Subject Leader Termly Update Training: English, Maths, Science and Computing



Focus: Practical learning in science
Audience: Science subject leaders, Senior leaders
When: Thursday 24th May 2018
Venue: Ingatestone and Fryerning Junior School, Essex, CM4 0AL
Cost: £60 per person + vat

This session is the sixth of our termly subject leader update meetings which take place across theyear. This session will focus on how to structure practical science lessons to ensure that there is a clear focus on the skills of working scientifically and effective development of children’s subject knowledge. It will provide colleagues with the opportunity to explore practical activities, discuss how to improve teaching and learning in science and enable them to understand what Ofsted inspectors will be looking for in schools. Colleagues can also decide the focus for future meetings to meet their individual needs.

The session will cover:

  • Latest news in primary science teaching
  • Structuring practical science lessons
  • Developing children’s recording of their scientific learning that ensures that all children can demonstrate their knowledge and understanding in science, including how to use stem sentences to focus children’s thinking
  • Issues delegates want to discuss/explore

Session led by Jeremy Crook

Until recently Jeremy was a headteacher. He was recognised by Ofsted as an outstanding teacher and an inspirational headteacher, being commended in the 2009 Headteacher of the Year Awards for his work in transforming his previous school. Jeremy now works at as consultant and is the director of a teacher training company. He lectures in initial teacher training, runs a wide range of bespoke training courses, and is a member of the National Curriculum Science Expert Group.

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English Subject Leader Termly Updates Session 1 2018


Focus: To share a range of spelling strategies
Audience: English subject leaders, senior leaders
When: Wednesday 26th September 2018, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Venue: Larchwood Primary School, Larchwood Gardens, Pilgrims Hatch, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 9NG
Cost: £60 per person +vat

This session is the first of the termly subject leader update meetings which will take place across the year. It will build on previous discussions we have had around spellings in the English curriculum and give practitioners an opportunity to share best practice and inform future decisions.

This session will cover:

  • Spelling systems that are being used to support children in school
  • The place of the spelling test
  • How we use spellings to inform writing assessments

There will be further sessions next year covering relevant developments in English and providing opportunities for delegates to share good practice.

Upcoming dates:
Spring Term – 23 January 2019 at Larchwood Primary School
Summer Term – 22 May 2019 at Larchwood Primary School

Session led by Keely Adams

Keely Adams is the acting assistant head and English leader at Larchwood Primary School, an Outstanding school in Brentwood, Essex. She is responsible for the English curriculum throughout KS1 and KS2. Keely currently teaches a year 6 class but also has experience in a range of other year groups. In her previous school Keely was a school improvement leader where she focused on developing teaching and learning across all subjects and she has also worked as an English advisor for the local authority where she supported a number of schools in their development and leadership of English.

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Focus: Enabling new learning through Problem Solving
Audience: Mathematics subject Leaders, senior leaders
When: Thursday 7th June 2018, 4:00-5:30pm
Venue: Willowbrook Primary School, Rosen Crescent, Hutton, Brentwood CM13 2TU
Cost: £60 per person + vat

The session will cover:

  • Developing children’s ability to articulate mathematical thinking
  • Providing evidence in reasoning
  • Updates on:- resources; national perspectives, the maths hubs, available training (local and national)

Session led by Janine Blinko

Janine Blinko works as a consultant both independently and with other experienced consultants. She has worked in primary mathematics for many years at many different levels including: subject leader; advisory teacher (ESG funding); deputy head teacher in a large primary school; assessment writer for the National Tests and NfER; senior lecturer, teaching post-graduate trainees, and GTP trainees; author of articles and curriculum materials; CPD provider for a range of LAs and organisations; researcher for national tests and for NCETM; consultant with Cambridge Assessments, Osiris and Smar+. Janine has a particular interest in Lesson Study as a highly effective form of CPD, and is convinced that all children (and adults) can be successful and happy mathematicians.

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Computing Subject Leader Termly updates Session 3 2018


Focus: Focus: To explore the broader aspects of technology; Digital Literacy and Online Safety
Audience: Computing subject leaders, senior leaders
When: Thursday 14th June 2018, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Venue: Wickford Junior School, 2 Market Rd, Wickford SS12 0AG
Cost: £60 per person +vat

The session will cover:

  • Digital literacy – integrating broader aspects of Computing across the curriculum
  • Developing a progressive online safety curriculum to help children assess risks when using onlinetechnologies outside school and to help them develop strategies for keeping safe
  • Sharing ideas and discussions for future subject leader update meetings

Session led by Debbie Schofield

Debbie Schofield was a primary school teacher prior to her ten year ICT advisor role within Essex LA where she was responsible for CPD. Within the LA role she developed support packages for schools and led a team of Leading Teachers to offer face to face training and school leadership support. After leaving the LA she founded ICTinspires and channelled her extensive experience into creating internationally used curriculum resources and supporting local schools. Debbie delivers Computing lectures for initial teacher training and is passionate about educating parents on the risks to which their children are exposed through inappropriate use of online technologies. Debbie is an Ambassador online safety trainer for CEOP and delivers many online safety sessions to staff, parents and pupils in schools. She is also a qualified ICT Mark Assessor enabling her to help schools through the ICT self-review process.

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