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)


-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.

21st September 2021
Session 1: Developing independent learners Tessa Miles
20th October 2021
Session 2: Embedding classroom practice Ben Garcia
11th November  2021
Session 3: Differentiation Matt McArthur, Whole School SEND
17th January 2022
Session 4: Retrieval practice Beth Fraser and Caroline Michel
22nd February 2022
Session 5: Career directions Athena Pitsillis
22nd March 2022
Session 6: Communication for students with complex needs Matt McArthur, Whole School SEND
21st April 2022
Session 7: Whole school literacy and numeracy Melissa Hall and Tom Way
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

New to being a Form Tutor 2021-22

We are looking forward to delivering this vital session for new Form Tutors.

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 as a face to face session at Sandringham School.

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 facilitator

Richard Davis

Rich is currently Performance Director (Head of Year) for Year 7 at Sandringham with 15 years of experience in a range of Pastoral roles in the school.  He is starting his 8th year as a  Head of Year with his 4th cohort and has also been an Assistant Headteacher in charge of behaviour, pastoral care and safeguarding for 2 years.  Rich has also worked with a number of tutor groups and is keen to take any opportunity to share his belief that it is one of the most important, and yet sometimes over looked, roles in a school.

Rich is also a Maths teacher who teaches across all Key Stages and fully understands 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.”

Going for Gold Lecture Series 2021-22: Eddie “The Eagle,” Edwards

Going For Gold Lecture Series

A chance to hear from Olympians on the power of fitness, sport and participation in enabling ambitious goals to be met.  With reflection on resilience, perseverance and taking risks.


Eddie Edwards, also known as Eddie ‘the Eagle’, is a British skier and Olympic speaker who was the first Briton to compete in the Olympic ski jumping challenge at the 1988 Olympic Games in Calgary. Born in Gloucestershire Edwards made his first attempt to join the British Olympic’ team in 1984, narrowly missing out on a place in the downhill skiing team.

Refusing to be put off by this first failure Eddie Edwards moved to the US and continued training as a downhill skier, however a lack of funding quickly put an end to Eddie’s training and, realizing that there were no other British contestants for Olympic ski jumping Edwards turned his training to jumping making him the only possible GB candidate for the ’88 Games.

Eddie Edwards quickly caught the attention of the British public, by the end of the Olympic Games in 1988 he was the best ski jumper in the UK, holding the record at 73.5 metres. However, this was the highlight of Edwards’s appearance at Calgary as he was otherwise largely unsuccessful, finishing last in both the 70m and 90m contests.

However, it was Edwards’ determination and arguably his lack of success that made him so popular amongst audiences. Edwards’ lack of success at Calgary inspired the instigation of the Eagle Rule at Olympic qualifications, which states that competitors must achieve a certain level of success in international tournaments before they can qualify to represent their country. Edwards did not qualify for the 1992 Games.

In 2016, the film “Eddie the Eagle” was released, based on Eddie Edwards’ historic career as the first competitor to represent Great Britain in the Olympic ski jumping, played by leading actor Taron Egerton,

Most recently, Edwards has made various media appearances on shows including on The JumpSplash! and Let’s Dance for Sport Relief. In 2017, Eddie made a grand return to the slopes at the Canada Olympic Park. He revisited memories from the 1988 Games by making his first jumps in over 15 years.


Who is this course for?

Members of the Sport England Programme’s 17 Schools (Open to both staff and students, at present a maximum of 10 places per school)