Pupil Book Study: An evidence-informed guide to help quality assure the curriculum

An exciting new collaboration with Alex Bedford presenting on Pupil Book Study consisting of two 90 minute live webinars 3.30pm to 5pm on 18th and 25th March.

Breathtakingly thorough, eminently sensible, purposeful and meaningful. This approach to monitoring and evaluating children’s work really gets to the heart of reflective thinking about what will really make a difference to children’s learning. ” – Clare Sealy.

Alex Bedford has done what creative education pioneers do. He has looked at something at the heart of a teacher’s everyday practice – and enabled us all to see it anew. Pupil Book Study is an original blend of research, practice and illuminating examples which focuses on the heart of classroom practice.” – Sir Roy Blatchford

Session 1 Thursday 18th March 2021

  • The foundations of Pupil Book Study using cognitive and neuroscience evidence.
  • An introduction to the inner workings of Pupil Book Study.

Session 2 Thursday 25th March 2021

  • Revisit Inner working of Pupil Book Study and reflect on practice.
  • Implementing Pupil Book Study in school.

Who is this course for?

Teachers, middle and senior leaders – Primary and Secondary Phase

Meet the Facilitator

Alex Bedford

With over 25 years of experience in education as a teacher, headteacher and leading adviser for school improvement, Alex Bedford now supports Unity Schools Partnership and its Research School, working across the UK and abroad. Alex is a published author and has worked as an Associate Consultant for the Institute of Education, UCL. His curriculum writing and resources have been highly praised by Clare Sealy (Head of Curriculum and Standards for Guernsey) and Jon Hutchinson (Assistant Headteacher at Reach Academy Feltham).

GCSE Maths: Tried and tested resources for exam confidence and success 2020-21

This is a pre-recorded webinar which will be available from 22nd February 2021 for the remainder of the year.  Please make your booking and a link will be sent out to you after the 22nd February and within 2 working days thereafter.

This webinar is a collation and run through of various GCSE maths platforms and resources. Aimed at both Higher and Foundation students, with ideas for classroom use and tips for exam confidence and student engagement, including ideas for virtual learning and assessment.

Who is this course for?

GCSE Maths teachers, Heads of Department or Key Stage Leads

Meet the facilitators:

Fiona Rosler – Head of Mathematics, Assistant Headteacher, Teaching and Learning Team, Verulam School

Fiona has a wealth of knowledge gained most recently at both Verulam School and Beaumont School and works closely with colleagues across the BeauSandVer Consortium.  Fiona has a keen interest in teacher training and mentoring and is also an Alban Teaching School Alliance Specialist Leader in Education.

Looking After Your Most Precious Resource: Yourself by Emma Kell and Adrian Bethune 2020-21

In today’s climate, demands on every person are changing with many people trying to cope with more than ever before.  The Alban Teaching School Alliance are delighted to present this opportunity presented by Emma Kell and Adriane Bethune to focus on ways of looking after yourself.

This live webinar will take place on 3rd March from 3.30pm to 5pm and will examine:

Looking After Your Most Precious Resource: Yourself

Self-Care and Managing Stress

  • Be aware of your signs of stress and how you respond.
  • Creating healthy habits is easier than you think.
  • The importance of sleep, nutrition and exercise.
  • Giving in a sustainable way.

Perspective and Agency

  • Focusing on the positive.
  • Identifying and focusing on what is most important.
  • Why agency is both more important and more challenging to achieve than ever.
  • Identifying and acting on the areas where you have control.

Who is this course for?

All teachers of all key stages.   Early careers teachers may also find this session useful as they grasp the challenges of a busy teaching role in challenging circumstances.

Meet the Facilitator

Dr Emma Kell has over 20 years’ experience as a teacher and leader at middle and senior level. Emma works as a senior teaching fellow at UCL’s Institute of Education and as an English teacher and Teaching School Lead role for Aspire AP, a PRU in Bucks. Emma speaks regularly on wellbeing, recruitment and retention and writes for a variety of publications including TES and BBC Teach. Emma has completed a doctorate on teacher well-being and work-life balance at Middlesex University. Emma is author of How To Survive in Teaching (Bloomsbury, 2018) and A Little Guide For Teachers: Wellbeing and Self-Care.

Adrian Bethune is a part-time teacher in a primary school in Aylesbury, the Education Policy co-lead at the Mindfulness Initiative, founder of Teachappy and dad to two young boys. In 2012, he was awarded a ‘Happy Hero’ medal by Lord Richard Layard at the House of Lords for his work on developing wellbeing in schools. In 2015, he was invited to speak at the Action For Happiness event, Creating A Happier World, on stage with the Dalai Lama. Adrian is author of the award-winning Wellbeing In The Primary Classroom – A Practical Guide To Teaching Happiness (Bloomsbury, 2018) and co-author with Dr Emma Kell of A Little Guide to Teacher Wellbeing and Self-care (Sage, 2020).

Retrieve Retain Revise by Carmel Bones 2020-21

An exciting new collaboration with Carmel Bones entitled Retrieve, Retain, Revise will take place as a 90 minute live webinar from 3.30pm to 5pm on the revised date of Wednesday, 21st April 2021.

An opportunity to explore some tried and tested ideas to help students commit information to memory.

This webinar session will provide a pic ‘n’ mix of practical take-away ‘how to’ classroom (real or remote) strategies. These approaches can help make learning ‘sticky’ and enable your students to retain, retrieve and revise the information required for exam success.

Presented by experienced education consultant Carmel Bones this engaging workshop organised by Alban Teaching School Alliance showcases versatile techniques which take cognitive science into account and can be adapted to suit your subject, your students and their starting points.

Who is this course for?

Teachers

Meet the Facilitator

Carmel Bones is thrilled to be invited to deliver sessions for the Alban Teaching School Alliance. She works extensively in schools across the UK with groups of teachers, departments, multi academy trusts and local authorities focusing on all aspects of learning and teaching real and remote.

In 2020 she was listed in the prestigious Edtech50 for her innovative work bringing the historic environment to life through virtual visits as part of teacher and student webinars. Her highly acclaimed new Key Stage 3 series ‘Explain This’ for BBC Teach explaining key concepts launched in April 2020. She formed part of the national BBC Daily Bitesize lockdown team producing tailored content for home learning. At Key Stage 4 her secondary content work with Clickview and Hodder was nominated for the Bett Awards 2020 and Teach Secondary Awards 2020. She has new BBC projects planned for 2021.

Carmel co-authored the Amazon best-selling Hodder ‘My Revision Notes’ for GCSE History AQA and OCR B GCSE. In addition, she is an A’ Level and GCSE examiner working on the ‘Inside Exams’ podcast with AQA

Clockwork Classrooms by Carmel Bones 2020-21

An exciting new collaboration with Carmel Bones entitled Clockwork Classrooms consisting of two live webinars from 4pm to 5pm on the following dates:

  • Monday, 1st March 2021
  • Wednesday, 10th March 2021

Building good habits for learner independence and self-regulation is something all teachers strive for. Take this opportunity to explore tried and tested ideas for smoother lessons and learning.

This two-part webinar session will showcase practical classroom approaches to build greater learner autonomy and self-regulation. Adopting routines for harnessing ‘peer power’ can lead to more self-sufficient learners. Techniques to encourage metacognition and devolve responsibility can enhance learner confidence and lead to strategic approaches which may activate and deepen understanding.

Presented by experienced education consultant Carmel Bones this engaging workshop organised by Alban Teaching School Alliance showcases versatile techniques which take cognitive science into account and can be adapted to suit your subject, your students and their starting points.

Who is this course for?

Teachers

Meet the Facilitator

Carmel Bones is thrilled to be invited to deliver sessions for the Alban Teaching School Alliance. She works extensively in schools across the UK with groups of teachers, departments, multi academy trusts and local authorities focusing on all aspects of learning and teaching real and remote.

In 2020 she was listed in the prestigious Edtech50 for her innovative work bringing the historic environment to life through virtual visits as part of teacher and student webinars. Her highly acclaimed new Key Stage 3 series ‘Explain This’ for BBC Teach explaining key concepts launched in April 2020. She formed part of the national BBC Daily Bitesize lockdown team producing tailored content for home learning. At Key Stage 4 her secondary content work with Clickview and Hodder was nominated for the Bett Awards 2020 and Teach Secondary Awards 2020. She has new BBC projects planned for 2021.

Carmel co-authored the Amazon best-selling Hodder ‘My Revision Notes’ for GCSE History AQA and OCR B GCSE. In addition, she is an A’ Level and GCSE examiner working on the ‘Inside Exams’ podcast with AQA

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

Webinar recording now available.

This one hour webinar took place on Tuesday, 23rd March and explored what the research says about remote and blended learning.   Cat Scutt from the Chartered College of Teaching presents on the research behind online and blended learning with some practical examples from Sandringham School.

A link to the recording of this webinar will be sent to you within 2 working days of receipt of your booking.

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

DATE TO BE ADVISED

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.

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.

Objectives

  • 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.

Outcomes

  • 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.

Facilitators

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: www.equaliteach.co.uk