TEACHING AND LEARNING

Through the Developing Teaching Programme (DTP) and Outstanding Teaching Programme (OTP) delegates can spend time outside of their own setting developing skills which are necessary to be a great classroom practitioner. This could be to develop a certain area of their teaching as the programmes are developed to support a wide range of teaching activities. The OTP builds on the DTP by providing an additional coaching unit to enable participants to develop their skills as a coach.

 

 

An Introduction to School-Based Research

Primary & Secondary Programme for 2019-2020

  • Build your research literacy skills
  • Grow confidence in running your own small-scale practitioner and enquiry project
  • Develop a critical approach to evidence
  • Become evidence-informed in approaches to classroom practice

 

All workshops will be hosted at The Derby Research School Training Hub, Derby (DE24 0EP) and will facilitated by Tammy Elward, Director of the Derby Research School and George Spencer Teaching School Alliance.

 

Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

Session 4

Wednesday 14th November 2019

4:00-5:00pm

Wednesday 5th December 2019

4:00-5:00pm

Wednesday 12th March 2020

4:00-5:00pm

Wednesday 11th June 2020

4:00-5:00pm

 

  • To engage with the evidence
  • To construct an effective research question

 

  • How to be a critical consumer of evidence
  • How to construct an enquiry project

 

  • A mini-review of early findings
  • To explore limitations of enquiry
 
  • An opportunity to share findings
  • Final conclusions and implications for teaching

 

Cost

  • Free for George Spencer Teaching School Alliance members and Spencer Academies Trust Schools
  • £50 for non-members for all four sessions.

 

 

  


 

Developing Academic Literacy in your Students

Secondary & Upper KS2 Programme 2020

This programme aims to explore specific strategies which have been proven to raise proficiency in the use of academic language amongst learners and how to apply these strategies in order to raise attainment. It is specifically designed to help you support and further challenge students to:

 

  • extend academic vocabulary and communication skills
  • understand and interpret examination questions
  • explore and develop critical writing

 

All workshops will be held at George Spencer Academy and will last for 90 minutes.

 

Workshop 1

Workshop 2

Workshop 3

Tuesday 25th February 2020

4:00-5.30pm

Tuesday 24th March 2020

4:00-5.30pm

Monday 27th April 2020

4:00-5:30pm

Content:

  • vocabulary size
  • communicative language
  • cause and effect
  • noun groups and clauses

Content:

  • verbs and tenses
  • lexical cohesion
  • modal verbs
  • nominalisation

Content:

  • graphic organisers
  • comparing and contrasting
  • interrogating texts using visuals
  • the language of exam questions

 

 

Who is this programme for?

  • Secondary and Upper KS2 Practitioners
  • School leaders wishing to implement the ideas across their setting

 

Cost

  • Free – George Spencer Teaching School Alliance members and Spencer Academies Trust and
  • £50 - for non-members for all three sessions.

 

 


  

Dynamic Sixth Form Teaching

Teaching Success at Sixth Form 2019-2020

 

This programme specifically focuses on KS5 teaching with the aim to develop teacher skills and confidence in how to effectively teach subjects at sixth form.

 

With schools often concentrating on KS4 due to the crucial importance of GCSE grades, teachers can be left to find their own way when teaching A level subjects. These courses often challenge teachers regarding how best to deliver them and are of the upmost importance to the students and their future progression. Now that the recent government changes are embedded, it is the perfect time to explore ways of ensuring your sixth form teaching is dynamic, purposeful and successful.

 

 

Core Sessions

Week 1

Sixth Form Success - Strategies for Success - 19th November 2019                 4pm-6pm

  • Loaded memory - planning course structure and teaching techniques that work
  • What's your focus - making every lesson count
  • Implementing effective studying - making study time count

Week 2

Sixth Form Success - Stretch, Challenge & Support - 28th January 2020           4pm-6pm

  • Enabling all to access the course
  • Stretch and challenge for the most able
  • Embedding critical thinking

Week 3

Sixth Form Success – Effective but Efficient Marking – 25th February 2020   4pm-6pm

  • Who is working harder – you or the students?
  • Making more of feedback
  • Progress checks and tracking

Week 4

Sixth Form Success – Motivation and Independence – 31st March 2020             4pm-6pm

  • Enabling effective transition from GCSE to A Level  
  • Developing Independence
  • Utilising Online Platforms

 

 

Venue

Address: George Spencer Academy, Arthur Mee Road, Stapleford, Nottingham, NG9 4GN

 

Cost

  • Free for George Spencer Teaching School Alliance members and Spencer Academies Trust
  • £50 for non-members for all four sessions.

 

 


 

Developing Excellence in Practice

Secondary Practitioner Programme 2019-2020

 

The aim of the programme is to develop a teacher who can reflect on teaching with the tools to enable and raise levels of engagement in learning, through providing consistently excellent lessons; an innovative teacher who is willing to take risks.

 

The programme comprises 6 sessions over 3 terms. Within this, there are linked practical tasks back in your school including applying what you learn and observation in the host school. Participants focus on a range of aspects of teaching and learning such as challenge, engagement, assessment, differentiation, questioning and planning.

 

 

What will it deliver?

  • Introduce and consolidate new knowledge and skills, and focus on what constitutes excellent practice in teaching and learning
  • Provide in-depth coaching to deepen teachers' understanding of excellent classroom practice. Participants improve through facilitated practice activities as structured opportunities to reflect on teaching approaches and their quality and impact.
  • Provide an opportunity for teachers to see excellent teaching in a host school.
  • Provide an opportunity for teachers to be observed in their own school by specialists and to discuss how practice might be further enhanced.
  • Develop a higher level of understanding of teaching and improve learning for students while providing the techniques to 'coach' colleagues and raise performance.

 

 

Who is this programme for?

Candidates must:

  • be a high quality practitioner with at least three years' teaching experience.
  • be a highly respected, inspiring professional who demonstrates high order interpersonal skills.
  • have a commitment both to continuing their professional development and that of other staff

 

Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

Session 4

Session 5

Session 6

Wednesday 27th November 2019

 4:00-5.30pm

Wednesday 22nd January 2020

4:00-5.30pm

Specialist Subject

 Specialist Subject

 Specialist Subject

Wednesday 17th June 2020

4:00-5.30pm

 Content:

Excellence in classroom practice - Progress 

 

Content:

Excellence in classroom practice

 

Assessment for learning; Stretch, Challenge & Support

Content:

What does exceptional practice look like in your subject specialism?

Content:

Excellent practice observations

 

In host school and coaching discussion

Content:

Excellent practice observations

 

In own school and coaching discussion. Developing excellent classroom practice

Content:

Excellence in classroom practice

 

Developing the mind-set and skills of an effective and resilient learner. 

 

 

Venue

Address: Rushcliffe School, Boundary Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 7BW

 

 

Cost

  • £100 for George Spencer TSA Members and Spencer Academies Trust Schools
  • £150 for non-members

 

 


 

Teacher Educator Programmes

Programmes for 2019-2020

 

The George Spencer Teaching School Alliance is pleased to offer the following Teacher Educator Programmes for 2019-2020. Develop self-awareness and deepen reflection in our settings to nurture a powerful learning environment.

 

 

Teacher Educator Programme Level 1: Effective Mentoring and Coaching

This introductory programme to mentoring and coaching is aimed at new and aspiring mentors and coaches. The modules are tailor-made for colleagues working in school settings.

  • What is Mentoring?
  • The Mentor-Mentee Relationship
  • Mentoring Skills
  • Setting SMART Targets
  • An Introduction to Coaching
  • Coaching Skills Review
  • An Introduction to Giving Feedback

 

Dates:

  • 16/09/19 - 16:00 - 18:00 George Spencer Academy
  • 07/10/19 - 16:00 - 18:00 George Spencer Academy
  • 04/11/19 - 16:00 - 18:00 George Spencer Academy

 

 

 Teacher Educator Programme Level 2: Advanced Mentoring and Coaching

This advanced programme to mentoring and coaching is aimed at those with significant experience of mentoring and coaching colleagues through their career development.

  • An Introduction to Transactional Analysis
  • Remaining Neutral
  • Re-Scripting Feedback
  • Managing Poor Performance
  • Holding Difficult Conversations
  • Workplace Coaching: The How
  • Workplace Coaching: The Practise
  • Workplace Coaching: The Plan
  • Workplace Coaching: The Record

 

Dates:

  • 11/11/19 - 16:00 - 18:00 George Spencer Academy
  • 26/11/19 - 16:00 - 18:00 George Spencer Academy
  • 09/12/19 - 16:00 - 18:00 George Spencer Academy

 

The courses are highly recommended for NQT, SCITT, School Direct and PGCE mentors but are also suitable for any colleagues involved in or interested in developing a mentoring or coaching role in school.

 

Cost

  • FREE, for coaches and mentors working on the NQT, SCITT, Future Teaching Scholars and Leadership Pathways programmes within the Spencer Academy Trust and Teaching School Alliance (TSA).
  • £30 for all other George Spencer TSA Members and Spencer Academies Trust schools, for all three sessions.
  • £50 for non-members for all three sessions.

 

 


 

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