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‘Knowlogy’ Conference – seeking Wit, Wisdom and Wonder through Reading

‘Knowlogy’ Conference –

seeking Wit, Wisdom and Wonder through Reading

Tuesday 4th February 2020 

at Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage

The Kite TSA is pleased to recommend this conference taking place in neighbouring Hertfordshire.  We have a long-established  relationship with Herts for Learning and collaborate with them to bring our Cambridgeshire colleagues the truly brilliant Martin Galway (who’s part of the conference line-up). We can also recommend the Cambridgeshire English Conference which is taking place on 30th June 2020 – click here to and choose ‘conferences’ to book

One of the recognised ways in which pupils gain knowledge is through reading. When it comes to which texts to choose to supply this knowledge, the choice is vast.

Great historical fiction, biographical narratives, and quality reference books all have the power to inform and delight.

This conference aims to celebrate the full range of knowledge-enhancing texts available to teachers, even going so far as to honour this special subset of literature with its own categorisation: ‘knowlogy texts’ – those texts that are capable of imparting and developing knowledge. ‘Knowlogy’ texts have never been more exciting, or more relevant.

With children being expected to read widely and deeply across all curriculum areas, now is the perfect time for teachers to refresh their understanding of what constitutes a quality text within this category, and how it can be used to foster excellent outcomes in reading and writing across the primary phases.

Herts for Learning and Just Imagine are delighted to be working in collaboration to welcome teachers to a conference that is sure to be inspiring, informative and relevant. With guest speakers, Teresa Cremin, professor of Education at the Open University, and Janina Ramirez, historian, broadcaster and author of Riddles of the Runes: a Viking mystery, colleagues will be sure to leave armed with a wealth of exciting new titles that they are excited to share with their classes.

A range of workshops will be available on the day, each aimed at enthusing a passion and knowledge for how non-fiction can be used to excite young readers and writers.

Knowlogy Conference

Click here to book

Disability History Month – teaching resources

Disability History Month takes place every year between 22nd November and 22nd December and celebrates the lives and achievements of disabled people. Schools are encouraged to hold activities about disability equality during the month. The theme for this year is

Leadership, Resistance and Culture

Every school has disabled pupils, staff and family members.

Disability History Month is an opportunity within your school, to develop a culture of respect for difference and a chance to remove the barriers, so that all can achieve their potential.

So calling all students and teachers…keep reading this page to get ideas to organize events, put up displays, hold assemblies and introduce disability equality as a focus across the curriculum, in your school or college.

The DfE reports that up to 80% of disabled learners experience bullying and are 8 times more likely than non-disabled learners to be excluded or suspended. However the law requires reasonable adjustments to be implemented with no discrimination or harassment.

In education, disabled children and young people need staff, pupils and parents to understand and change their behaviour to accommodate the full range of disabled learners including those with mental health issues, behavioural difficulties, speech and communication difficulties, specific and general learning difficulties and those with physical or sensory impairments.

 

Useful links:

 

Accessibility and inclusive events in Cambridge – disability-history-month-brochure

Official website here

Twinkl has free resources here

A useful article in the Guardian newspaper as to other curriculum angles here

A UKDM video here

 

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 27th September, 9am-3:30pm

COST: £60 per school

TO BOOK: email kitetsa@spinney.cambs.sch.uk by 17/09/19

#Flamingle19 tickets selling fast!

#Flamingle19
#Flamingle19

The third Cambridgeshire Festival of Education (also known as @CambsEdFest and #Flamingle19) is just 9 weeks away!  If you’re intending to come to this flamboyant celebration of teachers and teaching but haven’t yet got your ticket then you might want to get a wriggle on! Tickets (at only £35 including lunch) have been selling fast since we featured in TES the other day.  There’s a stellar line up of speakers but the true stars of the show are the brilliant educators who bring the Magic!

 

 

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

 

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

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
 

 

 

Pivotal Behaviour Inset

A unique opportunity to join Spinney Primary School on this inset which promises to change hearts and minds. Pivotal training gives staff a consistent approach, centred around simple practical ideas and provides a catalyst for transformation in culture.

The Five Pillars of Pivotal Practice:

  1. Consistent, calm adult behaviour
  2. First attention for best conduct
  3. Relentless routines
  4. Scripting difficult interventions
  5. Restorative follow up

Please note places are limited so apply now to avoid disappointment.

Monday 29th October, 2018, 9am – 12:30pm

£75

email syoung@spinney.cambs.sch.uk for enquiries or bookings.

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