Our English team, led by outstanding subject experts, is proud to offer challenging, inclusive, evidence-based courses and blogs to all teachers. These CPD opportunities are designed to empower pupils to be highly literate, critical thinkers and promote above all a love of literature.
Professional Development Opportunities
Blending keynote speeches and workshops from national experts with a buzzy Teachmeet showcasing practical strategies from schools all over the borough and beyond, these are a great opportunity for whole departments or individual teachers to engage with a range of professional development opportunities.
Coming Up - How do we teach reading?
Take your teachers out of the bubble of their own experience and open their eyes to some best practice in action with an immersive CPD experience. Visits arranged to leading departments to include observations, peer-to-peer conversations and a chance to review and share the resources and planning that made it happen.
‘The best CPD I’ve ever had – it has reignited my passion for subject development and given me clear and tangible ideas for improving English at my school’ Richard Lamb following a visit to see direct instruction in action at Trinity CofE School, Lewisham.
Upcoming visits planned (now postponed) to see outstanding primary teaching of extended writing & department systems for ensuring success at KS4 – speak to firstname.lastname@example.org for more details or to suggest a visit.
COURSES COMING SOON
Bridging the gap between KS2 and KS3 English Curriculum
Bridging the gap between KS2 and KS3 curriculums (Twilight CPD – online or face-to face by arrangement)
Primary Practices and Pedagogies (School Visit)
Phonics (Twilight CPD - online or face to face by arrangement)
Closing the vocabulary gap
This course will provide a basic understanding of how phonics teaching works to support readers decode texts.
Macbeth Study sessions
Enhance your subject knowledge of this GCSE text with our weekly webinars. Revitalise your passion for the subject and learning in general by engaging with academic readings, expert analysis and different interpretations. Suitable for trainee to expert teachers and supported by a fully resourced scheme of work available to all who sign up for the course.
I wanted to share with you some excellent free opportunities that have been brought to my attention:
OUP are running some Closing the Word Gap webinars :
Session 1: Energising Eloquence - started Wednesday 22nd April 2020
Session 2: Building Vocabulary, Building a Voice
Session 3: Oral Rehearsal: Moving Speech to Writing
Session 4: Planning for a Vocab-Rich Curriculum
Session 5: Collaborative approaches to vocab-rich school
I know lots of you are spending this time on curriculum development and have been concerned with bridging the transition gap, so some useful CPD might be to look at these Primary English courses to see how they address teaching of reading and writing in KS1&2.
Session 1: Teaching Reading- decoding, comprehension and fluency - starts on Tuesday 21st April at 10am
Session 2: Teaching Reading- Becoming a reader and building a reading culture
Session 3: Developing Oracy, Spoken Language and Vocabulary
Session 4: Teaching Writing- finding a voice
Session 5: Supporting Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling
For those looking to develop subject knowledge, www.massolit.io have given all schools a free 30 day trial of their online resources which are great for teachers and students alike.
4* 1.5 hour sessions which can be delivered face to face or online to departments.
The course is designed to give secondary teachers from any subject the confidence to identify struggling readers and confidently employ a range of strategies to support students to read challenging texts independently.
Who is it for?
Cloud 9 and Super Stretch Sessions for KS4 Learners
Targeted intervention for Grade 9 learners across the borough developing the key skills and knowledge needed to gain a place in the top 3% of the country. A chance for your pupils to build networks with, and be challenged by, other gifted pupils while developing skills and passion for the subject.
Each session focuses in depth on an area of the GCSE specification key for success at the highest grades. Content is revised and then exam questions are tackled. Teacher modelling is followed by supported student practice. This is also a CPD opportunity for the teachers accompanying their students, as they get to observe and participate in best practice teaching of exam techniques and
Who is it for?
- Cloud 9, for students targeted grade 8 or 9 who enter Year 11 working at grade 7
- Super7, for students targeted grade 7 who entre Year 11 working at grade 5
A selection of topics for 2020-2021
Developing detailed and conceptualised reading responses in the Language paper.
Gender in Macbeth: Where men are men but women rule
Creating conceptualised responses to poetry responses
How to create a cogent and original piece of writing
Homosexuality and the Blackmailer’s Charter in Jekyll and Hyde
Overly sentimental or supreme satire? A critique of Dickens’ style
The importance of time in An Inspector Calls
Easter Revision Sessions
Take your teachers out of the bubble of their own experience and open their eyes to some best practice in action with an immersive CPD experience.
Visits arranged to leading departments to include observations, peer-to-peer conversations and a chance to review and share the resources and planning that made it happen.
Upcoming visits planned to see outstanding primary teaching of extended writing & department systems for ensuring success at KS4 – speak to email@example.com for more details or to suggest a visit.
Mock Marking Services
KS4 Mock Marking Service
We employ exam board certified examiners to mark your KS4 assessments providing AO annotated and graded scripts + an overall question level analysis and teaching and learning report for £5.50 per script. Consultant days can also be traded for payment – 1 consultant day = 60 scripts.
The schools will post scripts recorded delivery to the marker who will return via recorded delivery. The minimum marking turnaround would be 2 weeks.
In addition, we can also offer a moderation service by the same certified examiners for the same price and process. They will moderate a selection of scripts and provide a report on the accuracy of marking and trends across the sample.
As a follow up service we offer:
Bespoke training for your department on the areas for development which will have the most pupil impact.
Bespoke intervention sessions for your pupils including walk through feedback sessions on the mock using responses from your pupils.
Walk through mocks: Examiner led walk through mocks convey a clear message to an entire cohort on how to approach each question using replicable structures and model answers to build confidence. This is an invaluable experience for your pupils and staff to see how to tackle the Language and Literature papers successfully.
Follow up resources available – please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to book for your school.
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