Secondary School Improvement

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Cultural Competence - Tackling Disproportionality in Attainment and Exclusion of Young Black Men

Who should attend? 

Leaders and influencers.

This session aims to ensure leaders are informed about research and current practice in the area of cultural competence. It will look at:

  • The key factors in persistent underachievement.
  • Leadership on equality issues.
  • Unconscious bias:  How background, personal experiences, stereotypes and cultural context impact on decisions and actions without you realising.
  • Introduction to Racial Identity Theory.

Course objectives:

  • Gain an understanding of issues affecting BAME students, in particular, the factors that lead to underachievement and the causes of disproportionality.
  • Enable participants to put equity at the front and centre of their work.
  • Know how leaders can develop better ways to improve outcomes and life experiences of black young men and women – curriculum, inclusion and belonging.
  • Learn about the racial identity models to address unconscious bias, and ensure that staff are well-equipped to include theories.

  • Target audience:
  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • Included in package:
  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • Inclusion

£177.60

(incl. VAT)

Growing Great Leaders: Pathway 1 - Starting Out

Course overview

Sessions will focus on specific aspects such as style, building winning teams, vision and accountability. They will include core duties such as planning, making sense of data and monitoring information, how to approach self-evaluation and accountability. The programme also looks at the wider responsibilities of middle leadership. Serving practitioners from local schools will share their perspectives and experiences on the demands and challenges facing curriculum and pastoral managers. This will support the development of practice and build confidence and presence in this important role.

Course objectives

  • To develop a shared appraisal and common language about what it takes to lead subject, phase, key stage or team well.

  • To be informed about current developments and international research in leading educational improvement.

  • To understand different leadership styles.

  • To develop people and secure improvement with confidence.

Who should attend?

This programme is aimed at aspiring or new middle leaders. It will be suitable for staff recently appointed or those starting out as curriculum, subject or pastoral managers.

  • Target audience:
  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • Included in package:
  • Primary
  • Secondary

£1,080.00

(incl. VAT)

Growing Great Leaders: Pathway 2 - Stepping Up

Course overview

This programme is suitable for experienced managers looking to extend their role and current skills. Sessions will consider the challenges and dilemmas of modern leadership. They will draw on international research about organisational effectiveness and culture. High performing serving leaders from local schools will share their perspectives and experiences in some of the sessions. This will support the development of skills, qualities and mind-set that are essential to advance educational outcomes and build sustainable improvement in challenging contexts, within a rapidly changing system.

Course objectives

  • To develop a shared appraisal and common language about organisational and systems leadership
  • To understand what is meant by situational leadership, style, vision, strategy.
  • Crucial conversations.
  • Leading change and managing complexity.
  • Develop a range of strategies to deploy when managing staff individually and as a group.

Who should attend?

This programme is aimed at experienced senior managers in strategic posts, who have measurable impact on school improvement in their current roles. It is geared to growing future exceptional leaders.

  • Target audience:
  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • Included in package:
  • Primary
  • Secondary

£1,080.00

(incl. VAT)

Ofsted Preparation for Schools Due to be Inspected in 2021-22

Course overview 

The way that Ofsted inspects schools significantly changed in 2019 with the publication of a  new Education Inspection Framework. These three short sessions for middle and senior  school leaders will explore Ofsted inspection practice in Primary and Secondary settings.  Led by a trainer with up to date, practical experience of inspecting schools across both  Primary and Secondary sectors these sessions will support school leaders to: 

● Understand how Ofsted will evaluate the quality of education and know the different  approach to a Section 5 and a Section 8 inspection. 

● Consider the judgements for Leadership & Management, Behaviour & Attitudes,  Personal Development, 6th Form/ EYFS. 

● Prepare for a successful interview with the inspector, including the initial telephone  conversation. 

● Consider how to refine practices and prepare staff for a positive inspection outcome.

● Ensure that school self-evaluation supports the inspection process. 

 Quality of Education: The Curriculum - This 90 minute session will explore the Ofsted framework in relation to the Quality of Education judgment.

Leadership and Management: Impact and Implementation - This 60 minute session will explore the Ofsted framework in relation to the Leadership and Management judgment.

Behaviour and Attitudes/Personal Development - This 60 minute session will explore the Ofsted framework in relation to the Behaviour and Attitudes and Personal Development judgements.

Who should attend? 

Headteachers, senior and subjects leaders in schools. 

Course length 

1x 90min session plus 2x 60min sessions. 

  • Target audience:
  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • Included in package:
  • Primary
  • Secondary

£216.00

(incl. VAT)

School Leaders Breakfast Briefing Updates

Course overview

This is a well-researched, information rich one-hour forum. It provides busy managers with a ‘grab and go’ update on a range of educational matters. Presentations have a swift and digestible style. Content is drawn from the national agenda and any developing news with regard to educational and social inclusion, incorporating well-being, school effectiveness and school improvement. This includes Government policy, statutory assessment outcomes, the latest guidance from Ofsted, the Department for Education and relevant published think pieces or research findings. Slides and notes, with hyperlinks, will be sent to participants.

Course objectives

  • To inform leaders of current developments and research from the national agenda for education

  • To be forewarned about emerging policy and legislation, and implications for schools

  • To provide strategic leaders with quick, digestible information that can be disseminated to subject and pastoral managers, and quickly translated to action

Who should attend?

Headteachers, Head of School, Deputy Headteacher or Assistant Headteacher from a primary or secondary school.

  • Included in package:
  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • Target audience:
  • Primary
  • Secondary

From £54.00

(incl. VAT)

SEF in a Day

Course overview

This workshop gives leaders the opportunity to check on the accuracy of their self-evaluation against the 2019 Education Inspection Framework. The session will support leaders in articulating their school’s current position. It is designed to help schools review their self-evaluation summaries. The workshop will identify the evidence base which can be drawn on to make judgements; look at the language used when writing an effective self-evaluation summary and provide examples.

Course objectives

  • To present a convincing, accurate evaluation of the school’s achievements against the current Ofsted grade descriptors.

  • To construct a concise self-evaluation report with a clear evidence trail.

  • To identify whether there are gaps in the evidence or where some further evidence gathering and evaluation is needed.

Who should attend?

Headteachers, senior and subjects leaders in schools.

  • Target audience:
  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • Included in package:
  • Primary
  • Secondary

£276.00

(incl. VAT)