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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

  • Maths Mastery Programme with Gill Haysham Open Close

    *Please note that this is a new programme for 2017-2018 and not a repeat.

    About the Session:

    Session 1-Mathematics Mastery:  Developing fluency and conceptual understanding – the CPA approach.

    • Exploring the range of models and images (‘new’ alongside ‘old’) and how they can support ALL learners in developing understanding and fluency.
    • Main models will include:  Bar model, part-whole, Tens Frames, exchange boards, number tracks/lines.

    Session 2 – Mathematics Mastery:  Slowly does it – Intelligent practice and reasoning.

    • Mastery practice involves giving pupils (and teachers) more time to secure understanding.
    • Time to scaffold their understandings, to ‘wallow’ in their learning, to play with ideas and explore mathematical contexts.  Talk it out, reason through – the important role of language.

    Sessions 3 – Mastery Planning and Assessment – developing ‘progress packages’.

    • Incorporating planning for mastery and planning opportunities for assessment.
    • How could we evidence progress?  What would this look like in children’s books?  How could we track the impact on learning and ensure learning is secure over time?

    Facilitator:

    Gill Haysham

    Date and Time:

    Session 1: 15th September 2017

    Session 2:  17th January 2018

    Session 3: 4th May 2018

    1.00pm to 3.45pm

    (Light refreshments will be available from 12.45pm)

    Venue:

    Newlands Spring Primary School
    Dickens Place
    Chelmsford
    Essex
    CM1 4UU

    Target Audience:

    Primary Teachers & Maths Subject Leads

    Course Fee:

    Members: £120
    Non members: £150
    for the programme

  • Maths & English Subject Leader Development Open Close

    Aims of the Session:

    • 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 and build up their own leaderships skills.  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.

    If available, any developments in KS1 & 2 testing, assessment without levels, the new curriculum and Ofsted will be included.

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    Facilitator:

    Jonathan Bond and Gill Haysham

    Date and Time:

    17th January 2018
    4th May 2018

    9.15am to 11.45pm

    (Light refreshments will be available from 9.00am)

    Venue:

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

    Target Audience:

    All English & Maths Subject Leaders

    Course Fee:

    £60 per delegate per session or £100 for both sessions.

  • Learning Mentor Programme Open Close

    About the Session:

    Learning mentors provide a complementary service to teachers and other staff, addressing the needs of children who require assistance in overcoming barriers to learning in order to achieve their full potential.  They meet regularly with vulnerable children, generally on a one-to-one basis, and provide support, advice and challenge in order for the children to learn appropriate and personalised skills.  The approach in particularly useful for stressed and anxious children.  Mentors have to be patient, good listerners.  They also have to constantly problem solve.  They must be reliable and will be expected to keep records of the mentoring.  Confidentiality is the key to learning mentoring and mentors must also be familiar with child protection guidelines.

    Aims of the Programme:

    • To know how to carry out the role of a learning mentor
    • To learn the skills and structures needed for this role
    • To understand pupil behaviour

    This programme offers an opportunity for LSAs to train for this important role in addition to their present responsibilities.  Participant will receive 3 full days of training before they begin mentoring a child in their school and they will then attend 3 progress meetings while they are mentoring.

    Facilitator:

    Jonathan Bond

    Date:

    Training Days

    Day 1 – 29th September
    Day 2 – 18th October
    Day 3 – 17th November
    All sessions are between 9.15am – 3.00pm

    Progress Meetings

    Meeting 1 – 12th January 9.00am – 11.45am
    Meeting 2 – 7th February 1.15pm – 4.00pm
    Meeting 3 – 21st March 9.00am – 11.45am

    Venue:

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

    Target Audience:

    All current and prospective learning mentors

    Course Fee:

    Members: £300
    Non Members: £350

    Fee covers all sessions

  • Securing Success Open Close

    About the Session:

    A series of 3 full day sessions exemplifying the process that outstanding schools use to ensure that all aspects of teaching and learning are as good as they can be and that the school culture positively supports continual improvement.

    Each day will guide school leaders through the steps needed to create a continually improving school and will identify the most urgent/important actions to be taken.  By the end of the 3 days all school leaders will understand and share a common approach to focused, rigorous school improvement and will have made significant progress in addressing identified issues.

    Day 1
    Identifying the key elements that enable schools to be successful at all levels; clarifying leadership strengths and areas for development for your school; understanding how an inclusive culture, trust, believability and collaboration are crucial to school improvement; introducing the change process and benchmarking your school’s leadership of Teaching and Learning; prioritising developments.
    Day 2
    Recognising progress from Day 1, resolving issues; identifying key issues and understanding how these impact on school improvement; recognising barriers to improvement and overcoming them; planning to resolve the big issues; developing change teams to drive school improvement at all levels; prioritising next steps.
    Day 3
    Recognising progress from Day 2, resolving issues; understanding how to sustain and develop school approaches to improvement; clarifying and enhancing the school’s annual cycle of improvement; identifying how to measure the impact of improvements; prioritising next steps.

    Facilitators:

    Susannah Edom-Baker
    Jeremy Crook

    Dates and Times:

    Day 1 – 9th November 2017
    Day 2 – 26th January 2018
    Day 3 – 26th April 2018

    All sessions 9.30am to 3.45pm

    Venue:

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

    Target Audience:

    Primary School Leaders, including Governors

    Course Fee:

    Members: £200 per school
    Non-members: £225 per school

    For TWO delegates for all three sessions.

  • Primary Recently Qualified Teacher Programme (RQT) Open Close

    About the Session:

    This new programme for recently qualified teachers designed by the Eastern Leadership Centre is now being offered to teachers in our  locality.

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

    • Great Teaching-becoming an expert practitioner in the classroom through impact, reflection and risk!
    • Leading Learning-taking others with you through inspiration, vision and values.
    • Forgoing ahead-pathways to further success.

    Participants will share and develop exciting good practice.  They will explore different ways to use research, observation and monitoring strategies to enhance teaching and leadership.  They will also learn more about themselves and working with others through reflecting on personal styles, use of emotional intelligence and overcoming barriers.

    Facilitator:

    Carol Gooding, Headteacher, Danbury Park School

    Dates:

    Wednesday, 1st November 2017

    Wednesday, 6th December 2017

    Wednesday, 17th January 2018

    Wednesday, 7th March 2018

    Wednesday, 25th April 2018

    Wednesday, 27th June 2018

    All sessions 4.00pm – 5.30pm

    Venue:

    Danbury Park Primary School
    Well Lane
    Chelmsford
    CM3 4AB

    Target Audience:

    Primary Teachers in their 2nd-5th year of teaching

    Course Fee:

    All CTSA Schools: FREE
    Other Schools: £60.00

    (fee covers all 6 sessions)

  • Secondary Recently Qualified Teacher Programme (RQT) Open Close

    About the Session:

    This new programme for recently qualified teachers designed by the Eastern Leadership Centre is now being offered to teachers in our  locality.

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

    • Great Teaching-becoming an expert practitioner in the classroom through impact, reflection and risk!
    • Leading Learning-taking others with you through inspiration, vision and values.
    • Forgoing ahead-pathways to further success.

    Participants will share and develop exciting good practice.  They will explore different ways to use research, observation and monitoring strategies to enhance teaching and leadership.  They will also learn more about themselves and working with others through reflecting on personal styles, use of emotional intelligence and overcoming barriers.

    Facilitator:

    Krysia Sosin, Assistant Heateacher, Hylands School

    Dates:

    Wednesday, 4th October 2017

    Tuesday, 28th November 2017

    Thursday, 25th January 2018

    Monday, 26th February 2018

    Thursday, 26th April 2018

    Wednesday, 13th June 2018

    Time:

    4.00pm – 5.30pm

    Venue:

    Hylands School
    Chelmsford Road
    Chelmsford
    Essex
    CM1 3ET

    Target Audience:

    Secondary Teachers in their 2nd-5th year of teaching

    Course Fee:

    All Mid Essex Schools:  FREE
    Other Schools:  £60.00

    (fee covers all 6 sessions)

  • Science Subject Leader Updates Open Close

    About the Session:

    During the sessions we will be covering:

    • Progression in scientific knowledge and understand the skills of working scientifically
    • Using pre-assessment to ensure children are appropriately challenged
    • Planning lessons that enable children to ask their own relevant questions and to use different types of scientific enquiry to answer them
    • Effective success criteria for practical activities
    • Identifying the science in real-life contexts
    • How to teach the tricky science concepts
    • Deepening children’s learning in science – what mastery looks like
    • Simple strategies for assessing children’s learning during lessons
    • What makes effective recording in science for children to record their scientific thinking and learning
    • How to use children’s recording to reliably assess children’s attainment and plan next steps
    • Ofsted’s latest expectations of science in primary schools
    • Using problem solving to enable children to apply their scientific knowledge and understanding

    Facilitator:

    Jeremy Crook

    Date and Time:

    28th February 2018
    13th June 2018

    All sessions 9.30am – 12.00pm

    Venue:

    Newlands Spring Primary School
    Dickens Place
    Chelmsford
    CM1 4UU

    Target Audience:

    All Science Subject Leaders

    Course Fee:

    £60 per delegate per session

    or

    £100 for both sessions

  • Computing & Online Safety Open Close

    About the Session:

    As schools continue to further embed the Computing Curriculum and meet the ongoing challenges of online safety, these meetings will ensure Subject Leaders are kept up-to-date 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 Computing Curriculum.

    The following objectives will be focused upon across the network meetings:

    • To develop the skills and knowledge of the Computing & Online Safety Subject Leader
    • To discuss current developments in Computing & Online Safety
    • 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 consider the use of evaluation and other data to plan improved provision
    • To develop monitoring and evaluation skills, such as work scrutiny, pupil voice and learning walks
    • To enhance work with governors with regard to accountability/value for money and safeguarding responsibilities

    Facilitator:

    Amanda Jackson & Dave Smith (Havering Education Services)

    Date and Time:

    21st February 2018
    23rd May 2018

    All sessions 1.00pm – 4.00pm

    Venue:

    Newlands Spring Primary School
    Dickens Place
    Chelmsford
    CM1 4UU

    Target Audience:

    Subject Leaders

    Course Fee:

    £60 per delegate per session

    or

    £100 for both sessions

  • Maximising the Practice of Teaching Assistants (MPTA) 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.

    Based on extensive and ground-breaking research, this course introduces a classroom-tested framework as the basis for practical strategies and reflective activities to help TAs improve the support they provide to pupils.  It will focus on how, through effective talk and interaction with pupils, we can develop their independence and ownership of their own learning.

    The course will cover:

    • Latest research and guidance on the complementary roles of teachers and TAs
    • Scaffolding as a framework for developing pupil independence
    • Reflect on their practice and develop specific scaffolding strategies
    • How to contribute to assessment for learning
    • Effective delivery of intervention programmes
    • Supporting collaborative group work
    • Planning changes to their practice

    Facilitator:

    Jacky Wragg (SuperSENCO)

    Date and Time:

    Session 1 – 29nd November 2017
    Session 2 – 7th March 2018
    Session 3 – 27th June 2018

    9.30am – 12.30pm (Light refreshments will be available from 9.15am)

    Venue:

    Newlands Spring Primary School
    Dickens Place
    Chelmsford
    CM1 4UU

    Target Audience:

    Learning Support Assistants/Classroom Support Staff

    Course Fee:

    Members £120

    Non members £150

  • Secondary NQT Converences 2017-2018 Open Close

    The conferences for NQTs in Secondary Schools, are personalised to meet the needs of the NQTs and address aspects of all the Teaching Standards.

    These sessions will provide opportunities for delegates to:

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

    Format of the programme:

    All sessions will start with a networking opportunity at 4.00pm where NQTs will be able to share concerns and seek advice from an experienced colleague.  The session will end with time for NQTs to raise any questions regarding the topic discussed.  The Teach Meet format is an excellent wa to share good practice and for NQTs to start forming the habit of becoming lifelong learners.

    Programme Details:

    13th September 2017, 4-5.30pm at Notley High School
    Welcome & Introduction to the NQT Year Behaviour for Learning – Work/Life balance

    9th October 2017, 4-5.30pm at Notley High School
    Role of the Tutor

    1st November 2017, 4-5.30pm at Chelmer Valley High School
    Using Data, knowing your students & evidencing learning

    29th November 2017, 4-5.30pm at Chelmer Valley High School
    Assessment, marking & feedback for progress

    15th January 2018, 4-5.30pm at Notley High School
    Differentiation 1

    31st January 2018, 4-5.30pm at Notley High School
    Differentiation 2

    4th July 2018, 4-6pm at Notley High School
    Moving Forward to Year 2

    TBC, 5-7.30pm at Notley High School
    Teach Meet

     

    Programme FREE to NQT’s in Mid Essex

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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