Educational Training Programmes

Training & development programmes for schools and the education sector

Delivered by our education specialists, we offer a range of accredited and non-accredited courses, conferences, workshops and consultancy to support your school’s improvement plan.

Prevent – Anti-terrorism awareness

Prevent is the government programme for the prevention of radicalisation of individuals and groups.  This half day interactive workshop is designed to provide an overview of the roles and responsibilities within the Prevent programme and develop actions plans to ensure it is implemented effectively.

Public funded bodies known as ‘specified authorities’ have a responsibility under the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 to pay due regard for the prevention of terrorism.  It is a requirement that all providers of education put measures in place to safeguard their students and staff against the threat of terrorism and radicalisation.

This half day interactive workshop will provide an opportunity for those working in education to explore the topic, understand their obligations and put action plans in place to ensure they are fully compliant.

The workshop covers the following topics

  • The terrorist threat facing Britain today
  • The aims and objectives of the Prevent Strategy
  • What Channel is & how to make referrals
  • The requirements of the Prevent Strategy Duty in schools and education
  • Understand what actions you need to take to meet your duty under Prevent in line with Ofsted requirements

Preparing for Literacy

3-day EYFS Programme

Will unpick the seven practical evidence-based recommendations within the EEF’s Preparing for Literacy Guidance Report, in order to provide every child, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds, with a high quality and well-rounded foundation in early literacy, language and communication.

Participants will explore evidence-based approaches that schools can use to make a significant difference to children’s learning. Additionally, schools case studies and supporting tools and resources will be shared, giving practical advice and support.

The programme is suitable for literacy leaders, headteachers and other staff with leadership responsibility within early years.

Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Apprenticeship Programme

This development programme and qualification is designed to provide participants with the essential knowledge and skills required to perform the day to day responsibilities when supporting teaching and learning within a school environment.

The Level 2 apprenticeship programme is divided into 2 distinct areas of study, the certificate in specialist support for teaching and learning in schools plus functional skills which include English, maths and ICT.  You will be supported and guided throughout the training and assessment by your tutor.

Topics covered within the certificate include :-

  • Safeguarding
  • Child development
  • Support learning activities
  • Communication & developing professional relationships
  • Promote children and young people’s positive behaviour
  • Schools as organisations
  • Improve own and team’s practice in schools
  • Health & safety
  • Equality & diversity

In addition you will choose optional subjects that reflect the work you carry out within the school

You will also work towards the achievement of the following functional skills

  • English level 2
  • Maths level 1
  • ICT level 1
  • Employees rights and responsibilities (ERR)
  • Personal learning and thinking styles (PLTS)

The Learning and Assessment Process

Throughout your programme you will supported by your tutor who will provide training, coaching, 1:1 assessment and progress reviews.  You will be continually assessed, completing a variety of assessment activities that will contribute to the achievement of your certificate.  Functional skills will be assessed by way of online exams at appropriate stages within your programme.

Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Apprenticeship Programme

The Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools (QCF) has been designed to extend the work-related focus of the Level 3 and Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (QCF).

There is a wide range of optional units covering different aspects of supporting teaching and learning, which allows the learner a choice to select units in a specialist area, or to spread their choice of units across several specialist areas.

There is also the potential for the qualification to prepare learners for employment in a particular vocational sector and it is suitable for those who have decided that they wish to enter a specific area of work. The qualification has also been designed to assess the knowledge and competence required to work in the sector and also forms part of the Skillsfirst Advanced Apprenticeship in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools.

The Level 3 apprenticeship programme is divided into 2 distinct areas of study, the diploma in specialist support for teaching and learning in schools plus functional skills which include English, maths and ICT.  You will be supported and guided throughout the training and assessment by your tutor.

Topics covered within the diploma include :-

  • Safeguarding
  • Child development
  • Support learning activities
  • Communication & developing professional relationships
  • Promote children and young people’s positive behaviour
  • Schools as organisations
  • Improve own and team’s practice in schools
  • Health & safety
  • Equality & diversity

In addition you will choose optional subjects that reflect the work you carry out within the school.

You will also work towards the achievement of the following functional skills:

  • English level 2
  • Maths level 2
  • ICT level 2
  • Employees rights and responsibilities (ERR)
  • Personal learning and thinking styles (PLTS)

The Learning and Assessment Process

Throughout your programme you will supported by your tutor who will provide training, coaching, 1:1 assessment and progress reviews.  You will be continually assessed, completing a variety of assessment activities that will contribute to the achievement of your diploma.  Functional skills will be assessed by way of online exams at appropriate stages within your programme.

Addressing the Word Gap – Making Every Communication Matter

“Although language acquisition is a very robust process there is evidence that the rate at which children develop language is sensitive to the amount of input they receive from the adults around them. The quality of input that children receive is likely to be more important than the quantity”

Education Endowment Foundation October 2017

Based on the DFE guidance for standards for professional development of teachers, these four x half-day interactive sessions are designed to act as a bridge between theory and practise and give Early Years practitioners the opportunity to put the latest research into practise. Each workshop focuses on a different element of language acquisition and is followed up by an in-school gap task that enables delegates to implement their learning within their individual setting.

Session 1: Language and Communication

“The child begins to perceive the world not only through his eyes but also through his speech”

Lev Vygotsky

During this first session we will explore children’s language and communication development. Drawing from the latest research delegates will be able to clearly identify where children are in their language development and use this to sharply target support to individual or groups of children.

* Delegates will have a short gap task to complete prior to session 2.

Session 2: Language and the Learning Environment

“The child is made of one hundred. The child has a hundred languages, a hundred hands, a hundred thoughts, a hundred ways of thinking of playing, of speaking”

Loris Malaguzzi

Building on the first session, part 2 will focus on the learning environment and the powerful effect this has on language learning. Delegates will reflect on the emotional and physical spaces of the environment and use this information to refine, develop and consolidate the provision offered back in school to ensure opportunities for language and communication are enhanced.

* A second gap task to support professional knowledge but also develop practice will also be offered.

Session 3: The crucial role of the Adult

Session 3 will look at the critical role of the adult in supporting children’s communications. Delegates will deepen their knowledge and skills to strengthen their interactions with children and further their understanding on how to intervene, extend and support children at all levels of their language learning

* A third gap task will be given prior to the final session.

Session 4: Language and Books

“Reading was at the heart of the curriculum in the most successful classes. Listening to stories, poems, and rhymes fed children’s imagination, enhanced their vocabulary and developed their comprehension”

Bold Beginnings, Ofsted 2017

This final session will explore the use of books as a means of facilitating communication and talk. Ofsted’s Bold Beginnings report emphasises the central importance this practice can have on children’s outcomes. Developing strategies to involve parents in supporting their children’s language development will also be reviewed.

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