EqualiTeach 1: Introduction to Equality, Diversity & Inclusion 2020-21

In the first live webinar of this series EqualiTeach will present on an Introduction to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

During the training participants will:

  • Understand what is meant by equality, diversity and inclusion and the importance of engaging effectively with EDI issues.
  • Develop awareness of unconscious bias and privilege and how these impact on equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • Understand teachers’ equality duties as set out by The Equality Act 2010.
  • Explore terminology and understand the reasons why terms are acceptable or unacceptable.

This will be a live webinar at 3.30pm on Thursday, 22nd October 2020.    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 February 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


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.

Stress and Relaxation: strategies to support wellbeing in your school 2020-21

In this session we will be discussing what stress is, how we need just the right amount of it, why sometimes we might have too much of it, and top tips for looking after ourselves (and each other)  to avoid the consequences of chronic stress.  These principles apply to all of us, whether teachers or pupils.

This will be a live webinar at 4pm on Wednesday, 7th October 2020.    Once you have made your booking you will receive a booking confirmation.  This will be followed up during the week before the event with a joining link for this live session.

This session will also be recorded.  To receive a recording of this please make your booking as normal and this will be shared with you after the event.

Who is this course for?

All staff and particularly relevant for Wellbeing leads in schools and teachers or support staff with an interest in supporting staff wellbeing. The strategies discussed could then also be used to support students within your context.

Meet the Facilitator

Dr Richard Pile, GP specialising in Lifestyle Medicine and co-founder of Living Life Better

I am a GP partner with a special interest in cardiovascular and lifestyle medicine.  I’m a member of the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine and have written for the British Medical Journal, the European Medical Journal as well as doing some blogging and podcasting and am writing my first book, due for publication next year. I live in St Albans with my family and enjoy mountain biking, running and taking my dog to the pub.


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.”

Head of Mathematics Network 2020-21

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, 6th October 2020 – this will be a live webinar (google meet)
  • Thursday 28th January 2021
  • Tuesday 8th June 2021

Reporting instructions will be emailed to you a few days before each session.

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.

Becoming a Pastoral Leader 2020-21

More than just doing assemblies!

This course consists of two twilights offering an insight into the skills and demands of pastoral roles in school including staff and student well-being and using data.  In light of the ongoing restrictions relating to COVID these sessions will be delivered as a blend of pre-recorded material and also a live webinar.

  • PRE-RECORDED WEBINAR to be released on Wednesday, 21st October 2020 and to be watched at your leisure before 24th November.
  • LIVE WEBINAR from 4pm to 5.30pm on Tuesday, 24th November 2020

Who is this course for?

This course is for those who are in their first or second year of pastoral leadership and those that are considering a move into a head of year/house/faculty role.

What are the intended outcomes of the session?

In this workshop participants will:

  • Understand the importance of pastoral care and its impact on teaching and learning.
  • Understand the relationship between leadership and trust.
  • Learn how to engage with data to support outstanding learning and progress.
  • Develop key strategies to support emotional and behaviour needs.
  • Reflect on best practice through sharing of ideas.

Meet the facilitator

Elena Dundjerovic is an Assistant Headteacher at Beaumont School with over 20 years of coaching and teaching experience.  Her role involves overseeing student welfare including mental health and disadvantaged students.  Elena has experience of pastoral leadership from Year 7 to 6th form and is guided by her firm belief of ‘the whole child is the whole point’ (Stephen Tierney).


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



Emerging Middle Leaders 2020-21

This programme comprises six twilight sessions run throughout the school year. There is a celebration event for all ‘graduates’ at the end of the year.

You will be required to attend the following twilight sessions which run from 4.00pm to 5.30pm.  Please note that all sessions will be delivered remotely where face to face meetings are still not viable.

Session 1: Thursday 22nd October 2020

Live webinar

Management or leadership?
Understanding leadership styles
Julia Pipes
Session 2: Tuesday 24th November 2020

Microsoft Teams meeting

Leading effective meetings and managing people Mark Allday
Session 3: Tuesday 19th January 2021

at Sandringham School or virtual tbc

The Nuts and Bolts:  Action planning for change Thom Leat
Session 4: Wednesday 10th February 2021

at Sir John Lawes or virtual tbc

Future pathways.
Job applications and interview technique.
Phil Newbery
Session 5: Tuesday 16th March 2021

at Beaumont School

Application of data Jonathan Mountstevens
Session 6: Wednesday 12th May 2021

at St Albans Girls’ School

Coaching and unlocking potential
Celebration Event
Tessa Miles

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at those aspiring to middle leadership and who wish to develop leadership qualities.

What are the objectives or outcomes?

This programme will support you in:

  • Reflecting on your personal strengths
  • Developing skills of leadership
  • Exploring your own vision and values

Areas of focus

The final programme will be made available at the start of the course, however areas of focus will include:

  • Management or leadership? Understanding leadership styles
  • Leading successful change: Effective team management
  • The nuts and bolts: Action planning for change
  • Future pathways. Job applications and interview technique
  • Numbers! Target setting and whole school finance
  • Emotional intelligence, managing yourself and others

Meet the facilitators:

Facilitators on this course come from across our alliance schools.

What did others think?

“I have learned so many new techniques that I am already trying out in order to improve my own leadership skills.”

“The middle leader course allowed me to reflect on what type of leader I want to be and start to identify my own strengths and weaknesses in leadership style.”