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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

 

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

 

Middle Leadership Programme

Brand new programme starting on 21st January at Trumpington Meadows Primary School. This programme has been specially developed for Trumpington Federation teachers and being opened up for more teachers to be able to take advantage. The programme includes a chance to take a look at the macro perspective of your organisation. It explores modeling and monitoring, leading improvements, analysing data and being strategic. It includes strategic aspects of improving outcomes, ambition and career paths and will also look at books, resources, sources of inspiration and role models as well as wellbeing and workload. This well-rounded series of twilights across the second two terms of the academic year is a great way to support recently qualified teachers and emerging middle leaders  and has been carefully timed to be succinct to fit in with busy schedules.

Just £200 for 4 twilights

 

Middle Leadership
 

 

 

BLINKS – School-led Peer Review

Come and spend a day learning about BLINKS; a distinctive approach to school-led, peer-to-peer school self-evaluation and improvement. On Thursday 7th February 2019, this training will show headteachers how to successfully carry out BLINKS with a cluster or family of schools. This thoughtful and creative self-evaluation process helps schools to celebrate what’s good and great and values what colleagues are doing. Hosted at The Spinney Primary School in Cambridge, Roy Blatchford CBE will walk us through this distinctive and robust approach.  Places are limited so booking early is strongly recommended.  Lunch will be provided.

Training for headteachers
School-led self-evaluation training with Roy Blatchford CBE