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Do you want to explore an aspect of teaching and learning in more depth? Are you stuck with something and want to see what is already out there? Do you want to see if there is any research evidence to back up a change that you are making or considering?

You can get involved in the debate with the Nottinghamshire Torch Teaching School Alliance.

CLA training courses 2017-2018

This programme is designed to provide cover supervisors with the basic skills to help them to manage a classroom learning environment and to support students in the absence of their class teacher.

Delegates will have the opportunity to explore and develop teaching and learning techniques to help ensure pupils make progress within cover lessons. They will be asked to develop ideas and to bring them to follow-up sessions. Some tasks will involve reflection and personal target setting.

Cost: £50 per participant

Session 1: Professional Expectations

28th September 2017
The Suthers Building, Toot Hill School

You will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge of safeguarding, professional conduct and to develop your practice based on the idea of ‘the teacher as a role model’.

Session 2: Delivering a high quality lesson

22nd November 2017
Newark Academy

You will have the opportunity to further develop your behaviour management techniques, as well as learning about the intrinsic and extrinsic motivation of learners and how best to manage learner expectations.

Session 3: Keeping the momentum

8th February 2018
The Suthers Building, Toot Hill School

This session focusses on being more than a ‘cover’ teacher. You will have the opportunity to develop your Assessment for Learning techniques and to create your own ‘Teacher Toolbox’.

Session 4: School systems

21st March 2018
Nottingham Free School

The final session of the course will allow you to further explore school systems and allow you the opportunity to work through a scenarios-based approach on how to deal with all elements of school life.

This course is no longer available for booking.

NQT training courses 2017-2018

Session 1: Behaviour for learning

17th October 2017
The Garibaldi School, Forest Town

How AfL supports pupil progress and motiivation to learn.

Session 2: What does AfL look like in the classroom?

Date TBC
Venue TBC

What formative assessment looks like in the classroom and how we can make it work.

Session 3: How pupils with differing needs learn

Date TBC
Venue TBC

How we can ensure that all pupils make progress (advanced techniques). AfL and summative assessment to check learning.

Session 4: The big picture

Date TBC
Venue TBC

Reinforcing good habits for efficient working. Looking after yourself and techniques to reduce workload / exam preparation / marking.

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RQT training courses 2017-2018

The course will have a strong focus on classroom-based research and will run for four half days over one academic year. RQTs will have the opportunity to develop their critical thinking through an analysis of their current classroom practice. In addition to this, the course allows RQTs to work with senior leaders to consider career progression and moving towards leadership.

Cost: £200 per participant

Session 1: Subject Specific Development

Cohort 1: 22nd November 2017
Cohort 2: 23rd November 2017
The Suthers Building, Toot Hill School

Delegates will have the opportunity to work with experts to develop new ways of making the resources for their subject area accessible to all of the classes that they teach, whatever their ability, as well as a chance to consider the latest research in a number of different areas.

Session 2: Observe a Subject Expert

Date TBC
Nova Trust schools

An opportunity to identify an area of practice within the delivery of the new GCSE that you would like to improve. The opportunity to observe and analyse expert practice in your own department / another Trust school.

Session 3: Presentations and analysis

Cohort 1: 12th March 2018
Cohort 2: 15th March 2018
Nottingham Free School

You will share a short presentation outlining what you gained from your observation and the progress that you have made with your having tried out the new techniques that you have researched and observed with your classes.

Session 4: Career progression

Cohort 1: 6th June 2018
Cohort 2: 7th June 2018
Meden School

You will have the opportunity to hear from Senior Leaders from within the Nova Trust about career progression, future planning and moving towards leadership. An opportunity to analyse your strengths and weaknesses as a future leader and to learn about how to prepare for an Ofsted inspection in your subject area.

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Middle Leadership training courses 2017-2018

The Middle Leadership course will have a strong focus on the development of leadership styles and on effective leadership to inspire teams, manage change and quality assure teaching and learning across teams.

Cost: £200 per participant

Session 1: The importance of middle leadership

2nd November 2017
The Suthers Building, Toot Hill School

This session will allow you the opportunity to reflect on the characteristics and behaviours of highly effective leadership and to examine the differences between leadership and management. You will unpick the roles and responsibilities of a middle leader in a school setting and have the chance to plan and develop departmental resources including the Department Development Plan and Department Improvement Plan.

Session 2: Leading teaching and learning

19th January 2018
The Garibaldi School

This session allows delegates the opportunity to consider the challenges of leading Teaching and learning within their team and across the school and to plan for progress and change. The day has a strong focus on the challenges of quality assuring a team and opportunities to action plan and work through case study scenarios.

Session 3: Communication and well-being

28th February 2018
Newark Academy

Session 3 will focus on the importance of developing excellent communication skills in yourself and others, as well as encouraging the emotional resilience of your team. You will have the opportunity to examine how to develop the emotional intelligence of those you work with, as well as preparing to have difficult conversations with team members. You will plan a middle leadership project to be reviewed at the final session.

Session 4: Next steps

29th June 2018
The Suthers Building, Toot Hill School

The final session will allow delegates the opportunity to tackle the issues of time management and prioritisation and to plan for the next stages of their middle leadership journey. Senior School Leaders will lead this session and delegates will present their projects and reflect on the own leadership style and skills that they have developed over the course of the training.

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Aspiring Senior Leaders training courses 2017-2018

The course will have a focus on developing whole school leadership and will run for four half days over one academic year. The aim is to inspire and empower middle to senior leaders and during the course to develop their understanding of wider school contexts. One of the half days will be visiting a different school setting as part of a self-directed ‘case study review’. Training will be delivered by a variety of senior leaders and Heads of School.

During the course ASLs will complete a self-reflective document based on their own ‘competencies’ and will use leadership based research to set personal targets. They will develop experience of School Improvement planning. ASLs will be empowered to support whole school change at senior leadership level and take on additional in - school responsibilities.

Cost: £200 per participant

Session 1: Leadership styles and leading change

8th November 2017
The Suthers Building, Toot Hill School

You will have the opportunity to identify characteristics of a senior leader and to reflect on own leadership qualities; real self-verses ideal self. Day 1 will enable participants to recognise the intrinsic and extrinsic motivation for becoming a senior leader and to understand specific senior leadership competencies. You will start to identify and plan leadership strategies to plan a school improvement project supported by case study ideas of school based leadership change.

Session 2: Leadership impact on school improvement

23rd January 2018
The Suthers Building, Toot Hill School

During the day two session, participants will review their own personal development of leadership competencies whilst examining the impact of leadership on school improvement. There will be an opportunity to ask questions of senior school leaders and to look at the impact of leaders securing school improvement change. Participants will get the chance to scenario plan and formulate strategies for teams that resist change initiatives including implementing difficult conversations. Some focus will be on participants completing a self-directed improvement action plan for their own whole school leadership change project.

Session 3: Developing wider understanding of leadership strategies

26th February 2018
Nottingham Free School

Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on progress following day 2. Through wider school observations, case studies (and a school visit) participants will identify and implement effective team leadership strategies; analyse and apply effective delegation strategies; recognise methods for prioritising senior leadership strategies (context and impact); plan effective monitoring and evaluation; identify evidence to support a school improvement project; evaluate internal and external monitoring and evaluation. Participants will feedback on their findings and update others in the planning of their own leadership change.

Session 4: Review, reflect and future planning

26th June 2018
NUSA

Day four will involve completing a short presentation on your own leadership change strategy and the challenges and successes of it to date. It is not expected that participants complete a full school improvement, but that they feel confident to develop this further in the future with a short/medium and longer term plan. Participants have the opportunity to continue to receive support from TSA and other senior leaders (including Heads of School) beyond the training completion. You will have the opportunity to hear from Senior Leaders from within the Nova Trust about career progression, future planning and moving towards senior leadership and Headship.

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MFL Subject Leaders 2017-2018

Focus of the group will be to share good practice and to help each other to meet the demands of the challenging new specifications. 3 x half days 1-4pm, unless a Friday then 11-2.10pm.

Cost: £25 per participant

Session 1: Teaching speaking and writing for the new GCSE

16th October 2017
The Suthers Building, Toot Hill School

An opportunity for MFL teachers to explore a variety of methodologies for teaching speaking and writing for the new GCSE examination. Moderation of a range of speaking and writing examination from Edexcel in French, German and Spanish.

Session 2: Teaching reading and listening for the new GCSE

7th February 2018
Nottingham Free School

An opportunity for MFL teachers to explore a variety of methodologies for teaching reading and listeningfor the new GCSE examination. Marking of a range of reading and listening activities from Edexcel in French, German and Spanish.

Session 3: The new grading system 1 - 9 and grade descriptors at KS3 and KS4

16th March 2018
Meden School

Teachers will have the chance to examine how best to ‘ Know your numbers and grow your numbers’ with an in depth analysis of the GCSE examination criteria in all for skills for French, German and Spanish.

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