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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 CPD Brochure 2019/20 

Please see the following list of current CPD courses on offer for 2019/20.  All of our courses take place in East Kent Schools:


Challenging Conversations - 2nd October 2019
NQT Conference - 9th October 2019
Lets get moving! Developing skills for writing - 10th October 2019
Becoming a Research Practitioner - commences 16th October 2019
Governors and Primary School Sport Premium - how to use it effectively - 29th October 2019
Early Literacy - 30th October 2019
Characteristics of Effective Learning - 30th October 2019
Why are Boys continuing to underachieve compared to girls? - 6th November 2019

Encouraging Positive Behaviour in the Early Years - 7th November 2019
Science Network for Middle Leaders -7th November 2019
Building a Spelling School - 12th November 2019
Effective Planning for Progress - commences 13th November
SEND & Learning Differences - commences 13th November
Reflection in Science - 14th November 2019
A mindful approach, how might minfulness enrich your lesson? - 19th November 2019

Drumming & Strumming - 27th November 2019

ASD Detectives - 21st November 2019
Intelligent Curriculum Design - Robin Hammerton - 27th November 2019
Growth Mindset - 2nd December 2019
Developmental Movement in Early Years and KS1 - 8th January 2020
How positive relationships help to improve students attitude for learning - 14th January 2020
Mindfulness - 14th January 2020
Mentoring Pathway - 21st January 2020

Through the eyes of a 5 year old - Everyday life in a Reception class - 22nd January 2020
Academically Able Learners from KS2-KS4 - 29th January 2020
Being a 2 year old - 30th January 2020
A Taste of Leadership - 5th February 2020
Wellbeing for Educational Professionals - 6th February 2020
Developing a proactive attitude to independent learning - 25th February 2020
Through the Eyes of 4 Year Olds - Preparation for School - Tuesday 3rd March 2020
Different Children, Different Learning - 3rd March 2020
Singing & Signing - 12th March 2020
Developing Communication & Language skills in EYS - 19th March 2020
Through the Eyes of 4 Year Olds - Learning Through Play - 19th March 2020
LGBT Inclusion - Tackling HBT bullying and supporting LGBT students in school - 23rd March 2020
Letters & Sounds Phase 1 Phonics for Nursery Children - 25th March 2020

WriteDance in the Early Years & KS1 (lower KS2) - 31st March 2020
Marking and Feedback - Practical ideas to increase impact of marking and feedback in the classroom - 21st April 2020
Keeping Active the in the Early Years - 21st April 2020
'Voice for Choices' - 21st April 2020
Cognitive Load Theory Explained, practical ideas for the classroom - 23rd April 2020
Emergent Writing - 28th April 2020
Ensuring Smooth Transition - Nursery to Year R - 13th May 2020


Pre-School & Nursery Network Meetings - 2019/20



 

 

Ensuring a smooth transition - Nursery to Year R

Deliverer: Wendy Powell & Marion Philpott (SLE)

Date: 13th May 2020

Time: 4:30pm

Venue: PLCC, The Canterbury Primary School

Course Fee: FREE

COURSE OUTLINE

Transition through the eyes of the child, the parent, the nursery practitioner and the teacher.

Practical ideas to reduce children’s and parents anxieties. Opportunity to network and share ideas. School expectations and school readiness.

WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?

Nursery and Year R practitioners.



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

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Challenging Conversations

Deliverer: Lucie Tuner (SLE)

Date: 2nd October 2019

Time: 4:30 pm

Venue: St Anselms Catholic School, Canterbury

Course Fee: Free 

COURSE OUTLINE

Participants will be able to identify how challenging conversations arise, how to plan effectively and hold others to account. Utilising a combination of coaching models and strategies, participants will also be able to learn how this can lead to improved team building.

COURSE aims

  • To learn how to navigate difficult conversations and challenging situations with colleagues

  • To know how to strategise and reach your desired outcome


WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?

Middle and senior leaders.

 

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

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Lets get moving! Developing skills for writing

Deliverer: Gemma Keeble (SLE)

Date: 10th October 2019

Time: 4:00 pm

Venue: St Alphege Infant School, Whitstable

Course Fee: Free 

COURSE OUTLINE

Writing is an important part of children’s learning and development in school but do you know and understand all of the stages they have to go through before they are able to put pencil to paper? This course will explore the important stages and skills children need to develop in order to be able to be competent and skilled makers of marks. There will be the opportunity to engage in a range of fun activities that can be enjoyed with children that enable them to develop these skills in fun and engaging ways. Get ready to move!

COURSE aims

  • To develop an understanding of the physical development children need to go through before they can write.
  • To explore fun ways to engage children and develop their gross and fine motor skills.
  • To share ideas and engage in dialogue with other practitioners.


WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?

Early Years Foundation Stage Teachers and Practitioners.

 

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

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NQT Conference

Deliverer: Ben Hawkins

Date: 9th October 2019 (one day conference with 2 optional twilights)

Time: 9 am 

Venue: PLCC, The Canterbury Primary School

Course Fee: £50 per person

 

We believe that high quality CPD is critical to ensure that teachers continue to learn as their careers progress. The NQT year is part of that journey.

EKLA has a strong track record of supporting NQTs with our professional development programme. This is available for both Early years, Primary and Secondary colleagues. 

Our programme aims to support you as an NQT in the ever changing educational landscape with workshops addressing current issues; designed to stimulate thought and share best practice and network with others.

The NQT Induction Year is challenging but by working in partnership with other colleagues, schools and alliances you can experience a year that will help you to motivate, inspire and ensure all pupils make good progress in their learning.  

Our one day course (plus 2 optional twilights), led by high calibre senior leaders with a proven track record of excellent NQT development, will support you to develop the skills to be an effective teacher.

COURSE OUTLINE

The EKLA NQT programme for 2019 / 20 seeks to develop NQT's understanding of a range of vital areas. The course comprises of a one day conference where participants will engage with speakers from different schools on a range of topics which this year were as diverse as mindfulness, professionalism and speech, language and communication needs.  Subsequent optional twilight sessions will give NQTs the opportunity to network with colleagues by sharing successes and challenges of their first year and cover additional topics as requested. 

aims of the course

  • Developing NQTs pedagogy in key areas. 

  • Sharing experiences of current teachers from a range of settings across different age ranges and subjects.

  • Providing an opportunity for NQT to network

WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?

NQTs - Secondary, Primary and EYs.

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

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Early Literacy

Deliverer: Fiona Ingram (SLE)

Date: 30th October 2019

Time: 4:15 pm

Venue: Herne CE 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.

This course 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:

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Characteristics of Effective Learning

Deliverer: Mags Minter (SLE)

Date: 30th October 2019

Time: 4:15 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:

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Becoming a Research Practitioner 

Deliverer: Miriam Hobbs

Date: Comprises 3 sessions - 16th October, 5th February & 17th June

Time: 4:30 pm

Venue: Herne Bay High School

Course Fee: Free 

COURSE OUTLINE

This course will guide you through the process of identifying an area of enquiry in your education practice, undertaking a piece of action, academic or case study research and the final presentation of your results.  Through the course you will need access to a peer who is able to support you and supervise your research in order to maintain its integrity. This course is for all practitioners who are excited by education, who are full of new and innovative ideas, and who are just looking for that last ‘push’ to change the educational world of their students. Supervisor training and guidance will be made available.

COURSE aims

  • To understand the purpose of research as a practitioner;

  • To be able to compile a research methodologies and understand the ethics of research;

  • To be able to write up a research project and share your findings. 


WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?

Classroom Teachers.

 

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

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Governors and Primary School Sport Premium - how to use it effectively

Deliverer: James Kendall (Headteacher) & Sharon Denney (PE Consultant)

Date: Tuesday 29th October 2019

Time: 4:00-6:00 pm

Venue: Herne CE Infant School

Course Fee: Free 

COURSE OUTLINE

This essential workshop aims to give Governors the knowledge they need for their school to utilise the Primary School Sport Premium (PSSP) effectively. Section 5 OFSTED inspections place the use of this funding under effective leadership and management making it imperative that governors understand how this funding should be used within their school.

Attending this session will enable governors to understand their role and responsibilities with regards to the funding, how they can effectively question why funding is being spent in specific ways and the ability to constructively query any anticipated outcomes and impacts the funding is expected to have.

 It will also show how effective use of this funding can have a profound effect on other whole school issues by giving practical examples.

facilitators

James Kendall (H/T Riverview Junior School)

James joined the teaching profession back in 2003 and quickly set his sights on school leadership. He became a Deputy head teacher of a large primary school, situated in Margate, in 2007 and took his first headship in 2010. He is currently at his third school which is a large 4 form entry Junior School in Gravesend. James is attracted to the satisfaction of raising both personal and academic standards in challenging areas and providing those children with the very best chances that life has to offer. James believes that academic standards and mental and physical health are not mutually exclusive but in fact, intrinsically linked. As a consequence he places PE & Sport and a character curriculum at the heart of what he does and has seen a dramatic improvement in whole school results for the children at his schools. 

Sharon Denney (PE Consultant)

 In a career in education spanning twenty years, Sharon Denney has been a primary school teacher and SENCo, Adviser for PE, and School Improvement Adviser at Kent County Council and an Achievement Coach at Achievement for All.  She now continues to work with schools, Kent County Council and KentSport on all aspects of Physical Education in schools. Sharon is an independent PE Consultant working under the trading name of Blueprint Consultancy.  Sharon graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in PE, Sports Science and Recreation Management before completing a Primary PGCE with PE Specialism.


WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?

Governors

 

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Why are Boys continuing to underachieve in Writing compared to girls?

Deliverer: Leigh Bryant (SLE)

Date: 6th November 2019

Time: 4:00 pm

Venue: Herne Bay Infant School

Course Fee: Free 

initiative

To diminish the gap in Writing between Boys and Girls: to promote speaking and listening through carefully selected texts which inspire, motivate and embed the key skills of writing.

situation analysis

Why is there a reluctance to engage in writing? What does the research tell us?

What can we do to support them in the Early Years?

The link between writing and a real experience.

Exploring key skills needed to communicate ideas and become competent writers. 

additional information

A research based session that will practically explore actor training and how this has improved my teaching practice over the past 5 years. This shall be a whistle stop tour of decades of actors training and shall be practically based. This is an opportunity to boost your confidence in the classroom and your understanding of ‘performing’ the role of the teacher.


WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?

EYFS teachers and KS1 practitioners.

 

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

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Science Network for Middle Leaders

Deliverer: Lauren Cooper (SLE)

Date: 7th November 2019

Time: 4:30 - 6:00 pm

Venue: PLCC. Canterbury Primary School

Course Fee: Free 

Course Outline

The main purpose of this event is to share ideas to either assist teachers when assessing children’s work or look at ways of monitoring work from a leader’s perspective. The main focus will be end of Key Stage expectations and moderating work within these two year groups, sharing examples of the work that participants bring to this networking event.

Aims of Course

  • Examine the government expectations at end of key stage level.
  • Discuss different assessments methods in KS1 and KS2 for science
  • Moderate books from those participating in the course. One book from each of the following levels: WT, EX and GD from Year 2 and Year 6.

Who is the course for?

Teachers in Year 2 and Year 6 and science co-ordinators at primary level.

 

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

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Encouraging Positive Behaviour in the Early Years

Deliverer: Gemma Keeble (SLE)

Date: 7th November 2019

Time: 4:00 pm

Venue: St Alphege Infant School, Whitstable

Course Fee: Free 

COURSE OUTLINE

This twilight will provide delegates with the opportunity to develop an understanding of the background and possible reasons for children’s behaviour. There will be information shared regarding professional roles and responsibilities regarding behaviour, safeguarding awareness for both children and staff as well as plenty for opportunity for professional dialogue and the sharing of experiences and practical behaviour strategies.

COURSE aims

  • To develop an understanding of children’s behaviour and possible reasons and causes

  • To explore strategies to support children to manage their behaviour in the setting

  • To enable practitioners to feel confident when dealing with challenging behaviour in the setting

  • To explore strategies for working with parents and talking to parents regarding their child and their behaviour


WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?

Early Years Foundation Stage Teachers and Practitioners.

 

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

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Building a Spelling School

Deliverer: Siobhan Harkins (SLE)

Date: 12th November 2019

Time: 4:15 pm - 6:00 pm

Venue: Joy Lane Primary School

Course Fee: FREE

COURSE OUTLINE

It’s like someone who invented English just picked any letter and put it there…’ (JLPS Year 3 child)

A discussion around the barriers children face when spelling and how to improve skills, attitudes and, ultimately, the spelling culture within your school.

Based on research, training courses (including Christine Cork’s Target Literacy ‘Talk for Spelling’ workshops) and other active, engaging and tried-and-tested ideas, this is an opportunity to consider new ways to build a love for spelling in both teachers and pupils!

objectives of the course

  • To provide practical, tried-and-tested, engaging strategies and resources.
  • To discuss current practice and share ideas.
  • To explore research and support teachers’ and leaders’ subject knowledge.

WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?

English leaders, classroom teachers or support assistants with an interest in building upon the current spelling practices in their school.

The strategies discussed during the course are KS2 based but would be useful for English leaders based in KS1 or KS2 to gain an overview of the whole school's approach and transition from KS1 to KS2.

Additional Information

As part of the course, delegates will be provided with a resource pack, detailing course content and supporting resources. The pack will include handouts and powerpoint slides

 

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

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Effective Planning for Progress

Deliverer: Jo Gibson & Fluer Allen

Date: 13th November 2019, 11th March, 17th June 2020 (comprises 3 twilights)

Time: 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Venue: Herne Bay High School

Course Fee: FREE

COURSE OUTLINE

This pathway will consider the importance planning has in Quality first teaching and learning.  Training in planning lessons that are engaging, differentiated and enable children to make progress is something that only really gets covered on training and induction year.  It isn’t often a training we return to. Planning is a multi-faceted and difficult skill that now needs addressing following huge changes in all public frameworks.

The course consist of 3 twilights.

objectives of the course

  • To consider and understand the importance planning plays in effective learning

  • To understand how data can be used to effective plan for learning

  • To support practitioners with practical ways to improve lesson planning

Additional Information

As part of the course, the final session will be a discussion session in which delegates present how their practice has changed and share good practice that is causal evidence based. Shared learning walks in different schools is strongly encouraged.

WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?

Primary and Secondary staff who wish to improve their understanding of planning lessons for effective progress.

 

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

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SEND & Learning Differences

Deliverer: Natalie Thorne & Adrian Craske

Date: 13th November 2019, 11th March, 17th June 2020 (comprises 3 twilights)

Time: 4:30 - 6:00 pm

Venue: Herne Bay High School

Course Fee: FREE

COURSE OUTLINE

This pathway will allow teachers with a keen interest in, or high numbers of children with SEND. This is just as pertinent to the high ability and grammar sector classes as it is to lower ability sets.  Numerous SEND including visual impairment, hearing impairment, ASD, SLD, ADHD etc. impact students of all ability levels and as such skills in differentiation are needed in light of the new frameworks. This could cross over with the Effective planning pathway. 

The course consists of 3 twilights.

objectives of the course

  • To consider and understand the learning differences of students in our classes

  • To understand how to implement SEND strategies in the classroom

  • To share good practice in the SEND classroom

Additional Information

As part of the course, the final session will be a discussion session in which delegates present how their practice has changed and share good practice that is causal evidence based.

Walks in different schools is strongly encouraged.

WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?

Primary and Secondary. Any staff who wish to improve their understanding of and practical application of SEND.

 

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

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Relection in Science

Deliverer: Liam Fricker

Date: 14th November 2019

Time: 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Venue: Dane Court Grammar School

Course Fee: FREE

COURSE OUTLINE

The session looks to give teachers and departments a way of tracking students’ progress over the course of a key stage. It looks to share the way the Physics Department at Dane Court build students confidence by helping them to identify where they are dropping marks in assessments. The department keeps an assessment folder on each student in KS3 and KS4, which aims to be a helpful resource when it comes to revising for public exams. You will leave with some resources and templates to help you embed this into your teaching if you choose to. 

objectives of the course

  • To provide students with an overview of how they are performing within your subject.

  • Help students to become more effective reflectors on their performance.

  • Boost confidence within Science.

WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?

Secondary Trainees, NQTs, Teachers, Middle leaders.

 

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

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A mindful approach, how might mindfulness enrich your lesson?

Deliverer: David Brooks

Date: 19th November

Time: 4:15 - 5:15 pm

Venue: Dane Court Grammar School

Course Fee: Free 

COURSE OUTLINE

A discussion about the benefits of mindfulness we will look at how mindfulness could be used on a whole school, individual class or on an intervention basis. We will consider how mindfulness practices can be used to change student and teacher mindsets and promote greater well-being. We will explore the place and responsibility of teaching ‘softer’ or non subject specific skills such as mindsets, personal learning and thinking skills and the IB learner profile alongside content in our lessons. We will also eat chocolate for educational purposes.

COURSE aims

  • To open up a discussion about whether mindfulness could improve your teaching.
  • To consider the impact that more resilient, less stressed students could have on learning in your classroom.
  • To promote a whole student approach to curriculum and lesson planning.


WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?

Training is broad so suitable for All.

 

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

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Drumming & Strumming

Deliverer: Catherine Jones

Date: 27th November 2019

Time: 4:30 pm

Venue: PLCC, Canterbury Primary School

Course Fee: Free 

COURSE OUTLINE

This course will give delegates the confidence and knowledge to bring music into their day, by learning instruments, songs and games.

You will experience playing the Djembe, where you will learn rhythms from West Africa, as well as songs and games.  You will also learn basic chords on the ukulele, with songs to go with what you have learnt.

COURSE aims

  • To learn how to play an instrument!
  • For delegates to gain confidence in playing an instrument.
  • For delegates to take away what they have learnt and have the confidence and knowledge to lead a music lesson, bring music into the curriculum, start a club or lead CPD


WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?

Teachers and TA’s, any Key Stage. Music specialists welcome, but aimed at non-music specialists.

 

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

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Intelligent Curriculum Design

Deliverer: Robin Hammerton

Date: Wednesday 27th November 2019

Time: 10:15 am – 3:45 pm (coffee from 9:45 am)

Venue: PLCC, Canterbury Primary School 

Course Fee: £95 per person

COURSE OUTLINE

This course, aimed at primary and secondary leaders, will help and reassure you as you develop and design your curriculum for all phases. You should leave the day encouraged, with some thoughtful, practical ideas and principles about the right next steps in your particular school. It’s a course about pupils and teachers. It’s not by, or about, Ofsted - but it will give you the up-to-date lowdown what Ofsted does and does not care about as its new framework takes off. There will be knowledgeable, occasionally humorous, input; and helpful participant discussion.

objectives of the course

  • Building schema: links between and within subjects.
  • What’s to do best about equalities and social justice?
  • A bit about SATs, exams, data, ebacc and gaming, if we must.
  • Deep Dives.
  • Ways forward for each school.

About the Facilitator

Robin Hammerton is a former Kent head teacher and was an HMI for eleven years. As HMI he led and worked on many national surveys including those on curriculum design and creativity and learning outside the classroom. He gave the keynote speech at the then government’s launch of its new curriculum in 2009, (which was quite a feat because as an HMI he didn’t actually represent the government). He was national adviser for personalisation and, more recently, the national lead for music.

WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?

Senior & Middle leaders - EYS/Primary & Secondary.

 

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ASD Detectives

Deliverer: Craig May & Catherine Jones

Date: 21st November 2019

Time: 4:30 - 6:00 pm

Venue: PLCC, Canterbury Primary School 

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:

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Growth Mindset

Deliverer: Tim Fox & Lauren Cooper

Date: 2nd December 2019

Time: 4:30 - 6:00 pm

Venue: PLCC, Canterbury Primary School 

Course Fee: Free

Course Outline

This twilight will look at recent research and case studies around growth mindset.

aims of the Course

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

Who is the course for?

Secondary specific TAs, NQTs and classroom teachers.

 

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

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Developmental Movement in Early Years & KS1

Deliverer: Fiona Ingram (SLE)

Date: 8th January 2020

Time: 4:15 pm

Venue: Herne Infant & Nursery School

Course Fee: Free 

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:

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How positive relationships help to improve students attitude to learning

Deliverer: Ian Wallace 

Date: 14th January 2020

Time: 4:30 - 6:00 pm

Venue: Dane Court Grammar School

Course Fee: Free 

COURSE OUTLINE

The aim of this course is to discuss, briefly, the impact of good relationships with teachers, upon a student’s progress and attitude to learning. The bulk of the session is spent exploring how we go about building these long lasting and effective relationships to ensure that we enable our students to make the progress they should and have a positive attitude to their learning. The session is designed to be interactive, to encourage sharing of good practice and to promote discussion. 

WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?

Trainee Teachers / Newly Qualified Teachers / Teachers seeking to discuss and share good practice. 

 

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

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Mindfulness

Deliverer: Robert Palmer

Date: 14th January 2020

Time: 4:30 - 6:00 pm

Venue: PLCC, Canterbury Primary School

Course Fee: Free 

COURSE OUTLINE

This will be a brief introduction to the theory and practice of Mindfulness.  We will look at what Mindfulness is and how to meditate, consider both the default mind and the mindful mind.  We will also look at the important concepts of unitasking and attention switching.

The session will include two mindfulness meditations.

Participants should bring a yoga/exercise mat, a cushion and a blanket and should wear loose comfortable clothing.

AIMS OF THE COURSE 

  • Learn what mindfulness is
  • Learn how to meditate
  • Learn what the default mind is
  • Learn about unitasking and attention switching

 

WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?

WWF, TAs, NQTs, Teachers of all Key Stages.

 

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

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Mentoring Pathway

Deliverer: Sarah Stivarius

Date: 21st January 2020

Time: 4:15 - 6:00 pm

Venue: Dane Court Grammar School

Course Fee: Free 

COURSE OUTLINE

This pathway seeks to specifically bring together, train and support mentors of all Recently Qualified teachers.  Now that the induction period is set to extend to 2 years, a different sort of mentoring skill more akin to coaching could be useful. Schools will have to rely on more numbers of staff to mentor staff as they are mentored for longer and as such this will enable opportunity for mentor network meetings, shared practice and training in effective mentoring. 

The course consists of 3 twilights.

AIMS OF THE COURSE 

  • To consider and understand key and effective peer-to-peer mentoring strategies
  • To understand how to build and effective induction programme in your school
  • To share methodologies of mentoring structures that have been successful

 

Additional Information

As part of the course, the final session will be a discussion session in which delegates present how their practice has changed and share good practice that is causal evidence based.

Walks in different schools is strongly encouraged.

 

WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?

Primary and secondary staff who wish to improve their understanding of develop their peer-to-peer coaching and mentoring skills.

 

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Through the eyes of a 5 Year old - Everyday life in a Reception class

Deliverer: Mags Minter (SLE)

Date: 22nd January 2020

Time: 9:30 - 11:30 am

Venue: Herne CE Infant & Nursery School

Course Fee: Free

COURSE OUTLINE

Celebrate Childhood!

Come and experience learning through the eyes of a 5 year old.  Observe outstanding practise and immerse yourself in an environment which enriches and enables individualised learning. You will spend the morning in the Foundation Stage working alongside an experienced SLE and her class of 4 and 5 year olds! Opportunities for discussion and planning will ensure that you leave Herne feeling inspired and invigorated about your approach to learning!

WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?

Nursery Practitioners adn Year R Teachers

 

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Academically Able Learners from KS2-KS4

Deliverer: Lauren Cooper (SLE) & Tim Fox

Date: 29th January 2020

Time: 4:30 pm

Venue: PLCC, Canterbury Primary School

Course Fee: Free 

COURSE OUTLINE

This course will explore why there has been a change in curriculum at primary and secondary level, which is placing more emphasis on high attainment. The term 'academically able' will be challenged when looking at defining a child who is academically able. Tips and methods will be provided to encourage 'deep-thinking' from KS2-KS4, which can be used in a range of subjects. 

AIMS of the course

  • Reasons for changes in the curriculum and expectations of Academically Able.
  • Ways to recognise whether a pupil is academically able.
  • How to encourage 'deeper-level' thinking.

WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?

KS2-KS4 teachers.

 

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Being a Two Year Old

Deliverer: Gemma Keeble & Clare Longhorn (SLEs)

Date: 30th January 2020

Time: 4:00 pm

Venue: Joy Lane Primary School

Course Fee: Free

COURSE OUTLINE

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

who is the course for?

Early years foundation stage practitioners.

 

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A Taste of Leadership

Deliverer: Lauren Pasola

Date: 5th February 2020

Time: 4:30 - 6:00 pm

Venue: King Ethelbert School

Course Fee: FREE

COURSE OUTLINE

Participants will begin to explore leadership theory and discuss how this can look in practice. There will be time to reflect on their own areas of development and use peer discussion to plan how to address these in preparation for a leadership role.  By considering experiences of effective leadership, participants will be challenged to articulate how this has shaped and influenced their ideal leadership style as well as exploring the motivation behind leadership and the impact it can have. 

who is the course for?

Primary & Secondary teachers and support staff who are considering leadership roles.

 

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Well-being for Educational Professionals

Deliverer: Dan Bennett

Date: 6th February 2020

Time: 10 am

Venue: King Ethelbert School

Course Fee: £80 per person

COURSE OUTLINE

The day will consist of a range of speakers who will be tackling the subject of wellbeing in schools for all staff.  The day will include keynote speakers and workshops to enable you to improve their knowledge and understanding of wellbeing but also allow you to have practical experience and discussions about what we can do in schools to support staff wellbeing.   The conference will look at what support is already out there but also introduce possible new ways of thinking.

COURSE aims

Provide Educational professionals ideas to improve staff wellbeing.

Practical solutions to improving staff home/work life

Wellbeing being part of a school's culture

who is the course for?

Senior and Middle leaders but all educational professionals are welcome.

 

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Developing a proactive attitude for Independent Learning

Deliverer: Sarah Stivarius

Date: 25th February 2020

Time: 4:30 pm

Venue: Dane Court Grammar School

Course Fee: FREE

COURSE OUTLINE

This session will look at the different ways teachers may assess students' attitude for their own learning.  This assessment of the effort that students expend shall be evaluated by establishing criteria which encourages the student to be self-reflective and pro-active.  A whole school approach will be discussed and how this may help students to develop a more independent, resilient and deep thinking attitude towards their learning and therefore become more confident young people more readily prepared for a complex world.

Aim of the course

  • To explore the assessment of attitudes for learning
  • To understand how a proactive learner behaves in the classroom
  • To explore ways to encourage independent learning in the classroom through a whole school approach

who is the course for?

Secondary NQTs

 

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Through the Eyes of 4 Year Olds - Preparation for School

Deliverer: Gemma Keeble (SLE)

Date: 3rd March 2020

Time: 9:30 - 11:00 am

Venue: St Alphege Infant School

Course Fee: Free (4 places)

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 Practitioners and Teachers

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Different Children, Different Learning

Deliverer: Mags Minter (SLE)

Date: 3rd March 2020

Time: 4:15 pm

Venue: Herne CE Infant & Nursery School

Course Fee: Free 

COURSE OUTLINE

Each day in the Early Years is jam packed with a wide range of activities, opportunities and learning through play. Children come into school from a range of experiences and variable abilities. How can we tailor our provision to ensure there is diversity to allow our children to learn something new every day? Come and explore some ways that differentiation can impact on progression by looking at:

  • The different learning styles in which children learn
  • Some ways to differentiate Teacher Directed activities. Is there a structure that doesn’t fail?
  • How Child Initiated Play and a stimulating environment can enhance learning further

WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?

Year R Practitioners 

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Singing & Signing in Early Years

Deliverer: Catherine Jones

Date: 12th March 2020

Time: 4:30 - 6:00 pm

Venue: PLCC, Canterbury Primary School

Course Fee: Free 

COURSE OUTLINE

This course will give delegates the confidence and knowledge to bring singing and signing into their day, by learning basic signs and fun songs.

Aim of the course

  • To experience basic Makaton though music, to then be used as part of the daily routine and/ or for a music session.
  • For delegates to gain confidence in using Makaton through song.
  • To learn how to sing and sign!
  • For delegates to take away what they have learnt and have the confidence and knowledge to use Makaton in their setting, lead a singing & signing session, start a club or lead CPD.

WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?

EYS Practitioners. SEN settings welcome.

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Developing Communication & Language skills within EYS

Deliverer: Rachel Finch (SLE)

Date: 19th March 2020

Time: 4:30 - 6:00 pm

Venue: Joy Lane Primary School

Course Fee: Free 

COURSE OUTLINE

An introduction into supporting children developing their Communication and Language skills in the EYFS. We will discuss how to create a language rich environment in which both children's speech and language can develop. The workshop will highlight the importance of Communication and Language and the impact these skills can have on development in other areas of the EYFS curriculum. Ideas will be shared on how to support children with delayed Communication and Language development both in their EYFS settings and with their parents at home. Through a number of schools and settings coming together there will be opportunities to share ideas and good practice.

Aims of the Workshop

  • To recognise the importance of developing children's communication and language skills and the impact they can have on other areas of the EYFS curriculum. 
  • Share ways we can support children in developing their communication and language skills through both the environment and adult interaction. 
  • Share ways we can support parents in developing their child's communication and language skills.
  • Share ideas and good practice 

 

WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?

NQTs working in EYFS, Student Teachers, Teaching Assistants, New to the EYFS, Nursery Practitioners

 

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Through the Eyes of 4 Year Olds - Learning Through Play

Deliverer: Gemma Keeble (SLE)

Date: 19th March 2020

Time: 9:30 to 11:30 am

Venue: St Alphege Infant School

Course Fee: Free (4 places)

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

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

Deliverer: John Rye

Date: 23rd March 2020

Time: 4:30 - 6:00 pm

Venue: Dane Court Grammar School

Course Fee: Free 

Course Outline

Dane Court Grammar School is a Stonewall School Champion and has worked with Stonewall 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.

Aim of the course

To review experiences of LGBT young people in education; To consider how we can use research on experiences of LGBT young people to address homophobic, biphobic, and transphobic bullying; To identify strategies to support LGBT students; To identify strategies to assist other staff to support LGBT students.

Who is the course for?

Seondary teaching staff and TAs.

 

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Letters and Sounds Phase 1 phonics for nursery children

Deliverer: Marion Philpott (SLE)

Date: 25th March 2020

Time: 4:30 - 6:00 pm

Venue: PLCC, Canterbury Primary School 

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

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WriteDance in the Early Years & KS1 (lower KS2)

Deliverer: Fiona Ingram (SLE)

Date: 31st March 2020

Time: 4:15 pm

Venue: Herne CE Infant & Nursery School

Course Fee: Free 

COURSE OUTLINE

Explore the use of WriteDance skills within the curriculum in order to support gross and fine motor skills for physical literacy and handwriting. Receive practical guidance and resources to develop and progress children’s skills in handwriting. This course implicitly supports the National Curriculum non-statutory guidance which recognises the importance of writing fluently, cursively and confidently. ‘Pupils should revise and practise correct letter formation frequently. They should be taught to write with a joined style as soon as they can form letters securely with the correct orientation.’ It will also act as a tool to specifically support those children who are challenged with the physicality of handwriting. The importance of gross and fine motor development and the impact this has on writing will be discussed. This session will be practical and will leave you energised and inspired!

WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?

Early Years Foundation Stage and KS1 Practitioners/Teachers. SENCO. Lower KS2 who are looking for inspiration on how to support the development of handwriting with all children.

 

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Marking & Feedback - Practical ideas to increase impact of marking & Feedback in the classroom

Deliverer: Andrew White & Luke Wheeler

Date: 21st April 2020

Time: 4:30 pm

Venue: Dane Court Grammar School, Broadstairs

Course Fee: Free 

COURSE OUTLINE

This sessions has been designed to arm teachers with a variety of strategies to effectively assess for learning. We will identify both formative and summative methods, share best practice with colleagues and explore the importance of progress and positive outcomes, through specific and valuable feedback, and how we can better include the students in a 'learning conversation'. We will also discuss ways to lighten the marking load, and critically evaluate the use of both written and verbal feedback to make sure it is having an impact on our students.

Aim of the course

  • To suggest a variety of feedback styles that can be used in the classroom
  • To look at ways of lessening the marking load whilst still driving progress for all
  • Making Assessment for Learning a visible priority in the classroom

WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?

Trainees, NQTs, (Department deputies/leads responsible for marking).

 

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Keeping Active in the Early Years & KS1

Deliverer: Fiona Ingram

Date: 21st April  2020

Time: 4:15 pm

Venue:Herne CE Infant & Nursery School

Course Fee: Free 

COURSE OUTLINE

It is evident that children are increasingly spending less time developing and practising their gross motor skills outside of school despite the government’s Sports Grant agenda. As teachers we have a duty to provide an active curriculum in order to counteract this inactive lifestyle. PE lessons alone are not enough to achieve the level of activity suggested. For children under the age of 5 to maintain a basic level of health, 3 hours a day is the recommended time to be moving. For 5 – 18 year olds it is 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity.  A whole range of strategies, programmes and approaches will be explored to support teachers and practitioners. This session will be practical and will leave you with a tool box of active ideas to incorporate into your day!

WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?

Early Years Foundation Stage and KS1 Practitioners and Teachers.

 

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'Voices for Choices'

Deliverer: Laura Millum & Claire Longhorn

Date: 21st April  2020

Time: 4:30 pm

Venue: Joy Lane Primary School

Course Fee: Free 

COURSE OUTLINE

A discussion around how to implement the characteristics of effective learning in KS1.

  • How can we explicitly teach pupils metacognition strategies, including how to plan, monitor and evaluate own learning in Key Stage One?
  • How can we promote and develop metacognitive talk in the classroom?
  • How can we teach children to organise and effectively manage their learning independently?

Aims of the Course

  • To share practical, tried-and-tested strategies and resources.
  • To discuss current practice and to share ideas.
  • To support teachers’ and leaders’ with implementing the COEF in Key Stage one.

Additional Information

As part of the course, delegates will be provided with a resource pack, detailing course

content and supporting resources. The pack will include handouts and powerpoint slides.

There will be opportunities for discussion and sharing of good practice.

Delegates will also be asked to bring examples of observations with links to COEL from their Early Years setting to share with the group, as well as any other ideas from their own school. 

WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?

Key Stage One/ Early Years leaders and teachers.

 

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Cognitive Load Theory Explained, practial ideas for the classroom

Deliverer: Elizabeth Channing

Date: 23rd April  2020

Time: 4:30 pm

Venue: Dane Court Grammar School

Course Fee: Free 

COURSE OUTLINE

Through implementing a range of tweaks to my normal classroom routine, I've been able to cut down the cognitive load for my students, allowing them to concentrate more deeply and for longer on only the most important learning tasks in the lesson. I wanted to align my approach with that of CLT, introduce the concept for those who are unaware of it, discuss the unexpected advantages to SEN students and have a conversation about how these tweaks can be adapted across different subjects. 

Aim of the course

  • To outline a simplified perspective of Cognitive Load Theory (advantages/the science/method)
  • To introduce a classroom based case-study
  • To encourage conversation about practical approaches to implementing these theories into the classroom across different subjects

WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?

TAs, NQTs, Middle Leaders.

 

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Emergent Writing

Deliverer: Claire Longhorn & Laura Millum (SLEs)

Date: 28th April  2020

Time: 4:30 pm

Venue: Joy Lane Primary School

Course Fee: Free 

COURSE OUTLINE

An opportunity to discuss ways to promote writing across the Early Years, including ideas for maximising the learning environment to engage children in mark-making activities, parental engagement and developing gross and fine motor skills to support writing progression.

Aims of the Course 

  • To share examples of ways to promote writing opportunities across settings.
  • To discuss writing progression across Early Years and KS1.
  • To support teachers’ and leaders’ subject knowledge of Writing.

WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?

EYFS and KS1 practitioners and teachers.

 

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Pre-School and Nursery Network Meetings

2019/2020 meetings

EKLA is delighted to be able to share with our local Early Years Practitioners an opportunity to meet termly to engage in high quality inspirational professional development where you will also be able to network and share good practice with local colleagues.  Content to be confirmed following an audit of need.


24th September 2019 - Getting the environment right for your children
12th November 2019
21st January 2020
10th March 2020
5th May 2020
16th June 2020

These meetings are Free to colleagues.  We will be offering meetings each term during the academic year.

 

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