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Professional Development

The Chelmsford Teaching Schools Alliance (CTSA) aims to draw on expertise from across the Teaching Schools Alliance to support individuals at every stage of their career in education.

Here you will find information about training courses and events you can take part in and book on to one of our courses via our online booking form.

Our Courses

  • Learning Mentor Training with Jonathan Bond Open Close

    About the Session:

    These learning mentor update sessions provide a vital opportunity for established learning mentors to meet and discuss their work. Half the session will be a training session on an aspect of learning mentoring while the other half will be an open-forum discussion for participants to talk about their pupils and seek advice and guidance from the course leader and their fellow mentors.

    This is an invaluable opportunity for mentors to ‘touch base’ and build upon their initial training.

    Delegates should attend both sessions.

    Facilitator:

    Jonathan Bond

    Date and Time:

    Session 1:  21st March 2017, 9.00am to 11.45am

    Session 2:  24th May 2017, 1.15pm-4.00pm

    Venue:

    Newlands Spring Primary School
    Dickens Place
    Chelmsford
    Essex
    CM1 4UU

    Target Audience:

    Established Learning Mentors

    Course Fee:

    Members: £80

    Non-members: £100

    This fee is for both sessions.

  • Transition and the Child with Attachment Difficulties Open Close

    About the Session:

    This course is part of a package to support primary schools aimed at improving the learning outcomes for children with social and emotional barriers to learning.  This practical session will look at strategies to enable children with attachment difficulties to negotiate successfully the numerous transitions they face in school ranging from changing class or school to returning to the classroom at the end of lunchtime.

    Facilitator:

    Verity Boreham

    Date and Time:

    28th April 2017

    9.00am – 12.00pm (Refreshements available from 8.45am)

    Venue:

    Newlands Spring Primary School
    Dickens Place
    Newlands Spring
    Chelmsford
    CM1 4UU

    Target Audience:

    • SENCO
    • Designated Teacher for CiC, SGO and adopted from care
    • Pastoral Managers
    • Senior leaders with responsibility for KS transition and admissions procedures

    Course Fee:

    FREE

  • Building Children's Vocabulary in the Primary School Open Close

    About the Session:

    Aims

    • To understand how children develop a wide vocabulary
    • To develop strategies to widen understanding of vocabulary in reading
    • To develop strategies to increase children’s use of a broad vocabulary in writing

    Course Content

    Vocabulary features highly in the new GPS and reading tests at both key stages and analysis of last year’s results suggest that this is a weakness in many pupil’s understanding. This course explores how children’s vocabulary develops and changes as they move through primary school. Understanding vocabulary when reading and using vocabulary when writing will both be focuses and participants will leave with a wealth of practical approaches to use straight away in their own classrooms.

    Facilitator:

    Jonathan Bond

    Date and Time:

    24th May 2017

    9.15am – 11.45am
    (Light refreshments will be available from 9.00am)

    Venue:

    Newlands Spring Primary School
    Dickens Place
    Newlands Spring
    Chelmsford
    CM1 4UU

    Target Audience:

    Primary Teachers

    Course Fee:

    Members: £40
    Non Members: £50

  • Helping Vulnerable Children to Succeed in Maths Open Close

    About the Session:

    This course is part of a package to support primary schools aimed at improving the learning outcomes for children with social and emotional barriers to learning.  This practical session will enable participants to:

    • Discuss the social and emotional issues that impact specifically on achievement in Maths as raised by Professor Rose Griffiths
    • Identify how to assess gaps in children’s learning in order to develop their basic number sense
    • Share current interventions and gap analysis used in schools

    Facilitator:

    Liz Allen

    Date and Time:

    9th June 2017

    9.00am – 12.oopm (Refreshments available from 8.45am)

    Venue:

    Newlands Spring Primary School
    Dickens Place
    Newlands Spring
    Chelmsford
    CM1 4UU

    Target Audience:

    Maths Subject Leader

    Course Fee:

    FREE

  • LSA Effective Interaction in Classroom Open Close

    About the Course:

    This course which takes place over three mornings aims to give teaching assistants specific, practical guidance on their role in improving outcomes for pupils.

    The focus will be on how, through effective talk and interaction with pupils, we can develop their independance and ownership of their own learning.

    The course will cover:

    • Improving interactions with pupils and the principles behind effective classroom talk
    • Scaffolding pupils learning and the assessment for learning process
    • Working effectively in collaboration with teachers

    The course will comprise of 3 sessions and an interim, school based task.  There is a strong reflective component to both sessions.

    The course is designed to complement the MITA (Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants) programme but at the same time can also stand alone.

    Facilitator:

    Jacky Wragg (SuperSENC0)

    Dates:

    Session 1 – 23rd November 2016

    Session 2 – 24th February 2017

    Session 3 – 14th June 2017

    Time:

    9am – 12pm

    (Light refreshments will be available from 8.45am)

    Venue:

    Newlands Spring Primary School
    Dickens Place
    Newlands Spring
    Chelmsford
    CM1 4UU

    Target Audience:

    Learning Support Assistants

    Course Fee:

    CTSA Members: £80

    Non-Members: £100

  • Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants (MITA) Open Close

    About the Launch Session:

    This session is presented by Vivien Rosier and is designed to guide school leaders through the most comprehensive research into the impact of classroom support staff and explore successful strategies to maximise their effectiveness.

    About the Facilitated Session:

    MITA is an evidence-based approach to improving the ways schools utilise TAs. Developed and delivered in collaboration with Peter Blatchford, Rob Wwebster and Anthony Russell – the research team at the Institute if Education, London, behind the ground-breaking Deployment and Impact of Support Staff (DISS) project – the MITA programme will help you review and rethink the way your school deploys and prepares TAs. Over 100 Essex schools (Primary, Secondary and Special) have already participated in the programme and seen the benefits.

    Facilitator:

    Jacky Wragg (SuperSENCo)

    Dates:

    14th October 2016, 2pm – Launch Date

    23rd November 2016, 1-4pm – Deployment

    24th February 2017, 1-4pm – Preparedness

    14th June 2017, 1-4pm – Practice

    Launch Venue:

    Chelmsford City Football Club

     

    Facilitated Venue:

    Newlands Spring Primary School
    Dickens Place
    Newlands Spring
    Chelmsford
    CM1 4UU

    Target Audience:

    Senior Leaders, including SENCos

    Course Fee:

    Launch Session is a free half day session sponsored by ECC for all schools interested in participating in the programme (2 places available for Head Teachers or Senior Leaders responsible for SEN and SENCOs)

    £255 per school (for up to 3 delegates)

  • CPD Twilight Sessions 2017 Open Close

     

    Leading a Disparate Team – 24th May 2017, 4.15pm-5.15pm. Held at St John Payne School. Facilitator – Rebecca Iciek, Head of English.

    Managing Group Work; developing student confidence and leadership – 7th June 2017, 4.15pm-5.15pm.  Held at Chelmsford County High School.  Facilitator – Jonathan Harvey, SL in Art.

    Using Edmodo; the potential of online collaborative learning – 21st June 2017, 4.15pm-5.15pm.  Held at King Edwards Grammar School.  Facilitator – Lucy Fryer, Geography Department.

    Developing Differentiation Strategies – 28th June 2017, 4.15pm-5.15pm.  Held at St John Payne School.  Facilitator – Nick Minnican, Head of Science.

    Becoming Established as Head of Department – 5th July 2017, 4.15pm-5.15pm.  Held at St John Payne School.  Facilitator – Gina Semambo, Head of R.S.

    Going Beyond the Academic Curriculum, Prince’s Teaching Institute Project – 12th July 2017, 4.15pm-5.15pm.  Held at Chelmsford County High School.  Facilitator – Nicole Chapman, Headteacher.

     

     

Contact Us

If you would like some more information about the Chelmsford Teaching Schools Alliance or would like us to contact you please complete all your details in the form below:

Ann Wilks on 07917 734531

Chelmsford Teaching Schools Alliance
Newlands Spring Primary School
Dickens Place
Newlands Spring
Chelmsford
Essex CM1 4UU
Tel: 01245 442031

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