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Loughborough Learning Alliance  

Thorpe Hill

Loughborough

Leicestershire LE11 4SQ

Tel: 01509 632911

Fax: 01509 231605



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


Analysing School Data

Tuesday 3rd December 2019 - 9:00am - 3:00pm


Suitable for Headteachers and Senior Leaders

This wide-ranging course will equip you with the knowledge and skills required to navigate and interpret data from a number of sources, from national statistics to tracking systems.

Analysing School Data - Governors session

Tuesday 3rd December 2019 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm


Suitable for Governors

This course will equip governors with the knowledge and skills they need to interpret data from a number of sources including performance tables, Ofsted’s Inspection data Summary report and FFT Dashboards.

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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, ELSA’s, 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

Tuesday 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 2020 - 9:00am - 3:00pm


Suitable for Learning Support Assistants, Classroom Assistants, ELSA’s, 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, ELSA’s, 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, ELSA’s, 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

Wider Curriculum

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

Makaton

The Makaton Charity has combined the two previous training pathways for professionals and parents/carers into one route to make Makaton training more streamlined and easier to access.

As a result, we are proud to announce the revised Makaton Workshops named Level 1 and Level 2. 

These workshops are based on the previous Beginners’ and Foundation Workshops and are a combination of the best of both. The Level 1 and Level 2 Workshops combined provide the same level of knowledge and vocabulary a complete Beginners’ or Foundation Workshop. 

Makaton Revised Training - Level 1

First Aid

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

Emergency First Aid at Work with Paediatric Element 2019-20

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.

2019-20 schedule of meetings

Courses coming soon

Specific Learning Difficulties - Dyslexia, Dyscalculia and Dysgraphia

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

Autism Courses

LEGO Therapy

CEOP Training

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


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