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Leadership & Assessment Courses at London & Northern Centres

This broad range of leadership courses provides opportunities for senior leaders to address key aspects of practice and resolve complex issues. Informative and inspiring, they will enable leaders to monitor and support effective approaches in EYFS and KS1.

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Autumn 2017, Spring & Summer 2018

Evaluating Practice and Completing Your SEF One Day Multi terms £175.00

Evaluating Practice and Completing Your SEF

Course description

With Ofsted currently making separate judgements about teaching in the EYFS, it is essential for leaders to have a secure knowledge of pupil outcomes and the quality of provision. This course is for senior leaders who wish to ensure that their professional knowledge of the EYFS is up to date. The day will support strategic planning and evaluation of this important stage and further develop skills in holding EYFS leaders to account. It will look in detail at effective assessment including demonstrating and reporting pupil progress, the nature of high quality teaching and the critical significance of the ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’. During the afternoon there will a practical workshop exploring what evidence to collate.

Benefits

  • Confidence in evaluating your Early Years.
  • Examples of effective self-evaluation and supporting frameworks.
  • Support from a consultant to review your current evidence.
Course type One Day Course
Led by Ruth Swailles, National Leadership Consultant
Price £175.00 exc. VAT
Additional Delegate £150.00 exc. VAT
Audience Heads, Deputy Heads, Senior Leaders, EYFS Leaders
Autumn 2017
Northern Centre
Monday 4th December, 9.30am – 3.30pm
London Centre
Tuesday 5th December, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Summer 2018
Northern Centre
Friday 8th June, 9.30am – 3.30pm
London Centre
Tuesday 5th June, 9.30am – 3.30pm
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New to Headship: Understanding the Early Years One Day Multi terms £175.00

New to Headship: Understanding the Early Years

Course description

Getting it right from the start is critical for every child. This course has been specifically designed to give newly appointed headteachers with limited early years’ experience a thorough introduction to everything they need to know.
The day will begin by providing delegates with a detailed overview of the statutory requirements for the EYFS; including the safeguarding and welfare requirements. Participants will then explore what is best practice and how to confidently observe learning in the early years. We will then go on to consider how to give effective and constructive feedback to your early years practitioners. Time will also be spent supporting you with how to understand and interpret EYFS data to enable you to use it effectively use it for school improvement purposes.

Benefits

  • A clear understanding of the statutory requirements for the EYFS.
  • Knowledge of the key features of continuous provision and planning in the Early Years.
  • Resources to support you with monitoring and evaluating practice.

 

Course type One Day Course
Led by Early Excellence Consultant Team
Price £175.00 exc. VAT
Additional Delegate £150.00 exc. VAT
Audience Heads & Prospective Heads
Autumn 2017
Northern Centre
Tuesday 31st October, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Summer 2018
Northern Centre
Tuesday 19th June, 9.30am – 3.30pm
London Centre
Wednesday 13th June, 9.30am – 3.30pm
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Being One Step Ahead: Preparing for External Inspection EYFS One Day Multi terms £175.00

Being One Step Ahead: Preparing for External Inspection EYFS

Course description

With most schools now having a one day OFSTED inspection, being prepared has never be more important. Section 8 inspections have a particularly strong focus on Leadership, especially the head teacher, and is therefore critical for school leaders to have a secure knowledge of pupil outcomes and the quality of provision in the EYFS; which they can swiftly access and articulate.

Drawing on first-hand experience of Section 8 inspections, this essential course will look in detail at the inspection process, support strategic planning and evaluation of the EYFS; enabling leaders to feel confident that they are as prepared as possible.

Benefits

  • Confidence in evaluating your early years.
  • Clarity of the Section 8 process.
  • Examples of effective self-evaluation and supporting frameworks.

 

Course type One Day Course
Led by Ruth Swailes, National Leadership Consultant
Price £175.00 exc. VAT
Additional Delegate £150.00 exc. VAT
Audience Headteachers & Senior Leaders
Spring 2018
Northern Centre
Thursday 25th January, 9.30am – 3.30pm
London Centre
Monday 22nd January, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Summer 2018
Northern Centre
Wednesday 23rd May, 9.30am – 3.30pm
London Centre
Friday 25th May, 9.30am – 3.30pm
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Demonstrating Impact: Leading Outstanding Teaching in KS1 One Day Multi terms £175.00

Demonstrating Impact: Leading Outstanding Teaching in KS1

Course description

School effectiveness is judged not only on the quality of teaching and the impact it has on outcomes, but on the way leaders strives to ensure excellence for every child.
This in-depth one day course will focus on how KS1 leaders create and embed a vision for learning and teaching which enables excellence for all learners. During the day you will consider a range of evidence based approaches to enable quality teaching and learning. The course will explore how to build a culture of excellence, develop consistency of quality and practical tools to help you achieve your vision.

Benefits

  • A clear understanding of the key features of outstanding KS1 practice.
  • Strategies to support with leading the development of others.
  • Greater confidence as a Key Stage 1 leader.
Course type One Day Course
Led by Ruth Swailles, National Leadership Consultant
Price £175.00 exc. VAT
Additional Delegate £150.00 exc. VAT
Audience KS1 Leaders & Senior Leaders
Autumn 2017
Northern Centre
Tuesday 14th November, 9.30am – 3.30pm
London Centre
Wednesday 15th November, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Spring 2018
Northern Centre
Friday 9th March, 9.30am – 3.30pm
London Centre
Monday 12th March, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Summer 2018
Northern Centre
Tuesday 8th May, 9.30am – 3.30pm
London Centre
Friday 11th May, 9.30am – 3.30pm
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Demonstrating Impact: Effective Use of Pupil Premium Funding in the EYFS & KS1 One Day Aut term £175.00

Demonstrating Impact: Effective Use of Pupil Premium Funding in the EYFS & KS1

Course description

With significant scrutiny on the impact of both pupil premium and early years’ pupil premium funding, it is essential that those responsible for making use of this funding maximise its impact.
By exploring case studies from a diverse range of schools and unpicking the approaches used to the spending of premium funding in the EYFS and KS1, this course will help leaders to explore how best to support the learning and development of those children in receipt of the funding.
The day will provide updates on key policies and practices; support leaders in identifying successful strategies, leading evidence based initiatives and demonstrating both immediate and long-term impact for children.

Benefits

  • An understanding of evidence based strategies for effective use of the funding.
  • Case study examples of how Pupil Premium funding has had measurable impact.
  • Practical tools help evaluate current se of funding.
Course type One Day Course
Led by Early Excellence Consultant Team
Price £175.00 exc. VAT
Additional Delegate £150.00 exc. VAT
Audience EYFS Leaders, KS1 Leaders, Senior Leaders, Assessment Leads, SENCO's
Autumn 2017
Northern Centre
Friday 1st December, 9.30am – 3.30pm
London Centre
Wednesday 29th November, 9.30am – 3.30pm
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Next Steps in Learning: All About Understanding Observational Assessment One Day Spr term £175.00

Next Steps in Learning: All About Understanding Observational Assessment

Course description

The role of observational assessment is critical in enabling practitioners to identify significant aspects of children’s behaviour and interests to support and facilitate their on-going learning. This course explores the critical role of assessment in the EYFS, including manageable and meaningful approaches to observation, recording and demonstrating progress – and provides opportunities for participants to review current processes.

Benefits

  • Clarity of how to use assessment to support learning
  • Greater confidence in using observation based assessment
  • Examples of strategies and tools to help support effective observation
Course type One Day Course
Led by Early Excellence Consultant Team
Price £175.00 exc. VAT
Additional Delegate £150.00 exc. VAT
Audience "EYFS Leaders, Assessment Leaders, EYFS Practitioners,"
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Monday 12th March, 9.30am – 3.30pm
London Centre
Thursday 1st March, 9.30am – 3.30pm
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Accounting for Children’s Progress: Interpreting & Presenting EExAT Data One Day Spr term £150.00

Accounting for Children’s Progress: Interpreting & Presenting EExAT Data

Course description

Capturing reliable on entry data and monitoring young children’s progress, can be challenging – particularly for school leaders tasked with reporting this high stakes data and aligning it with other school systems. The Reports feature in EExAT offers a unique opportunity to demonstrate EY progress accurately and meaningfully. This course is for schools using EExAT and is ideal for leaders and practitioners to attend together.

Benefits

  • Utilising EExAT data for progress meetings and identifying support
  • Using Reports to demonstrate the impact of provision and practice
  • Presenting EExAT data in your SEF, to Governors and Ofsted
Course type One Day Course
Led by Early Excellence Consultant Team
Price £150.00 exc. VAT
Audience EYFS Leaders and Practitioners in schools using EExAT
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Tuesday 6th February, 9.30am – 3.30pm
London Centre
Wednesday 7th February, 9.30am – 3.30pm
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How Effective is Your Early Years? Monitoring Quality and Leading Improvement One Day Spr term £175.00

How Effective is Your Early Years? Monitoring Quality and Leading Improvement

Course description

Outlining the key features of outstanding practice in EY, we will discuss how outstanding teaching can be enabled, how it should be monitored and challenged. Delegates will feel more confident as advocates for the education experiences of the youngest children in their schools and better equipped to lead, develop and champion practice across their team.

Benefits

  • A clear understanding of the key features of quality EY practice
  • Greater confidence with monitoring
  • Strategies to support with leading the development of others
Course type One Day Course
Led by Ruth Swailes, National Leadership Consultant
Price £175.00 exc. VAT
Additional Delegate £150.00 exc. VAT
Audience Headteachers, Senior Leaders, EYFS Leaders
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Monday 23rd April, 9.30am – 3.30pm
London Centre
Wednesday 25th April, 9.30am – 3.30pm
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Telling the Story: Demonstrating Progress in KS1 One Day Sum term £175.00

Telling the Story: Demonstrating Progress in KS1

Course description

Schools that know themselves well move forward with confidence and effective strategic planning and review ensures that all they do is fit for purpose. This course, for headteachers and senior leaders, will develop your leadership strengths and skills and focus on the most effective approaches for leading improvement and monitoring at KS1, including building on children’s learning and progress at the EYFS.

The new inspection schedule places a great deal of emphasis on pupil progress. Leaders can feel uncertain and may lack confidence to discuss progress and attainment across KS1. Through activities and thought provoking discussions this course is designed to give you greater confidence in evidencing and articulating children’s progress. You will end the day able to talk about children’s progress with confidence, using data to support school improvement.

Benefits

  • A clear understanding of how to use data more effectively.
  • Greater confidence in articulating progress.
  • Practical strategies to support the development of assessment procedures.
Course type One Day Course
Led by Ruth Swailes, National Leadership Consultant
Price £175.00 exc. VAT
Additional Delegate £150.00 exc. VAT
Audience Headteachers, Senior Leaders & KS1 Leaders
Summer 2018
Northern Centre
Monday 21st May, 9.30am – 3.30pm
London Centre
Wednesday 23rd May, 9.30am – 3.30pm
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Developing an Action Research Project Three Day Aut term £450.00

Developing an Action Research Project

Course description

Getting involved in research as an individual practitioner can be highly rewarding, but becoming actively involved as leader takes it to a different level. Join this exciting 3 day programme and become part of these Action Research Communities of Practice to inspire thinking, challenge practice and provoke innovation.

Day One: Learning how to be a researcher
An introduction to Action Research as a cyclic, participative, qualitative and reflective research method -including an overview of the ethical responsibilities of undertaking action research.

Day 2: Challenging Thinking and Honing Skills
Time will be given to refine research projects, links with wider research and planning next steps

Day 3: Reflecting on Learning and Embedding Action Research
Sharing analysis, considering the implications of findings and reflect on individual learning – and the opportunity for sharing the research undertaken with colleagues

Benefits

  • Develop criticality and reflexive thinking on subjects pertinent to your personal and professional interests
  • The opportunity to generate real change in your school/setting.
  • Become part of a research community leading the development of evidenced based practice.
Course type Three Day Course
Led by Prof. Julie Fisher, National Consultant
Price £450.00 exc. VAT
Additional Delegate £400.00 exc. VAT
Audience Heads, EYFS Leaders, Senior Leaders, Teachers
Autumn 2017
Northern Centre
Day 1: Friday 10th November, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Day 2: Friday 16th March, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Day 3: Friday 15th June, 9.30am – 3.30pm
London Centre
Day 1: Friday 17th November, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Day 2: Friday 23rd March, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Day 3: Friday 8th June, 9.30am – 3.30pm
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Gathering Evidence: Preparing for Successful EYFS Moderation Half Day Spr term £75.00

Gathering Evidence: Preparing for Successful EYFS Moderation

Course description

With the EYFS profile remaining in place this current academic year, it is essential that practitioners feel confident that the judgments they are making about children’s attainment against the ELG’s are secure. This half day workshop will explore the principles behind gathering a rich evidence set to inform these decisions. Drawing on practical examples of best practice, we will consider the different sources of evidence that can help teachers to confidently assess children’s levels of attainment and feel well prepared for sharing this information with others.

Benefits

  • A clear understanding of how evidence supports with judgement attainment in the EYFS.
  • Confidence to better share these outcomes.
  • Practical ideas to support with evidence gathering.
Course type Half Day Course
Led by Early Excellence Consultant Team
Price £75.00 exc. VAT
Additional Delegate £55.00 exc. VAT
Audience EYFS Leaders, Assessment Leaders & Teachers
Spring 2018
Northern Centre
Tuesday 13th March, 9.30am – 12.00pm
London Centre
Tuesday 13th March, 9.30am – 12.00pm
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Striving for Excellence: Rethinking Your Nursery Twilight Multi terms £35.00

Striving for Excellence: Rethinking Your Nursery

Course description

With much debate about what is effective practice in nursery provision and the complex relationship between the adult, child and environment – this inspiring twilight provides the ideal opportunity for leaders and practitioners to reflect upon their current provision, whilst hearing from those who have successfully transformed and enriched the learning experiences for all children.

Course type Twilight
Led by Early Excellence Consultant Team
Price £35.00 exc. VAT
Audience Heads, Deputy Heads, Senior Leaders, EYFS Leaders
Spring 2018
Northern Centre
Wednesday 17th January, 4.30pm – 6.00pm
London Centre
Thursday 25th January, 4.30pm – 6.00pm
Summer 2018
Northern Centre
Tuesday 1st May, 4.30pm – 6.00pm
London Centre
Wednesday 23rd May, 4.30pm – 6.00pm
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Striving for Excellence: Rethinking Your Reception Twilight Multi terms £35.00

Striving for Excellence: Rethinking Your Reception

Course description

Building on the findings of the Hundred Review of current Reception practice -this highly informative twilight is an opportunity for leaders and teachers to examine current practice within their school and consider the challenges facing this unique year group. There will be the opportunity to learn how schools have been successful in raising the quality of teaching and learning, through innovative and inspiring practice, resulting in sustained improvements in outcomes.

Course type Twilight
Led by Early Excellence Consultant Team
Price £35.00 exc. VAT
Audience Heads, Deputy Heads, Senior Leaders, EYFS Leaders
Spring 2018
Northern Centre
Thursday 8th February, 4.30pm – 6.00pm
London Centre
Wednesday 24th January, 4.30pm – 6.00pm
Summer 2018
Northern Centre
Friday 18th May, 4.30pm – 6.00pm
London Centre
Wednesday 6th June, 4.30pm – 6.00pm
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