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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

  • Developing Differentiation Strategies Open Close

    About the Session:

    “Practical tips to differentiate lesson and homework activities in a time efficient way”

    Aims:

    • Realise that differentiation doesn’t always require lots of extra work
    • Gain practical tips about setting differentiated work in lessons
    • Receive advice about setting ‘personalised’ homework activities

    Facilitator:

    Nick Minnican – Head of Science

    Date and Time:

    Wednesday 28th June 2017

    4.15pm – 5.15pm

    (Light refreshments will be available from 4.00pm)

    Venue:

    St John Payne RC School
    Patching Hall Lane
    Chelmsford
    CM14BS

    Target Audience:

    All Teaching Staff

    Course Fee:

    FREE

  • Secondary CiC Network Open Close

    About the Course:

    CTSA and PLN are currently running a joint project, funded by the Virtual School, to improve outcomes for Children in Care.

    A Secondary Network for CiC Designated Teacher is therefore being set up to upskill school staff, share good practice and trial new ways of supporting students to achieve the best possible outcomes.  The aims of this first CiC Network Meeting are to:

    • Familiarise Designated Teachers with Wellbeing and Aspirational Advocacy.
    • Increase understanding of Attachment and Developmental Trauma and how these impact upon the individual.
    • Set the future direction of the Network.

    Facilitator:

    Verity Boreham

    Date:

    29th June 2017

    Time:

    2.00pm – 5.00pm

    (Light refreshments will be available from 1.45pm)

    Venue:

    Chelmer Valley High School
    Court Road
    Broomfield
    Chelmsford
    CM1 7ER

    Target Audience:

    Secondary Designated Teachers for Children in Care

    Course Fee:

    Free

  • Becoming established as a Head of Department Open Close

    About the Session:

    The presentation will focus upon the reasons and preparation required to become a head of department as well as becoming established as an effective middle leader.

    All participants will be invited to share their views, concerns and experiences.

    The main points covered are below:

    Preparation:

    • Why become a head of department?
    • Leadership style and influences
    • Leadership V Management
    • Middle Leader; shift of focus

    Becoming Established:

    • Knowing your school systems and students
    • Role research; what are the challenges for your subject
    • The first term; establishing ethos; dept. challenges
    • Conflicts and future challenges

    Facilitator:

    Gina Semambo – Head of RS

    Date and Time:

    Wednesday 5th July 2017

    4.15pm-5.15pm

    (Light refreshments will be available from 4.00pm)

    Venue:

    St John Payne RC School
    Patching Hall Lane
    Chelmsford
    CM14BS

    Target Audience:

    Future/Current Department Heads

    Course Fee:

    FREE

  • Personal Education Plans (PEPs) & Targets Open Close

    About the Session:

    Do your PEPs make a difference….a REAL difference?  Do you sometimes feel they are a paper exercise that doesn’t impact outcomes for a child in the way you would wish?  Then this is the course for you!

    Participants will have the chance to reflect upon their current practice relating to the PEPs they write and learn about a new approach that can be trialled in school as part of the CTSA/PLN ‘Improving Outcomes for Children in Care’ project.

     

    Facilitator:

    Verity Boreham and Liz Allen

    Date and Time:

    5th July 2017

    9.00am to 12.00pm

    (Light refreshments will be available from 8.45am)

    Venue:

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

    Target Audience:

    Designated Teacher for CiC
    SGO and adopted from care
    Teachers who have a CiC in their class

    Course Fee:

    FREE

  • Going beyond the academic curriculum and focusing on developing well-rounded individuals Open Close

    About the Session:

    • Identifying the important characteristics to develop in our students
    • Achieving consensus across the school
    • Integrating characteristics into the taught curriculum, enrichment, school visits
    • Monitoring and evaluating the impact on student development

    Facilitator:

    Nicole Chapman – Headteacher

    Date and Time:

    Wednesday 12th July 2017

    4.15pm-5.15pm

    (Light refreshments will be available from 4.00pm)

    Venue:

    Chelmsford County High School for Girls
    Broomfield Road
    Chelmsford
    CM1 1RW

    Target Audience:

    Future/Current Department Heads

    Course Fee:

    FREE

  • 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

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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