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CPD Opportunities

'Effective teaching requires considerable knowledge and skill, which should be developed as teachers’ careers progress.  High-quality professional development requires workplaces to be steeped in rigorous scholarship, with professionals continually developing and supporting each other so that pupils benefit from the best possible teaching' - DfE: Standard for teachers’ professional development

 

Please see the following list of current CPD courses on offer.  All of our courses take place in East Kent Schools:

New A Level Maths Specifications - Wednesday 20th September 2017
Progression in Lessons - Wednesday 22nd November 2017
Supporting Communication & Language in EYS - Thursday 16th November 2017
Early Literacy - Friday 24th November 2017
Charactheristics of Effective Learning - Tuesday 28th November 2017 
Don't be soft - Getting Ofsted Inspection Right - Wednesday 6th December 2017
ASD Detectives - Wednesday 29th November 2017
Developmental Movement in Early Years - Tuesday 9th January 2018
Boys & Girls - Thursday 18th January 2018
Speech & Language Strategies - Practial Advice & Tips - Wednesday 24th January, 31st January and 7th February 
Working Scientifically in Primary Schools - Thursday 1st February 2018
Getting Ofsted Right "Supporting Inspection as a Governor" - Wednesday 7th March 2018 - Course Full
Getting Ofsted Right "Supporting Inspection as a Governor" - Thursday 26th April 2018 - Course Full
Getting Ofsted Right - Headteachers and SLT - Wednesday 7th March 2018  - Course Full
Getting Ofsted Right - Headteachers and SLT - Thursday 26th April 2018
Letters & Sounds Phase 1 Phonics for Nursery Children - Tuesday 13th March 2018
Pre-school and Nursery Network Meetings - Thursday 22nd March, 10th May, 24th May & 21st June 2018
Singing & Signing - T
hursday 22nd March 2018
Through the Eyes of 4 Year Olds - Preparation for School - 5th, 6th & 7th March 
Through the Eyes of 4 Year Olds - Learning Through Play - 23rd April, 24th April & 25th April
Think Hard - Implementing a pedagogy for the more able students - Wednesday 2nd May
How to stop bad things happening to you and your school - and dealing with them when they do - Monday 11th June 2018
HLTA Training Day - Friday 22nd June 2018



 

New A Level Maths Specifications - Wednesday 20th September

Deliverer: John Heffernan (SLE)

Date: Wednesday 20th Septemer 2017

Time: 4:30 - 6:00 pm

Venue: Canterbury Primary School Training & Development Centre

Course Fee: Free

COURSE OUTLINE

Planning a coherent linear scheme of work for the new A levels in Maths and Further Maths will be a challenging and time-consuming task. The Kent and Medway Maths Hub have recognised this challenge and have begun the process for us. In this session we will look at the work that they have completed and extend it so that we are able to develop schemes of work that are bespoke to our own institutions.

AIMS OF COURSE

To develop schemes of work which optimise the pathways available to A level Maths and Further Maths students.

WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?

Heads of department, teachers of As and A Level Maths.

To book your place please complete the booking form and return to EKLA:

BOOKING FORM

 

Progression in Lessons

Deliverer: Karen Henderson

Date: Wednesday 22nd November 2017

Time: 4:30 - 6:00 pm

Venue: Canterbury Primary School Training & Development Centre

Course Fee: Free 

COURSE OUTLINE

How to adopt the growth mind set into lessons to aid resilience and attainment.

Studies show that the current population of students are 33% less resilient than the generation before. It could be argued that the reasons why this is occurring is due to the increase of modern technologies and how fast access to answers we now have in the modern world.

The aim of the course is to cover strategies to help students to build resilience and aspirations and how we can reduce distractions. This in turn will help improve progression within lessons/in grades and help students to be in charge of their learning. Instead of leading the horse to water and trying to get it to drink, the aim is to build ways in students so they are already at the watering hole.

WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?

Primary and Secondary class teachers.

To book your place please complete the booking form and return to EKLA:

BOOKING FORM

 

 

Supporting Communication & Language in EYS

Deliverer: Rachel Kelly (SLE)

Date: Thursday 16th November 2017

Time: 4:30 - 6:30 pm

Venue: Joy Lane Primary School

Course Fee: Free (Course now Full)

COURSE OUTLINE

An introduction into supporting children developing their Communication and Language skills in the EYFS. How to create a language rich environment in which both children's speech and language can develop and grow. Highlighting the importance of Communication and Language skills and the impact these have on the rest of the EYFS profile.

WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?

NQTs, Student Teachers, Teaching Assistants, New to the EYFS

To book your place please complete the booking form and return to EKLA:

BOOKING FORM

 

Early Literacy

Deliverer: Vicky Palmer (SLE)

Date: Friday 24th November 2017

Time: 9:30 - 11:30 am

Venue: Herne Infant & Nursery School

Course Fee: Free to Early Years Practioners and Teachers

COURSE OUTLINE

This course will give Early Years Practitioners a range of practical ideas to support children as they take the journey to Early Literacy (Reading and Writing). By the end of the course practitioners will have:

  • an overview of Early Literacy
  • an understanding of the role of the adult in supporting the development of early literacy skills
  • confidence in how to work with parents to enable them to support their child’s early literacy development.

Vicky is an outstanding practitioner who has worked across the infant age range, she will enable you to share practical ideas that will sow the seeds for a love of literacy that will last a lifetime.

WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?

Early Years Foundation Stage Practitioners and Teachers

To book your place please complete the booking form and return to EKLA:

BOOKING FORM

 

 

 

Characteristics of Effective Learning

Deliverer: Mags Minter (SLE)

Date: Tuesday 28th November 2017

Time: 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Venue: Herne Infant & Nursery School

Course Fee: Free 

Course Outline

The Characteristics of Effective Learning are the key elements of how children play and learn. We have heard the theory but what does this look like in an Early Years setting?  This course explores some ways that the Characteristics of Effective Learning can be implemented into planning, the learning environment and reporting to parents; and how purposeful Child Initiated Play can hold the key to developing these Characteristics.  With this new knowledge and exploration practitioners will be able to start implementing change as soon as they return to their setting or school.

 Aims of Course

  • Recap on what we know about The Characteristics of Effective Learning.
  • To look at how an effectively planned and purposeful environment can be used to promote the Characteristics of Effective Learning and extend the children’s learning.
  • To provide a bank of ideas of play based activities to promote the Characteristics.
  • Explore how we can use the information we gather from observations and knowledge of the child to report to parents.

Who is the course for?

Early Years Foundation Stage Practitioners and Teachers

To book your place please complete the booking form and return to EKLA:

BOOKING FORM

 

Don't be soft - Getting Ofsted Inspection Right

Deliverer: Robin Hammerton

Date: Wednesday 6th December 2017

Time: 09:00 - 3:30 pm

Venue: Joy Lane Primary School

Course Fee: £60 (Course Now Full)

COURSE OUTLINE

This one day course will give participants an understanding of:

  • inspection and the descriptors from the inside
  • it’s not really about Ofsted but school improvement and the pupils
  • managing a short or full inspection sympathetically and successfully
  • self-evaluation, the school’s narrative and peer review
  • the importance of curriculum, including in the early years

About the Facilitator

Robin Hammerton has worked as an HMI, Headteacher and LA officer. He is a consultant who continues to work as a lead inspector and is able to offer an understanding of Ofsted inspections for schools.  He will not, however, represent Ofsted on this course. As an HMI he held many roles as a National Advisor for personalisation and vulnerable groups and has led many national surveys.

WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?

Headteachers and Senior Leaders – Infant, Junior and Primary

To book your place please complete the booking form and return to EKLA:

BOOKING FORM

 

 

ASD Detectives

Deliverer: Craig May

Date: Wednesday 29th November 2017

Time: 4:30 - 6:00 pm

Venue: Canterbury Primary School Training & Development Centre

Course Fee: Free

Course Outline

How to investigate certain behaviour traits. What to do about them. How to pre-empt them.

During this training session, you will develop your understanding of ASC (previously ASD) and actively take part in widening your knowledge of the reasons why children with ASC do the things they do.

There will be activities to take part in to share good practice and you will be able to take away many strategies to help support children with ASC.

You will be asked to become a ‘detective’, where you will identify, support and challenge behaviours.  There will be plenty of emphasis on social behaviours and how to support, manage and develop parent’s behaviour towards ASC.

Who is the course for?

Nursery, Primary and Secondary staff.  Teaching assistants and/or teaching staff.

To book your place please complete the booking form and return to EKLA:

BOOKING FORM

 

Developmental Movement in Early Years

Deliverer: Fiona Ingram (SLE)

Date: Tuesday 9th January 2018

Time: 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Venue: Herne Infant & Nursery School

Course Fee: Free  (Course now Full)

COURSE OUTLINE

“Wriggling into Writing”

Fiona is an outstanding practitioner who has studied the importance of movement on a child’s cognitive and physical development. She will explore the theory and practical activities that you can apply in your settings to ensure outstanding

outcomes for your children. Fiona will clarify the importance of gross and fine motor development and the impact this has on early writing. This session will be practical and will leave you energised and inspired!

WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?

Early Years Foundation Stage Practitioners and Teachers

To book your place please complete the booking form and return to EKLA:

BOOKING FORM

Boys and Girls

Deliverer: Jo Brown (SLE)

Date: Thursday 18th January 2018

Time: 4:30 - 6:00 pm

Venue: Canterbury Primary School Training & Development Centre

Course Fee: Free 

Course Outline

How and why boys and girls learn differently and how to adapt your teaching to reduce gender gaps.

To help staff understand not only how boys and girls learn differently but strategies to help deal with and reduce conflict quickly and effectively.

The course will cover the biological and cognitive differences between males and females which have been established since conception. We will cover how these differences manifest through adolescence and how we can adapt her teaching and behaviours in order to reduce gaps, increase progress and attainment and avoid conflict.

Who is the course for?

EYS and Primary Class Teachers.

To book your place please complete the booking form and return to EKLA:

BOOKING FORM

 

 

Speech & Language Strategies - Practical Tips and Advice

Deliverer: Clara Bovingdon (Specialist NHS Speech and Language Therapist) & Jan Farmer (Lead Speech and Language teacher – Canterbury Academy)

Date: Wednesday 24th January, 31st January and 7th February 

Time: 4:30 - 6:00 pm

Venue: Canterbury Primary School Training & Development Centre

Course Fee: £75 for 3 twilights

COURSE OUTLINE

Some estimates suggest that around 10% of pupils starting school have some kind of Speech Language and Communication Needs. With potentially 2-3 pupils in every class having difficulties in this area, there is clearly a need for SENCOs and teachers to be able to identify and support these pupils. This course aims, with a mixture of theory and practical activities, to develop the knowledge of anyone working with young people in a school setting and to equip them with practical strategies to support pupils. 

WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?

SENCOs, Primary and Secondary Teachers

Outline of the sessions

Session 1

Children typically acquire and develop language effortlessly without any formal instruction. However, some children experience difficulties with language without any obvious reasons. This training will provide an insight into what it means to have a speech, language or communication difficulty, and the impact this can have on accessing classroom learning.

Session 2

Vocabulary learning is crucial to listening, speaking, reading and writing, and is one of the best predictors of academic success. Students with language difficulties are often faced with having to learn a new subject area without grasping the basic set of vocabulary words and concepts underlying it. This training will outline the impact a language difficulty can have on accessing vocabulary in the classroom. Strategies to support students' understanding and use of vocabulary will also be discussed.

Session 3

Language Through Colour is a visual aid to understanding and giving information. This training will provide an overview of Language Through Colour as an approach to support students in the classroom environment. There will be opportunities to put this approach into practice, with a variety of practical tasks.

To book your place please complete the booking form and return to EKLA:

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Working Scientifically in Primary Schools

Deliverer: Lauren Cooper (SLE)

Date: Thursday 1st February 2018

Time: 4:30 - 6:00 pm

Venue: Canterbury Primary School Training & Development Centre

Course Fee: Free 

COURSE OUTLINE

How to link science content with working scientifically. Cross curricula links with other subjects.

WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?

Primary Teachers and Science Leads.

To book your place please complete the booking form and return to EKLA:

BOOKING FORM

 

Don't be soft - Getting Ofsted Inspection Right - Support for Governors

Deliverer: Robin Hammerton

Date 1: Wednesday 7th March 2018 - Course Full

Date 2: Thursday 26th April 2018 - Course Full

Time: 5:30 pm - 7:15 pm (coffee from 5:00 pm)

Venue: Joy Lane Primary School

Course Fee: £30

COURSE OUTLINE

  • Supporting inspection, as a Governor, sympathetically and successfully
  • Seeing the process from the Inspector’s viewpoint
  • Contributing to self-evaluation and the school’s narrative
  • Understanding that it’s not really about Ofsted, but School improvement and the pupils
  • Considering the importance of curriculum

About the Facilitator

Robin Hammerton has worked as an HMI, Headteacher and LA Officer.  He is a consultant who continues to work as a lead inspector and is able to offer an understanding of Ofsted inspections for schools.  He will not however represent Ofsted on this course.  As an HMI he held many roles such as National Advisor for Personalisation and vulnerable groups.

WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?

School Governors – Infant, Junior, Primary and Secondary Schools

To book your place please complete the booking form and return to EKLA:

BOOKING FORM

 

Don't be soft - Getting Ofsted Inspection Right

Deliverer: Robin Hammerton

Date 1: Wednesday 7th March 2018 - Course Full

Date 2: Thursday 26th April 2018 - Taking bookings

Time: 10:00 am - 3:30 pm (coffee from 9:30)

Venue: Joy Lane Primary School

Course Fee: £60 

COURSE OUTLINE

This one day course will give participants an understanding of:

  • inspection and the descriptors from the inside
  • it’s not really about Ofsted but school improvement and the pupils
  • managing a short or full inspection sympathetically and successfully
  • self-evaluation, the school’s narrative and peer review
  • the importance of curriculum, including in the early years

About the Facilitator

Robin Hammerton has worked as an HMI, Headteacher and LA Officer.  He is a consultant who continues to work as a lead inspector and is able to offer an understanding of Ofsted inspections for schools.  He will not however represent Ofsted on this course.  As an HMI he held many roles such as National Advisor for Personalisation and vulnerable groups.

WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?

Headteachers and Senior Leaders – Infant, Junior, Primary and Scondary Schools

To book your place please complete the booking form and return to EKLA:

BOOKING FORM

 

 

 

Letters and Sounds Phase 1 phonics for nursery children

Deliverer: Marion Philpott (SLE)

Date: Tuesday 13th March 2018

Time: 4:30 - 6:00 pm

Venue: Canterbury Primary School Training & Development Centre

Course Fee: Free 

Course Outline

This session will look at the 7 aspects and the 3 strands of phase 1 phonics. There will be ideas for planning and delivering practical lessons.

Who is the course for?

Nursery Practitioners

To book your place please complete the booking form and return to EKLA:

BOOKING FORM

 

 

Singing & Signing in Early Years

Deliverer: Catherine Jones

Date: Thursday 22nd March 2018

Time: 4:30 - 6:00 pm

Venue: Canterbury Primary School Training & Development Centre

Course Fee: Free 

COURSE OUTLINE

This session will include singing age appropriate songs that could be brought into your daily routine or as a music lesson. It will include basic Makaton and visual resources.

WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?

EYS Practitioners. SEN settings welcome.

To book your place please complete the booking form and return to EKLA:

BOOKING FORM

 

 

Through the Eyes of 4 Year Olds - Preparation for School

Deliverer: Mags Minter (SLE)

Date: Monday 5th March, Tuesday 6th March & Wednesday 7th March 2018 (one session only)

Time: 09:30 to 10:30 am

Venue: Herne CE Infant & Nursery School

Course Fee: Free 

COURSE OUTLINE

With an increasing demand on Nurseries to prepare children for starting school, it is important to think about how we can best equip our children with the appropriate skills they will need to make a smooth transition into the Reception Year. We are opening the doors for practitioners to come and join in with some adult led activities at our Nursery, which will promote discussion and exploration. This insight will inspire practitioners to reflect on their own current practice and to see school readiness through the eyes of four year olds!

Aims of the Course:

  • To observe Nursery practice in a National Teaching School
  • To look at how effectively planned and purposeful activities can be used to promote children’s learning and school readiness
  • To gain ideas about structuring a Nursery session where energy, fun and sparkle is paramount!

WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?

Early Years Practioners and Teachers

To book your place please complete the booking form and return to EKLA:

BOOKING FORM

 

 

Pre-School and Nursery Network Meetings

Spring Term 2

 Deliverer: Mags Minter and Gemma Keeble (SLEs)

Date: Thursday 22nd March

Time: 16:00 to 17:30 pm

Venue: Joy Lane Primary School, Whitstable

Course Fee: £10 per person

Course Suitable for:  Pre-school and nursery practioners

Being a Two Year Old

We all know that 2 year olds are active and inquisitive members of our settings, but are we getting it right for them? This course will look at the trials and tribulations of having two year olds in the setting, with opportunities for discussion around current issues and sharing good practice. This course will encourage opportunities to reflect on our own settings and practice in order to promote enabling environments for our two year olds.

Course Aims:

  • To look at the importance of the Prime Areas and Characteristics of Effective Learning for a 2 year old
  • The purpose of the 2 year old check
  • What does it look like for a 2 year old in your setting – opportunities to reflect on your own setting
  • Is your environment 2 year old friendly - how do we promote opportunities for learning
  • Current challenges for 2 year olds coming into your setting – opportunities to reflect and share concerns and good practice

Summer TERM 1 

Deliverer: Mags Minter and Gemma Keeble (SLEs)

Date: Thursday 10th May

Time: 16:00 to 17:30 pm

Venue: St Alphege Infant School, Whitstable

Course Suitable for:  Pre-school and nursery practioners

Course Fee: £10 per person 

Planning for the Early Years

Do you struggle with planning in your setting? Would you like to find out about different approaches and strategies for planning for your children? This course aims to explore different planning systems and philosophies that could be used to enhance the provision for the children in your care. There will be opportunities to reflect upon own practice, build links with other practitioners and share expertise.

Course Aims:

  • To share different ways of planning in Early Years Settings
  • To think about the planning and tracking of next steps
  • Planning for continuous provision and the individual needs of the children
  • To enable reflection and opportunities for sharing own practices within the pre-school and nursery network

SUMMER TERM 1

Deliverer: Mags Minter and Gemma Keeble (SLEs)

Date: Thursday 24th May

Time: 16:00 to 17:30 pm

Venue: Herne CE Infant & Nursery School

Course Suitable for:  EYS Practioners, Pre-school and nursery practioners

Course Fee: £10 per person 

Effective Transition into Year R

Would you like to be proactive in supporting your children make their move into Reception? This course will explore the different ways you can enable your children to be ready for the transition into School and give you the opportunity to find out what Schools need in terms of information and preparation. There will be opportunities to reflect upon own practice, build links with other practitioners and share expertise.

Course Aims

  • To have an understanding of expectations of life in Year R
  • To share ideas of how to prepare children for the next step in their early years’ journey
  • To identify key information for sharing with schools and how this can be facilitated
  • To foster good links between settings and schools and enable a smooth transition for the children

SUMMER TERM 2

Deliverer: Mags Minter and Gemma Keeble (SLEs)

Date: Thursday 21st June

Time: 16:00 to 17:30 pm

Venue: TBC

Course Suitable for:  Pre-school and nursery practioners

Course Fee: £10 per person 

Theme:  Parent Support and Involvement

To book your place ON ANY OR ALL OF THESE SESSIONS please complete the booking form and return to EKLA:

BOOKING FORM

Through the Eyes of 4 Year Olds - Learning Through Play

Deliverer: Mags Minter (SLE)

Date: Monday 23rd April, Tuesday 24th April & Wednesday 25th April 2018 (one session only)

Time: 10:45 to 11:45 am

Venue: Herne CE Infant & Nursery School

Course Fee: Free 

COURSE OUTLINE

We all know young children learn best through play, but how can we ensure the opportunities we provide not only allow the children to learn but develop the Characteristics of Effective Learning? Is the play purposeful and of high quality?  We are opening the doors for practitioners to come and join in with our Learning Through Play (Child Initiated Play) session at our Nursery, which will promote discussion and exploration. This insight will inspire practitioners to reflect on their own current practice and to see learning through play through the eyes of three and four year olds!

Aims of the Course:

  • To observe Nursery practice in a National Teaching School
  • To look at how effectively planned and purposeful activities can be used to promote children’s learning and the Characteristics of Effective Learning
  • To see how adult interaction and the environment is paramount for high quality learning through play

To have fun, learn and be inspired!

WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?

Early Years Practioners and Teachers

To book your place please complete the booking form and return to EKLA:

BOOKING FORM

Thinking Hard - Implementing a pedagogy for the more able students

Deliverer: James Hopper (SLE)

Date: Wednesday 2nd May 2018

Time: 4:30 - 6:00 pm

Venue: Herne Bay High School

Course Fee: Free

COURSE OUTLINE

This course discusses the Thinking Hard tool kit and the strategies concerning the implementation of a change to teaching & learning policy.  

WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?

Senior and Middle Leaders - Primary and Secondary

To book your place please complete the booking form and return to EKLA:

BOOKING FORM

How to stop bad things happening to you and your school - and dealing with them when they do

Deliverer: Dr Mike Waters

Date:Monday 11th June 2018

Time: 8:45 am - 3:30 pm

Venue: Professional Learning & Development Centre, Canterbury Primary School

Course Fee: £80 per person - (to include lunch, course notes and a copy of Dr Water’s book Stopping Bad Things Happening to Good Schools and Good School Leaders (2018)

Course Outline

The sad truth is that things can go seriously wrong for any school and any school leader at any time. Vexatious allegations, trivial incidents that escalate into social media hate campaigns, protracted media onslaughts, sudden suspensions – these kinds of actions are bringing stress and distress to too many schools and to too many school leaders with excellent track records.

This day is an opportunity to learn how best to:

  • Prevent shock-to-the-system events (Session One: 9.00-11.00)
  • Prepare for the possibility of them (Session Two: 11.15-1.15)

and

  • Respond to them if they do occur (Session Three: 2.00-3:30)

About the facilitator

Mike Waters (BA, MA, PhD) is an independent consultant, trainer and coach, Senior Consultant with Performance Coaching International and formerly Programme Director for Leadership Partners, a national mentoring service for Headteachers. He has held senior positions in both schools and Local Authority Advisory Services, including leading on both Personal Development and Behaviour for Kent County Council. Mike has been the keynote speaker at many conferences and worked with around 1000 schools. His previous publications include the world's first general guide to personal development, The Element Dictionary of Personal Development.

Who is the course for?

The day is suitable for Headteachers, deputies, other senior staff, governors, trustees, the executives of academy trusts and school advisers and consultants.

To book your place please complete the booking form and return to EKLA:

BOOKING FORM

  

Higher Level Teaching Assistant Course

Deliverer: Anna Marie Godden

Date: Friday 22nd June 2018

Time: 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Venue: Joy Lane Primary School, Whitstable

Course Fee: £45 per person

COURSE OUTLINE

HLTA v’s TA

This session will cover the role of a HLTA and look at the difference between this and the role of a classroom TA. What are the biggest challenges they face?

Personal and Professional Conduct

Discuss their responsibility in following school ethos, policies and practise, sustaining positive relationships with colleagues and the school community, the safeguarding of pupils, upholding values and diversity and their commitment to improving their own practise.

Behaviour Management

This session will look at different behaviour strategies that can be used in the classroom. To spend time looking at different techniques and how they can be used. To share ideas as a group. (Possibly have a go at creating a simple resource to take away and use.)

Pre-selected workshops

1)  Phonics workshop

2) SEND in the classroom

3) Effective questioning 90 minutes

WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?

Higher Level Teaching Assistants.

 

To book your place please complete the booking form and return to EKLA:

HLTA BOOKING FORM

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