Motivation Reframed 2020-21

The ATSA are delighted to offer our Alliance and wider area schools the opportunity to invite their parent community to this live webinar on Motivation Reframed presented by Dr Martijn van der Spoel.

Each school should make their booking for a one-off fee of £120 which will give them sign-up instructions and a marketing flyer to share with their wider school community in their regular communications.  This also includes access for any staff who are interested and would benefit from attending.

Motivation Reframed – a webinar for parents/carers of KS4 students designed to support learning in these times of adversity.


  • find it challenging to generate motivation to study?
  • find it difficult to develop effective revision routines?
  • find it hard to engage with the curriculum recovery programme?

Research continually shows the powerful benefits of constructive parental support.

Parents/carers will leave this session with practical ways to instil, encourage and embed positive study behaviours at home.

The session includes extra optional materials that parents can download to help them assist in conversations with their children.

Who is this course for?

Parents of students in years 10 or 11.

Meet the Facilitator

Dr Martijn van der Spoel, Director of Glia Learning, is an Educational Psychologist. Every year he teaches over 10,000 students, as well as their parents and teachers.

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 on Wednesday, 3rd February 2021.

Please make your booking at least 24 hours in advance of this session.

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.

Introduction to the Primary NCCE Scheme of Work 2020-21

Run in association with Sandringham Computing Hub, this workshop will introduce you to the free National Centre of Computing Education resources and how to use them in a Primary curriculum to show effective progression. It is suitable for Primary Computing Subject Leaders, Curriculum Leads and SLT responsible for curriculum in Primary Schools.

This live google meet will take place from 4pm to 5pm on Wednesday, 13th January 2021.

Once you have made your booking you will receive a booking confirmation containing the google meet link for this event.


Time Topic
16:00 Introductions and welcome
16:05 Sandringham Computing Hub and the National Centre of Computing Education
16:15 The NCCE Schemes of work for computing; progression and planning
16:45 Questions and Discussion
17:00 Close

Who is this course for?

Primary Computing Co-ordinators, Safeguarding Leads (Primary and Secondary), Secondary Computing HoD/DoLs

Meet the Facilitator

Christian Turton

Christian Turton is the Primary Computing Hub Lead for the Sandringham Computing Hub at Alban TSA, part of the National Centre for Computing Education. Prior to this role Christian has a wealth of experience in supporting schools with Education Technology, Computing Curriculum and Online Safety as a local authority consultant, for Apple as part of the Apple Professional Learning Specialists programme and at the London Connected Learning Centre.



This course is hosted in collaboration with the National Centre for Computing Education and Computing at School

New to Assistant Headteacher 2020-21

Our New to Assistant Headteacher programme for 2020-21 will be delivered as three twilight google meet sessions to develop new senior leaders into their roles as Assistant Headteachers.

Sessions will run from 4pm to 5pm followed by a Q&A session on the dates below.

  • Session 1:  Leadership in different contexts – Wednesday 25th November 2020
  • Session 2:  Efficient systems and effective time management for senior leaders – Monday 7th December 2020
  • Session 3:  Strategies for leading change and whole school improvement – Wednesday 20th January 2021

Who is this course for?

  • Teachers new to Assistant Headteacher positions
  • Teachers completing Associate Assistant Headteacher positions

What are the objectives or outcomes?

On this programme participants will:

  • Develop strategies for becoming an outstanding school leader
  • Become confident in developing initiatives and systems for effective school management
  • Hold discussions with other senior leaders from local alliance schools

The course will include:

  • Consideration of leadership in different contexts.
  • Efficient systems and effective time management as a senior leader.
  • Strategies for leading change and whole school improvement.

Meet the facilitator:

Tess Charlton is currently Assistant Head Teacher at St Albans Girls’ School


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.


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.”

RQT Next Steps 2020-21

We have extended the RQT Next Steps programme now in it’s second year to include six sessions, one per half term, across the year.  These sessions will offer invaluable support to RQTs and allow them to explore how they can embed strong teaching and learning practices within their classroom, consider where their career path may go and also how they can use academic research to continue their understanding of pedagogy and how it can impact their professional development.

The twilights will take place from 4pm to 5.30pm as follows and will be delivered either virtually or face to face in accordance with COVID guidelines at the time.

Session 1 23rd September 2020 LIVE WEBINAR on Embedding Classroom Practice
Session 2 19th November 2020
at Sandringham School
Getting your students to think; Takeaways
Session 3 18th January 2021
at Sandringham School
Career direction
Session 4 3rd March 2021
at Sir John Lawes School
Retrieval practice
Session 5 27th April 2021
at Sandringham School
Whole school literacy and numeracy
Session 6 30th June 2021
at Sandringham School
Using educational research to support professional development

Who is this course for?

Recently Qualified Teachers (RQTs).

The course is aimed at those who have successfully completed their NQT induction and are now working within schools, but without the mentoring framework so valued by NQTs.


Meet the Facilitators

Session 1: Ben Garcia, Assistant Headteacher, Sir John Lawes School

Session 2: Selina Sutton, Year 6 teacher and Oracy Lead, Mandeville Primary School

Session 3: Athena Ptsillis, Assistant Headteacher, Sandringham School

Session 4: Beth Fraser and Caroline Michel, Sir John Lawes School

Session 5: Melissa Hall, St Albans Girls’ School & Tom Way, Harlington Upper School, Bedford

Session 6: Karen Roskilly, Sandringham Research School

Developing Effective Middle Leadership 2020-21

This programme of four sessions will focus on the essential skills required to be an outstanding middle leader.

This course will be hosted  in the Teaching & Learning Hub at St Albans Girls’ School, St Albans or will be delivered virtually according to COVID guidelines at the time of each session.

Twilight sessions will run from 4.00pm to 5.30pm on the following dates:

  • Session 1: Monday 16 November 2020 – live google meet
  • Session 2: Wednesday 9th December 2020 – virtual
  • Session 3: Wednesday 27th January 2020 at STAGS T&L Hub or virtual tbc
  • Session 4: Thursday 4th March 2020 at STAGS T&L Hub or virtual tbc

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at those who are already in positions of middle leadership and who wish to develop, refine and enhance their leadership qualities.  The sessions will provide an opportunity to reconsider aspects of leadership including vision, strategic direction and managing teams. These sessions are aimed at both curriculum and pastoral leaders.

What are the objectives or outcomes?

These sessions will support you in:

  • Redefining your vision and values as a middle leader
  • Drawing together theory and practice
  • Sustaining effective leadership

Areas of Focus

The areas of focus will include:

  • The nuts and bolts of middle leadership
  • Effective approaches to support and develop your team
  • Tracking students progress, data analysis and interpretation to inform teaching.
  • Self-evaluation, monitoring and moving forward to build capacity

Meet the facilitators

Paul Kershaw is Deputy Head at St Albans Girls’ School where he has responsibility for Learning, Teaching and Curriculum.