Teaching in a Fitness Room – Certificate for Teachers 2020-21

This session will take place from 9am to 3.30pm on Monday, 10th May 2021 at St Columba’s School, St Albans.   There will be a maximum of 10 delegates which will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Fitness suites are widely used in schools as part of the PE and Physical Activity offer. This aspect of the PE curriculum has been shown to positively influence children’s knowledge and attitudes towards physical activity, and contributes to sustaining a healthy and active lifestyle.

This new course has been developed to help schools recognise and manage risk whilst applying safe principles and procedures when teaching physical preparation to young people, particularly when using a fitness suite and specialist facilities. It meets the criteria necessary to show competence in this setting.

Aim of Course:

This course will support PE teachers working with young people in a fitness room and other exercise environments

  • How to maintain a safe and effective gym-based exercise environment with young people
  • Planning safe and effective gym-based exercise lessons and programmes for young people
  • Application of fundamental movement patterns to training, and transfer across a range of sports and activities
  • Teaching safe techniques and progressions in a variety of physical preparation contexts including plyometrics, circuit training, fixed machines and free-weights
  • Practical assessment – demonstrate the techniques and interventions you have learnt during the course

Who is this course for?

Members of the Sport England Programme’s 17 Schools

Meet the facilitator

Rob Thickpenny, Rob Thickpenny Performance Coaching

The host site will provide a sanitized environment and will adhere to social distancing requirements.   Any delegate who has had a positive lateral flow device test (LFD) or PCR test or is displaying coronavirus symptoms or is living with someone who has either tested positive or is  displaying coronavirus symptoms must not attend a face to face training session.  Please see the NHS website guidelines for further information if you are unclear of your responsibilities.  Should any delegate attending a session show symptoms or test positive for Coronavirus within a 14 day period following that session please notify laura.lusardi@albantsa.co.uk  immediately and the ATSA will liaise with the host school and other delegates

 

 

Olevi Power of Coaching 2020-21

Designed by Olevi and facilitated by experienced school leaders and teachers, Olevi Power of Coaching will allow practitioners to gain a deeper understanding about the power of coaching and the impact that great coaching has on learning, being able to confidently apply a number of strategies to deepen the thinking of pupils, inspire colleagues to develop and grow, and become a more reflective and energised professional.

This programme will take place over 1 1/2 days and will be delivered face to face at St Albans Girls’ School on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, 30th June – full day 9am to 2.45pm
  • Monday, 5th July – half day 9am to 12 noon

We reserve the right, if COVID restrictions are not lifted, to move the course online on the same dates.

Bookings are limited to 10 delegates and will be required before 25th June.

Full attendance across both days at this programme will enable you to utilise models and approaches to coach pupils and professionals to improve learning, thinking and well-being; professionally challenge expectations and begin to shift mindsets; and model courage, humility and discipline when engaging with coaching conversations.

Who is this course for?

This programme is open to teaching and non-teaching staff who have a role in leading the development of teams and individuals.

This programme could be valuable to teachers supporting the Early Careers Framework.

 

Meet the facilitators:

Tessa Miles is Director of Professional Learning at the Alban Teaching School Alliance. 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.

 

 


Rachel Cardani is Curriculum Leader of History and Teacher of History and Politics at St Albans Girls’ School.  Rachel has a firm commitment to raising standards of teaching and learning. As Curriculum Leader, she is convinced of the essential nature of collaboration and the sharing of good practice amongst colleagues.  Rachel has been an Olevi facilitator since 2015 for the Improving Teacher Programme and Outstanding Teacher Programme, including the ‘Power of Coaching’ element.

 

Supporting students to succeed through a growth mindset 2020-21

This is a pre-recorded webinar which will be available from Monday, 8th March for the remainder of the year.  Please make your booking and a link will be sent out to you after the 8th March and within 2 working days thereafter.

Areas of focus:

  • Recovery curriculum – mental health and student resilience and growth mindset following on from lockdown.
  • Strategies to support students to learn using growth mindset theory.
  • Examples of success.
  • Scripting and how this can develop growth of student mindsets.

Who is this for?

Teachers, LSA’s, SLT across all key stages.

Meet the facilitators

Chris Poole

Head of Year 9, The Stockwood Park Academy

Chris has taught for nine years, in four different schools across England.  Chris has been heavily involved in the development of whole school pastoral structure design and implementation and has a passion in educational pedagogy around growth mindset, grit, student voice and its correlation with academic excellence.

 

 

 

 

Tech Tools for remote and blended MFL learning: Ideas to enhance learning & engage learners 2020-21

This is a pre-recorded webinar which will be available from Monday, 1st March for the remainder of the year.  Please make your booking and a link will be sent out to you after the 1st March and within 2 working days thereafter.

Areas of focus:

  • During this session we will explore some effective free apps and ideas to enhance pupil learning and increase engagement during remote and blended learning.
  • We will look at how to use these tech tools in different phases of an MFL lesson.

Who is this for?

For teachers who already have a basic working knowledge of Google Suite and remote learning tools, but who would like to extend their blended learning ‘toolkit’ and gain practical ideas and tips. Although examples will be MFL specific, most of the ideas could be adapted to most subjects.

Meet the facilitators

Mrs Catherine Phillips

Head of KS3 & KS5 French, Roundwood Park School

Catherine is an experienced and enthusiastic MFL teacher and subject leader. Her lessons are engaging and innovative and she has been successfully adapting her outstanding classroom practice to respond to the challenges and opportunities of remote learning.

 

 

 

 

Retrieval Practice in MFL 2020-21

This is a pre-recorded webinar which will be available from Monday, 1st March for the remainder of the year.  Please make your booking and a link will be sent out to you after the 1st March and within 2 working days thereafter.

Areas of focus:

  • Gain an introductory understanding of the theory behind Retrieval Practice, as a means of improving teaching & learning.
  • Learn about some ideas and resources that will help you include retrieval practice in your MFL lessons.

Who is this for?

The session is aimed at teachers of MFL who would like to develop their understanding of retrieval and extend their repertoire of resources & ideas. Although examples will be MFL specific,  resources and activities could be adapted for other subjects.

Meet the facilitators

Mrs Catherine Phillips

Head of KS3 & KS5 French, Roundwood Park School

Catherine is an experienced and enthusiastic MFL teacher and subject leader. Her lessons are engaging and innovative and she has been successfully adapting her outstanding classroom practice to respond to the challenges and opportunities of remote learning.

 

 

 

 

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.

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.

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.”