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Brand NEW Greater Depth course for Year 4 and Year 5 Teachers (plus our Year 6 course is back)

Martin Galway from Herts for Learning returns to the Kite TSA next month for the first of three sessions for Year 4 and Year 5 teachers.  Named ‘Stretching and Challenging Year 4s and Year 5s to pave the way for greater depth’, this course is expected to be very well received after the success of the greater depth course for Year 6 teachers attended last year.  And for those Year 6 teachers that weren’t able to take advantage last year we’re delighted to also announce the repeat of the Greater Depth in Year 6 programme.

Stretching and Challenging Year 4 and 5 to pave the way for Greater Depth

Venue: The Spinney Primary School, CB1 9PB


  • Friday 18th Jan 9am-4pm
  • Friday 8th Mar 1pm-4pm
  • Friday 3rd May 1pm-4pm

Writing at Greater Depth in Year 6

Venue: The Spinney Primary School, CB1 9PB


  • Friday 16th Nov 9am – 4pm
  • Friday 8th Feb 1pm-4pm
  • Friday 26th April 1pm-4pm

The long and the short of GDS in Year 6 writing

Excerpt from Martin Galway’s recent blog….

The nature of this year’s framework, and its dissemination has allowed some space for deeper thought and discussion with colleagues in schools and on training courses. There is a sense that we are less in thrall to the prescriptive specifics of the here-today-gone-next-academic-year ITAF experiments of the past two years. This year, the STA kept good on their promises to release the frameworks, exemplification and associated guidance earlier in the year. Better still, we know what to expect in the coming year. That is always nice. Especially if you are in a year group subject to statutory assessment. Especially given the nature of accountability and what this means for class teachers at the sharp end of where writing meets statutory assessment outcomes. As a year 6 teacher, if I am completely honest, at times it would have felt like my life depended on that basic courtesy. You know, a bit of forewarning. Definitely appreciate that.

The long and the short of GDS in year 6 writing_hertsforlearning-blog_2018

or Click Here to visit the blog on HertsforLearning website.


We get very powerful feedback from course delegates that we deliver inspiring and revolutionary CPD. 

Our Autumn Term 2019 Phonics Training Day received comments like this;

“an absolute 5 out of 5!….impact in our school will be huge”

“fantastic day…I arrived not knowing whether it would be yet another course, but NO! Absolutely inspiring”

“best course EVER!!!..I normally struggle to stay focused on training but I really did love this one and feel genuinely inspired and motivated”

“the enthusiasm is infectious. Inspired to bring that to the classroom”

“I’ve learnt so much…!5!….What a fun and inspiring way to teach our little people phonics”

Our Autumn Term 2019 Martin Galway ‘Writing at Greater Depth’ Subject Leader Course received these comments;

“Brilliant! 5 out of 5. So many different things to take back to school”

“Very full of ideas that can impact leading in all year groups”

“Excellent CPD day. So much information and ideas to take back and share with my school”

“a very thorough and robust course made even better by resources on a memory stick!”

So with these reviews we know teachers will get a lot out of these forthcoming courses. Book early to avoid disappointment and please call Alliance Coordinator Suzie Young if you have any questions (07969 685971);

Reading Rocketeers – John Murray (King of Comprehension) – Friday 1st November – 13:00-16:00 – at Spinney Primary School, CB1 9PB – Cost: £75 – to book email syoung@spinney.cambs.sch.uk

This course considers the reasons why learners can find the transition into skills-based reading problematic, discusses how these might be addressed and explores the structure of a good reading intervention session.

Find out how to boost reading comprehension levels in order to:

  • Develop a learner’s higher order reading skills using decodable text.
  • Improve their understanding of what is being read at word, sentence and whole text level.

Key Learning Aim:

  • To consider the difference between Shared and Guided Reading and explore reasons why some learners find it difficult to understand what they are able to decode across Key Stages 1 & 2.
  • To equip teachers with the necessary strategies and techniques that will enable their learner’s reading comprehension to move forward.

Stretching and challenging Year 4s and Year 5s to pave the way for greater depth in writing – Martin Galway – Starts on Friday 22nd November 2019, 09:00-16:00 and continues 13:00-16:00 on 7th Feb and 24th April – at Spinney Primary, CB1 9PB – Cost: £300 – to book email mailto:syoung@spinney.cambs.sch.uk

This programme will focus on identifying and developing writers that have a solid grasp of the requirements of the lower Key Stage 2 curriculum, and that are in the exciting process of developing their own voice and style. Deliberately timed so that teachers have had the opportunity to build up a bank of classwork, the course will explore the skills and knowledge evident in their children’s writing, and explore how to develop these further so that confidence, voice and control are more fully developed. Follow up sessions will provide the opportunity to respond to children’s development as they progress across the year. Participants will be guided in how to navigate the requirements of the national curriculum for writing, whilst nurturing writers that not only have a keen sense of audience, but are able to have real effect through their control of technical aspects, content, and literary features. The course is grounded in the use of high quality texts, the value in exploring language use in context, and the importance of individual voice. As such, the course provides a solid foundation towards achievement of the greater depth standard in Year 6.

Empathy Lab Training Day – Miranda McKearney – Tuesday 19th November, 10:00-16:30 – 44 Webber Street London – Cost: £175 – to book email syoung@spinney.cambs.sch.uk

Empathy Lab is a whole school approach using stories to integrate empathy education into existing school priorities. Young people are growing up in a society with a major empathy deficit; hate crimes are at their highest level since records began and there are increasing concerns about the negative effects of social media. Increased empathy is good for society and vital for young people’s life chances. Psychologists highlight its central place in the bank of social and emotional skills young people need – without strong empathy skills, they will struggle to form the strong relationships they need to learn and thrive.   This is a first-step training day with EmpathyLab. Learn about;

  • The different elements of empathy and its educational importance
  • The research showing how books and book-talk can build empathy
  • How schools are achieving school development priorities by integrating work on empathy with literacy and reading for pleasure
  • How to teach children about empathy, and develop their empathy skills and social activism
  • Which books are good for empathy-focused work, and why

  The approach helps to build young people’s empathy, literacy and social activism through a more systematic use of high-quality literature. It builds on scientific evidence showing the power of reading to build real-life empathy skills. With 11 primary school partners (including the Spinney Primary) they have spent the last three years testing new approaches. Their latest report (see www.empathylab.uk/empathylab-school-trial) shows the significant impact of our Empathy Explorers programme on school improvement and ethos; empathy skills and wellbeing; improvements in literacy, pro-social attitudes and behaviour. 
Empathy Lab Training Day Information – November 2019

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