Effective Teacher Programme 2019-20

Starting: January 14, 2020 | 8:45am - 2:30pm


This course is a six day programme hosted at outstanding schools and is a National College initiative.

This course is hosted at Sandringham School and St Albans Girls’ School in St Albans and Sir John Lawes School in Harpenden. Each day starts with registration at 8:45am and closes by 2:30pm on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, 14th January 2020, Sandringham School
  • Wednesday 29th January 2020, Sir John Lawes School
  • Thursday, 6th February 2020, Sir John Lawes School
  • Tuesday, 25th February 2020, St Albans Girls’ School
  • Thursday, 5th March 2020, St Albans Girls’ School
  • Monday, 16th March 2020, Sandringham School

Who is this course for?

This course is for teachers who want to develop and improve their practice so as to deliver consistently good lessons. The scheduling of the programme is planned to dovetail with the appraisal process in order to further support teachers in their professional development.

What are the objectives or outcomes?

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.

Areas of focus

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

  • Challenge and engagement
  • Starters and plenaries
  • Assessment
  • Questioning
  • Differentiation

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!”