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

PLEASE NOTE THIS SESSION HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL THE SPRING TERM.   A NEW DATE WILL BE ADVISED ASAP.

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.

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.

 

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 Leaders (non-teaching staff) 2020-21

AS WE WOULD LIKE THIS PROGRAMME TO CONSIST OF FACE TO FACE SESSIONS WE HAVE DECIDED TO POSTPONE UNTIL THE SPRING TERM DUE TO THE CONSTANTLY CHANGING COVID GUIDELINES.

WE WILL COMMUNICATE NEW DATES IN DUE COURSE.

We are delighted to offer this programme consisting of three sessions for support staff leaders in schools hosted at schools across the alliance as follows:

  • Session 1: Leadership styles and having difficult conversations
  • Session 2: Financial management
  • Session 3: Strategies to promote effective change

Who is this course for?

Colleagues involved in managing and leading others within a school setting.  Delegates may be aspiring to be in role or currently in a position of leading a team.

What are the objectives or outcomes?

On this programme participants will:

  • Reflect on their personal strengths
  • Develop skills of leadership
  • Explore their own vision and values

Areas of Focus

The areas of focus will include:

  • Management or leadership? Understanding leadership styles
  • The nuts and bolts: Action planning for change
  • Leading successful change
  • Effective team management
  • Emotional intelligence, managing yourself and others
  • Financial management

Meet the facilitators

 

Tessa Miles

During her career, Tessa has held a number of roles: Head of History, Head of House, Head of Faculty and Professional Learning Mentor. She was awarded AST status in 2008 and has since used her skills and knowledge to support NQTs in Hertfordshire as well as colleagues in her own school to develop their teaching and learning strategies.

 


Hazel Wale

During her career, Hazel has held a number of senior roles including Assistant Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher and more recently the Chief Operations Officer for the Scholars’ Education Trust. In her leadership roles, Hazel has been responsible for support staff winning the nationally prestigious “School Business Manager of the Year Award” and becoming a Fellow of the Association of School Business Managers. She has extensive experience of delivering keynote speeches and providing bespoke training on a range of different themes and topics.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

NQT Secondary Network 2020-21

This programme comprises of four twilight sessions run throughout the school year for secondary NQTs and is hosted across our alliance partner schools.

  • Session 1: The first session will be delivered as a pre-recorded webinar from Thursday, 17th September 2020 by Tessa Miles from St Albans Girls’ School.
  • Session 2: Monday, 9th November 2020 pre-recorded webinar by Helen Skelton and Zoe Shepherd from Beaumont School.

The remaining twilight sessions will run from 4.00pm to 5.30pm as follows:

  • Session 3: Tuesday, 26th January 2021 at Sandringham School facilitated by Athena Ptsillis – virtual delivery if need be
  • Session 4: Wednesday, 17th March 2021 at Sir John Lawes School – virtual delivery if need be

Programme

Session 1: September 2020

  • Questioning – how to make this effective
  • Quick ideas for bringing into the classroom to reduce planning time

Session 2: November 2020

  • Memory and retention of knowledge
  • Looking after your voice

Session 3: January 2021

  • Student Progress and use of data

Session 3: March 2021

  • Differentiation – Working with small groups / low ability students

Who is this course for?

This highly popular network is aimed at secondary 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 facilitators

Facilitators on this programme are Professional Mentors and Senior Leaders from across Alban Federation schools.

 

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