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EAL Intensive Twilight

Louise Crook is well-known in Cambridgeshire as a long-serving equality and diversity trainer and advisor. Louise has broad expertise in training across all the protected characteristics.

Join us for this special twilight session with  Louise where she will introduce the key principles and pedagogy of EAL and help teachers to learn how to consider the diverse needs of EAL learners.  A chance to explore your setting’s role in identifying and meeting these needs and then to begin to develop practical strategies based on the pedagogy for supporting EAL learners.

WHERE: The Spinney Primary School, CB1 9PB

WHEN: Monday 24th June 4pm-5:30pm

COST: £45

TO BOOK: email mailto:kitetsa@spinney.cambs.sch.ukby 6th June

EAL Twilight in Cambridge

Progression in Calculations Taster Twilight

Progression in Calculations Taster Twilight

Has your Year 6 teacher found some specific maths misconceptions hard to unpick in the lead up to SATS? PiC is a resource which helps schools to see how children progress in maths from reception to year 6 and helps teachers to track back when misconceptions arise.

The PiC series of handbooks (one handbook for each year group in primary school) will be available for purchase exclusively from The Kite TSA from September 2019 and there will also be options to support the resources with training.

We’re offering primary school maths leads the opportunity to come to this event to see how PiC works (a number of Cambridgeshire schools have had training and are already using the first edition version of PiC). Serge Tasic (trainer and co-author of the handbooks) will deliver a short and lively presentation which encapsulates the essence of PiC. Teachers will have the opportunity to explore the way in which these handbooks can add value to any and all schemes of work as well as helping to inform further development of school calculation policies. Primary maths leaders will be invited to come and thumb through the handbooks and test out a few scenarios where the resources can be used.   

In the pilot we received some powerful feedback;

“PiC is the missing link. This is exactly what I need and have been looking for.”

“Really helpful to have a problem solving strand which should be integral to the new curriculum but is so often missed out.”

“This will help enormously with updating our calculations policy and it will also help colleagues of all abilities”

“This is excellent. It will feed directly into the provision of maths teaching and learning in our school”

“Having the guidance for all year groups should prove very useful, particularly in terms of being able to clearly see what children should be able to do before moving on to the next stage in their learning.”

“This has complemented the work I’ve taken part in with the Cambridge Maths Hub and provided lots of ideas to continue using in the classroom.  I’m looking forward to sharing the information with colleagues and delving deeper”

“With mixed year groups there are particular challenges teaching mathematical concepts. It will be useful to track back at the start of units to assess where to start teaching and ensure progression for all.  It’s really useful to see the visual models”

“I am looking forward to using the PiC booklet to plan future maths lessons with a focus on concrete resources.”

“A very useful and entertaining session”

“A thoroughly enjoyable day. Thank you for inspiring me to go back and try out lots of ideas!”

“It will reinforce work on mastery and help planning, especially supporting work with concrete resources.  Really good to see what progression looks like in years prior to my yeargroup.”

WHERE: The Spinney Primary School, CB1 9PB

WHEN: Monday 20th May, 4pm-5pm

COST: £15 per school

TO BOOK: email kitetsa@spinney.cambs.sch.uk

Serge Tasic
Serge Tasic

 

Amjad Ali’s High Impact Low Effort Teaching & Learning

A reflective day considering key research informed principles that make teaching more effective. Research in education will be explored giving useful insights on how to fully ‘tool-up’ with an arsenal of evidence informed practice. This unique and unmissable day of CPD promises to be invigorating and inspiring, offering a rich array of ideas to bring back to every classroom, regardless of setting.

Amjad Ali is a teacher, trainer, TEDx, engaging keynote speaker (including CambEdFest18) and Senior Leader. He currently works 4 days a week in a startup secondary school and offers CPD/INSET on his other day. Amjad has spent his teaching career working in challenging, diverse schools. He is a qualified, practising SENCO, completing the National SENCO Award in 2016. Amjad has worked with 1000s of teachers delivering courses to help them become more effective.

WHERE: Trumpington Community College

WHEN: Monday 8th July, 10am-3pm

COST: £95

TO BOOK: email kitetsa@spinney.cambs.sch.uk

Amjad Ali
Amjad Ali

 

Storytime Phonics Training Day with the Phonics Fairy – AKA Michelle Larbey

Storytime Phonics Training Day at the Spinney Primary School

Story Time Phonics is a systematic approach to teaching synthetic phonics alongside fun and engaging books. Real books create real readers. The great thing about StoryTime phonics is that it is based on Letters and Sounds but you introduce each new sound with a fantastic storybook. With each book is a caption action which links to the book and the sound being taught. Planning still follows the four elements – revisit/review, teach (new learning), practise and apply. Ideas are given for activities for practising and applying, which are multisensory and fun. Consequently, this interactive approach helps children to retain the new learning and, of course, it is engaging!

WHERE: Spinney Primary School, CB1 9PB

WHEN: Friday 5th July, 9am-3:30pm

COST: £60 per school

TO BOOK: email kitetsa@spinney.cambs.sch.uk by 17/06/19

with the Phonic Fairy
Storytime Phonics Training Day

Think outside the box POSTPONED

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED.

 

The Big Education Conversation is taking place at the Bradfield Centre (a world-class collaboration space) on evening of Thursday 28th March.  Teachers, headteachers and those connected with education will be joining the lively discussion and we’re very privileged to have an influential line-up of speakers. Some people have had difficulty registering for this FREE event.  We recommend going to this site via Chrome outside of Central Host. However, if you have any difficulties please feel free to contact Suzie at kitetsa@spinney.cambs.sch.uk

Whole Education Regional Primary Hub Event at Spinney Primary School

  The Spinney Primary School “Open Day”

 

Join us at The Spinney Primary School on Thursday 14th March for the Whole Education Regional Primary Hub Event. Hear from Headteacher and National Leader of Education, Rae Snape about how The Spinney has created a connected and creative, change maker curriculum.

 

Enjoy a tour of the school, that includes a visit to the Wild Wood.

With relationships at the heart of the school’s ethos this day also includes an opportunity to hear from Dr Robert Loe CEO of Relational Schools.

English Adviser Michelle Larbey (aka The Phonic Fairy) will also be flying in to explain how Story Time Phonics has been successfully implemented in the Spinney.

 To book: kitetsa@spinney.cambs.sch.uk

 

 

 

 

 

Amjad Ali – The Effective Teacher – SEND, Pupil Premium & Inclusion

CambsEdFest Presenter Amjad Ali brings us The Effective Teacher – a series of stand alone CPD days which are unique, inspiring and applicable to primary, secondary and further education teachers.

SEND, Pupil Premium & Inclusion – Who, what, where, why and when!

  • Teachers will be given a detailed breakdown of key SEND related Teaching and Learning practices to enable all teachers to teach to the top and scaffold down.
  • Key SEND diagnosis will be explored in more detail to give teachers a greater understanding of the difficulties students face.
  • Pupil Premium as a label will be explored looking at innovative and effective strategies used by schools nationwide to help diminish the difference.

You don’t have to be a SENCO to attend!

Date: Monday 18th March 2019

Venue:   Trumpington Community College

Timing: 10:00-15:00

Cost:       £95

Others in the series…..

  • 13.05.19 – Behaviour & Relationship Management / Building
  • 03.06.19 – Marking versus Feedback; Effective Wellbeing for all staff
  • 08.07.19 – Effective Planning and Subject Knowledge Development.
     

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The Big Up Education Conversation

On the evening of 28th March 2019 join Lord John Bird Founder of The Big Issue and other brilliant speakers for The Big Up  Education Conversation

The Big Education Conversation will

Unify

Bring together individuals and organisations who have a shared interest in better preparing young people for their future. Together they can have open, honest and constructive conversations about education

 

Amplify

Through these conversations we seek to amplify examples of excellent practice happening across the system, as well as amplifying what emerges from these conversations (e.g. what actions? where do people agree/have differing views?

Activate

Through these face-to-face conversations we can inspire and equip people and organisations to take action in their communities (local and national) to better prepare young people for their futures

“It is time for a National, rational debate on how we help our young people succeed. ”  

Paul Deschler,   President of CBI

Date:  Thurs 28th March 2019, 6pm-8pm

Venue:   The Bradfield Centre

Cambridge Science Park Rd,

Milton, Cambridge CB4 0GA

Michael Rosen’s Teacher Workshop

Please join us on Wednesday 16th January, 4pm-6pm at Trumpington Community College for a special workshop led by the renowned author, Michael Rosen, our ‘poet in residence’ at Historyworks. In this invaluable session, Michael will share his knowledge and experience for reading and writing both prose and poetry, and will introduce methods for supporting students of primary and lower secondary school age, followed by Q&A session.

Tickets are just £10 and covers refreshments plus Michael Rosen’s two NEW books (Writing for Pleasure & Why Write? Why Read?)!

Click here to book

Michael Rosen Teacher CPD 2019