Maths for Non-Specialists 2020-21

This programme is designed to upskill teachers who are teaching Maths as a non-specialist subject and will consist of four sessions from 2.30 to 4.30pm on the following dates:

  • Session 1: Thursday, 11th February 2021
  • Session 2: Monday, 15th March 2021
  • Session 3: Thursday, 6th May 2021
  • Session 4: Monday, 24th May 2021

The objectives of this programme are to:

  • improve subject knowledge of mathematics content.
  • to enhance knowledge of subject specific pedagogy and teaching and learning ideas.
  • Increase confidence in delivering mathematics lessons up to GCSE level.

Outline of each session:

Session 1: Teaching Number and Proportion
This session will explore the structure of the number system and go into some more detail about how we deal with proportion in maths. We will look at how we can help students understand these concepts through use of physical (or virtual) manipulatives and visual models.
Session 2: Teaching Shape/Space/Geometry
This session will look at what is expected of students at KS3 in terms of shape and space, how to make sense of length/area/volume formulae and units. We will also look at the power of examples and non-examples for helping students understand definitions and pre-empting misconceptions.
Session 3: Removing the mysteries of scientific Casio calculators & Teaching Data/Probability
Introduction to the use of scientific Casio calculators, suitable for non-specialist maths teachers and teaching assistants.
We will also look at some of the data and probability work which comes up at KS3 and how students can take a practical and active approach in lessons to understanding these concepts
Session 4: Teaching Algebra
This session will build on the foundations from the rest of the course to look at some of the Algebra that is taught at KS3 and beyond and how you can help students understand it with a series of questions involving minimal variations which provoke discussion

Reporting instructions will be emailed to you a few days before each session and sessions will take place either virtually or face to face in accordance with COVID guidelines at the time.

Who is this course for?

Non-specialist teachers of Mathematics

Meet the facilitators:

Jeff Hughes started his career as a qualified teacher in Hertfordshire and since then has worked in schools in South Africa and London before returning to Hertfordshire as Curriculum Lead for Maths at St Albans Girls’ School.

Planning effective blended learning featuring Cat Scutt, Director of Education and Research, Chartered College of Teaching 2020-21


This one hour webinar will explore what the research says about remote and blended learning with a presentation from Cat Scutt from the Chartered College of Teaching on the research behind online and blended learning with some practical examples from Sandringham School. There will be an opportunity to pose questions to Cat at the end of the presentation and follow up with further support available through the teaching school alliance, Sandringham Computing Hub and Sandringham EdTech Demonstrator School.

Who is this course for?

  • Governors, Headteachers, SLT, Teaching and Learning Leads.
  • Those with responsibility for Blended Learning / Education Technology.
  • Teachers.

Meet the facilitator:

Cat Scutt, Director of Education and Research, Chartered College of Teaching

A former English teacher, Cat’s roles have since focused on supporting teacher development both online and through face-to-face activities, with a particular focus on development through collaboration and through engagement with research and evidence. She has worked in education in both the state and independent sector, as well as in corporate learning and development. Cat leads on the Chartered College Of Teaching’s work around teacher development and certification, including the Chartered Teacher programme, and their research activities and publications, including their award-winning peer-reviewed journal, Impact.

Accurate Assessment 2020-21


A live 60 minute webinar finishing with a Q&A session to take place once we have a clearer direction of travel following the Dfe’s announcement to withdraw exams for this academic year.

In these times of change the ATSA are always looking to provide the support our teachers need to stay one step ahead.  This new session has been designed to allow you to consider assessment processes and help ensure a robust assessment programme for GCSE and A level students in light of the withdrawal of 2021 examinations.

Who is this course for?

  • Middle Leaders (Subject Leads/Heads of Year)
  • Senior Leaders

This course will focus on:

  • Robust tracking for in class assessment.
  • Changes to assessment considerations this year (Mock exam experiences, consistency of mark schemes).
  • Ranking effectively at subject and cohort level.
  • Managing conversations between school and students/parents.

Meet the facilitators:

Athena Ptsillis, Assistant Headteacher

I have worked at Sandringham since September 2018 and am responsible for a number of areas including data and reporting, assessment without levels, PTC, catch-up funding and the school’s coaching programme. This year I am also Director of Learning for English.




Gweirydd Williams, Deputy Headteacher at Sir John Lawes

As a Deputy Headteacher at Sir John Lawes since 2016, some of my key responsibilities are curriculum, reporting and data.

MFL Teacher Network 2020-21

This network is a chance for subject leaders in MFL to meet to discuss current issues in secondary phase languages education, to form good cross-school relationships and share best practice.

The network will consist of 3 sessions held virtually on google meet at 4pm across the academic year as follows:

  • Session 1: Monday 23rd November 2020
  • Session 2: Monday 8th February 2021
  • Session 3: Summer Term to be agreed at the end of session 2

Who is this course for?

Heads and Seconds in Languages Departments

What are the objectives or outcomes?

On this programme participants will:

  • Discuss changes to the MFL curriculum.
  • Discuss the challenges facing teachers of MFL.
  • Share best practice.

Areas of focus

The course will include:

  • Facilitated sessions.
  • Reflection and review.
  • Planning next steps.

Meet the facilitators

Sue Lutz, Head of MFL, Beaumont School

Sue is an experienced Head of MFL, having led her first department at The Hemel Hempstead School in 2002 and moving to Beaumont in 2010.  Sue has worked as an examiner for both AQA and Edexcel.  She has organised many training and networking events in Hertfordshire, is active in the MFL Twitter community and runs her own blog






Moving into Senior Leadership 2020-21

The ATSA are delighted to offer Moving into Senior Leadership as a new programme for 2020-21.

This programme will consist of six sessions (virtual or  face to face in accordance with COVID guidelines at the time) across the year with the opportunity to shadow a senior leader at a different school.

Programme Outline

Each facilitated session will run from 4.00pm – 5.30pm unless otherwise stated in the full programme.

A detailed programme will be distributed to delegates prior to session 1 and may include virtual delivery as required.

Session 1 Tuesday, 10th November 2020 Defining your leadership style

Introduction of 360 feedback

Alison Diana, Management & Executive Coach and Consultant
Venue: Live Webinar
Session 2 Monday, 30th November 2020 Establishing your vision Karen Paul, Assistant Headteacher
Venue: Live Webinar
Session 3 Tuesday, 12th January 2021 The language of leadership Alison Diana, Management & Executive Coach and Consultant
Venue:  Live Webinar or Sandringham School tbc
Session 4 Tuesday, 9th February 2021 Dealing with difficult conversations James Shapland, Headteacher & Tamara Kirk, Assistant Headteacher
Venue: Live Webinar or Ashlyns School tbc
Session 5 Tuesday, 23rd February 2021 Getting through the door

Interview and CV preparation

Phil Newbery, Deputy Headteacher
Venue: Live Webinar or Sir John Lawes tbc
Session 6 Thursday, 18th March 2021 What does being a Senior Leader look like?

Networking session with members of the STAGS SLT.

Paul Kershaw, Deputy Headteacher
Venue: St Albans Girls’ School

Who is this course for?

Leaders who have the skills and experience to move into school senior leadership but are yet to take that step.


  • To support delegates in reviewing and evaluating own strengths and areas for development through.
  • To support delegates in developing a direction for their future career, from middle into senior leadership.
  • To facilitate discussion of different styles and effectiveness of approaches to leadership.
  • To encourage delegates into different school contexts to inform their views of current practice and what leadership looks like To consider practical approaches to developing and consolidating skills for future career developments.
  • To support delegates in next step promotions into senior leadership.


  • Delegates are sure of their strengths and areas for development.
  • Delegates feel equipped for the next step career changes and developments.
  • Delegates have practical approaches to use when making next step decisions.
  • Delegates’ views of leadership are informed by a range of contexts and experiences from outside their current context.


An external management and executive coach and consultant and experienced leaders across our Alliance Schools will assist with the delivery of this programme and are included in the programme above.


EqualiTeach 4: Recognising and Responding to Prejudice-related incidents 2020-21

In the fourth and final live webinar of this series EqualiTeach present on Recognising and Responding to Prejudice-related incidents.

During the training participants will:

  • Be equipped with tools to recognise when a prejudice-related incident has occurred.
  • Explore techniques to effectively challenge prejudice-related attitudes and behaviours.
  • Discuss best practice short-term and long-term approaches to responding to prejudice-related incidents using case study examples.

This will be a live webinar at 3.30pm on Thursday, 4th February 2021.    Once you have made your booking you will receive a booking confirmation.  This will be followed up a week before the event with a joining link for this live session.

Please note that places are restricted to 25 delegates per session and will be honoured on a first come first served basis.

This is one of four live webinars in this series which will need to be booked separately at £20 per session.

Please find below a list with links to each session:

Thursday, 22nd October 2020 Session One: Introduction to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Thursday, 19th November 2020 Session Two: Focus on Race Equality
Thursday, 10th December 2020 Session Three: Promoting Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the Classroom
Thursday, 4th Feb 2021 Session Four: Recognising and Responding to Prejudice-related incidents

Who is this course for?

All staff across both Primary and Secondary phases.

Meet the Facilitator

EqualiTeach is a not-for-profit equality and diversity training organisation providing high quality, interactive training and support on issues of equality, diversity and inclusion for education settings. Their vision is an equal, inclusive and diverse society where everyone is valued and able to achieve. They are working with organisations England-wide including the Home Office, Government Equalities Office, the National Education Union and the NASUWT. For more information please see:


Becoming an Effective Learning Supervisor 2020-21

This is a pre-recorded webinar which will be available from 4th September 2020.   The link will be emailed during the day of the 4th to delegates who have booked on to the course.   

This webinar will be available all year – just make your booking as normal and a link to the session will be shared with you within one working day of that booking.

The ATSA are delighted to offer a new programme for 2020-21 entitled ‘Becoming an Effective Learning Supervisor.’

This webinar will focus on:

  • What does the role entail?
  • How you can make a difference.
  • Behaviour and Class management tips
  • Feeling part of the school community


Who is this course for?

New & existing Learning Supervisors to the role.


Meet the Facilitators

Lily Pratt – Lead Learning Supervisor, Sandringham School

Lily is the lead learning supervisor at Sandringham school and has held this post for nearly 2 years.

She believes cover supervisors play a vital role in guaranteeing that learning takes place in the absence of the class teacher by creating a continuity that ensures the lesson has meaning and allows for student progression.


Steven Cotton – Teacher of English, Sandringham School

Steven has worked as a learning supervisor for a year at Sandringham School. He is currently training as an English teacher through the Alban Federation.

New to being a Form Tutor 2020-21

This is a pre-recorded webinar which will be available from 15th September.   

This webinar will be available all year round – just make your booking and a link to the session will be shared with you within one working day of that booking.

This session will look at ideas for constructive tutor time and will include strategies which can be implemented to get the best from your form group and will be delivered by Richard Davis in the form of a pre-recorded webinar.

Who is this course for?

This course is for NQTs and teachers who are new to a pastoral role.

What are the objectives or outcomes?

This course will support you in:

  • Giving an overview of the importance of the pastoral system with regards to academic achievement and solidifying the home-school partnership.
  • Discussing new ideas for forming good working relationships with parents and students.
  • Assisting students in starting each day in the best way possible.

Meet the facilitators:

Richard Davis

Rich is currently a Year 8 form tutor at Sandringham but has over 10 years’ experience in a range of Pastoral roles in the school.  He has been a Head of Year for 5 years and an Assistant Headteacher in charge of behaviour, pastoral care and safeguarding for 2 years.  Following a change of role, he is back on the front line as a form tutor and reaffirmed in his belief that it is one of the most important, and yet sometimes over looked, roles in a school.



Currently, Rich is working as KS4 Maths Coordinator and as such understands first-hand the balance and possible tensions between pastoral and academic aims but is a firm believer that when young people feel safe and happy, they are most likely to achieve their best.


What did others think?

“The course provided me with a great basis for approaching the important role of the form tutor.  It was valuable to network with other NQTs who were using a range of strategies with the tutees.  The course facilitators were honest, professional and personable which made discussing often hard to handle situations that may arise in a pastoral remit, easy.  I have just recently been appointed as a head of year 7 and intend to use some of the strategies with my own tutor team in the near future.”

Sixth Form Leaders Network 2020-21

The ATSA are delighted to continue the Sixth Form Leaders Network for the academic year of 2020-21.

Virtual or face to face twilight sessions will be held from 4pm to 5.30pm at St Albans Girls’ School on the following dates:

  • Thursday, 12th November 2020 – google meet
  • Thursday, 25th February 2021
  • Thursday, 24th June 2021

Who is this course for?

Sixth Form Leaders

What are the objectives or outcomes?

  • To share best practice to support post 16 students
  • To discuss changes to the post 16 educational landscape
  • To discuss common challenges that face sixth form

Areas of focus:

The course will include:

  • Changes to the Ofsted Education Inspection Framework and its implications for post 16 education
  • Pastoral care
  • The introduction of T Levels and the implication for sixth forms
  • Independent learning
  • Metacognition

Meet the facilitator:

Julia Pipes, Assistant Headteacher, St Albans Girls’ School

NQT Primary Network 2020-21

The NQT Primary Network comprises of four twilight sessions run throughout the school year.  These will be a blend of virtual meetings or face to face meetings hosted at Sandringham School in St Albans in line with COVID guidelines.  These meetings allow NQTs to network in an informal setting and provide the opportunity to discuss whatever problems and issues that are current and relevant to them at the time.

Twilight sessions will be held on Tuesdays from 4.00-5.30 pm on the following dates:

  • Session 1: 20th October 2020 – zoom meeting
  • Session 2: 8th December 2020
  • Session 3: 2nd February 2021
  • Session 4: 16th March 2021

Who is this course for?

This highly popular network is aimed at primary NQTs who wish to establish supportive links with colleagues.

What are the objectives or outcomes?

This programme will support you in:

  • Sharing good practice.
  • Developing subject knowledge.
  • Exploring questions in a friendly and collaborative forum.

Areas of focus

The programme will be developed according to feedback and suggestions from delegates as the year progresses.

Meet the facilitator

Cathy Longhurst

Headteacher, Mandeville Primary School