Improving Teacher Programme

Starting: January 16, 2018 | 8:45am - 3:00pm

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

This course is hosted at both Sandringham School, St Albans and Sir John Lawes School, Harpenden. Each day starts with registration at 8:45am and closes by 3:00pm on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 16th January 2018 – Sandringham School
  • Tuesday 23rd January 2018 – Sandringham School
  • Wednesday 31st January 2018 – Sir John Lawes School
  • Tuesday 20th February 2018 – Sandringham School
  • Thursday 8th March 2018 – Sir John Lawes School
  • Tuesday 20th March 2018– Sir John Lawes 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 final programme will be made available at the start of the course, however the course will focus on:

  • 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 leads CPD 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’.


Claire Oakes is currently Assistant Headteacher at Sandringham School responsible for the strategic leadership of the Alban Teaching School Alliance. Claire is passionate about staff development opportunities and the power of networking. She believes in a practical and reflective approach to teacher learning.

An accredited National College outstanding facilitator Claire is also an experienced leader who has taught English in a secondary context.


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 ITP 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!”