Loughborough Learning Alliance  

Thorpe Hill


Leicestershire LE11 4SQ

Tel: 01509 632911

Fax: 01509 231605

Ashmount School  

Thorpe Hill


Leicestershire  LE11 4SQ

Tel: 01509 268506


School Direct Teacher Training

CPD & Leadership Training

Succession Planning & Talent Management

School to School Support

Specialist Leaders of Education (SLE)

Research & Development (R&D)


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Course Guide

Continuing Professional Development

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

A Corner to Learn! Creating role-play areas

This highly popular course run by Neil Griffiths, the highly popular author of many children’s picture books and educational publications, is a wonderful source of inspiration for making and using role-play environments with children.  The course is aimed at Early Years and Key Stage One practitioners.  

A Corner to Learn!

Behaviour for Learning and Parental Engagement NEW

Research shows that behaviour for learning and parental engagement each play a pivotal role in helping pupils achieve and fully engage with learning.  This course covers both topics, and presents a cohesive approach combining many evidence based and effective techniques.

Behaviour for Learning and Parental Engagement

Building the Outstanding Maths School: ‘Helping schools meet the challenges and opportunities of the 2014 National Curriculum’

The session, sponsored by Oxford University Press and organised by Loughborough Learning Alliance, offers the opportunity to attend a full day of professional development.

During the day we will clarify the inspirational and aspirational aims of the 2014 National Curriculum for Primary Mathematics and consider strategies and approaches which:

Building the Outstanding Maths School

Caught or Taught? Developing a love of reading

This highly thought-provoking and practical course will explore the many ways that adults, both in school and at home, can play a crucial role in helping develop their children into life-long readers.  The course is run by Neil Griffiths and is aimed at all practitioners from Foundation to Key Stage Two.

Caught or Taught?

Challenge for the more Able

Provision for the ‘More Able’ is multifaceted and each school will have its own policy and programme of support in place or under development. Common to all will be the most fundamental part - provision within the classroom. Regardless of whatever else is happening in the school, effective whole-school provision for the ‘more able’ is dependent on each individual teacher leading the learning within their own classroom, and every teacher has the power to influence the learning experience of the ‘more able’ students in their care.
Are you enabling your ‘more able’ students to reach their full potential?

Challenge for the more Able - Date to be confirmed

Character and Resilience NEW

Character, resilience, and motivation for learning are all essential elements in helping pupils reach their potential in both the short and long term. This course takes the best of all of the recent work into growth mindsets, character development, learned optimism, and self-esteem and unifies them into a cohesive whole-school approach.

Character and Resilience

Creative Mathematics; Problem Solving in EYFS  NEW

This extremely popular EYFS course, addresses the critical area of problem solving in early mathematical development; both through adult led learning and continous provision opportunities.  Attendance on this course will provide staff with a  wealth of practical strategies and suggestions, directly addressing the teaching and learning of Mathematics in your EYFS.

Creative Mathematics; Problem solving in EYFS

Developing Middle Leaders NEW

We’re working alongside University College London to offer this Level 2 Developing Middle Leaders course.

Are you a middle leader responsible for leading a team of staff with some experience of the role - then this is the programme for you.  This innovative programme will help you develop your confidence and leadership skills and enable you to improve your ability to lead and manage change.

Developing Middle Leaders - Level 2

Developing Rich Contexts for Learning & Development:

Two Days with the Interactive Environment NEW

Loughborough Learning Alliance are delighted to be working in partnership with Early Excellence to offer a series of workshops based in the model classroom.  These workshops are designed for a range of practitioners who work in the EYFS and are guaranteed to inspire, challenge and inform practice and provision.

Developing Rich Contexts for Learning and Development

Engaging boys: Getting them writing no matter what! NEW

Closing the gender gap in writing outcomes continues to be an area for EYFS improvement nationally. This course looks at the key learning differences between boys and girls, to tackle this issue head on! Practitioners attending this course will take away practical ideas and common sense solutions to apply back in the EYFS classroom straight away.

Engaging boys: Getting them writing no matter what!

Excellence in more able provision

‘More able’, ‘most able’, ‘gifted’, ‘talented’ - whatever you term them - are you optimising their achievement and ensuring they fulfil their potential?

Excellence in more able provision - Date to be confirmed

From Dependence to Independence - supporting children to become more independent learners  NEW

This half day’s training will support teaching assistants to improve the nature and quality of their interactions with pupils in order to support the development of independent thinking and learning skills, which are associated with improved learning outcomes.
It will also focus on the effective use of resources to aid independence in learning and working in effective partnership with class teachers.

From Dependence to Independence

Make Phonics Fun

A dynamic, synthetic phonics training course with a difference, which offers fresh inspiration and practical ideas for experienced teachers, and TAs and an essential toolkit for those who are new to phonics. Impact will be on the teaching and learning of phonics and early spelling in your school.  This is essential CPD for improving outcomes in the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check and progress in early reading across the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1.

Make Phonics Fun - Date to be confirmed

Putting our Children First! NEW

Created in response to the need to return to the fundamentals of working with children, this session has the potential to change your practice dramatically for the good of the child.
This thought-provoking course is designed for both experienced and newly-trained practitioners, across all key stages.

Putting our Children First!

Stories can be counted on! NEW

This highly practical course will explore the contribution that picture books, stories and rhymes can make to the wider mathematical curriculm.
This course is aimed at Early Years and Key Stage One practitioners.

Stories can be counted on!

Teaching Assistant Development

The day is lots of fun-including a music quiz around the theme of, “It is what you do and the way that you do it!”
Lots of exploration of practical strategies that can be implemented by support staff working in all roles across the primary age-range.

Teaching Assistant Development

Teaching the English and Maths curriculum to teachers new to year 6 - an overview NEW

More information coming soon

TeachMeet - CPD for Secondary/FE Teachers and Leaders

A TeachMeet is a great way of sharing ideas with other teachers about things that make a difference to teaching and learning. It’s informal, fun, inspiring and fantastic professional development.


The Art of Being Brilliant

'Super teacher' workshops designed to inspire and nurture brilliance in the classroom.

The Art of Being a Brilliant NQT

The Art of Being a Brilliant Classroom Assistant

The Art of Brilliant Intervention - Date to be confirmed

The Art of Brilliant Marking and Feedback NEW

Safety and well-being

Bereavement in Primary Schools NEW

A workshop exploring how schools can understand, prepare for, and support bereavement amongst staff and pupils.
Bereavement affects every school from time to time, and getting it right can make a critical difference to staff, families, and pupils.

Bereavement in Primary Schools

First Aid

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

Emergency First Aid at Work with Paediatric Element

Paediatric First Aid Level 3

Staff Wellbeing and Workload NEW

Staff wellbeing is vital to the effective work of a school, impacting on a wide range organisational outcomes.

Staff Wellbeing and Workload

The Art of Brilliant Lunchtime Supervision

Without a doubt, if lunchtime doesn’t go well, the afternoon’s learning isn’t so good either.  Those who supervise and manage different areas of schools during breaks and lunchtimes have a hugely important job that contributes to the outcomes for pupils and students. In this workshop, we’ll look at a wide range of techniques and strategies that staff can use to help these times run smoothly.

The Art of Brilliant Lunchtime Supervision - Date to be confirmed

Training for governors

Essential training for governors in LLA member schools and in schools that were formerly part of the Loughborough Development Group.

Governors' Role in the Quality of Teaching

Pupil Premium

Improving Outcomes for Children in Care

RAISEonline for Primary Governors

HR - The Governing Body's Role

Safeguarding Children



Training for professionals working across all education settings, from basic awareness to more advanced content for those who may wish to pursue a training role themselves.

Autism Level 1

Autism Level 2 - Date to be confirmed

Autism Level 3 - Date to be confirmed


Practical, hands-on courses designed to give trainees the knowledge and skills to enable pupils to work independently and develop literacy skills.

Dyslexia - identification and strategies for learning - Date to be confirmed


Makaton is a language programme using signs and symbols to help people to communicate. It is designed to support spoken language and the signs and symbols are used with speech, in spoken word order.

Makaton for Parents and Carers - Date to be confirmed

Makaton for Professionals - Date to be confirmed

Specific Learning Difficulties: Dyslexia, Dyscalculia and Dysgraphia

This one day course will provide you with an overview of 3 common specific learning difficulties (SpLDs) allowing you to increase your awareness in the classroom.

Specific Learning Difficulties

Succeed with SEN - Succeed with every child: Autism, Aspergers, ADHD and Attachment Disorder

Are you struggling to ‘find the key’ to engage a child in your class? Are you wanting to positively manage the behaviour of particular children more effectively outside the classroom? This is the course for you.

Succeed with SEN - Succeed with every child

Supporting Social Development and Behaviour in young people with Down’s Syndrome NEW

This half day course will focus on supporting social development and behaviour in 3-11 year olds with Down’s Syndrome.

Supporting Social Development and Behaviour

The SENCo’s role in school self-evaluation of SEN NEW

The SENCo has a pivotal role to play in monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of the school’s SEN provision and practice.
This day’s training will provide SENCos with structured approach to the SEN self-evaluation process in the context of and within reference to the new Common Inspection Framework.
It will also ensure SENCOs have a structure for sharing success and planning improvements.

The SENCo’s role in school self-evaluation of SEN

Behaviour management

Team Teach

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

Team Teach Courses

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.

Pupil Premium Reviewer Training

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.

2017-2018 schedule of meetings

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