Map

Code: WCTSA/22/0017 Secondary Science Masterclass Series

SWIFT recognises the value of subject specific training and is offering subject masterclasses for secondary teachers, with key notes and delivery by experts in their field. The course is 6 sessions long and runs as twilight sessions after school. All of the sessions are being facilitated by Adam Boxer, Head of Science at a North London Academy, co-founder of Carousel Learning and author of Secondary Science: A complete guide 
Each session shows the role and practice of a knowledge-rich curriculum 
Session 1- Monday 28th November 3.30-5pm | Modelling in Science 
Session 2- Monday 16th January 3.30-5pm |Checking for understanding 
Session 3- Monday 13th January 3.30-5pm |Retrieval practice & strategies for long term learning and memory in Science 
Session 4- Monday 27th February 3.30-5pm | Assessment * 
Session 5- Monday 24th April 3.30-5pm | Curriculum design 
Session 6 – Monday 19th June 3.30-5pm | Marking in Science/Whole class feedback in Science 
Whilst there will be an element of reflection and teachers will benefit from attending the programme as a whole, each session will also be stand alone, allowing teachers to dip into the programme at various points. Each session will be recorded and therefore teachers who are unable to attend will still have access to the materials which can be shared back in school. 
If a school pays for the whole programme, any teacher from the school can attend the sessions and it does not have to be the same member of staff each time. This will allow schools to prioritise areas of development for different staff and/or tie in with appraisal targets. 
* Please note that the session on Assessment is aimed at Heads/deputy heads of department or those aspiring to this role. 

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1 28 November 2022 15:30 - 17:00 Online Delivery Map

Code: ECTSA/22/0040 Connected Heads Programme

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Being part of a Connected Heads group is designed to help you navigate through any school leadership challenge using the collective intelligence of others.

Connected Heads is a group of between 4 and 6 school leaders, who meet regularly to support one another and to take purposeful action on current work issues. There’s a reason the old adage ‘two Heads are better than one’ has been around for centuries because more effective problem solving happens when you combine resources in talent, experience, knowledge and passion.

Connected Heads uses an Action Learning Set model which provides the opportunity for colleagues to collaborate and reflect on real challenges. The process is led by a facilitator, who enables the group to connect, ask searching questions and support the learning process with guidance and useful models and tools. In a Connected Heads group we do things differently, the learning shared is agenda free, trustworthy and confidential. The group creates its own innovative thinking space.

Key Themes

The group focuses on real work goals or challenges.
Common themes for the group are strategic thinking, managing stress & well-being, dealing with challenge, navigating change and teaching and learning development. The group provides a confidential and non-judgmental space to off-load challenges, discover solutions and develop leadership qualities.
There is a strength and depth in learning from listening your own and others’ experiences and reflections.

Programme Lead
Leonie Hurrell is an Educational enthusiast. At 24 Leonie became the youngest Deputy Headteacher in Dorset and went on to be a Headteacher for 8 years, before becoming an ILM Certified Leadership Coach. Leonie is
passionate about learning and people development. Founder of The Thinking Academy, a company that provides coaching and ILM approved training solutions for schools. She is also a School Evaluation Partner for Dorset and a co-opted Governor for an Infant School in Hampshire.

This programme is suited for Headteachers and Senior Leaders in Schools.

Cost: £295 per person for SWIFT member schools | £395 for other colleagues

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Please note: The course is limited to 6 delegates so please book early to avoid disappointment.
You will be invoiced by Exeter Consortium for this course.

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1 30 November 2022 09:00 - 13:00 Countess Wear Community School Map
2 15 March 2023 09:00 - 13:00 Countess Wear Community School Map
3 28 June 2023 09:00 - 13:00 Countess Wear Community School Map
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Code: TTSA/22/0064 KS1 Cross-School Writing Moderation

To look at a brief overview/update of the KS1 Writing standards. An opportunity to meet with other KS1 colleagues (focus on Y2 Teachers) and work alongside them to review and refine writing assessment judgements. 
This is an opportunity to meet and talk with colleagues from KS1 (particular focus on Y2) and discuss/moderate each other’s work. This session may be particularly useful for teachers new to Y2 or working in a single form entry school. Year 2 teachers who are expecting moderation this year may find the workshop particularly useful as it is being led by the KS1 Moderation Lead and supported by the team. 

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1 02 December 2022 13:15 - 15:30 Oldway Primary School Map
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Code: ECTSA/21/0084 Supporting Children with ASD and High Anxiety

Many young people on the autistic spectrum also experience high levels of anxiety which can present as a barrier to learning. High levels of anxiety can greatly impact on accessing educational settings, despite a child being very academically able.

This course will aim to explain the causes of autism related anxiety, and how anxiety is expressed. It will aim to share experiences of supporting a child with high levels of anxiety, and provide strategies for supporting a child through their anxieties.

Trainer: Lisa McCullagh (South West Autism)
Lisa has over 20 years' experience in the field of Autism and is a parent of a young person diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. Lisa has a BA Honours degree 1st Class in Childhood and Youth Studies (Open University) and a Post Graduate Diploma and Certificate in Autism from the University of Birmingham. In addition, she has attended numerous training workshops including P.E.C.S. (Picture Exchange Communication System), social stories and the use of visual prompts, sensory processing difficulties, managing anxiety and sexual understanding.

Lisa has worked with young people on the spectrum in a variety of settings including education, social care and the local community. She provides training and advisory services to a range of professionals for the education and care sector.

Cost: £45 per person for SWIFT member schools | £75 per person for non-members

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1 06 December 2022 09:30 - 12:30 Countess Wear Community School Map
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Code: TTSA/22/0066 KS2 Cross-Writing Moderation

These sessions are led by the KS2 Moderation Manager/ Lead and allows colleagues to discuss and refine their assessment judgements in writing by reviewing samples of writing from their own pupils and those of KS2 colleagues in other schools. 

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1 07 December 2022 13:15 - 15:30 Oldway Primary School Map
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Code: TLPTS/22/0041 Emergency Paediatric First Aid at Work Refresher

The QA Level 3 Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid (RQF) qualification has been designed in-line with the current Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requirements and is ideal for:

·         Those who have gained a level 2 or 3 childcare qualification and have entered into an early years setting and wish to be included in the staff to child ratios to comply with the EYFS requirements.

·         Anyone who cares for infants and children, such as parents, guardians, grandparents or those who have an involvement with infants and children and want to learn key paediatric first aid skills.

This one day Paediatric First Aid Course covers a variety of topics, including:

·         Adult, child and baby CPR

·         Bones

·         Burns

·         Minor injuries

·         Seizures

·         Asthma

·         Anaphylaxis

·         Diabetes

Please note: This course is designed to supplement paediatric first aid provision and will not meet the Ofsted Early Years and Childcare Registration requirements. These requirements specify that at least one person who has a current full paediatric first aid certificate must be on the premises and available at all times when children are present, and must accompany children on outings. Childminders, and any assistant who might be in sole charge of the children for any period of time, must hold a current full 2 day paediatric first aid certificate.

Comfortable clothing to be worn to support practical work during the course.

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1 03 January 2023 09:30 - 16:00 Roundswell Community Primary Academy Map

Code: TLPTS/22/0038 Paediatric First Aid at Work (2 day)

This qualification is designed for workers caring for children in the absence of their parents and meets Ofsted requirements for those working in Early Years settings. Currently the EYFS statutory framework requires at least one person who has a current paediatric First Aid certificate to be on the premises or outings at all times, when children are present.

This qualification is designed to provide essential paediatric lifesaving skills and paediatric incident management. Typical delivery methods are predominantly practical, and the course is assessed by continual observation of candidate performance.

Topics Covered
Planning for and dealing with First Aid emergencies involving babies and children, including:

• Shock, Anaphylactic shock, Electric shock
• Bleeding
• Burns and scalds
• Choking
• Suspected fractures, head, neck and back injuries
• Poisoning
• Foreign bodies in eyes, ears and noses
• Bites and stings
• Effects of extreme heat and cold
• Febrile convulsions
Chronic medical conditions, including:
• Epilepsy
• Asthma
• Diabetes
• Meningitis and other serious sudden illness Delivered by Brookfields

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1 03 January 2023 09:30 - 15:30 Roundswell Community Primary Academy Map

Code: TTSA/23/0001 Unlocking the TA Toolkit Programme 2022-23 (Primary phase)

Unlocking the TA Toolkit is a comprehensive programme which is supported by EEF evidence and aimed at TAs from across the region. From the outset, this programme will engage school leaders and focus on the deployment of TAs and what effective and ineffective practice looks like, ensuring that our approach is in line with the EEF’s Making the Best Use of Teaching Assistants guidance report. 

By the end of this programme, leaders and TAs will have gained an understanding of what the evidence says about TA practice and, in particular, how they can make best use of the EEF’s scaffolding framework to support by ‘giving the least help first’. They will work with experts in their field, focusing on an inclusive approach, promoting positive behaviour and effective questioning.

The reflective nature of this programme will provide opportunities for TAs to reflect on their own practice using the EEF’s RAG rating tool and to rehearse techniques that allow them to unlock the full potential of the scaffolding framework.

SESSION 1: Key TA deployment messages for Heads and senior leaders
This opening session of the programme is targeted at heads and school leaders and will provide a strategic overview which will support leaders in deploying and preparing TAs effectively, both in the classroom and in intervention settings.

SESSION 2: Introduction to ‘Unlocking the TA Toolkit’
Participants will be shown recommendation 3 of the MBUTA guidance report and have an opportunity to reflect on its implications for their role and current practice.  They will be introduced to the EEF’s scaffolding framework for teaching assistant-pupil interactions and use it to reflect on their own interactions with pupils.  They will have opportunities to reflect on effective & ineffective practice and be provided with a RAG rating tool to evaluate their own individual strengths and areas for development.

Finally, they will learn what is required to complete the first gap task – e.g. TAs to video themselves working with a pupil/small group of pupils & bring the clip to the next session.

SESSION 3: What does effective and ineffective practice look like?

SESSION 4: Metacognition

SESSION 5: An inclusive approach

SESSION 6: Promoting Positive Behaviour

SESSION 7: Focusing on Literacy

SESSION 8: Quality Questioning

SESSION 9: Lunch & Presentations

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1 11 January 2023 09:30 - 12:00 Oldway Primary School Map
2 11 January 2023 12:45 - 15:15 Oldway Primary School Map
3 25 January 2023 09:30 - 12:00 Oldway Primary School Map
4 25 January 2023 12:45 - 15:15 Oldway Primary School Map
5 08 February 2023 09:30 - 12:00 Oldway Primary School Map
6 08 February 2023 12:45 - 15:15 Oldway Primary School Map
7 01 March 2023 09:30 - 12:00 Oldway Primary School Map
8 01 March 2023 12:45 - 15:15 Oldway Primary School Map
9 15 March 2023 12:15 - 15:15 Oldway Primary School Map
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Code: ECTSA/22/0056 Early Excellence CPD Series - Afternoon Session (PM Only)

Through these bespoke CPD sessions, you and your setting/school can stay connected with the national agenda and be fully briefed on all the latest developments in early years and beyond. Delegates will have the opportunity to engage with colleagues from other schools and settings, to share and access advice and support from the Early Excellence team.

The afternoon session will feature:

PM Session (13:00 - 15:30) EYFS Leaders Session

Drawing on the latest research relating to child development and its relationship to the requirements revised EYFS, and connection with non-statutory guidance – this session will support EYFS leaders with their strategic planning and development of their teams quality of practice. Participants will have the opportunity to explore a range of issue with colleagues; including strategies they have used with regard to curriculum design and approaches to sharing and evidencing learning.

About the Trainer
Phil Armstrong is Early Excellence's Head of Regional Development for the South of England as well as leading on their work with British International Schools. He is a member of the Strategic Leadership Team who shape the work of EEX. Previously Phil has worked for over 20yrs across the early years and primary sector, including teacher, leader and headship positions. Phil was also the head of an integrated early years centre. With a passion for collaborative practice and professional development; Phil has worked in partnership with early years settings, schools, teaching schools and local authorities to develop and deliver personalised programmes to meet their needs.

Cost: Free for SWIFT members schools (Half Day PM) /£50 per person for non-member schools (Half Day PM)
Please note the session will take place online.

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1 12 January 2023 13:00 - 15:30 Online Delivery Map
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