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Loughborough Learning Alliance  

Thorpe Hill

Loughborough

Leicestershire LE11 4SQ

Tel: 01509 632911

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Ashmount School  

Thorpe Hill

Loughborough

Leicestershire  LE11 4SQ

Tel: 01509 268506

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Our continuing professional development programme draws on the skills and experience of schools within the Alliance, alongside expert trainers.

As well as scheduled courses, we also offer bespoke school-to-school support to meet more individual needs. If you have specific requirements, and can't find what you're looking for here, contact us for an informal conversation about how we can help.

Teaching and Learning


Supporting writing in the Primary Classroom
Wednesday 25th September 2019 - 12:30pm - 4:00pm

Suitable for Teaching Assistants

Delivered by experienced trainer and education writer, Rachel Clarke, this course aims to improve the confidence of Teaching Assistants so that they can better support children with their writing.

Using high-quality children’s books as models, this active course includes practical approaches to helping children with planning, drafting and editing their writing.

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Learning Adventures ‘Away-Day Learning’
Monday 30th September 2019 - 9:15am - 3:00pm

Suitable for Senior Leaders and Classroom Teachers

We believe that engagement is key to successful learning, using different environments, settings and strategies to hook children into learning, to enhance their enjoyment and understanding and to provide opportunities to use and apply knowledge and skills learned in the classroom.

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New to EYFS
Monday 7th October 2019 - 9:30am - 3:00pm


Suitable for leaders and managers with limited EYFS experience, Support staff moving to the EYFS in 2019 and NQTs

 ‘Children are highly motivated and are eager to join in. They share and cooperate well, demonstrating high levels of self-control and respect for others. Children consistently keep on trying hard, particularly if they encounter difficulties.’

This course will show you how! It is a no-nonsense, practical course for all staff working in the EYFS for the first time and for leaders / managers seeking to learn more.

All those attending will leave equipped with the knowledge and confidence to deliver or lead the very best early years practice throughout 2019/20.

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Teaching about religions: A practical guide

Tuesday 8th October - 9am - 3pm

Suitable for class teachers who would like to develop their own subject knowledge along with more experienced classroom teachers who are interested in refreshing their approaches to teaching RE

An introduction to teaching about Christianity, Hinduism and Islam.

This includes a basic introduction to the main beliefs of each religion and guidance about how to make teaching engaging and meaningful to pupils.

This day is a great opportunity to further develop your RE subject knowledge as well as gain ideas for teaching RE successfully.

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Creative approaches to writing in KS1 and KS2

Thursday 31st October 2019 - 9am - 12:30pm


Suitable for senior leaders, English subject leaders, SENCOs and classroom teachers


On this course, experienced trainer and education writer, Rachel Clarke shares techniques and approaches to bring writing in KS1 and KS2 alive.

With children’s literature at the core of this course, participants should expect to plan, draft and write their own texts based on those they have read.

During this course, Rachel explores different story structures, grammar in context, and writing for different purposes and audiences.

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Developing Skilful Leadership of the EYFS

Tuesday 5th November 2019 - 9:30am - 12:00pm


Suitable for EYFS leaders

To lead a team effectively and inspire a continual drive towards excellence requires high quality leadership skills. To support current EYFS leaders in developing these skills, this session will focus on the multi-faceted nature of their role, and introduce some of the key areas involved in leading the EYFS with skill and confidence.

A great opportunity to reflect on your vision and values, to explore monitoring and accountability and consider how to effectively manage and lead others.

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From Mark Making to Writing: Nurturing Young Writers (EYFS)

Tuesday 5th November 2019 - 1:00pm - 3:30pm


Suitable for EYFS leaders and EYFS Teaching Assistants

As children become more confident and excited about their mark making and begin to understand real writing, it is critical to offer support in ways that maintain children’s love of writing and its meaning in a range of contexts – for notes, lists, letters, stories and so on.

Leading children’s mark making towards writing is a skilful process and in this session practitioners will consider the experiences, activities and support they can provide to promote children’s passion, confidence and skill in writing. Delegates will gain inspirational ideas to help to develop mark making opportunities indoors and out in ways that ensure that, as children develop the skills of writing, they apply these within their play with greater complexity.

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Big, Big Maths: Working with Maths on a Large Scale (EYFS)

Tuesday 5th November 2019 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm


Suitable for EYFS leaders and EYFS Teaching Assistants

Join this twilight with your team and gain practical ideas to stimulate maths outdoors.

During the twilight we will explore how in the outdoors, children use their muscles and minds together to learn new things. When they lift, carry, transport, dig, balance and fill they are exploring many of their own ideas and challenging key concepts. By using large, open-ended materials and by exploring a wide range of possibilities, outdoor play can provide many opportunities for children to experience real mathematics on a large scale.

Through highly active, physical experiences children thoroughly embed their understanding of early mathematical concepts and learn to use mathematical vocabulary in purposeful and meaningful ways. This twilight will outline the key experiences, resources and organisation which are needed to support and extend children’s early mathematical thinking and will provide valuable strategies for providing inspiring maths in a big way outdoors.

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Creating a culture of positivity in your classroom, in your team and in your school

Thursday 7th November 2019 - 9:00am - 12:00pm


Suitable for Primary Teachers and Secondary Teachers

Imagine a classroom where the children are desperate, yes desperate, to come back for more. A place where they thrive because of the positivity and ethos that means they cannot tell the difference between the fun and the learning. This workshop links with our recently shortlisted book, The Decisive Element, Unleashing Praise and Positivity in Schools, with delegates taking away a cornucopia of ideas to fuel and sustain positivity back at school.

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Understanding the mental health needs of children and young people

Friday 8th November 2019 - 9:00am - 3:00pm


Suitable for Learning Support Assistants, Classroom Assistants, SEND support Teachers and Assistants, SENCo’s and trainee SENCo’s, Pastoral support staff and managers

Many adults don't know the signs and symptoms of mental illness in children and young people and, even when they do, it can be difficult to distinguish these from ‘typical’ behaviour.

Children and young people can develop the same mental health conditions as adults, but often express them differently as they tend to lack the vocabulary or developmental ability to explain their feelings and/ or concerns.

This course will develop your knowledge, understanding, skills and confidence to support children and young people when they are finding life difficult.

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The Wonderful World of Words and Sparkling Stories!

Tuesday 12th November 2019 - 1:00pm - 3:30pm or 4:00pm - 6:30pm


Suitable for EYFS practitioners, NQTs, Leaders and Teaching Assistants

 ‘Children develop vocabulary and understanding of language across the seven areas of learning because there is a sharp focus on ensuring that children acquire a wide vocabulary and communicate effectively and staff read to children in a way which excites and engages them.’
Ofsted 2019

Driven by the vocabulary deficit of many children in our schools, this new and exciting course is packed with ideas for the meaningful teaching of vocabulary through activities and high quality play opportunities.

This is a session packed with creativity, stories and lots of inspiring suggestions to make a massive difference in this critical area of the EYFS curriculum.

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The Art of Being a Brilliant NQT

Tuesday 26th November 2019 - 9:00am - 3:00pm

Suitable for Primary Teachers and Secondary Teachers


Inspire NQTs in that crucial but challenging first year of teaching; support their development as outstanding teachers of the future. Prepare for good-humoured, practical approaches and ideas offering a different perspective on what you’ve heard at University and on teaching practice.

Embrace strategies and an attitude that really works to engage and motivate learners to achieve their best every day in every lesson.

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Understanding and supporting pupils with challenging behaviour

Thursday 5th December 2019 - 9:00am - 3:00pm


Suitable for Learning Support Assistants, Classroom Assistants, SEND support Teachers and Assistants, SENCo’s and trainee SENCo’s, Pastoral support staff and managers

We all behave. All of the time. The behaviours of the children and young people with whom we work are often their way of communicating their needs to us; they often find just telling us verbally difficult, for a number of reasons.

Children and young people often need support in understanding and managing the thoughts and emotions that precede negative behaviours.

This course will develop your knowledge, understanding, skills and confidence to support children and young people who communicate via their behaviour.

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Diving Deeper into Mathematics: deepening children’s thinking, understanding and communication in Year 2

Monday 20th January 2020 - 9:15am - 12:00pm and
Monday 2nd March 2020 - 1:15pm - 4:00pm

Suitable for Year 2 Teachers
This would not be suitable for teachers who participated in the Mathshub workgroup ‘Deepening Mathematical Thinking in Y2/3’


These two half day sessions with school based tasks in between, aim to explore how to design tasks to ensure depth of learning for all children, to reflect on and evaluate tasks, focussing on how they deepen mathematical thinking and consider different strategies to increase the cognitive demand.

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Diving Deeper into Mathematics: deepening children’s thinking, understanding and communication in Years 5 and 6

Monday 20th January 2020 - 1:15pm - 4:00pm and
Monday 2nd March 2020 - 9:15am - 12:00pm

Suitable for Year 5 and Year 6 Teachers

These two half day sessions with school based tasks in between, aim to explore how to design tasks to ensure depth of learning for all children, to reflect on and evaluate tasks, focussing on how they deepen mathematical thinking and consider different strategies to increase the cognitive demand.

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Workload and well being

Thursday 23rd January 2020 - 8:00am - 10:30am

Suitable for Middle and Senior Leaders in Primary and Secondary Schools

Hurray, at last an issue where there is total unanimity in the education world. No-one thinks teachers should be working harder! We all agree that workload and well-being have to be addressed. What we don't always agree on is exactly what practical measures we can take in schools to make a difference.

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The Art of Being a Brilliant Classroom Assistant

Wednesday 28th January 2020 - 9:00am - 2:45pm


Suitable for Learning Support Assistants, Teaching Assistants and Volunteers in Primary and Secondary Schools

This course is for anyone who supports learning in and around the classroom environment in any phase of school or college, including learning support assistants, teaching assistants and volunteers. The title doesn’t matter, but what happens with the learners does.

Don’t expect a stuffy theory packed course. This day will inspire you to be brilliant, it’ll give you new ideas and approaches and you’ll walk out with a range of strategies to use the next day.

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Understanding anxiety in children and young people

Friday 31st January 2019 - 9:00am - 3:00pm


Suitable for Learning Support Assistants, Classroom Assistants, SEND support Teachers and Assistants, SENCo’s and trainee SENCo’s, Pastoral support staff and managers

Anxiety is one of the most common causes of distress in children and young people and can be extremely debilitating. Whilst a certain amount of anxiety is considered normal, for some, the feeling of anxiety is far more intense and long- lasting.

Children and young people may experience the same symptoms as adults – shaking, crying, feeling sick or faint. Others, however, may keep their feelings of anxiety inside.

This course will develop your knowledge, understanding, skills and confidence to support children and young people who are struggling with anxiety. It will also develop your ability to prevent anxiety in children and young people.

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Teaching grammar with children’s literature

Monday 10th February 2020 - 9:00am - 12:30pm


Suitable for Senior Leaders, English Subject Leaders, SENCOs and Classroom teachers


This course aims to bring grammar alive by demonstrating how grammatical techniques are used in authentic children’s texts.

Experienced trainer and education writer, Rachel Clarke, takes participants on a trip through her personal library as she demonstrates how the grammar taught in KS1 and KS2 is used by experienced children’s writers.

This is a highly practical course and one that aims to inspire teachers to make connections between the requirements of the national curriculum for grammar and a love of high-quality children’s literature.

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Developing Skilful Leadership of KS1

Thursday 5th March 2020 - 9:30am - 12:00pm


Suitable for EYFS Leaders


This session is an introduction to the key skills of leadership, focussing on the most effective approaches to leading and sustaining continuous improvement in KS1. This course has been designed to provide current KS1 leaders with an opportunity to explore the complexities of their role and develop leadership skills, enabling excellence for all learners.

Delegates will start to consider how to develop a shared understanding of quality practice and effective strategies to improve teaching across the whole of the KS1 team. Themes will include establishing a vision, development of a successful learning environment, securing an effective teaching across the team and demonstrating progress.

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How to Challenge and Extend Thinking in Year 1

Thursday 5th March 2020 - 1:00pm - 3:30pm


Suitable for Year 1 Teachers


This session is an introduction to the key skills of leadership, focussing on the most effective approaches to leading and sustaining continuous improvement in KS1. This course has been designed to provide current KS1 leaders with an opportunity to explore the complexities of their role and develop leadership skills, enabling excellence for all learners.

Delegates will start to consider how to develop a shared understanding of quality practice and effective strategies to improve teaching across the whole of the KS1 team. Themes will include establishing a vision, development of a successful learning environment, securing an effective teaching across the team and demonstrating progress.

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Investigating the Wonder of STEM (EYFS and Key Stage 1)

Thursday 5th March 2020 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm


Suitable for EYFS teachers, Key Stage 1 teachers and Teaching Assistants


Join us for an inspiring and practical twilight session suitable for both EYFS and KS1 teams as we explore the world of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

As part of the training we will reflect on the important role of STEM in the early years and KS1, and consider how children’s curiosity, creativity and critical thinking can be developed through investigative experiences.

This is a practical session based on effective and inspiring EYFS and KS1 practice. Practitioners will leave this session buzzing with ideas to develop and experiment with in their own setting.

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How to build relationships and communicate effectively with children and young people

Friday 13th March  2020 - 9:00am - 3:00pm


Suitable for Learning Support Assistants, Classroom Assistants, SEND support Teachers and Assistants, SENCo’s and trainee SENCo’s, Pastoral support staff and managers

To get the most from children and young people, academically and emotionally, it is crucial to demonstrate understanding, respect and honesty. This develops via positive relationships and open communication involving active listening, questioning, understanding and responding effectively.

Communication also needs to be age/ stage-appropriate, inclusive and positive in order to build the self-esteem and confidence of the children and young people we work with.

This course will develop your knowledge, understanding, skills and confidence to communicate effectively with children and young people and to develop reciprocal, trusting relationships with them.

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Building resilience in children and young people

Thursday 23rd April 2020 - 9:00am - 3:00pm


Suitable for Learning Support Assistants, Classroom Assistants, SEND support Teachers and Assistants, SENCo’s and trainee SENCo’s, Pastoral support staff and managers

Resilience doesn’t just mean bouncing back from a difficult situation. It is an essential life skill for children and young people, which involves learning from difficult situations in order to become stronger and better at tackling the next challenge. Learning from challenges and making mistakes enhances the self-awareness and self-confidence of children and young people and this impacts positively on their learning.

This course will develop your knowledge, understanding, skills and confidence to teach children and young people the skills required to be resilient, to cope with everyday life challenges and to solve their problems.

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Developing Reading Pedagogy in KS1 and KS2

Tuesday 2nd June 2020 - 9:00am - 12:30pm


Suitable for Senior leaders, English subject leaders, SENCOs and classroom teachers


Experienced trainer and education writer, Rachel Clarke, leads this course on developing reading pedagogy.

Rachel supports colleagues to develop a shared understanding of well-known techniques such as guided and shared reading.

During this course, Rachel also considers approaches for teaching reading fluency, newer techniques such as close reading and how to promote a love of reading so that children read widely and for pleasure.

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Behaviour management

Team Teach

Training in positive behavioural support through a whole-setting, holistic approach.

Team Teach Courses 2019/20

Leadership

drb Ignite

We are delighted to be working with drb Ignite to run termly leadership briefings.

Held each term at a number of venues throughout the Midlands and beyond, the drb Ignite senior leader Briefings are very popular as attendees have welcomed the opportunity to hear at first hand from highly experienced professionals the latest developments in education.

drb Ignite Leadership briefings

Trevor Davies briefings

Dates to be confirmed for 2019/20

Pupil Premium

This is an opportunity for experienced leaders, with a recent track record in raising levels of attainment and progress for disadvantaged pupils, to gain NCTL accreditation to conduct pupil premium reviews.

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Safety and well-being

First Aid

Basic training for all staff and more advanced training for designated first aid leads.

Emergency First Aid at Work with Paediatric Element 2018-19
Emergency First Aid at Work with Paediatric Element 2019-20


Paediatric First Aid Level 3 2018-19

Paediatric First Aid Level 3 2019-20

Subject Leader Network meetings

These meetings offer an opportunity to network with other Primary schools, to share knowledge, practice and ideas, and to discuss local and national issues, challenges and priorities, engaging in collaborative development work and identifying CPD requirements.

2018-2019 schedule of meetings

2019-20 schedule of meetings coming soon


Courses coming soon

Makaton

ODD/PDA and Selective Mutism

Specific Learning Difficulties - Dyslexia, Dyscalculia and Dysgraphia

Succeed with SEN - Succeed with every child - Autism, Aspergers and ADHD

What do your 2019 results tell you?

Education Inspection Framework 2019

Autism Courses

Analysing School Data

LEGO Therapy

CEOP Training

More information will be available soon. Please contact us to register your interest.


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