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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

EKLA FREE VIRTUAL CPD COURSES - 2021

Now, more than ever, it is vital that as professionals we ensure that we maintainenhance and update the knowledge and skills we need to support our pupils, staff and parents.

Therefore, we are delighted to share with you our FREE EKLA CPD offer for 2020-21.

Due to the challenges of Covid and in order to keep our schools and communities as safe as possible, and to still ensure that you receive a quality CPD programme, we will be running our FREE CPD Programmes virtually

Our CPD offer is a combination of 'live' facilitated twilights and pre-recorded sessions delivered by experienced colleagues working in schools within the EKLA alliance. 

We hope that, despite these unusual times, you find our courses accessible and most importantly, impactful. 

As the year progresses and circumstances hopefully improve, we plan to review and increase our CPD offer so do please regularly visit this page for further updates.

COURSE CATEGORIES

Click on a course category to book your FREE course

 

EARLY CAREERS FRAMEWORK CPD COURSES

PEDAGOGY CPD COURSES

SEN CPD COURSES

WELLBEING & MENTAL HEALTH CPD COURSES

 

 

 

EKLA pdf brochure

 NEW EKLA CPD Courses 2020.21 Issue 3 January

 

EKLA Booking Terms & Conditions

All courses have a minimum required attendance level and EKLA reserves the right to cancel or postpone the course if the minimum required Participants have not been accepted on the course. CPD courses may be subject to change due to the challenging circumstances we are all currently facing due to Covid. EKLA will do its best to ensure you are made aware of any changes as soon as possible. All course bookings will be taken up to 5 working days prior to course date.

For details about EKLA’s Data Protection Policy, please see our policies on our website: https://www.ekla.org.uk/home/gdpr-policies

Please note that for payable courses:
Once the booking has been confirmed, the school is responsible for paying the full course fee. The school will be invoiced by EKLA once the required numbers for the course has been reached. The Participant name can be substituted up to and including the day of the course. No fees will be incurred for a substitution.

 

 

 

Early Careers Framework Courses

 

 Title & Course Content

Facilitator & School

Delivery Method

Date and time of session

Advice to My Former Self 
behaviour management

How to engage students and enjoy good behaviour as you start
your teaching career.

Liam Fricker is the Head of Physics at Dane Court Grammar
School and has taught in various schools including secondary
modern and independent. Liam looks back at his time as a
trainee and NQT and breaks down the best advice for
ensuring good behaviour management in the hope that this
will help fellow teachers. The session will last roughly half an
hour leaving the remaining time to discuss what has been
said and a forum to get advice from fellow colleagues. 

Course aimed at:
Trainee teachers, NQTs, anyone wanting to improve their
behaviour management.

Liam Fricker, Sarah Stivarius
and Ian Wallace

Dane Court Grammar School
Google Meet

Monday 11th January 
3:30 - 4:30 pm

 

 course closed

‘positive behaviour management’

The session will focus on a range of strategies to develop
behaviour management skills for early careers teachers

Course aimed at:
Early careers teachers.

Staff at King Ethelbert School Pre-recorded sessions Recording available from:
Tuesday 2nd February

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‘Eating the Frog’

Having challenging and courageous conversations with parents
and carers sometimes to resolve conflict.  Strategies and
ideas to engage with and foster positive relationships with the
parent community.

 

Mark Ashley-Jones

Joy Lane Primary School

Microsoft Teams

Thursday 22nd April 
4 pm – 5:15 pm

Maximum 10 places


COURSE CLOSED

How to Talk to Parents

Strategies to feel confident when conversing with parents to
maintain excellent and collaborative relationships.

This session will explore how best to communicate with
parents and carers to ensure students are helped to progress
in terms of their learning, their mental health and their
behaviour.  These conversations can sometimes be quite
challenging; the session will discuss strategies that help
communication with parents to improve clarity, to develop
collaboration, to offer support.  

Liam Fricker, Sarah Stivarius
and Ian Wallace

Dane Court Grammar School

Google Meet and
pre-recorded screencast

Thursday 13th May 
3:45-4:45 pm

 

 

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Pedagogy Courses

 

 Title & Course Content

Facilitator & School

Delivery Method

Date and time of session

Teaching from Behind the Line

Strategies to increase participation, variation and learning
in our restricted classrooms.

Introduction highlighting Doug Lemov’s idea of Ratio in
the  classroom and how C19 has presented challenges
around this.

Facilitated discussions around how we can use certain
strategies to increase participation, confidence, boost
retrieval and provide variety.

To include:

*questioning/AFL (to increase participation and allow
us to be more responsive)

*oracy  (high quality pupil talk)

*group work/co-operative learning (Kagan as retrieval
opportunities and variety)

*increased scaffolding (to ensure maximum success for
pupils without direct teacher/TA intervention)

*high quality teacher explanation

Course aimed at:
Classroom teachers, trainees, NQT and middle leaders.

Rebecca Holmes

Royal Harbour Academy      

 Google Meet

Thursday 21st January
4:30-5:30 pm

 

Maximum 20 places



course closed

Student Centred Assessment and Feedback using electronic platforms

This will look at our current Covid climate restrictions
and how we can provide feedback using google classroom
effectively. The training will give examples of how I use
this new method for GCSE coursework, the struggles I
encountered and how to overcome them, the feedback I
get from students using the new way of marking and
the benefits of moving our marking forward in this way
with a few tips to make it successful for our students
development.

Course aimed at:
Teaching staff who need basic ideas and concepts whilst
moving through this pandemic whilst still teaching
effectively.

Gemma Bolt

Dane Court Grammar School

Pre-recorded session Recording available from:
Monday 1st February



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“Voices for Choices”

Continuing the 'Characteristics of Effective Learning' into
Key Stage 1 and beyond.  A creative approach to delivering
the curriculum, giving children a voice and a choice in their
learning.   

Course aimed at:
All teaching staff.

Laura Millum and
Clare Longhorn

Joy Lane Primary School

Microsoft Teams

Wednesday 21st April
3:45 - 4:45 pm

Maximum 20 places

 

COURSE CLOSED

  

SEN Courses

 

 Title & Course Content

Facilitator & School

Delivery Method

Date and time of session

SEND in the classroom

This workshop will look at how to support children with 
additional needs in the classroom with a particular focus on
the use of visual support. There will be an opportunity to
look at example resources which can be used in a mainstream
classroom.

Annemarie Godden

Joy Lane Primary School

Microsoft Teams

Thursday 14th January
4:00 - 5:00 pm

course closed

Students with PDA

How to bridge the gap between teacher and parent
perspectives.

The session will include a presentation on Pathological Demand
Avoidance - what it is, how it manifests, common misconceptions
and misunderstood behaviour and some suggested strategies
for teaching.  It will also address the experience of parents of
children with PDA and consider how to bring together school
and home approaches more effectively. After the presentation
there will be time for questions. 

Course aimed at:
This course is open to all and will be useful to any staff working
with students with PDA or autism.

Sue Jolley

Dane Court Grammar School

Google Meet

Thursday 22nd April
3:30 pm



course closed 

'Strategies to support ASC students in the mainstream classroom'

This session will provide a range of strategies to help students
with Autism Spectrum Condition to remain in the classroom and
access the curriculum, particularly those students exhibiting
anxiety.

This will include consideration of:

  • how anxiety affects the brain and how you can reduce the
    impact of this
  • the kinds of structures to include within lessons that will
    reassure students and provide them with essential routine
    and scaffolding. 

Course aimed at:

TAs, Classroom Teachers and NQTs

Lucy Holmes

Dane Court Grammar School
Pre-recorded session Recording available from:
22nd February


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Supporting a child with SLCN in the classroom:
The journey from diagnosis.

This session will centre on secondary school support, the
session will look at practical approaches to supporting young
pupils with SLCN after diagnosis, how to support pupils
awaiting assessment for SLCN and will explore some useful
resources that can be adapted by teachers in different schools.

Course aimed at:
Seondary teachers at all stages of career and designed to support
improved attainment of SLCN learners in both specialist and mainstream settings.

Bryony Tupper  
The Canterbury Academy

Clara Bovingdon
NHS

 

Pre-recorded session Recording available from:
Monday 8th March



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What is SLCN: How to identify need in a range of school environments

This session is aimed at secondary pupils predominantly, it will
outline what SLCN means, the differences between speech,
language and communication needs, the types of diagnosis
teachers might come across and the effects of these on a child's
ability to learn.

Course aimed at:
Secondary teachers at all stages of career and designed to
support improved attainment of SLCN learners in both
specialist and mainstream settings.

Bryony Tupper  
The Canterbury Academy

Clara Bovingdon
NHS

Pre-recorded session

Recording available from:
Monday 8th March


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Social Stories

This session will briefly look at the theory around Social stories
and how these can be used to support all children, particularly
those with autism. There will also be a guide to creating a social
story and a transition example to share.

Annamarie Godden

Joy Lane Primary School

Microsoft Teams Thursday 20th May
4:00 - 5:00 pm


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Wellbeing & Mental Health Courses 

 

 Title & Course Content

Facilitator & School

Delivery Method

Date and time of session

LGBT Inclusion -
Tackling HBT bullying and supporting LGBT students in school

Dane Court Grammar School has been a Stonewall School
Champion, working to address the homophobic, bi-phobic
and trans-phobic bullying that students can be subjected to.
Having attended a variety of Stonewall's training courses,
John Rye has taken a lead on developing our support for
LGBT students across the school. This course will give you
an insight into the experiences of LGBT young people in
education, highlighting the importance of supporting them,
and explore how we can create an inclusive environment,
recognising the importance of a whole-school approach.

John Rye

Dane Court Grammar School

Pre-recorded session Recording available from:
Monday 8th February 



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A Culture of Care

Participants will leave with knowledge and tools on how to
focus school culture on well-being and personal development. 
This session looks at how building a culture of compassion,
accountability and well-being can orchestrate seismic shifts in
staff and student mindset. In this session we will look at the
importance of building and maintaining school culture, practical
guidance on how to get started, the importance of positive
language and why we should focus on the wellbeing of our
whole school community. Sam is an Associate Senior Leader
in charge of Culture and Developing behaviour at The Royal
Harbour Academy, Personal Development, Behaviour and
Attitudes were both rated 'Good' by Ofsted in 2020.

Course aimed at:
All levels of experience, but specifically Middle Leaders.

Sam Wall

Royal Harbour Academy
 Google Meet  Tuesday 9th February
4:30-5:30 pm



course closed

 

 

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