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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:

    Session 1: 15th September 2017
    Session 2:  17th January 2018
    Session 3:  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 £150 for all three sessions.

  • Understanding Reading Assessment with Jonathan Bond Open Close

    Focus of the Course:

    To understand the pedagogy behind assessing reading without levels.

    To know a range of practical strategies for assessing reading.

    To be able to use assessment to aid pupil progress.

    Course Content:

    Research shows that ‘assessment without levels’ continues to be a weakness in many schools, failing to give teachers the information they need to make a difference to pupil progress.  This course will explore the pedagogy behind the changes and the impact this has on everyday practice in reading.  Participants will explore a full range of practical approaches for assessing reading so that final judgements are both accurate, robust and useful.  Assessment is the most urgent issue in primary education at the moment, making this course a ‘must’.

    Facilitator:

    Jonathan Bond

    Date and Time:

    15th September 2017

    1.00pm to 3.45pm

    (light refreshments will be available from 12.45pm)

    Venue:

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

    Target Audience:

    Primary Teachers & English Subject Leads

    Course Fee:

    Members: £40
    Non-members: £50

  • SLE Core Training Day - Autumn 2017 Open Close

    Two dates available, please mark which date you would prefer 1st and 2nd on the booking form:

    Wednesday 20th September 2017, 9.00am to 3.30pm at Newlands Spring Primary School, Dickens Place, Chelmsford CM1 4UU

    Tuesday 26th September 2017, 9.00am to 3.30pm at Powers Hall Academy, Spa Road, Witham  CM8 1NA

    Cost of the session is £150/delegate to all East of England Schools.

    When booking please include each of the names of the delegates attending the course; the name of the Teaching School Alliance which designated you an SLE; the contact telephone numbers; and the email addresses.

    Delegates must also complete Pre-Core Training Challenges and bring findings along to the day (i.e. Walkabout Activity, A Persuasive Conversation and Working Styles Questionnaire).

  • Workshop with Mike Gershon Open Close

    About the Session:

    Mike Gershon is spending the day at St John Payne Catholic School

    Session 1:  How can we help children to better understand that how they think about themselves can have a huge impact on their learning?  What can we do to promote growth mindsets in the classroom?  And how can we help learners appreciate that seeing intelligence and talent as open to change leads to choices and behaviours which frequently maximise progress?  In this session, Mike provides a clear explanation of growth mindsets research, along with some of the neuroscientific ideas supplementing the theory.  He then goes on to share a selection of practical strategies, activities and techniques any teacher can use to foster resilience, build determination and encourage all students to embrace challenges.

    Session 2:  What can we do to ensure all learners are pushed to achieve as much as possible?  How can teachers build stretch and challenge into any lesson, for any group of students – even if this includes a wide range of abilities?  In this session, Mike takes you through the theoretical underpinnings of stretch and challenge before sharing a wide range of practical strategies any teacher can use to maximise learning in their classroom.  The session looks at specific strategies for pushing learners of varying ability levels and links this to many of the key ideas explored in Session 1.  You will leave with a range of techniques you can use to stretch and challenge the thinking of students across the board.

    Plenary Session:  During the afternoon, colleagues will work in departmental teams to explore how they can implement some of the strategies from the morning sessions.  We will all come back together for the last 20 minutes of the day to share ideas.  Each department will appoint an envoy who will share their plans with colleagues from other subject areas.  Finally, Mike will end the day, drawing everything together and suggesting some conclusions and next steps.

     

    Date and Time:

    6th October 2017

    8.30am to 3.00pm
    (a light breakfast and lunch will be provided)

    Venue:

    St John Payne Catholic School
    Patching Hall Lane
    Chelmford
    CM1 4BS

    Target Audience:

    Secondary School Teachers

    Course Fee:

    FREE

  • Workshop with Gary Wilson Open Close

    About the Session:

    Gary Wilson will be working with us to share good practice regarding ‘Raising Boys Achievement’.  This will follow on from some work he has completed with students during the day but could potentially be an opportunity to pick up some golden nuggets of advice and good practice.

    Date and Time:

    2nd November 2017

    3.45pm to 5.45pm

    Venue:

    St John Payne Catholic School
    Patching Hall Lane
    Chelmford
    CM1 4BS

    Target Audience:

    Secondary School Teachers

    Course Fee:

    FREE

  • 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:

    Session 1 – 19th October 2017
    Session 2 – 28th February 2018
    Session 3 – 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

    £150 for all three 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:

    11th October 2017
    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

    £150 for all three sessions

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

    About the Session:

    Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants (MITA) is an evidence-based approach to improving the ways school utilise TAs.  Developed and delivered with reference to Education Endowment Foundation guidance for the use of TAs and the research 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.

    The MITA programme offers your school:

    • The opportunity to engage with leading research
    • Practical tools and guidance on auditing practice in your school
    • Guidance from experts
    • Classroom-tested strategies
    • The chance to collaborate with other schools
    • A way of demonstrating investment in your TA workforce

    Session 1: Deployment – Development of TA ‘Deployment Policy’
    Session 2: Preparedness – Equipping teachers to deploy their TAs effectively in the day to day classroom
    Session 3: Practice – How to develop high quality interactions between TAs and pupils in order to develop independent learners

    These sessions will provide the tools to audit current practice and the opportunity to explore models of TA deployment which will lead to improved outcomes for young people

    Facilitator:

    Jacky Wragg (SuperSENCO)

     

    Date and Time:

    Session 1 – 22nd November 2017
    Session 2 – 7th March 2018
    Session 3 – 27th June 2018

    1.15pm – 3.30pm (Light refreshments will be available from 1.00pm)

    Venue:

    Newlands Spring Primary School
    Dickens Place
    Chelmsford
    CM1 4UU

    Traget Audience:

    This course is designed for senior leaders, including SENCOs.  Schools who have seen the biggest impact as a result of engaging with the programme are those who ensure leaders at all levels are involved in the programme.

    Course Fee:

    £255 per school (this will secure a place for up to 3 delegates)

  • 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 – 22nd 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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