Primary & Preparatory Schools INSET

Primary schools

Our CPD and INSET for Primary and Preparatory Schools

Inspirational

Sarah Lemmon , Headteacher, Redcliffe Preparatory School

Primary Years are the most important

Research in cognitive science from Cambridge University by Dr. Kirstie Whittaker showing that the brain is most malleable when children are younger- proving that its hard to teach an old dog new tricks!

Child and adolescent development and the experiences during these formative years can have an profound affect on adult behaviours such as mental health, so its important to get Primary Education right. We understand Primary schools and carefully design our INSET days to meet their needs.

Teacher Recruitment Crisis in Primary & Preparatory Schools

There are explicit links between investing in quality CPD and Primary and Preparatory schools abilities to attract, motivate and retain the best teachers.

David Weston, CEO of the TDT considers it ‘shockingly short-sighted for schools to be slashing these budgets at a time when there is more pressure than ever on recruiting and keeping staff’.

Improve Teacher Retention

Primary and Preparatory Schools who are investing fully  in high quality CPD are seeing a tangible return on both pupil outcomes and the recruitment and retention of teaching staff.

Clearly, schools sending a strong message to their teachers that they are valued and supported are not only getting the best teaching out of them, and the best learning outcomes from their pupils, but also avoiding the costly and time consuming process of replacing disenchanted teachers who leave for other schools or sectors.

Preparatory Schools need specialist training

If you are a Senior Leader of Head of a Prep School you want to know that your CPD provider understands this sector, and we do. All our office staff have Prep School experience and many of our Associates have held Senior positions in Prep Schools and/ or Senior Schools.

Wonderful! I have had lovely feedback, as has the Headmaster, from members of staff so thank you once again for your patience, good humour and knowledge.

Jane Balgobin, Head of Teaching and Learning, Chesham Preparatory School 

We know your staff don’t want a ‘state- school’ course off the shelf, rather something more tailored to your staff’s needs. That’s our specialism.

Teaching boys and girls

INSET : Gender Differences in the Classroom

“Absolutely excellent. Quite simply the best course I’ve ever been on. Incredibly useful, practical, inspirational.” Deputy Head, Cambridge But why does the subject of gender differences continue to be so…

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Critical thinking

INSET: Critical thinking & Higher order thinking skills (HOTS)

“I really appreciated how organic the delivery was” Shelley Chapman, Teaching & Learning Coordinator, The Marist School Support your pupils to think deeper about lesson content ● Do you think…

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INSET : Outstanding Pupil Outcomes for All students

Impressed by both the content and the delivery Joe Thackway, Head, Crescent School Improving Pupil Outcomes across the school The quality of education in a school is judged by the…

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INSET : Improving Literacy across the Curriculum

‘Really helpful – lots of ideas regarding whole school literacy, as well as in department. An excellent understanding / knowledge of how the Ofsted framework will impact schools – thank…

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Example of Feedback at The Dragon School

INSET : Excellent Marking & Feedback for ISI

With the recent changes to the ISI framework it is essential that teachers and leaders get to grips with the new criteria. This course also presents practical ways to mark smarter and how the research shows that improving marking and feedback is the number one way of adding value to pupil progression and attainment.

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Character ,resilience and grit

INSET : Building Character,Grit & Resilience in Schools

“Superb – thank you – so much positive feedback from our Parents. Please can we now book a session on the same subject for staff…?” Pastoral Head, Berkshire In education…

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INSET : Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

“Engagement levels and marks in the longer written responses have both improved”. Heather Garland, Head of Department, St. John Plessington Catholic College Develop skilled thinkers who enjoy solving difficult problems…

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Science INSET : Challenging the most able pupils in Science

“Impactful , positive & inspiring – highly recommended “ Jenny Carruthers HOD , Cleeve School Mixing chemicals, testing circuits and experimenting with all manner of creepy-crawlies are just some of…

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INSET : Active learning in the Classroom: make your pupils work harder than you!

“It was informative, constructive and invaluable for me” Melanie Westlake, Head of Science, Saint Felix School   Are there aspects of teaching and learning which you would like to develop?…

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Science INSET: Outstanding Teaching Practice in Science

‘Schools need to raise pupils’ aspirations and enjoyment of science and ensure that they nurture the talents of our potential young scientists of the future.’ Ofsted Report ‘Success in Science’…

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Leadership INSET: Enabling Collective Teacher Efficacy (CTE)

When everyone in a school believes that together they can make a difference, the impact on student attainment can be almost quadrupled Rachel Eells, 2011 An Effect size greater than…

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INSET : Creative Teaching & Learning Strategies

“Very stimulating and thought provoking” Carole Baber, Bedford Sixth Form College In this INSET you will learn about: • the value of creativity and imagination as 21st century skills •…

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Wellbeing

INSET : Self-care and Resilience Building for Teachers and School Staff

What is the relationship between stress and resilience? How can we become more resilient? How can we better understand and manage stress, and become more productive at work? How can…

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INSET : Independent Learning and Increasing Pupil Initiative

Very stimulating and thought provoking Carole Baber, Bedford Sixth Form College   • Are you looking to developing the levels of Independence and resilience in your pupils? • Do you…

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INSET : Differentiation and Personalised Learning

Hugely useful and informative day James Moss-Gibbons, Director of Studies, Lambrook School Maximising progress in lessons for all learners Building effective inclusion and clear progression: raise standards, narrow the gap, challenge…

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metacognitive feedback

INSET : Metacognitive Feedback to Improve Pupil Progress

GREAT! What an INSET should be. Already changed how I am teaching this morning – feeling positive! Emma Kent, Director of Music, West Buckland School Improving Pupil Progress Feedback &…

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Eyfs computing

EYFS INSET : Computing and Coding in EYFS & Pre Prep

Are you unclear on where to start with the computing curriculum, or would like ideas on how to bring computing to life? Would you like to secure your own understanding…

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INSET: Highly Effective Teaching Assistants

“Inspiring” Chris Greenhough , Head Teacher, Swanwick School and Sports College Understand the research and best practice guidance around making best use of teaching assistants Learn how simple changes can…

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curriculum design

INSET : Curriculum Design: Intent, Implementation & Impact

“Sometimes I think that we, as teachers, are so eager to get to the answers that we do not devote sufficient time to developing the question.”Daniel T. Willingham Curriculum Design…

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INSET : Challenging the most able students in all subjects

“Excellent – lots of good strategies and resources. I liked that the course leader was flexible in his approach and was happy to go off on tangents and alternative topics.”…

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Primary INSET : Bringing the Primary Computing Curriculum to life

This course is designed to bring computing to life in your school. It presents a full understanding of the computing concepts and knowledge required to confidently deliver the curriculum. It covers the key concepts, ways to bring the subject to life and where to find essential resources to engage and inspire pupils across the primary age range.

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EYFS INSET : Characteristics of Effective Learning in the Early Years

Professional, knowledgeable, highly engaging and friendly approach Su Berkley, Assistant Head, Chew Magna Primary School The how children learn is as important as the what they learn. It is our…

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Thriving, not just surviving

INSET : Well-being for Better Teaching

Thriving, not just surviving: Well-being for teachers at work and at home How can we better manage stress, and develop resilience and avoid burnout? How does ensuring a good work-life…

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metacognitive strategies

INSET: Metacognitive Strategies for Teaching Assistants

“Exactly what was needed, excellent!” Nadia Nibhan, Head of Faculty, Range High School Do your pupils prefer recalling information to “real” thinking? How do your TA’s help students improve their…

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evidence based teaching

INSET: Evidence Based Teaching to Improve Outcomes

“Fab ! Best thing I’ve ever been on”. N. Betts , Assistant Head , Sandbach High School Ditch the Educational Fads and use Evidence Based Research to Improve Pupil Outcomes…

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INSET : Coaching Teachers & Leaders for Success

Instrumental in the development of teaching, learning and leadership and contributed significantly to the pace of the transformation from ‘Requires improvement’ (Ofsted July 2013) to an ‘Outstanding’ school (July 2017)….

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INSET : Difficult Conversations (including with Parents)

  Building positive relationships with difficult colleagues / parents This INSET will provide effective strategies to:   • Evidence effective leadership and the support of positive behaviours for staff and…

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INSET : The teachers’ toolkit for highly effective NQTs

“To say that the first year of teaching is challenging would be an understatement. There are so many moving parts to manage and so many new things to learn that…

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mindsets

INSET : Understanding Mindsets for Pupils and Parents

“Fantastic level of information portrayed by an expert in child mindsets whose books are a must read for children ages 8-11….and their parents!”   David Fann, Associate Headteacher, Former Secretary…

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INSET : Positive Behaviour Management for Outstanding Learning and Teaching

“Great presenter, very clear and knowledgeable” Katie Coe, Exeter School   Outstanding behaviour strategies for high levels of pupil progress Why do pupils misbehave? How can personalised learning improve outcomes?…

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Primary INSET : Engaging Boys with Reading & Writing

Highly engaging and motivated the staff Rochelle Thompson, Deputy Head, Kings School   New Ofsted focus for 2019   16th January 2019, Ofsted published their new proposed inspection framework with…

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Ofsted 2019 INSET : Marking & Feedback – Evidencing & Reducing workload

“Has really helped me confirm how I need to address the marking policy” Katherine Hyland, Assistant Head, St Anne’s Catholic School for Girls   Ofsted 2019 : Greater focus on…

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inclusive classroom

INSET : Inclusive Classroom Practice

It was what I think, in my humble opinion, good inset should be: a chance to challenge our current thinking, whilst building on our existing knowledge and skills; plenty of…

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metacognition

INSET : Metacognition & Self-regulation – Reframing learners as thinkers

“Excellent ideas for how to embed metacognition across the whole school” Catherine Brooks, Lead teacher on Metacognition, The Crypt School Do your pupils prefer recalling information to “real” thinking? How…

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INSET : Embedding a Growth Mindset into your Classroom and School

‘Mindsets’, the simple but compelling idea put forward by Carol Dweck of Stanford University, has taken the US educational system by storm and challenged the way our Stateside colleagues view learning, talent and ability. Teachers and school leaders have found the approaches and practical tips suggested by mindsets theory have had a clear impact on the performance of learners in their classrooms.

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INSET : Rapid & Sustained Progress – High Impact Strategies for Class-teachers

Lots of good ideas that I can use tomorrow, exactly what I want from CPD  Alison Yates, Year Leader, Harlington Upper School Strategies to promote high levels of progress and…

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INSET : Higher-Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) & Academic Study Skills

Thank you again for the INSET, the staff were buzzing afterwards! Karen Coles, Director of Studies, Fulham Prep   What can teachers learn from psychology and cognitive science to apply to…

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INSET : Marking & Feedback Advanced Practice for Schools

Transformational David Luard, Northcote Lodge School   Beyond Triple Impact Marking – making marking meaningful, manageable and motivating again!   Just 45 per cent of primary and 44 per cent…

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assertive teacher

INSET : The Assertive Teacher & School

I found this course very uplifting. I’ve learnt many different strategies to enable me to be more confident and assertive teacher, and to develop assertiveness in my pupils. Dale James,…

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INSET : Supporting and Maintaining Well-being in School

By learning more about how we build resilience and manage stress, communicate with colleagues and set boundaries, create a supportive work environment and develop healthy relationships in the workplace, amongst others, we can start to put in place measures that help us to manage stress more efficiently and become more resilient in both our domestic and personal lives, thus becoming more productive and efficient at work.

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emotional intelligence

INSET : Emotional Intelligence to Improve Learning

Presented with style and humour – Great Stuff! So many courses (I’ve been on) suffer from lack of personality and heart – Not this one!’ Rob Flint, Lead Practitioner Art,…

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independent thinkers

INSET : More Independent Thinkers with a Growth Mindset

“Excellent subject knowledge combined with a wealth of experience to improve your teaching” Charlotte Knowles, Cheltenham College Designing a curriculum to develop Independent thinkers Over 30 years ago, Carol Dweck…

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metacognition in STEM

INSET: Metacognition in STEM / Science / Maths Teaching

“Left inspired!” Kim Carmichael, Head of Science, Longcroft School Train your pupils to think for themselves • Do your pupils prefer recalling information to “real” thinking? • Are you fed-up…

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Action Research

Action Research Project: Teaching Innovation Program

“Engagement levels and marks in the longer written responses have both improved.”Heather Garland, Head of Faculty, St John Plessington Innovation Programme Outline 1) Based on a firm foundation of evidence,…

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INSET : Questioning Strategies to Stretch & Challenge all your pupils

Fantastic strategies backed by research and resources to take away Donia Peters, Head of Music, Clifton High School   Are you looking to increase challenge and deepen learning through the…

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INSET : Outstanding Teaching & Learning 2019

“Lots of new ideas to try out and great discussions ” #alwayslearning Highcliffe School Learning & Teaching Steering Group ( via Twitter)   On 16th January 2019 Ofsted released their…

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INSET : Behaviour Management Strategies for Low Level Disruption

“Really engaging tutor who clearly knew his stuff” Sadia Mirza, HOD, Dr Challoners High School Low Level Disruption. Can you kick it? Yes, you can Why manage behaviour? Why do…

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EYFS INSET : The Journey to Outstanding in the Early Years

Very informative, lots of thought provoking ideas Tanya Cross Assistant Head, Inglehurst Junior School Do you know what outstanding looks like in the early years? Are you able to evidence…

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CPD for schools

INSET : Excellent Teaching & Learning for ISI

Dispelling misconceptions, clarifying the criteria and sharing the theory and research behind the ISI approach. This course sets out what ISI defined excellent teaching looks like and how it can be identified and strengthened throughout the school.

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Primary INSET : Challenging More Able Pupils in Maths

I feel particularly inspired. Unlike many courses, this felt achievable. Alison Tanner, Year 5/6 Teacher Cameley Primary School Maths is an exciting subject. The National Curriculum provides a framework to…

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Knowledge Rich Curriculum

INSET: Developing a Knowledge Rich Curriculum in Science

“Really engaging tutor who clearly knew his stuff” Sadia Mirza, HOD, Dr Challoners High School • Do you know what the changes that Ofsted are proposing?• How articulate are you…

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EYFS INSET : Holistic Development in Early Years

Relatable and refreshing training, that engaged and inspired K.Payne Early Years Advisor 90% of brain development occurs by the age of 5, so it is crucial that we provide early…

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teenage brain

INSET : Understanding the Adolescent Brain

Photo courtesy of Andrew Neel Andrew Neel “Fantastic level of information portrayed by a highly knowledgeable trainer.” Assistant Headteacher, Surrey For many years we have blamed challenging teenage behaviour on…

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INSET : Raising Boys’ Achievement & Engagement

“Left the staff buzzing with ideas, an excellent inset without doubt!” Sophie Banks , Headmistress, Eton End School • Does your boys’ achievement fall below that of girls? • Are…

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watercolours

Primary INSET : Teaching Art like a Specialist

Too often the misconception that people are either born with artistic ability or not is able to permeate into our schools. Teachers also feel less confident in delivering the art curriculum because they feel they are not ‘artists’.

This course aims to put these unhelpful views to bed and give teachers the confidence they need to deliver art with passion and enthusiasm and help bring out the artist in all their pupils.

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Ofsted Ready Leader

Ofsted 2019 INSET: The Ofsted Ready School

In September 2019 Ofsted’s new Inspection framework comes into effect – is your school ready? According to Ofsted we can expect that ‘these changes will move Ofsted’s focus away from…

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EYFS INSET : Early Years Outdoor Education

The staff really enjoyed the day and are putting all the great ideas into practice already! B.Lee Director, Ladybirds Nursery, St Albans Do you want to empower your staff to…

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EYFS INSET : Early Years Teaching with Inspiration

So many great ideas that we cannot wait to put into practice! K.Smith Nursery Manager, West Sussex Often we can become complacent in our methods and need to refresh our…

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SEND

INSET : SEND Learners – Practical Classroom Strategies

Excellent, purposeful and effectively delivered Evelyn Chua, Headteacher , Hampden Gurney Primary School • Do your teachers have to deal with low achieving and pupils identified as having SEND? •…

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