ECT Subject Specific Enhancement COMPUTING 2021-22

We are keen to ensure that all Early Career teachers have the opportunity to develop networks of subject specific enhancement to supplement their work on the Early Career Framework.  This training is open to all ECTs regardless of their ECF provider; we aim to be able to provide strong subject specific networks across our region.

The subject specific enhancement sessions for Computing will take place as detailed below and is fully funded by the Computing Hub.  The method of delivery will be a combination of face-to-face at Sandringham School and virtual meetings which will be confirmed prior to each session.

  • SESSION 1: Tuesday, 21st September 2021
  • SESSION 2: Wednesday, 19th January 2022
  • SESSION 3: Tuesday, 26th April 2022

Areas of Focus

To provide ECTs with an overview of the bursary-led training, support and resources available to them as provided by the National Centre for Computing Education, which will include bespoke training sessions covering tailored content relevant to their self-identified areas of development.

Session 1: 

An overview of:

-NCCE (training, resources, bursary’s, CS Accelerator programme)

-CAS CoP

-Isaac Computer Science (platform and use for staff and students)

-Exam boards

-Loaning of physical computing kit

-Needs analysis (to prepare for sessions 2 and 3)

Session 2:

Depending on the needs of the ECTs, a 90 minute bespoke training session, tailored to their self-identified needs / SoL.

Session 3:

Depending on the needs of the ECTs, a 90 minute bespoke training session, tailored to their self-identified needs / SoL.

Who is this course for?

Early Career Teachers

Meet the facilitator

Dan Smith – Sandringham Computing Hub Lead (Secondary)  

Dan has been the Sandringham Computing Hub lead for secondary schools since January 2020. He has helped support a number of Computing teachers in schools in all phases, across London, Hertfordshire and Central Bedfordshire, upskill and improve the outcomes for their pupils.

Prior to that Dan was an Assistant Headteacher at East Barnet School, leading their whole school CPD provision.

Dan is an ex Head of PE who now teaches Mathematics and Computing at Sandringham school.

(facilitators to be confirmed for sessions 2 and 3)

NQT+1 Secondary Education Recovery Programme 2021-2022

This programme is a valuable way of supporting the NQT +1 colleagues in your school through the use of some of your Education Recovering funding. This programme has been designed in response to the challenging two years that this cohort of teachers have experienced in terms of training and NQT experience.

These sessions are designed to offer invaluable support to NQT+1 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 and will be delivered either virtually or face to face in accordance with COVID guidelines at the time.  Details will be sent before each session.

Who is this course for?

Recently qualified teachers (NQT+1s).

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.

Tuesday
21st September 2021
Session 1: Developing independent learners Tessa Miles
Wednesday,
20th October 2021
Session 2: Embedding classroom practice Ben Garcia
Thursday
11th November  2021
Session 3: Differentiation Matt McArthur, Whole School SEND
Monday
17th January 2022
Session 4: Retrieval practice Beth Fraser and Caroline Michel
Tuesday
22nd February 2022
Session 5: Career directions Athena Pitsillis
Tuesday
22nd March 2022
Session 6: Communication for students with complex needs Matt McArthur, Whole School SEND
Thursday
21st April 2022
Session 7: Whole school literacy and numeracy Melissa Hall and Tom Way
Wednesday
15th June 2022
Session 8: Using educational research to support professional development Karen Roskilly, Research School

Meet the Facilitators

Session 1: Tessa Miles, Assistant Director of Teaching School: Professional Learning

Session 2: Ben Garcia, Assistant Headteacher, Sir John Lawes School

Session 3: Matt McArthur, Whole School SEND

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

Session 5: Athena Pitsillis, Assistant Headteacher, Sandringham School

Session 6: Matt McArthur, Whole School SEND

Session 7: Melissa Hall, St Albans Girls’ School & Tom Way, Harlington Upper School, Bedford

Session 8: Karen Roskilly, Sandringham Research School

Maths for Non-Specialists 2021-22

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: Tuesday, 16th November 2021 at St Albans Girls’ School
  • Session 2: Mid January 2022 exact date tbc – virtual meeting
  • Session 3: End March 2022 exact date tbc at St Albans Girls’ School
  • Session 4: May 2022 exact date tbc at St Albans Girls’ School

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.

Head of Mathematics Network 2021-22

This network is a chance for Heads of Mathematics to meet to discuss current issues in secondary phase mathematics education, to form good cross-school relationships and share best practice.

The group will meet termly from 4.00pm to 5.30pm on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, 12th October 2021
  • Tuesday, 25th January 2022
  • Tuesday, 14th June 2022

Reporting instructions will be emailed to you during the week before each session.  The meetings may be a combination of virtual or face to face across the year.

Who is this course for?

Heads of Mathematics

What are the objectives or outcomes?

On this programme participants will:

  • Discuss and reflect on changes to the mathematics curriculum and examinations
  • Discuss the challenges facing Heads of Mathematics
  • Share best practice

Areas of focus:

The course will include:

  • Mathematics curriculum
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Stretching More Able Students and Enrichment
  • Budget

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.