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1st March 2019 

Welcome to the Friday Bulletin

In this week's bulletin:
Find out about:
  • Useful information with regard to SEND funding
  • Important News Bulletin - Changes to important MASH and partnership documents
  • CFN Ofsted Education Inspection Framework Consultation Event
  • Understanding the new Ofsted inspection framework: Focus on exclusions
  • EHC Team - Requests for Statutory Assessments
  • Training Workshops - Care and Treatment (education) Reviews CTR/CTER
  • Teaching Apprenticeships
  • Secondary pupils' health-related behaviour - Northamptonshire 2019

Dates for your diary
  • Assessment and Moderation Important Dates
  • Northamptonshire Collaborative Reading Project (NCRP) - Open Day Events

Other Bulletins:
  • Early Years and Childcare Bulletin
Training courses offered:
  • Follow up workshop opportunites from the Maths Conference
  • New to the EYFS Stage for EY Practitioners, Nursery and Reception Teachers, and Teaching Assistants in PVI Settings and Schools
  • Getting it right for two year olds in school
  • EYFS Profile Moderation Agreement Trialling and Training for Reception Teachers 2019
  • Supporting Successful Transitions for all children across the Early Years
  • Playground Leadership Training - Friday 29 March 2019
  • Training from Northampton ESCO
    • Food Hygiene Training Course - 19th March 2019
    • Understanding Autism and Lego Therapy - 1st April 2019
    • Fire Marshalling - 4th April
    • 2 Day Mental Health First Aid - 3rd and 4th June 2019
  • Picture Exchange Communication System Workshop
  • Children, Young People and Families Apprenticeship
  • SWAN Teaching School Alliance
Have a wonderful weekend.

Alison Shipley
Assistant Director Vulnerable Learners
Northamptonshire County Council

1. Useful information with regard to SEND

FAO: All Headteachers
From: Children First Northamptonshire

The following article and attachment are from the f40 and contain useful information with regard to SEND funding.

 “Have we reached a ‘tipping point’? Trends in spending for children and young people with SEND in England” reports on the pressure on budgets for children and young people with SEND. It explores the reasons behind the increasing expenditure on high needs funding and is based on a national high needs funding survey, completed by 93 local authorities, and in-depth fieldwork in nine representative local areas.
The report’s author, Natalie Parrish, presented her findings at the f40 Executive Committee on 16 January and she used a presentation that included f40-specific information. The presentation is in the link at the end of the article; there are some key points to highlight:
  1. 31 local authorities from the f40 group completed the survey.
  2. The trajectory of high needs spending in the f40 group, compared with all 93 local authorities which responded to the survey, is slightly different. Overall the f40 local authorities started from a deficit position on the high needs block in 2015-16 whereas across all local authorities the position at that point was net positive.
  3. Like the national trajectory, the deficit position became more pronounced in 2016-17 but then appears to have reduced slightly in 2017-18, before increasing again this financial year (this is illustrated in slide 8).
  4. Looking at the underlying figures the deficit reduction in 2017-18 appears to have been, in part, supported by an increased level of transfer from the schools’ block (from £31m in 2016-17 to £43m in 2017-18 in the f40 local authorities).
  5. By the end of 2018-19 the average deficit across the f40 group LAs who responded to the survey is projected to be similar (though very slightly less) than the average deficit across all councils responding to the survey.
  6. The breakdown of expenditure in f40 councils was very similar to the national picture. In the f40 group 86% of high needs expenditure was spent on places, 9% on services supporting prevention or inclusion, and 5% on other expenditure. The corresponding national breakdown was 85%, 8% and 7%.
LGA - Isos research into HN presentation with an f40 slant 16.01.19

2.  Important News Bulletin

FAO:   All
From:  MASH Team

Changes to important MASH and partnership documents

A series of improvements are being made to the way key agencies work to safeguard children and young people in Northamptonshire. It is vital you are aware of these upcoming changes and how they will affect you.

The thresholds guidance has been re-written to make it easier for professionals to apply thresholds in accordance with Working Together 2018. Working Together 2018 is statutory guidance for multi-agency working. It exists to highlight the expectations of working with agencies in your local area, and on a national level, to keep children safe. The refreshed thresholds guidance can be found here -

The MASH webpages have been updated to make it easier for partners and members of the public to navigate to key information when they have a safeguarding concern.

Within the new webpages you will find The MASH online referral form which has been updated to align with the Signs of Safety model.

A leaflet for Parents and Carers explaining the role of the MASH has been refreshed. Please ensure you encourage families to read this leaflet should you make a referral to the MASH. –

These changes are part of a raft of improvements to the county’s children services following the recent Ofsted inspection, and are focused on early help and prevention as well as safeguarding. Details of further improvements will be communicated throughout Spring 2019. 

We are committed to safeguarding vulnerable children and young people in Northamptonshire and to making sure the safeguarding concerns we receive are signposted in the appropriate way.

These improvements will help to ensure the right support at the right time.

3.     CFN Ofsted Education Inspection
        Framework Consultation Event

FAO:    Head Teacher and Senior Leaders
From:   Children First Northamptonshire

Ofsted has published its consultation on the Education Inspection Framework (EIF) for September 2019. There are a number of significant changes proposed. This session will outline the most important changes and give you the opportunity to discuss the proposals with colleagues, ask questions, and consider possible next steps for your school.
We will look at:
  • the main changes
  • what is staying the same
  • what Ofsted means when it talks about the curriculum
We will use the presentations, videos and available on-line information to provide you with an opportunity to reflect on the changes. No prior reading or research is required.
This is not an Ofsted-led session - our facilitators are current practitioners with the inspectorate and work within the county.

Event:              Monday 18th March
Venue:             Park Inn, Northampton, NN1 2TA
Time:               9.00 – 9.15 Registration
                        9.15 – 12.15    Main event

To Register please click on the link below.

4. Understanding the new Ofsted inspection
    framework: Focus on exclusions

FAO: Headteachers/principals, pastoral staff, safeguarding leads
From: East Midlands Academy Trust


There are still free places available for an event supported by Ofsted to help schools understand the new inspection framework and how it relates to exclusions.

It takes place at Northampton International Academy, which is part of the East Midlands Academy Trust, on Thursday 28th March from 9am to 1pm.

There will be a keynote speech from Emma Ing, Ofsted regional director, and workshops with representatives from Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire county councils to understand their learning in reducing exclusions.

The event will be an opportunity for Northamptonshire schools to work together and begin discussions about how we can reduce the number of permanent exclusions in a practical way.

There are up to three places available per school. If you haven’t yet booked your place, you can do so online at

5. EHC Team - Requests for Statutory

FAO:   SENCOs in all schools, mainstreams and academies
From:  EHC Team

“Following extensive testing, we are pleased to invite you to start using the Firmstep online form to make “Requests for Statutory Assessment” of special educational needs. You will be familiar with the software as it is the same as you use for EHA and High Needs Funding amongst others.

You are able to attach supporting evidence within the online form. We hope that this will be easy to use.  However, should your file size exceed the maximum allowed, there are instructions about how to submit by e-mail or AVCO.  Please let your admin team know if you choose to use AVCO.

You can find the link to the form on the EHC webpages for SEND needs  assessments 

This form has been designed for educational settings to use, a separate parental form is being developed, and will be available later this term”. 

6. Survey of pupils' health-related behaviour -
    Northamptonshire 2019

FAO: Secondary school headteachers
From: Safeguarding and Quality Assurance Service

An invitation has been sent to all secondary school head-teachers to take part in health and behaviour related school based survey. This survey is anonymous valuable source of evidence for school improvement work and is valued as evidence for OFSTED. Please look out for it!

The survey is our local version of an established questionnaire developed by SHEU (Schools Health Education Unit in Exeter).  The survey can be done on paper or online.  The quality of the data collected is considered very robust and the history of its use by individual schools and by local authorities is extensive.

Year groups 8 and 10 will be invited to take part. Pupil-level information is not disclosed. The County Council will receive the county-wide headline figures and analysis with national comparisons. If schools could nominate someone to take lead that would be great. We will provide advice and guidance in how to deliver the session. A mini training session is available on the 15th May 4-5pm to all schools to attend once you have confirmed participation. Please indicate below.

We are currently working with secondary schools this academic year with a view to reach out to primary schools next year. Watch this space!

For further information or to take part please complete the slip on the link below and email to Sham Mahmood


7.   Assessment and Moderation Important

FAO:    KS1/KS2 Teachers
From:   Children First Northamptonshire

Please see below important dates for Assessment and Moderation.
  • 17th May - NCC will inform schools if they are going to receive an LA external moderation visit for Teacher Assessment at KS1 and KS2 on this date.
  • 21st May 4pm - 5pm - KS1 Meet the Moderator session.  Briefing for schools being externally moderated at KS1 *
  • 23rd May 4pm - 5pm - KS2 Meet the Moderator session.  Briefing for schools being externally moderated at KS2 *
* Please save the dates above in case you are being moderated - the sessions are not statutory but provide useful information about moderation visits and an opportunity to meet the moderators prior to the visit and ask any questions you may have.
  • 4th June - 27th June - LA external moderation visits of KS1 and KS2 English writing TA take place.


8. Northamptonshire Collaborative Reading
    Project (NCRP) – Open Day events

FAO: Headteacher/Principals, Literacy Subject Leaders/KS2 teachers
From: Learning, Skills & Education

A reminder that there are still places available on the second NCRP open day event as follows:

Developing the learning environment and sharing good practice in the teaching of reading – open days with guided tours of lead/project schools
Date/time           26 March 2019 - 9am-12pm
Audience             Headteachers/Subject leaders/KS2 teachers
Cost per person   £75

The purpose of these events is to celebrate the work schools have been doing as part of the NCRP project so far and share good practice in the teaching of reading, particularly in KS2. Each school has designed and shaped their own approach to the teaching of reading, using elements of the NCRP project and adapting this to suit the needs of their pupils. Further information about the schools opening, including their context and approach to the teaching of reading, can be found on the links below.  Headteachers and subjects leaders who are driving improvements in reading are invited to attend, as well as KS2 teachers who would benefit from this. We would recommend that, wherever possible, delegates undertake the visit alongside a colleague so that they are able to reflect on practice seen together and engage in professional discussions about their own practice and any potential areas for development.

Please note that there are a limited number of places on these sessions. Please click on the link to book your place.


Tuesday 26th March

Park Junior School, Great Park Street, Wellingborough, Northants, NN8 4PH
Greenfields Community Primary School, Highfield Road,Kettering,Northants, NN15 6HY
Roade Primary School, Hartwell Road, Roade, Northampton, NN7 2NT
West Haddon CE Primary, The Green, West Haddon, Northampton, NN6 7AN

9. Maths Conference and Follow-up
    Workshop opportunities

FAO: All Head Teachers and Maths Teachers
From: Children First Northamptonshire

Developing maths mastery was a key part of the fully-booked Teach Maths Northants Conference on 13th February. It was a huge success with keynote speakers delivering inspirational sessions for early years, primary and secondary colleagues.

If you weren’t able to attend or would like to know more about mastery at KS3 and KS4, there are free workshops coming up at The Latimer Arts College in Kettering, Welland park School in Market Harborough and other venues in the East Midlands. For further details and booking arrangements click here.

We would like to thanks the Regional Schools Commissioner and the DfE, the Enigma and East Midlands South Maths Hubs, Brooke Weston and Pen Green Teaching Schools, the Harris Federation and colleagues at the LA for making this partnership event happen. Further follow up opportunities are being planned and will be included in future Friday Bulletins.

10. Training Workshops - Care and Treatment
     (Education) Reviews CTR/CTER

FAO: For those who work with people with a Learning Disability, Autism, Mental Health needs, and/or behaviours that challenge
From: Children First Northamptonshire

Training Workshops - Care and Treatment (Education) Reviews CTR/CTER

To find out more please see attached flyer.

Family carers are very welcome to attend

Dates and times are as follows (please book in advance):

  • Wednesday 6th March 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm Kinetic, Francis Crick House
  • Wednesday 15th May 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm Kinetic, Francis Crick House
  • Thursday 4th July 2019 1.30pm – 3.30pm Boardroom, Francis Crick House
  • Monday 6th September 1.30pm – 3.30pm Boardroom, Francis Crick House

To book a place, please visit
If there are any queries, please email

11. Early Years and Childcare Bulletin

FAO: Primary Headteachers and Early Years Practitioners
From: Early Years Team

Please click here to access the latest and past editions of the Early Years Bulletin which is published weekly.

Please find the e-mails and links to use for contact and advice with the EY Improvement Team for EYFS in Schools / PVI / Nurseries / Childminders and Out of school Provision.
Early Years Improvement Team
To find information on Facebook follow:  Northampton Early Years Improvement Team Facebook
For all questions about funding for 2 / 3 / 4 year olds and 30 hours please contact:
The Northamptonshire EY Website is available for information on funding, the early years foundation stage (EYFS) and teaching resources and training.
Early years and childcare

12. New to the EYFS Stage for EY
      Practitioners, Nursery and Reception
      Teachers, and Teaching Assistants in PVI
      Settings and Schools

FAO:    EY Practitioners, Nursery and Reception Teachers, and Teaching
            Assistants in PVI Settings and Schools
From:  Early Years Improvement

This one day course is for early year’s practitioners, teachers and teaching assistants in PVI settings and schools who are new to working in the Early Years Foundation Stage.

You will have the opportunity to become familiar with the EYFS documents, identify the different ways children learn, reflect on how adults engage children in the learning process and explore effective parental partnerships through a range of practical activities and discussions.

Code               EYWFD112
Course            New to EYFS    
Venue             Northampton
Date               28 June 2019          
Time               9.30 – 3.30pm 
Cost               £70
Link to course description       NCC Website

13. Getting it right for Two Year Olds in

FAO: Headteachers, Senior Leaders, Teachers, Teaching Assistants and Early Years Practitioners
From: Early Years Improvement


This twilight session is for headteachers, senior leaders, teachers, teaching assistants and early years practitioners who are considering or who have recently started taking 2 year olds into school.

You will have the opportunity to discuss two year olds development, the statutory progress check at age 2 and the implications in terms of practice and provision of taking two year olds.

Delegates will be provided with a pack of resources.
Places are limited to 2 delegates per school.

Course Code :     EYWFD106
Title:                    Getting it right for Two Year Olds in School 
Venue:                Northampton 
Date:                   25 March 2019 
Time:                   4.00 to 6.30pm
Cost                     £50
Link to Course  Description/booking:  NCC Website

14.   EYFS Profile Moderation Agreement
        Trialling and Training for Reception
        teachers 2019

FAO:  Early Years Practitioners
From: Early Years Team

EYFS Profile Moderation Agreement Trialling and Training for Reception teachers 2019

Early Years Foundation Stage Profile Training and Agreement Trialling is for practitioners responsible for the completion of the EYFS Profile. During training, exemplifications of national standards are used to ensure national consistency with regards to the principles and processes of EYFS Profile assessment and the accuracy of judgements.

Course Code        Date               Time                Venue               Link to

EYWFD95e        08/03/2019    1:30 –4pm      Northampton          NCC Website

EYWFD95f        26/02/2019    9:30 – 12:00    Kettering                 NCC Website

EYWFD95g       26/02/2019    1:30 – 4pm      Kettering                 NCC Website

EYWFD95h       06/03/2019    9:30 – 12:00    Kettering                 NCC Website

EYWFD95k       28/02/2019    1:30 – 4pm      Towcester                NCC Website

EYWFD95l        05/03/2019    1:30 – 4pm      Towcester                NCC Website

EYWFD95m      07/03/2019    1:30 – 4 pm      Towcester               NCC Website

EYWFD95n       04/03/2019    9:30 – 12:00      Wellingborough      NCC Website

EYWFD95p       04/03//2019   1:30 – 4pm        Wellingborough      NCC Website

15.   Supporting Successful Transitions for
        all children across the Early Years

FAO:    Early Year’s Practitioners, Teachers, Teaching Assistants,
             Childminders and Early Years out of school care providers
From:   Early Years Team

This half day course is for early year’s practitioners, teachers, teaching assistants, childminders and early years out of school care providers whose role involve them in helping to support children through the transition processes. You will have the opportunity to discuss the key principles underpinning successful transition for all children, including those with Special Educational Needs and/or Disability (SEND) as well as examine some practical approaches to supporting a smooth transition for all children.

Course Code:    EYWFD111
Title:                  Supporting Successful Transitions for all children across the
                          Early Years.
Venue:              Northampton
Date:                 28th March 2019
Time:                09.30-12.00
Cost:                 £50.00

Link to course description/booking: NCC Website

16. Teaching Apprenticeships

FAO: Schools with post graduate members of staff that would like to train to
            become a teacher

From: 5 Wells Development Centre and Inspire TSA

Please click on the link below for information.

Teaching Apprenticeships Flier February 2019.

17. Playground Leadership Training

FAO:   KS1 and KS2 Leaders, PE Coordinators and Teachers
From:  Simon de Senlis Primary School

Playground Leadership Training @ Simon de Senlis Primary School
Friday 29th March 2019

We have been developing a unique playground programme that is engaging and will create a positive impact on every child’s playground experience.

Our programme is not only organised and sustainable, it is simple to follow and most importantly FUN!

It will provide you with the fundamental tools needed to support young leaders and develop a range of different playground games and activities to engage children in a safe organised environment.

This Playground Initiative has reduced negative incidents on the playground and has improved children’s wellbeing and self-esteem.  We have seen a marked improvement in children’s cooperation and collaboration along with their relationships with each other across the whole school. 


18. Training from Northampton ESCO

FAO: All
From: Northampton ESCO

This is the Level 2 Food Safety Course, recognised by Environmental Health.  The course is completed by developing and completing a portfolio of work throughout the session.  It is very practical and hands on, and there is no end of course exam as the course is continuously assessed.
It is suitable for anyone who handles food, whether preparing simple snacks or working in a kitchen.
This learning outcomes are:

  • Students will know how to prepare and serve food safely
  • Students will understand how to make sure premises are safe and suitable for food preparation
  • Students will have demonstrated that they can carry out safe working practices and know the reasons for these

 The course is externally accredited by ITC First. 

The morning session from 9.00-12.30 will be focused on 'Understanding Autism from the Inside out'
What are the main characteristics of Autism?

  • To update your understanding of autism in the light of current research.
  • How children and young people diagnosed with autism think differently (cognitive styles).
  • Some ‘handy hints’ to include children and young people with autism in education.
  • An opportunity to reflect and share good practice.
  • Some basic good practice/Quality First Teaching strategies to include children with autism in education.

The afternoon session from 13.00-16.30 will be focused on ' Lego Therapy'

  • What Lego Therapy is and how it was developed
  • How and why Lego Therapy is proven to support progress in children & young people diagnosed with autism (a brief outline of how people with autism think will be given based on current research)
  • An opportunity to examine ways to implement Lego Therapy in your own setting
  • Examining tools to assess outcomes within the Lego Therapy framework
  • Time will be spent in groups undertaking a Lego Therapy activity

This course is aimed at any practitioners working with children and young people diagnosed with autism or who would benefit from developing social interaction, social competence and problem-solving skills.

This course is designed for any members of staff who are looking to become the designated fire warden for their workplace. Delegates will learn about causes and effects of fires, as well as how to prevent their spread and implement necessary emergency procedures. The course complies with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and will include a fire extinguisher practical course for a more intensive training experience to cover all fire risks.

Outline of Programme:

  • The role of the fire marshal and responsibilities.
  • Relevant legislation and guidelines.
  • Preventing fires and the spread of them within buildings.
  • Fighting fires with both fixed installations and portable extinguishers.
  • Fire hazards and causes of fires.
  • Emergency protocol, including evacuation, emergency lighting and assembly points.
  • Fire alarms, fire drills and safety training.
  • Fire risk assessment.
  • Understanding categories of fire and how they differ.
  • Meaning of the colour codes on fire extinguishers.
  • Regular fire safety inspections and keeping a fire log.

Assessment: The fire marshalling training course takes around 3 hours and delegates may be expected to engage in a number of group activities. Our experienced trainers will be on hand to help guide participants through these sessions and a certificate will be awarded upon completion.

What is Mental Health First Aid?
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course, designed to teach people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis.

Two Day - Mental Health First Aiders Provides a more in depth understanding of specific mental health issues and is delivered in four manageable chunks: −
What is mental health? −
Depression and anxiety −
Suicide and psychosis −
Self-harm and eating disorders

It focuses on the issues faced by young people today, such as cyber bullying and substance misuse, and teaches how to promote protective factors and good parenting. Completing the two-day course qualifies you as a Youth Mental Health First Aider.
This course normally costs £360pp.



19. Picture Exchange Communication
      System (PECS) Level 1 (Basic) 2 Day

FAO: Recommended for parents and professionals to develop communication skills in children and adults with a wide range of learning difficulties
From: Pyramid Educational Consultants UK on behalf of The University of Northampton

When: 16th & 17th May 2019. Registration 8:30am for 9:00am start. Finish: 4:30pm Where: University of Northampton, Waterside Campus, NN1 5PH.    
Cost: £175. Fee includes the Second Edition PECS Training Manual, detailed handouts with space for note taking & Certificate of Attendance.  Refreshments are NOT included.

Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) is a tried-and-tested approach that uses pictures to develop communication skills in children and adults with a wide range of learning difficulties. This intensive two-day training is designed to teach participants the theory behind the PECS and the protocols for how to appropriately implement the six phases of PECS. Pyramid Educational Consultants UK is the only official training provider of PECS in the UK and has trained over 50,000 people. This workshop is the basic accredited training in PECS and recommended for parents as well as professionals.  

PECS is used to rapidly teach communication skills to those with limited functional speech. PECS promotes communication within a social context, without lengthy prerequisite training. Training in PECS begins by teaching a spontaneous request and goes on to teach additional communicative functions such as responding to questions and commenting. Participants will learn how to implement the six phases of PECS, plus attributes, through presenter demonstrations, video examples and role-play opportunities. Participants will leave the workshop with an understanding of how to implement PECS with individuals with autism, related developmental disabilities, and/or limited communication skills.

What you will learn:

  • everything you need to know to begin successfully implementing PECS
  • the theoretical background, including how to develop effective educational environments
  • a review of visual strategies useful for communication
  • the six phases of PECS, where to start and when to move on
  • strategies for motivating your child/student to communicate
  • how to move from a single picture exchange to sentences
  • how to teach picture discrimination with two or more pictures
  • the criteria for transitioning from PECS to other communication modalities
  • the key Pyramid components to designing effective educational environments
  • strategies to create an abundance of opportunities for communication
  • the relationship between PECS and traditional communication training approaches

Please book and pay for your place via our online shop. For further information, email or telephone June Coleman on 01604 893627 at the University of Northampton.

20. Children, Young People and Families

FAO: All Headteachers
From: Faculty of Education and Humanities, University of Northampton

Develop the skills and knowledge of your workforce to achieve positive and sustainable change in the lives of children, young people and their families.
Our Level 4 Apprenticeship is open to practitioners who work in Children, Young People and Families services. The Apprenticeship will allow practitioners to develop through being responsive, committed and compassionate in developing and applying their knowledge to support positive outcomes in the context of multi-agency working.

The Apprenticeship offers two optional outcomes:

•    Community Practitioner or
•    Residential Care Practitioner

If you or your colleagues would like to find out more about this Apprenticeship come along to one of our drop-in sessions on Saturday 9 March and speak to one of our tutors. If you can't make that date, but would like to find out more, email  

Register here:

21.  SWAN Teaching School Alliance.

FAO:   All
From: SWAN Teaching School Alliance

Recently Qualified Teacher Programme (RQTP)
Recently Qualified Teacher Programme (RQTP)

Session 1

This new programme provides recently qualified teachers with an opportunity to self-assess and evaluate their approach to Teaching and Learning. It provides opportunities to develop their understanding of high quality classroom practice.

Participants improve their teaching through facilitated practice, and observation of colleagues and peer to peer support and challenge.
The programme supports a wide range of teaching activities, including: planning lessons, starter activities, plenary sessions, questioning techniques, engaging in learning, challenging learning, assessment and differentiation strategies.
Event Date Session: Thursday 7th March 2019 8:45am – 4:15pm
Location: GUTP House, Towcester, Northamptonshire
Cost: £615.00 per delegate for 5 sessions inclusive. One free place to SWAN SLA Secondary Standard members.
Maths - Teacher Subject Specialism Training (TSST) - Session 1
Maths - Teacher Subject Specialism Training (TSST)

Are you interested in re-training to teach Maths?

This programme is a blended approach involving 7 face to face sessions and optional one to one tutorials, as well as work between sessions to consolidate subject knowledge. It is suitable for any teachers wishing to retrain to deliver Maths sessions within their setting.

The face to face sessions are one whole day session and 6 afternoon sessions and focus on the pedagogy of maths, as well as subject knowledge.
You will discuss misconceptions, common areas of weakness and ideas of how best to approach a subject. Each session will be delivered by 2 programme facilitators from the teaching school. Post session materials will be based on the topics covered during the sessions and will build in difficulty to accommodate different levels of prior knowledge. Additional work between sessions will aim to reinforce and assess the impact of sessions. Support will be available via email between sessions and there is the option of one-to-one tutorials at the end of the course.

In order to complete the course and gain certification delegates will be expected to:

  • Complete a pre-course and post-course subject knowledge audit
  • Complete all Post session materials
  • Complete a reflective journal after each session to reflect on personal subject knowledge, what you have gained from each session and any areas for further improvement.
  • Attend all sessions.

If participants are currently teaching in a school they should talk to the mathematics department to find a school-based mentor to support them throughout the course. If participants are not currently teaching in a school they should make the teaching school aware of this so we can put provision in place.
Event Date Session: Wednesday 20th March 2019 9.00am – 3.30pm
Location: GUTP House, Towcester, Northamptonshire
Cost: Free of charge

Safeguarding the Governors Role
Safeguarding the Governors Role

This training session led by Sally Perkins is aimed at those Governors with assigned safeguarding responsibilities.

Sally Perkins is a National leader of Governance with twelve years’ experience as a governor and eleven years as a Chair of Governors in a variety of schools across the county. School Improvement is a passion for Sally and she especially loves developing Leadership and Management in schools. Sally specialises in governance, safeguarding, attachment and looked after children.

The training will explain the legal context for safeguarding in schools and will cover whole school safeguarding issues and the responsibilities of the governing body. The session will include an overview on Looked After Children (LAC) / Previously Looked After Children (PLAC) responsibilities. It will provide a role description for safeguarding lead governors and tools to enable them to undertake their compliance and monitoring roles.

Event Date Session: Thursday 21st March 2019 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Location: GUTP House, Towcester, Northamptonshire
Cost: SLA members £50 per delegate; Non SLA members £75 per delegate

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