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Do you want to explore an aspect of teaching and learning in more depth? Are you stuck with something and want to see what is already out there? Do you want to see if there is any research evidence to back up a change that you are making or considering?

You can get involved in the debate with the Nottinghamshire Torch Teaching School Alliance.

Embedding Excellence - Elective Learning Sessions 2019-2020

Brand new for this year!

We have developed a range of workshops that will equip delegates with a range of teaching and learning techniques which will develop and strengthen skills and provide support and guidance for continual development.

Nova Education Trust is deeply committed to developing outstanding practitioners and to provide effective continuous development opportunities for all teachers, at every stage of their career.  

Sessions are delivered by specialist and outstanding teachers from across the Alliance.

To support schools and provide as much flexibility as possible we are launching a new 4 training session 'voucher' pack for £200.

These can be used in a variety of ways.  For example, you could send multiple delegates on the same workshop, across a number of sessions, for the same person or a range of individuals.

Cost: A pack of 4 vouchers will cost £200

Session 1: Assessment for Learning and Questioning

20th November 2019
The Suthers' Building, Toot Hill School (1pm-4pm)

Multiple strategies for self, peer and teacher assessment will be evaluated to address advantages and disadvantages of each.  Using questioning to promote deeper thinking and stimulate learning.  Effective use of questioning to encourage deeper thinking.  Promoting higher order thinking.

Session 2: Knowledge Led Learning

10th October 2019
The Suthers' Building, Toot Hill School (1pm-4pm)

Building components of knowledge.  How to build, revisit, revise and check recall of learners to enable children to develop knowledge at a greater depth.

Session 3: Positive Behaviour Management

5th December 2019
Venue tbc (1pm-4pm)

This session will look at strategies and techniques for developing positive behaviour in the classroom, including establishing yourself with challenging students and effective solutions for difficult scenarios.  Let's look beneath the behaviour and learn 'quick wins' to build successful relationships with pupils.  Develop and share new ideas and gain confidence.

Session 4: Being and Effective Form Tuto

15th January 2020
The Suthers' Building, Toot Hill School (1pm-4pm)

Develop your understanding of the role and practice your skills in relating to parents and carers.  Share good practice with other NQT's and more experienced colleagues.

Session 5: Mindfulness for Children and Adults and work-life balance

27th February 2020
Venue tbc (1pm-4pm)

Part of the session will look at practical ways to streamline your workload, as well as providing hints and tips about how to avoid burnout, and practical strategies on how to maintain a healthy work-life balance.  How we develop children's confidence and interpersonal skills through mindfulness/ reflections and self-belief.

Session 6: Managing adults: parents, TA's and colleagues! Talking to parents

1st April 2020
The Suthers' Building, Toot Hill School (1pm-4pm)

What makes an effective teaching assistant?  Developing strategies to support best practice from additional adults.  Shared experiences of oral and written feedback to parents.  We will also explore strategies and techniques for working effectively with parents.

Session 7: Inclusion

14th May 2020
Venue tbc (1pm-4pm)

An inclusive classroom:  Delivering effective learning for students with a range of learning needs.  Challenge and meeting needs for all.  This session will give an overview of SEND and will provide strategies and methods for best supporting children with emotional and learning difficulties.  Enhancing progress for SEND students.  Supporting children with speech, language and communication needs.  Understanding the role of SENDco and SEND terminology.  EAL assessment along with strategies for supporting EAL pupils.

Session 8: Independent Learning and Differentiation

10th June 2020
The Suthers' Building, Toot Hill School (1pm-4pm)

Meeting students' needs.  How do we personalise learning and ensure students can learn independently.  We will look at techniques to grab the attendtion of pupils and motivate children into being independent learners.  This session will cover both scaffolding and stretch and challenge for high ability students.

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Design and Technology Association (DATA) training 2019-2020

This course enables delegates to acquire H&S accreditation certification through a 'hands on' approach covering both Secondary Materials and Wood Sawing Machines.

The course is suitable for Teachers, Technicians, TA's and those supporting learners in a workshop.

The course fee includes the cost of DATA accreditation.  The certficate is valid for five years.

Cost: £170

Session 1: DATA Training

9th October 2019
Toot Hill School (8.30am - 3.30pm)

This course enable delegates to acquire H&S accreditation certification through a 'hands on' approach for the following:

Secondary Materials (Resistant Materials), to include:  Pillar Drill, Belt Sander, Power Fret Saw, Polishing (Buffing) Machine, Portable Power Tools (Drill, Sander), Off-hand Grinder, Plastics Moulding Equipment, Mortiser.

Wood Sawing Machines, participants will undertake a variety of practical exercises to prepare them for the range of woodworking machining processes required to accurately and safely prepare materials within school workshops.  Machines covered will include; Narrow Band Saw, Circular Saw, Chop/ Mitre Saw

This course is no longer available for booking.

CLA training courses 2019-2020

This programme is designed to provide cover supervisors with the basic skills to help them to manage a classroom learning environment and to support students in the absence of their class teacher.

Delegates will have the opportunity to explore and develop teaching and learning techniques to help ensure pupils make progress within cover lessons. They will be asked to develop ideas and to bring them to follow-up sessions. Some tasks will involve reflection and personal target setting.

The course will cover the following across four session:

  • How to motivate learners
  • Promoting a positive learning environment
  • Communicating effectively with students and staff
  • Establishing and developing strong relationships in and beyond the classroom
  • Behaviour management skills
  • Classroom manaagement skills
  • Behaviour support strategies
  • Behaviour for success
  • Cover faculty non-negotiables
  • Teaching and learning pedagogy
  • Challenge and differentiation
  • Monitoring and reporting on student progress
  • Career progression/ appraisal/ future steps

Cost: £50 per participant

Session 1: Professional Expectations

25th November 2019
The Suthers Building, Toot Hill School (4pm-6pm)

You will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge of safeguarding, professional conduct and to develop your practice based on the idea of ‘the teacher as a role model’.

Session 2: Delivering a high quality lesson

2nd March 2020
The Suthers' Building, Toot Hill School (4pm - 6pm

You will have the opportunity to further develop your behaviour management techniques, as well as learning about the intrinsic and extrinsic motivation of learners and how best to manage learner expectations.

Session 3: Keeping the momentum

4th May 2020
The Suthers Building, Toot Hill School (4pm - 6pm)

This session focuses on being more than a ‘cover’ teacher. You will have the opportunity to develop your Assessment for Learning techniques and to create your own ‘Teacher Toolbox’.

Session 4: School systems

15th June 2020
The Suthers' Building, Toot Hill School (4pm-6pm)

The final session of the course will allow you to further explore school systems and allow you the opportunity to work through a scenarios-based approach on how to deal with all elements of school life.

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NQT training courses 2019-2020

Brand new and exciting programme for this year!

We have developed a fully rewritten and unique personalised teaching and learning programme that provides the opportunity to create a bespoke training plan by selecting the most appropriate elective sessions.  This helps to ensure that all NQTs are provided with high quality support and CPD at the start of their career.

Participants will attend 4 elective sessions during the course of the year.  Additional elective sessions can be purchased.

The programme will help NQT's and early career teachers:

  • Develop confidence and an understanding of current practice in schools
  • Thoroughly understand teaching and learning through quality-assured training
  • Network with colleagues and work collaboratively; reflecting on and sharing good practice
  • Recognise their strengths and areas for development, and formulate plans to become outstanding practitioners

Nova Education Trust is deeply committed to developing outstanding practitioners.  In addition, the programme aims to embed a commitment to Continuing Professional Development in NQT's, promoting the ethos of responsibility for their own development.

Sessions are delivered by specialist and outstanding teachers from across the Alliance.

Cost: £200per delegate* (NTS SCITT trainees £150)

Session 1: Being an Effective Form Tutor

15th January 2020
The Suthers' Building, Toot Hill School (1pm-4pm)

Develop your understanding of the role and practice your skills in relating to parents and carers.  Share good practice with other NQT's and more experienced colleagues.

Session 2: Mindfulness for Children and Adults and work-life balance

27th February 2020
Venue tbc (1pm - 4pm)

Part of the session will look at practical ways to streamline your workload, as well as providing hints and tips about how to avoid burnout, and practical strategies on how to maintain a healthy work-life balance.  How we develop children's confidence and interpersonal skills through mindfulness/ reflections and self-belief.

Session 3: Managing adults: parents, TA's and colleagues! Talking to parents

1st April 2020
The Suthers' Building, Toot Hill School (1pm-4pm)

What makes an effective teaching assistant?  Developing strategies to support best practice from additional adults.  Shared experiences of oral and written feedback to parents.  We will also explore strategies and techniques for working effectively with parents.

Session 4: Inclusion

14th May 2020
Venue tbc (1pm - 4pm)

An inclusive classroom:  Delivering effective learning for students with a range of learning needs.  Challenge and meeting needs for all.  This session will give an overview of SEND and will provide strategies and methods for best supporting children with emotional and learning difficulties.  Enhancing progress for SEND students.  Supporting children with speech, language and communication needs.  Understanding the role of SENDco and SEND terminology.  EAL assessment along with strategies for supporting EAL pupils.

Session 5: Independent Learning and Differentiation

10th June 2020
The Suthers' Building, Toot Hill School (1pm-4pm)

Meeting students' needs.  How do we personalise learning and ensure students can learn independently.  We will look at techniques to grab the attention of pupils and motivate children into being independent learners.  This session will cover both scaffolding and stretch and challenge for high ability students.

Session 6: Knowledge Led Learning

10th October 2019
The Suthers' Building, Toot Hill School (1pm-4pm)

Building components of knowledge.  How to build, revisit, revise and check recall of learners to enable children to develop knowledge at a greater depth.

Session 7: Assessment for Learning and Questioning

20th November 2019
The Suthers' Building, Toot Hill School (1pm-4pm)

Multiple strategies for self, peer and teacher assessment will be evaluated to address advantages and disadvantages of each.  Using questioning to promote deeper thinking and stimulate learning.  Effective use of questioning to encourage deeper thinking.  Promoting higher order thinking.

Session 8: Positive Behaviour Management

5th December 2019
Venue TBC (1pm-4pm)

This session will look at strategies and techniques for developing positive behaviour in the classroom, including establishing yourself with challenging students and effective solutions for difficult scenarios.  Let's look beneath the behaviour and learn 'quick wins' to build successful relationships with pupils.  Develop and share new ideas and gain confidence.

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RQT Development Programme 2019-2020

The programme consists of four-sessions which provides RQT's with 2-4 years' experience an opportunity to develop their critical thinking through an analysis of their current classroom practice. 

Through face-to-face training, direct practice and regular feedback, RQT's will develop skills and capacities to show real impact in their classrooms.  In addition to this, the course allows RQTs to work with senior leaders to consider career progression and moving towards leadership.

Over the course of the programme, individuals will create an action plan for improving their practice which will need to sit in line with their school's current targets and improvement plans.

Cost: £200 per participant

Session 1: Developing an Educational Vision & Career Pathways

3rd December 2019
The Suthers Building, Toot Hill School (9am-12pm)

This session is about you.  What type of teacher are you and what type of teacher would you like to be.  Evaluate strengths and weaknesses.  Career planning and skills development, as well as looking at what it means to remain a reflective practitioner.

Session 2: Consistently Good Teaching & Planning for Change

7th February 2020
The Suthers' Building, Toot Hill School (9am-12pm)

This session is about your impact and planning for change.  Good to outstanding teaching.  Planning for progress and change within your own team.  How to QA your action plans and measure success.

Session 3: Planning and Implementing Change (1-2-1 Review meeting)

Date TBC
TBC

Delegates will work on their action plans and meet with an expert for additional support.  We will communicate with you during this time and be available for support and advice.

Session 4: Presentations and Course Celebration

9th June 2020
The Suthers' Building, Toot Hill School (9am-12pm)

This session is about sharing your journey and the impact you have had.  You will present to a Senior Executive for the Trust about your progress this year and then listen to some advice on maintaining excellent practice throughout your career.

 

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Middle Leadership Development Programme 2019-2020

Our Middle Leadership Development Programme aims to focus on developing key practical skills which are fundamental to aspiring and existing Middle Leaders or leaders of subjects/ curriculum areas.

During the course participants will develop their knowledge and skills across 7 Middle Leadership Competencies, as well as completing a practical school improvement project, aimed at improving pupil progress and attainment along with the capabilities of team members.  Through this project, participants will be required to demonstrate their competence in these 7 skills areas.

The Middle Leadership course will have a strong focus on the development of leadership styles and on effective leadership to inspire teams, manage change and quality assure teaching and learning across teams.

Cost: £200 per participant

Session 1: The importance of middle leadership

15th November 2019
The Suthers Building, Toot Hill School, (9am-12pm)

This session will allow you the opportunity to reflect on the characteristics and behaviours of highly effective leadership and to examine the differences between leadership and management. You will unpick the roles and responsibilities of a middle leader in a school setting and have the chance to plan and develop departmental resources including the Department Development Plan and Department Improvement Plan.

Session 2: Leading teaching and learning

10th January 2020
The Suthers Building, Toot Hill School, (9am-12pm)

This session allows delegates the opportunity to consider the challenges of leading Teaching and learning within their team and across the school and to plan for progress and change. The day has a strong focus on the challenges of quality assuring a team and opportunities to action plan and work through case study scenarios.

Session 3: Communication and well-being

20th March 2020
The Suthers Building, Toot Hill School, (9am-12pm)

Session 3 will focus on the importance of developing excellent communication skills in yourself and others, as well as encouraging the emotional resilience of your team. You will have the opportunity to examine how to develop the emotional intelligence of those you work with, as well as preparing to have difficult conversations with team members. You will plan a middle leadership project to be reviewed at the final session.

Session 4: Presentations, Next steps and Course Celebration

19th June 2020
The Suthers Building, Toot Hill School, (9am-12pm)

The final session will allow delegates the opportunity to tackle the issues of time management and prioritisation and to plan for the next stages of their middle leadership journey. Senior School Leaders will lead this session and delegates will present their projects and reflect on the own leadership style and skills that they have developed over the course of the training.

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Aspiring Senior Leaders training courses 2019-2020

Course dates and times to be confirmed

Register your interest now to reserve a place!

A challenging, stimulating course ideal for Leaders who are ready to take the next step into Senior Leadership.  This programme will be delivered by a variety of Senior Leaders and Heads of School and will support senior leadership development by:

  • providing an insight into the diverse range of opportunities at senior leadership level
  • examining theoretical models of leadership
  • developing leadership skills through the examination of case studies
  • supporting the pursuit of a practical school based leadership/ change project
  • increasing confidence in leadership skills in a whole school context

During the course ASLs will complete a self-reflective document based on their own ‘competencies’ and will use leadership based research to set personal targets. They will develop experience of School Improvement planning. ASLs will be empowered to support whole school change at senior leadership level and take on additional in - school responsibilities.

Cost: £200 per participant

Session 1: Leadership styles and leading change

Date TBC
Course date & time tbc

You will have the opportunity to identify characteristics of a senior leader and to reflect on own leadership qualities; real self-verses ideal self. Day 1 will enable participants to recognise the intrinsic and extrinsic motivation for becoming a senior leader and to understand specific senior leadership competencies. You will start to identify and plan leadership strategies to plan a school improvement project supported by case study ideas of school based leadership change.

Session 2: Leadership impact on school improvement

Date TBC
Course date & time tbc

During the day two session, participants will review their own personal development of leadership competencies whilst examining the impact of leadership on school improvement. There will be an opportunity to ask questions of senior school leaders and to look at the impact of leaders securing school improvement change. Participants will get the chance to scenario plan and formulate strategies for teams that resist change initiatives including implementing difficult conversations. Some focus will be on participants completing a self-directed improvement action plan for their own whole school leadership change project.

Session 3: Developing wider understanding of leadership strategies

Date TBC
Course date & time tbc

Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on progress following day 2. Through wider school observations, case studies (and a school visit) participants will identify and implement effective team leadership strategies; analyse and apply effective delegation strategies; recognise methods for prioritising senior leadership strategies (context and impact); plan effective monitoring and evaluation; identify evidence to support a school improvement project; evaluate internal and external monitoring and evaluation. Participants will feedback on their findings and update others in the planning of their own leadership change.

Session 4: Review, reflect and future planning

Date TBC
Course date & time tbc

Day four will involve completing a short presentation on your own leadership change strategy and the challenges and successes of it to date. It is not expected that participants complete a full school improvement, but that they feel confident to develop this further in the future with a short/medium and longer term plan. Participants have the opportunity to continue to receive support from TSA and other senior leaders (including Heads of School) beyond the training completion. You will have the opportunity to hear from Senior Leaders from within the Nova Trust about career progression, future planning and moving towards senior leadership and Headship.

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