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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 & 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 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 and Gill Haysham

    Date and Time:

    Session 1: 27th September 2018
    Session 2:  16th January 2019
    Session 3:  1st May 2019

    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 £150 for all three sessions

  • Early Years Updates Open Close

    About the Session:

    This session will consist of three main components:

    • Provide Early Years practitioners with information regarding the latest local and national developments in EYFS, including opportunities for discussion and implications for practice.
    • Focus on a core CPD theme, with opportunities for practitioners to request the theme for each subsequent meeting.
    • Outline of practical activities and resources to support the implementation of themes discussed and sharing of research/further reading to develop practice.

     

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

    • To develop the skills and knowledge of the EYFS practitioner
    • To discuss current developments in the EYFS and 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 develop practice through the sharing of practical, tested strategies
    • To consider the use of evaluation and other data to plan improved provision
    • To collaboratively build an EYFS ‘toolkit’ for practitioners at all levels, including support staff

    Facilitator:

    Amanda James

    Lead Consultant, EYITT Programme

    Date and Time:

    20th March 2019

    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:

    £65 per delegate

  • Fire Marshal Training Open Close

    What you will learn

    The course will present an understanding of fire regulations and general fire precautions. It aims to provide you with the knowledge to be become a fire marshal or embed your existing understanding.

    Course Content

    Regulations/legislation relating to fire safety

    Definition and duties of the responsible person

    Risk assessment and understanding fire

    Basic fire prevention and common causes of fire

    How fire spreads

    Hazard identification

    Evacuation procedure

    Types of fire appliances and which type of fire they are used on

    Action on discovering a fire and how to call the fire rescue service

    Dangerous substances and flammable materials

     

    Certification

    All delegates will receive a certificate, valid for three years upon completion of the training

    Facilitators:

    Frinton Training Services

    Date:

    16th January 2019

    Venue:

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

    Target Audience

    Fire Marshals, members of the SLT and those overseeing fire safety

    Course Fee:

    £45.00 per person

    For CTSA schools

     

  • Level 4 Diploma for School Business Managers (formerly known as CSBM) Open Close

    About the session:

    Why DSBM?

    The aim of the qualification is to provide learners who are existing or aspiring school business management (SBM) professionals with the knowledge and skills required to perform effectively in their role and progress in their career.

    Benefits for employers and educators

    • Professional staff who will enhance the management of your school, allowing school leaders to focus on teaching, learning and student attainment
    • Helps to develop the school business team and gain specialist expertise in areas including leading support services, finance, marketing, procurement, HR and infrastructure management.

     

    Benefits for Individuals

    • Manage resources within a school more efficiently, effectively and sensitively
    • Evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of business management operations within a school
    • Gain expertise in specialised areas of work

     

    The DSBM level 4 programme is delivered via a blended learning model (face-to-face and online) by leading experts in the field over a 12 month period. The following units are included:

     

    Mandatory Units

    • Leading Support Services in a school
    • Finance in a school
    • Procurement in a school

    Optional Units (choose one)

    • Supporting Human Resource Management in a school
    • Supporting School Infrastructure Management in a school
    • Marketing in a school

    The programme is accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM). Evidence for the skills/competence-based assessment criteria is likely to come from naturally occurring activities from the workplace.

    More details can be obtained from the BPN website

    Facilitator:

    Best Practice Network

     

    Date:

    Dates to be confirmed but expected to start March/Early Spring 2019

    Venue:

    To be confirmed

    Course Fee:

    Level 4 Diploma £1495 + VAT

    Offers:

    Members of Institute of School Business Leadership can apply for a 5% discount on course fees

    Early Bird Offer:

    For individuals signing up before 30th November, a 5% discount can be applied.

     

  • Level 4 Diploma for School Business Managers (Individual Units for Finance, Marketing & Procurement) Open Close

    Are you an experienced and qualified School Business Manager who would welcome the opportunity for further CPD that will:

     

    • Ensure you are fully up to date with the significant changes that have been made in recent years
    • Enable you to develop specialist expertise in specific areas of practice
    • Provide you with the specialist expertise to work across different schools?

     

    Our delivery partner, Best Practice Network, is able to offer individual units from the updated (June 2016) DSBN Programme of Study that provide 9/10 credits each at Level 4.

     

    These are delivered as online units, facilitated and supported by national experts. Delivery includes opportunities to collaborate online with peers and tutors. Assessment is through the completion of school-based tasks and an e-portfolio of evidence.

    Facilitator:

    Best Practice Network

    Date:

    To be confirmed but expected to start March / Spring 2019

    Venue:

    To be confirmed

    Target Audience:

    Existing School Business Managers

    Course Fee:

    £380 + VAT

    Offers:

    Members of Institute of School Business Leadership can apply for a 5% discount on course fees

    Early Bird Offer:

    For individuals signing up before 30th November, a 5% discount can be applied.

     

     

  • School Assessment Leader Updates (Primary) Open Close

    CTSA is delighted to have made an arrangement with EES for Schools for local delivery of the popular termly primary School Assessment Leader updates.

    The 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. Opportunities are also provided for discussion and practice sharing.

    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.

    How will the pupils benefit?
    School Assessment Leaders have the opportunity in each session to hear about the latest teaching and learning research and practices to enhance children’s learning. This includes developing Assessment for Learning strategies to ensure all pupils are taking more responsibility for their own outcomes and supporting them to become creative and independent learners.

    How will the school benefit?
    Each course gives thorough updates on all statutory assessment requirements throughout the year. This ensures that the School Assessment Leaders are fully prepared and equipped to lead colleagues in all assessment expectations back at school. Each course also has a developmental session where assessment leaders have the opportunity to work with colleagues from other schools to enhance their assessment practices which can be shared with teachers back at school.

    Facilitator:

    EES for Schools; Theresa Pierce (Advisor for Leadership & School Effectiveness)

    Date and Time:

    Session 1: 7th March 2019
    Session 2:  9th May 2019

    9.30 am to 12.00 pm

    (Light refreshments will be available from 9.15 am)

    Venue:

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

    Target Audience:

    School Assessment Leaders

    Course Fee:

    £60 per school per session

    (subject to a minimum of 12 delegates attending)

  • Paediatric First Aid (2 day Certified Course) Open Close

    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. Topics covered include responding appropriately to choking, shock, anaphylactic shock, suspected fractures and bleeding. Age appropriate 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.

    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.

    Comfortable clothes should be worn. Females should wear trousers.

     

    Please note: numbers of places are strictly limited so early booking is advised.

    Facilitator:

    Frinton Training Services

    Date and Time:

    19th & 20th June 2019, 9.15 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.

    Venue:

    Newlands Spring Primary School
    Dickens Place
    Chelmsford
    CM1 4UU

    Target Audience:

    Teaching and Support Staff

    Course Fee:

    Members: £135

    Non members: £150

  • Recently Qualified Teacher Programme (RQT) 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 and a coaching style the programme is centred around four 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
    • Forging 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.

    “Really relevant and inspiring to reflect on how to move forward as a teacher.”

    “Really enjoyed the sessions, inclusive and relaxed atmosphere”

    “I highly recommend this CPD course as it has presented unique learning experiences that I will value to further my development in future senior roles”

    Facilitator:

    Gemma Woolley, Assistant Headteacher (Teaching and Learning)

    Date and Time:

    21st November 2018
    23rd January 2019
    20th March 2019

    All sessions 3.45pm to 5.30pm

    Venue:

    Chelmer Valley High School
    Court Road
    Chelmsford
    CM1 7ER

    Target Audience:

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

    Course Fee:

    All Mid Essex Schools:  FREE
    Other Schools:  £60.00 for all 3 sessions

  • First Aid Training: focused sessions Open Close

    About the Session:

    This 2 hour session is designed to provide those working with children with the correct first aid and identification procedures to be applied in relation to the designated topics.

    This session will cover:

    Asthma attack signs and symptoms, Diabetes, Hypoglycaemia- general treatment. Hypothermia & Hyperpyrexia – extremes of body temperature. Epilepsy/Seizures. Fainting.

    Each session will also include a short Question and Answer session during which participants can ask the First Aid trainer additional questions that they may have about specific first aid issues in school.

    Comfortable clothes should be worn. Females should wear trousers.

    Facilitator:

    Frinton Training Services

    Dates and Time:

    6th February 2019

    3.30pm to 5.30pm

    Venue:

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

    Target Audience:

    Teaching and support staff

    Course Fee:

    £35 per person per session

  • 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 is particularly useful for stressed and anxious children. Mentors have to be patient, good listeners. They also have to constantly problem solve. They must be reliable and will be expected to keep records of their mentoring. Confidentiality is 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. Participants 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

    Dates and Times:

    Training Days
    Day 1 – 14th November 2018
    Day 2 – 29th November 2018
    Day 3 – 4th January 2019
    All sessions are 9.15am to 3.00pm

    Progress Meetings
    Meeting 1 – 8th February 2019
    Meeting 2 – 20th March 2019

    Both sessions are between 9.00 – 11.45 a.m.

    Meeting 3 – 9th May 2019
    1.15 – 4.00 p.m.

     

    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

  • 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 keep 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:

    David Smith (Havering Education Services)

    Date and Time:

    Wednesday 7th November 2018
    Thursday 7th March 2019
    Thursday 13th June 2019
    All sessions between 1.00pm and 4.00pm

    Venue:

    Newland Springs Primary School
    Dickens Place
    Chelmsford
    CM1 4UU

    Target Audience:

    Subject Leaders

    Course Fee:

    £60 per delegate per session or £150 for all 3 sessions

  • National Award for SEN Coordination (NASENCO) Open Close

    Chelmsford Teaching School Alliance is delighted to be offering local delivery of the National Award for SEN Co-ordination, with Best Practice Network

    The National Award for SEN Coordination (NASENCO) is a statutory requirement for all SENCOs appointed new to role from September 2008 and is an excellent opportunity for professional development for experienced SENCOs.

    Participants will develop their knowledge, understanding and skills across the 10 key themes:

    • The statutory and regulatory context for SEN and disability equality and the implications for practice in their school or work setting
    • The principles and practice of leadership in different contexts
    • How SEN and disabilities affect pupils’ participation and learning
    • Strategies for improving outcomes for pupils with SEN and/or disabilities
    • Working strategically with senior colleagues and governors
    • Leading, developing and, where necessary, challenging senior leaders, colleagues and governors
    • Critically evaluating evidence about learning, teaching and assessment in relation to pupils with SEN to inform practice
    • Drawing on external sources of support and expertise
    • Developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating relevant systems
    • Personal and Professional Qualities

    It is a work-based, flexible and practical programme that will equip you with the tools and knowledge you need to enhance achievement and maximise impact upon learners with SEN and/or disabilities.

    Why NASENCO with Chelmsford Teaching School Alliance and Best Practice Network?

    The Chelmsford Teaching School Alliance has a proven track record of providing high quality, locally delivered Professional Development for schools within and beyond the partnership. Best Practice Network is a member of the NASEN Provider group and has supported over 800 SENCOs nationally to engage with the NASENCO programme. They offer a leading edge Master’s level programme, delivered by skilled tutors, that is designed to transform professional practice.

    Date and Time:

    (all sessions run from 9.00-3.15)
    Day 1 – 8th May 2019
    Day 2 – 14th June 2019
    Day 3 – 11th July 2019
    Day 4 – 27th September 2019
    Day 5 – 13th November 2019
    Day 6 – 29th January 2020

     

    Venue:

    Newlands Spring Primary School
    Dickens Place
    Chelmsford
    CM1 4UU

    Course Fee:

    £1,795 plus VAT

    How to apply:

    NASENCO candidates should apply through the Best Practice Network web application form available at http://bestpracticenet.co.uk/nasenco.

    When asked ‘Have you been recommended by one of our local delivery partners, please answer yes, select Chelmsford Teaching Schools Alliance in the next section from the drop down list, and enter the partner allocation code CTSA.

    For more information e mail cpdctsa@newlandsspring.essex.sch.uk

  • Science Subject Leader Development Sessions Open Close

    About the Session:

    During the sessions we will be exploring many thing, 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
    • 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. As one delegate said, “It is great knowing there is support out there!”

    Facilitator:

    Jeremy Crook

    Date and Time:

    Session 1:  10th October 2018

    Session 2:  27th February 2019

    Session 3:  6th June 2019

    All sessions 1.30pm – 4.15pm

    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 all three sessions

  • Secondary NQT Conferences 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 way to share good practice and for NQTs to start forming the habit of becoming lifelong learners.

    Programme Details:

    12th September 2018, 4-5.30pm at Notley High School
    Welcome & Introduction to the NQT Year Behaviour for Learning

    10th October 2018, 4-5.30pm at Notley High School
    Role of the Tutor

    31st October 2018, 4-5.30pm at Chelmer Valley High School
    Using Data, knowing your students & evidencing learning

    28th November 2018, 4-5.30pm at Chelmer Valley High School
    Assessment, marking & feedback for progress

    16th January 2019, 4-5.30pm venue TBC
    Work-life balance, coping strategies and mental well-being

    6th March 2019, 4-5.30pm venue TBC
    Differentiation

    1st July 2019, 4-5.30pm at Notley High School
    Moving Forward to Year 2/Celebration of the year!

     

     

    Programme FREE to NQT’s in Mid Essex

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Chelmsford Teaching Schools Alliance
Newlands Spring Primary School
Dickens Place
Newlands Spring
Chelmsford
Essex CM1 4UU
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