Training Category


February 5th, 2007 by Ian in Training

NCSLIan has just got back from three days in Nottingham and the National College of School Leadership on part of his National Professional Qualification for Headteachers (NPQH) course. The course was a chance to meet with teachers from around the country to talk about how schools might look in the future. We came up with something very similar to SLC (but with better facilities).

Teaching Shakespeare

January 25th, 2007 by Ian in Training

Jez has just been on a course called ‘Teaching Shakespeare’. He spent a very enjoyable morning role playing Shakespeare with other English teachers. Amongst other things he was a king, a warrior and a witch. (Just like a normal day at work.) He learnt lots of different hands-on ways to make Shakespeare funny, interesting and relevant. So far Jez has used some of the techniques with year 10 girls – it’s like Eastenders!! – and the ladies in the office.

With a bit of adaptation it could be used with poems and novels.

English Subject Meeting

November 16th, 2006 by Julia in Training

Jez went to the English Subject Leaders network meeting at Kingston Maurward on Monday 13th November 2006

We looked at:

  • practical approaches to teaching Shakespeare across all year groups;
  • the departments of self evaluation and its role in raising attainment; and
  • assessing pupils’ progress and using tracking systems to plan pupils’ progress.

It was very helpful and much more interesting than it sounds.

Whole Service Training Day

September 4th, 2006 by Ian in Training

Today we had a training day for all of the Children Out Of School Service. We covered the priorities for the service for this coming year, the work done by the Teaching and Learning Group, the Common Assessment Framework (CAF) and child protection issues.

Centre INSET

July 18th, 2006 by Ian in Training

Today we’re having an INSET day. This gives us a chance to improve what we do even more.

Today’s training included a video and talk by Jez on Assessment for Learning:

‘Assessment for Learning is the process of seeking and interpreting evidence for use by learners and their teachers to decide where the learners are in their learning, where they need to go and how best to get there’. (Assessment Reform Group, 2002)

We also had a presentation from Kim and Julia about COPE. COPE stands for ‘Certificate Of Personal Effectiveness’ and is all about life skills and preparing for the big wide world. We have already started this course with some of our students and it will be available to many more next term.

Extended Schools training

July 18th, 2006 by Ian in Training

On Monday Ian and Julia went to the third Extended Schools workshop. The government wants all schools to become extended schools. This means schools need to provide access to things like child care, links with the community, quick support for young people or their parents and lots of interesting and useful things to do (like sports and trips and art).

Extended Schools work involves a lot of multi-agency working, something we do a lot of already and are very keen on developing.

As a result of these workshops, we are hoping to do some work with Adult Education to help us give better information to parents and carers about how to support their children with things like GCSE coursework and revision. If it all goes to plan there will be some exciting new things happening next term!