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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

  • Early Years Updates Programme Open Close

    About the Session:

    Programme Objectives:

    This programme is designed to develop the skills and knowledge of EYFS practitioners.  They will have the opportunity to work with other schools and practitioners and learn about curriculum development, assessment & recommended resources and practice from the respective settings. Delegates will also consider the use of evaluation and other data to plan improved provision.

     

    At each session delegates will be provided with:

    • Up-to-date information on current EYFS developments and national & local issues.
    • Opportunities for discussion & the sharing of practice and strategies.
    • A focus on one core CPD theme
    • Opportunities to explore practice & practical activities and resources to support teaching of the specific core theme in both indoor and outdoor environments.
    • Discussion around the use of tools to audit the effectiveness of practice & provision and share research and further reading

     

    Core CPD Themes

    Session 1

    Mathematics & approaches to Learning Attitudes

    Session 2

    Expressive Arts and Design & approaches to Formative Assessment

    Session 3

    Physical Development & approaches to Sustained Shared Thinking

     

     

    Facilitator:

    Amanda James

    Lead Consultant, EYITT Programme

    Date and Time:

    Session 1 : 2nd October 2019

    Session 2: 18th March 2020

    Session 3: 17th June 2020

     

    All sessions are between 1.00 – 3.30 p.m.

    Venue:

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

    Target Audience:

    EYFS Leaders & Practitioners

    Course Fee:

    £60 per delegate per session

    or

    £150 for all three sessions

    See attached flyer

    Early Years Updates Programme 2019 -2020

  • Beyond Differentiation - Adapting Teaching in English & Maths Open Close

    Aims of the session

    • To understand the differences between traditional differentiation and the ‘adapting teaching’ approach
    • To understand the ‘adapting teaching’ approach in the context of mastery
    • To know a range of practical strategies which can be used to adapt English and maths teaching

     Content of the session 

    The research underpinning the new Ofsted framework clearly signals a move away from traditional differentiation towards a new ‘adaptation of teaching’ approach. This one day course focuses on how to make your English and maths teaching ‘Ofsted-ready’ and will explain the differences in the two approaches. Furthermore, participants will explore a wide range of practical strategies to adapt their teaching of writing, reading and mathematics which they can implement straight away in their own classrooms

    Facilitator:

    Jonathan Bond

    Date and Time:

    31st January – 9.30 a.m. – 3.30 p.m.

     

    Venue:

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

    Target Audience:

    All Primary Teachers

    Course Fee:

    £100 for CTSA Members

    £150 for Non CTSA Members

    See attached flyer

    Beyond Differentiation 2019 -2020

  • Subject Leadership & the New OFSTED Framework Open Close

    Aims of the Session 

    • To understand the new focuses from Ofsted and how they affect the subject leader role.
    • To understand the new priorities of a subject leader, especially with regard to the curriculum.
    • To be prepared for a new Ofsted inspection.

     Content of the session 

    A new approach from Ofsted in their 2019 framework necessitates a new approach to subject leadership. This half day course outlines the new role of the subject leader and explores what leaders need to know about intent, implementation and impact in preparation for an Ofsted ‘deep dive’ in their subject. Ofsted’s new approach to the area of leadership and management will also be explained in relation to the middle leader role. This is a timely course which will leave your subject leader well prepared for the new focus on the curriculum.

    Facilitator:

    Jonathan Bond

    Date and Time:

    20th November – 9.15 a.m. – 11.45 a.m.

    Venue:

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

    Target Audience:

    All Subject Leaders

    Course Fee:

    £40 for CTSA Members

    £50 for Non CTSA Members

    See attached flyer

    Subject Leadership & the new OFSTED Framework 2019 -2020

  • First Aid (2 day Certified Course) - Paediatric/Adult/Child Open Close

    Course Content:

    This course is designed to teach those working with children and babies the correct first aid procedures to be applied when faced with a variety of injuries/conditions. Some areas also include procedures for adults. Topics covered include responding appropriately to choking, shock, anaphylactic shock, suspected fractures and bleeding. Resuscitation techniques will also be covered, and recognising and responding to the emergency needs of children with chronic medical conditions including epilepsy, asthma and diabetes.  A full syllabus is detailed below.
    Upon reaching a competent standard in all units (assessment will be ongoing throughout the training) each student will receive a certificate of attainment. The certificate is valid for 3 years from the date of completion of the course.

    There will be practical activities so comfortable clothes should be worn. Females should wear trousers.

    Syallabus

    Administration of medications
    Diagnosis
    Shock
    Body check for injuries
    Resuscitation – adult, child & baby
    Asthma
    Burns
    Upset Stomach
    Anaphylactic shock
    Foreign Objects – swallowed, ears, nose & eyes
    Accident Books
    Sickle Cell Anaemia
    Fractures
    Playground first aid
    Principles of First Aid
    Priority of treatment
    Unconsciousness
    Strains & Sprains
    Choking- adult, child & baby
    Fainting
    Compression
    Diabetes
    Bleeding – minor, severe
    Displaced Tooth
    Extremes of temperature
    Squashed Fingers
    Insect stings
    Splinters
    Concussion
    Epilepsy
    Meningitis
    Hygiene
    Common Ailments
    First Aid Kits
    Poisons
    Question and answer session

    Facilitator:

    Frinton Training Services

    Date and Time:

    1st Date :      6th & 7th November 2019

    9.15 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.

    Venue:

    Newlands Spring Primary School
    Dickens Place
    Chelmsford
    CM1 4UU

    Target Audience:

    All Teaching and Support Staff

    Course Fee:

    Members: £135

    Non members: £150

    See attached flyer

    First Aid (Paediatric, Child & Adult) NOVEMBER 2019

  • Computing & Online Safety Leader Updates Open Close

    About the Session:

    Programme Outline:

    The session will include strategies to identify and implement improvement to teaching and learning of computing, online safety and the implementation of education technology. Subject Leaders will be provided with the latest news and developments, both locally and nationally.

    There will be time for discussion, training and review of resources to ensure computing & online safety subject leaders have a toolkit of resources to meet the needs of the curriculum and responsibilities under Keeping Children Safe in Education and the Prevent duty.

     

    Programme Objectives:

    • to develop the skills and knowledge of the computing & online safety subject leader
    • to consider how teachers’ subject knowledge and skills are audited and developed
    • to discuss current developments in computing & online safety
    • to address intent in curriculum policies and the mapping of progression
    • to improve subject knowledge and approaches to auditing and development of skills
    • to provide up-to-date information on local and national issues.
    • to offer opportunities for schools to work together and learn from each other on curriculum development, assessment and resources
    • to give an overview of new and emerging technologies in computing and for use across the curriculum
    • to support leadership roles in monitoring and evaluation

     

    Facilitator:

    Dave Smith (Havering Education Services)

    Date and Time:

    Session 1 – 16th October 2019
    Session 2 – 12th February 2020
    Session 3 – 20th May 2020

    All sessions will be held between 1.00 p.m and 4.00 p.m

    Venue:

    Newland Springs Primary School
    Dickens Place
    Chelmsford
    CM1 4UU

    Target Audience:

    Computing & Online Safety Subject Leaders

    Course Fee:

    £60 per delegate per session

    or

    £150 for all three sessions

    See attached flyer

    Computing Updates 2019 -2020

  • Science Subject Leader Development Sessions Open Close

    About the Session:

    During the sessions you will be exploring many things, including how to:

    • Increase progress in children’s scientific knowledge and understanding and their skills of working scientifically
    • Create practical science lessons that excite and engage children and are easy to resource
    • Use different types of scientific enquiry to answer questions, including those generated by the children
    • Identify the science in real-life contexts
    • Teach the tricky science concepts including climate change
    • Deepen children’s learning in science so they can demonstrate mastery
    • Use problem solving to enable children to apply their scientific knowledge and understanding
    • Know what Ofsted expect of primary school science

    Each session explores activities and aspects of science requested by subject leaders. Plus, it’s a great way to find out what your colleagues are doing in their schools – there is always someone who can give you an idea or two.

    Facilitator:

    Jeremy Crook

    Date and Time:

    Session 1:  9th October 2019

    Session 2:  26th February 2020

    Session 3:  3rd June 2020

     

    All sessions are between  1.00 p.m – 4.00 p.m

    Venue:

    Newlands Spring Primary School
    Dickens Place
    Chelmsford
    CM1 4UU

    Target Audience:

    All Science Subject Leaders

    Course Fee:

    £60 per delegate per session

    or

    £150 for all three sessions

    See attached flyer

    Science Subject Leader Updates 2019 -2020

  • Maths & English Subject Leader Updates - with Jonathan Bond & Gill Haysham Open Close

    About the Session:

    Aims:

    • To develop the skills of the subject leader.
    • To receive updates on current developments in Maths and English.

    Course Content:

    This course aims to give subject leaders a chance to meet together, build up their own leadership skills and remain abreast of local and national news, materials and resources.  For the three sessions, Gill Haysham will take an in depth look at recent developments in Maths and Jonathan Bond will update delegates on English.

    Sessions will include, when available, any developments in KS1 & 2 testing, assessment and Ofsted.

    Facilitator:

    Jonathan Bond & Gill Haysham

    Date and Time:

    Session 1 – 18th September 2019

    Session 2 – 17th January 2020

    Session 3 – 22nd April 2020

     

    All sessions will be held between 9.15 – 11.45 a.m.

    Venue:

    Newlands Spring Primary School
    Dickens Place
    Chelmsford
    CM1 4UU

    Target Audience:

    All Maths & English Subject Leaders

    Course Fee:

    £60 per delegate per session

    or

    £150 for all three sessions

    See attached flyer

    Maths & English Updates 2019 -2020

     

  • School Assessment Leader Updates (CTSA Schools only) Open Close

    About the Session:

    Programme Objectives:

    School Assessment Leaders (SALs) Update Meetings are focused on both the assessment of learning and assessment for learning.

    The first focus ensures that SALs are as up-to-date as possible in their knowledge and understanding of statutory assessment requirements. As well as disseminating this information, the Course Tutors will provide the names of useful publications and websites to support delegates. Course Tutors also encourage delegates to ask questions and discuss current issues so that they can return to their schools as fully informed as possible.

    The second focus on assessment for learning will include sharing of latest research, presentation of case studies and often the invitation to course delegates to share and discuss with their colleagues. This last aspect is regarded as particularly valuable as a networking tool that enables delegates to develop their assessment skills in a very supportive environment.

    Facilitator:

    Theresa Pierce & Jane Downes

    Date & Time:

    Session 1 – 14th November 2019

    Session 2 – 5th March 2020

    Session 3 – 7th May 2020

     

    All sessions will be held between 9.30 a.m. – 12.00 p.m.

    Venue:

    Newlands Spring Primary School
    Dickens Place
    Chelmsford
    CM1 4UU

    Target Audience:

    All School Assessment Leaders

    Course Fee:

    £60 per delegate per session

    or

    £150 for all three sessions

    Please see attached flyer

    School Assessment Leader Updates 2019 -2020

  • Recently Qualified Teacher Programme Open Close

    About the Session:

    This successful programme for recently qualified teachers designed by the Eastern Leadership Centre is once again being offered to primary and secondary teachers in our locality.

    With a focus on reflective practice, discussion and a coaching style the programme is centred around three twilight sessions with associated inter-sessional activities:

    Session 1:

    Great Teaching – becoming an expert practitioner in the classroom.

    • What makes great teaching? OFSTED criteria and sharing good practice
    • Methods of reflection to support development as a great teacher.

    Session 2:

    Leading Learning – developing yourself as a leader.

    • Exploring what makes a good leader
    • Identifying my current leadership strengths and areas for development
    • Understanding the use of reflection, growth mindset and emotional intelligence as part of the learning journey to become an effective leader of learning.

    Session 3:

    Forgoing ahead – pathways to further success for you and others.

    • Developing social awareness and relationship management to develop teams
    • Dealing with difficult conversations
    • Overcoming obstacles to success.

    Facilitator:

    Gemma Woolley (Assistant Head Teacher, Chelmer Valley High School)

    Date & Time:

    Session 1 – 13th November 2019

    Session 2 – 29th January 2020

    Session 3 – 25th March 2020

     

    All sessions will be held between 4.00 -5.30 p.m.

    Venue:

    Chelmer Valley High School

    Court Road

    Chelmsford

    Essex

    CM1 7ER

    Target Audience:

    Primary & Secondary teachers in their 2nd – 5th year of teaching

    Course Fee:

    Free to all Mid Essex Schools

    See attached flyer

    RQT Programme 2019 -2020

  • Cross School / Cross Phase Writing Moderation (CTSA Schools only) Open Close

    About the Session:

    This is an opportunity to meet with colleagues to moderate and quality-assure writing assessment judgments in years 5, 6 and 7. It will offer the opportunity for teachers to work collaboratively in order to ensure cohesion and accuracy of assessment in writing. It could also be used as a chance to look at a ‘snapshot’ of writing each term or for a writing journey to be tracked throughout the academic year if you are able to attend all three sessions. Participants will have the opportunity to:

    • Demonstrate the end of KS2 expectations
    • Align these with expectations at the beginning of KS3
    • Compare and discuss teacher assessment judgements with practitioners from other schools
    • Discuss the impact of feedback on learners’ progress if appropriate
    • Share examples of work across a full spectrum of abilities and genres

    Further details of the sessions will be sent to participants in advance of the meetings including any materials/work samples that will be required.

    Facilitator:

    Hannah Rigby & Samantha Hutchings, CTSA SLEs

    Date & Time:

    Session 1 – 21st November

    Session 2 – 5th March 2020

    Session 3 – 21st May 2020

     

    All sessions will be held between 4.00 – 5.15 p.m.

    Venue:

    Session 1 – Newlands Spring Primary School

    Session 2 – Rayne Primary School

    Session 3 – Gosfield Primary School

    Target Audience:

    Teachers of Years 5, 6 & 7

    English Subject Leaders

    Upper KS2 Phase Leaders

    KS3 Phase Leaders

    Course Fee:

    FREE to CTSA Schools only

    Please see attached flyer

    Writing Moderation Flyer 2019-20

  • Developing Reading Comprehension Programme (CTSA Schools Only) Open Close

    About the Programme:

    Programme Outline:

    A 4 day training programme giving opportunities for action planning and to observe teaching of reading comprehension with pupils. You will benefit from collaborative learning & a flexible content to meet the requirements of the group. We will have access to an online learning platform (Hive Learning).

    Session 1 Please bring a list of the children in your class who you have identified as being not at age expected for reading and on whom you will be focusing.

    • Focus on reading fluency, resilience and reading for pleasure
    • Quick and efficient assessment of fluency
    • Time to plan and share ideas to develop back in school

    Session 2

    • Focus on vocabulary and activating prior knowledge
    • Quick and efficient assessment of comprehension
    • Opportunity to work with children
    • Sharing of practice and learning from what has been tried back in school
    • Time to identify strategies to develop back in school

    Session 3

    • Focus on reading for meaning, inference and summarising
    • Opportunity to observe the teaching of a reading comprehension skill
    • Sharing of practice and learning from what has been tried back in school
    • Time to identify strategies to develop back in school

     Session 4

    • Focus on predicting, scanning, comparing and generalising
    • Teaching sequence for developing reading comprehension
    • Sharing of practice and learning from what has been tried back in school
    • Action planning for continuing impact back in school

    It is recommended that 2 members of staff from each school attend, to support effective implementation across the school.

    Facilitator:

    Rachel Pritchard & Emma Bradshaw, Lyons Hall Primary School

    Date & Time:

    Session 1 – 23rd October 2019

    Session 2 – 25th November 2019

    Session 3 – 22nd January 2020

    Session 4 – 9th March 2020

     

    All sessions will be held between 9.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.

    Venue:

    Session 1 – Newlands Spring Primary School

    Session 2 – The Beaulieu Primary School

    Session 3 – Newlands Spring Primary School

    Session 4 – The Beaulieu Primary School

    Target Audience:

    Teaching Staff

    Course Fee:

    This programme  has been significantly subsidised for CTSA member schools.

    £200 for one staff member / £300 for two staff  members from the same school (plus £20 for Hive portal access)

    Please see attached flyer

    Reading Programme 2019 -2020

  • Secondary NQT Conferences 2019-2020 Open Close

    Programme Outline

    These sessions for NQTs in Secondary Schools, are personalised to meet the needs of the NQTs and address aspects of all of the Teaching Standards. They will provide opportunities for delegates to:

    • Further develop their understanding of teaching and learning and related issues
    • Develop professional relationships with colleagues from other schools.
    • Reflect on their learning to date and plan for their continued professional development

    All sessions are led by school based practitioners and as well as a focus on the specific topic area, they also include an open networking opportunity where NQTs will be able to share concerns and seek advice from an experienced colleague. These sessions are an excellent way to share good practice and for NQTs to form the habit of becoming lifelong learners.

    Session 1 – 18th September 2019

    Welcome

    Behaviour for Learning

     

    Session 2 – 9th October 2019

    Communicating with parents

     

    Session 3 – 23rd October 2019

    Safeguarding

    Supporting student mental health issues

    Work / life balance and mental well  being

     

    Session 4 – 27th November 2019

    Assessment, marking and feedback for progress

    Evidencing learning (incl data use)

     

    Session 5 -15th January 2020

    Stretch & Challenge for all

     

    Session 6 -4th March 2020

    SEND Workshop

     

    Session 7 – 1st July 2020

    Moving forward to Year 2 including presentation skills / presenting yourself for career progression

    Celebration of the year !

     

    Please note that all sessions will include time at the end where NQTs can raise/explore individual issues with the session leaders.

     

     

    Facilitator:

    Session 1 – 18th September 2019

    Catherine Cusick

    Session 2 – 9th October 2019

    Lisa-Marie Smith

    Session 3 – 23rd October 2019

    Jo Morten-Brown

    Session 4 – 27th November 2019

    Safia Hammoudi

    Session 5 -15th January 2020

    Safia Hammoudi

    Session 6 -4th March 2020

    Columbus School

    Session 7 – 1st July 2020

    (TBC)

     

    Date, Time & Venue:

    Session 1 – 18th September 2019

    Notley High School @ 4.00 – 5.30 p.m.

    Session 2 – 9th October 2019

    Hylands School @ 2.00 – 3.30 p.m.

    Session 3 – 23rd October 2019

    Notley High School @ 4.00 – 5.30 p.m.

    Session 4 – 27th November 2019

    Chelmer Valley High School @ 2.00 – 3.15 p.m.

    Session 5 -15th January 2020

    Chelmer Valley High School @ 4.00 – 5.30 p.m.

    Session 6 -4th March 2020

    Columbus School @ 2.00 – 3.30 p.m.

    Session 7 – 1st July 2020

    (TBC)

     

    Course Fee:

    Programme FREE to NQT’s in Mid Essex

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