Secondary Schools INSET

Secondary schools

Our CPD and INSET for Secondary Schools & Sixth Form Colleges

Brilliant, knowledgeable and experienced presenter, keen to help schools with different challenges implement strategies

Georgina Batting , Senior Mistress, Blundell’s School

Professional Development in Secondary Schools

Both school leaders and class-teachers in secondary schools agree on the importance of effective CPD for teaching staff.

Effective professional development for teachers is a core part of securing effective teaching.

DfE’s Standard for Teachers’ Professional Development

Secondary Schools are not investing enough into CPD

‘In the UK the quality and nature of continuing training available is very uneven’. OECD

Personalised, Practical, Pedagogy

At JMC we firmly believe CPD should be relevant and engaging, that’s why so many schools use our services.

On average schools in England spend just 0.5% of their budgets on CPD, according to the Teacher Development Trust. In contrast, in the world’s best school systems like Ontario, Canada, over 10% of school budgets and teacher time is spent on CPD. Whilst students spend 1100 hours a year learning, teachers in England are expected to spend only up to 30 hours a year, less than an hour a week!

Effective CPD improves Teacher Retention

Teachers in Secondary Schools are firmly invested in honing and developing their skills. According to an LKMco and Pearson survey, the prospect of making a difference in pupils’ lives motivates 92% of teachers to stay in teaching, so any further opportunities to increase their impact in the classroom are likely to be received with enthusiasm.

We use JMC regularly as they provide a wide range of up to date training courses and we know that the quality of training will be high

Dr Ceri Fiddes, Assistant Head (Teaching and Learning), Millfield School

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,…

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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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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

emotional academic resilience

INSET : Emotional Academic Resilience Toolkit for Students

“Our Launchpad Students have had Emotional Academic Resilience training for several years. It is a key part of our strategy to help retain students, and then equip them for the…

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…

Metacognitive strategies

INSET: Improving Literacy through Metacognitive Strategies

“Fab ! Best thing I’ve ever been on”. N. Betts, Assistant Head, Sandbach High School Support your pupils to embrace metacognitive strategies to improve literacy outcomes. How can we get…

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…

Secondary INSET : Writing effective UCAS applications and references

Overview Providing pupil references for UCAS can be a daunting prospect for teachers. Collecting the right information from colleagues and constructing a fair and balanced reference can make a huge…

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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 •…

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…

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,…

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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curriculum design

INSET : Curriculum Design: Intent, Implementation & Impact

This INSET cuts through the complexity of the issues and highlights common themes to support successful curriculum design” Tim Jones, Deputy Head, Knowle Park Primary School Curriculum Design With a…

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…

Biology INSET

Secondary INSET : Raising Attainment in Biology A level

“Left inspired!” Kim Carmichael, Head of Science, Longcroft School Improving the performance of lower attaining A level Biology students How do you make the new Biology specifications more accessible to…

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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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…

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…

Anger management

INSET : Strategies for Anger Management in the Classroom

“0ur staff found your anger management course hugely beneficial. The resources that you’ve sent will also be a huge help as we try to embed the strategies that you outlined.”Emma…

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…

6th form

Post 16 INSET : Outstanding Learning & Progress in 6th Form

“Feedback has been extremely positive about last night’s training – ‘One colleague even described it as “life changing”. Andy Backwell, Head of 6th Form, Malmesbury School A practical guide on…

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Character ,resilience and grit

INSET : Building Character,Grit & Resilience in Schools

“This could not have been more relevant. It has made me rethink and it has already changed our plan for next academic year. I will be looking out for other…

online learning

INSET : Online Learning & Blended Teaching Strategies

“This has helped our staff immensely with their online learning journey and has made us think of how we can use this experience to change our ways of teaching in…

oustanding maths

Secondary INSET : Outstanding Maths Teaching 2020

“Superbly clear, inspiring, and backed by outstanding subject knowledge.”Tom Bowley, Millfield School, Head of Maths Subject Specific Pedagogy for Ofsted 2020 Subject knowledge CPD is becoming more important as many…

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…

Teacher CPD

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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Deep dive

Ofsted 2020 INSET : Preparing for a Curriculum Deep Dive

“Absolutely brilliant, I feel so much more informed and energised” Katherine Letts, Director of Science ( Core Leadership Group) , St Laurence School The Ofsted Ready Department: Preparing for a…

Science INSET: Outstanding Implementation 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’ Are…

Behaviour management

INSET : Positive Behaviour Management Strategies

“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 positive behaviour strategies improve pupil…

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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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Most able

INSET : Challenging the most able students in all subjects

“Great take-always , so many useful resources” Thahseen Ali, Biology Teacher, King’s Rochester Strategies for challenging the most able students in every classroom How do you set high expectations in…

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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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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…

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…

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…

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…

Low level disruption

INSET : Behaviour Management 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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Outstanding Implementation

INSET : Outstanding Implementation of T&L

“Lots of new ideas to try out and great discussions ” #alwayslearning Highcliffe School Learning & Teaching Steering Group ( via Twitter) Will your school achieve or maintain Outstanding in…

INSET : Excellent 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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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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Most able

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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metacognitive feedback

INSET : Metacognitive Feedback to Improve Pupil Progress

Thanks for a fantastic INSET on Metacognition – Really looking forward to using the strategies in our lessons in the next few weeks The Marist School Sports Department ( via…

Thriving, not just surviving

INSET : Wellbeing for Better Teaching

Thriving, not just surviving: Wellbeing for teachers at work and at home The number of teachers seeking mental health support has risen by 35% in the past 12 months. How…

Ofsted 2020

Ofsted 2020 INSET : Deep Dive Marking & Feedback

“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 2020 : Greater focus on teacher…

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curriculum transition

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…

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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SRE

PSHEE INSET : Statutory Sex & Relationship Education ( SRE) for 2020

“Excellent! Very clear and direct. Covered a lot of content in an engaging manner. The course also helped me with SRE strategies.” Adam Tyson, Housemaster & Head of Wellbeing, UCS…

Ofsted Ready Leader

Ofsted 2020 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…

Well-being

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.

Active learning

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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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 : 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)….

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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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…

Chemistry INSET

INSET : Challenging able Chemistry students to reach their true potential

“It was exceptionally useful, highly relevant & personalised to our school. Our Chemistry teachers found the opportunity to work with someone of such pragmatic experience invaluable. I cannot recommend highly…

Most able biology

Secondary INSET : A/A* Strategies for Biology A level

Challenging able Biology students to reach their true potential “Really worthwhile and applicable, felt like I was actually learning something!” Jack White-Foy, Dulwich College Does your Biology teaching really stretch…

questioning strategies

INSET : Higher Cognitive Questioning Strategies

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 outstanding…