Effective Teacher Programme 2019-20

Starting: February 6, 2020 | 12:30pm - 3:30pm


This programme comprises six sessions hosted at Sandringham School and St Albans Girls’ School in St Albans and Sir John Lawes School in Harpenden and is a National College initiative.

Each session will last 3 hours with dates and times as follows:

  • session 1: Thursday, 6th February 2020, Sir John Lawes School, 12:30 to 15:30
  • session 2: Tuesday, 25th February 2020, St Albans Girls’ School, 12:30 to 15:30
  • session 3: Thursday, 5th March 2020, St Albans Girls’ School, 9:00 am to 12:00 noon
  • session 4: Monday, 16th March 2020, Sandringham School, 9:00 am to 12:00 noon
  • session 5: Wednesday, 1st April 2020, Sir John Lawes School, 9.00am to 12.00 noon
  • session 6: Thursday, 23rd April 2020, Sandringham School, 9.00am to 12.00 noon

Who is this course for?

This course is for teachers who want to grow their practice, with a set of skills and strategies to enhance their craft, adding more value in the classroom.  The scheduling of the programme is planned to dovetail with the appraisal process in order to further support teachers in their professional development.

Throughout this course participants will:

  • Work in learning threes during each session, and will also be supported and mentored by a coach at their own school.
  • Learn from practical activities, discussion, learning walks and lesson observations in an outstanding school.

What are the objectives or outcomes?

To enable teachers to:

  • Provide their students with the best possible learning experience.
  • Improve standards in their classrooms and schools.
  • Increase their job satisfaction and quality of experience.
  • Work more effectively as active members of their school team.
  • Be more reflective and creative in their craft.

A key part of the OLEVI Teaching and Learning Portfolio of school-to-school support, which is helping to increase capacity and drive up standards in schools, the programme helps teachers deliver consistent high-quality lessons that have a positive measurable impact on student performance.

Areas of focus

The course will be tailored to the needs of the delegates with a focus on the following:

  • Challenge and engagement
  • Learning activities and reviewing learning
  • Assessment and feedback
  • Questioning
  • Reflection and metacognition

Meet the facilitators:

Karen Paul is currently Associate Assistant Headteacher at Sandringham School responsible for staff development. She is an accredited National College outstanding facilitator and is the Strategic Lead for the Alban Teaching School Alliance.

As an SLE she has a particular interest in professional learning and supporting middle leadership across all subjects.



Joe Carey is an experienced teacher of Design Technology and Head of Year at Sir John Lawes School. He is an accredited National College outstanding facilitator, and leads sessions for the new staff induction process each year.

Joe is an Alban Leader of Education and has a particular interest in ‘making marking meaningful’.



Tessa Miles is Director  of Professional Learning at the Alban Teaching School Alliance.    During her career, Tessa has held a number of roles: Head of History, Head of House, Head of Faculty and Professional Learning Mentor. She was awarded AST status in 2008 and has since used her skills and knowledge to support NQTs in Hertfordshire as well as colleagues in her own school to develop their teaching and learning strategies.




Maria Santos-Richmond is Assistant Head Teacher at Sir John Lawes School and SLE co-ordinator for the Alban Teaching School Alliance. Maria’s fundamental belief is that if schools invest wisely in their staff they are investing in the future of all their students.

Providing opportunities to develop as professionals through networking and collaborative learning are powerful tools Maria values highly. She is a member of the HertsCam tutor team and a National College accredited Outstanding Facilitator.


What did others think?

“This programme has helped to boost and refocus my mind…. opened a box of ideas to try…. a brilliant programme.”

“The ETP was incredibly useful for me. It has re-energised my teaching and reaffirmed the usefulness of meeting with other practitioners. The guidance and tips shared at the course sessions will be part of my teaching toolbox.”

“If we could afford to have all teaching staff complete this programme I would advocate this!”