Please get in touch if you would like additional information about any of the events.

Details of more professional development events to be added soon – we have some exciting guest speakers in the diary for early 2019 (this includes Gary Wilson, author and expert on raising boys’ achievement)!

Dr David Waugh: Phonics and early reading for TAs
BOOK PLACES
Led by: David Waugh (author and Associate Professor at Durham University’s School of Education)
Date(s) / time(s): Tuesday 12th March, 1:15 – 3:15pm 
Venue: Parbold Douglas CE Academy, WN8 7HS
Cost: £15 per person (£50 for 5 people from the same school)
This is a discounted rate for alliance members.  All other bookings are £25 per person.
Suitable for: teaching assistants
Highly recommended for: all teaching assistants involved in the teaching of early reading through systematic synthetic phonics
David Waugh is one of the UK’s leading experts in teaching early reading through the use of phonics. This session will provide teaching assistants with a firm understanding of the principles of effective phonics teaching and, regardless of which scheme your school follows, will provide a repertoire of strategies that can be used in the classroom. David is the former Director of Primary ITT at Durham University, where he is currently an Associate Professor. As an author, he has published extensively in primary English. David was Regional Adviser for ITT for the National Strategies from 2008 to 2010.
Preparing for the multiplication tables check
BOOK PLACES
Led by: Anthony Reddy
Date(s) / time(s): 27th March 2019, 9am – 3pm 
Venue: Park Hall Hotel, Charnock Richard
Cost: £100 for first delegate (£75 for a second from the same school; £50 for third)
Suitable for: school leaders, teachers and teaching assistants
Highly recommended for: school leaders and class teachers
Event information leaflet: Times tables flyer – General

Event poster: Multiplication and Times Tables March 2019

 

Dr David Waugh: Phonics and early reading for teachers
BOOK PLACES
Led by: David Waugh (author and Associate Professor at Durham University’s School of Education)
Date(s) / time(s): Wednesday 13th March, 4 – 6pm 
Venue: Parbold Douglas CE Academy, WN8 7HS
Cost: £15 per person (£50 for 5 people from the same school)
This is a discounted rate for alliance members.  All other bookings are £25 per person.
Suitable for: school leaders, teachers, trainee teachers
Highly recommended for: all involved in the teaching of early reading through systematic synthetic phonics
David Waugh is one of the UK’s leading experts in teaching early reading through the use of phonics. This session will provide teachers with a firm understanding of the principles of effective phonics teaching and, regardless of which scheme your school follows, will provide a repertoire of strategies that can be used in the classroom. David is the former Director of Primary ITT at Durham University, where he is currently an Associate Professor. As an author, he has published extensively in primary English. David was Regional Adviser for ITT for the National Strategies from 2008 to 2010.
Leading learning: Planning an evidence based approach to CPD in your school (offered in conjunction with Meols Cop Research School)
BOOK PLACES
Led by: Leon Walker (Deputy Headteacher & Research School Leader)
Date(s) / time(s):
Day 1 – Friday 29th March 2019
Day 2 – Tuesday 21st May 2019
Day 3 –  Monday 1st July 2019
Venue: TBC
Cost: £250 per person (includes a hot lunch and refreshments on all course days) – £400 for two members of staff from the same school.
This is a discounted rate for alliance members.  All other bookings are £295 per person.
Suitable for: school leaders, SLT, middle leaders
Highly recommended for: all involved in the strategic planning of the school CPD programme
There are many evidence-based resources and tools available to help improve teaching practice and raise the attainment of pupils, but it can be difficult to get research into schools in ways that really make a difference in the classroom. This programme helps leaders apply research evidence directly to their school needs. It gives leaders the tools to distinguish a fashion or fad from an evidence based strategy that will have lasting impact and bring about sustained improvement.

Leading learning provides the opportunity to look at the evidence in more detail, consider case studies of different CPD models and refine your thinking alongside other CPD leads.  You will be able to ensure that your CPD is evidence informed, meets the DfE Standards for Professional Development and is purpose built for the new academic year. Leading learning allows senior leaders design a bespoke CPD programme for their school which has the best chance of improving student outcomes.

Over the course of three days, we will focus on the following:

·         The education evidence base and how to use it – the EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit, how to evaluate educational products, where to find accessible research for busy teachers.

·         What the evidence suggests are the most promising strategies for your school priorities – you come with your question and we will gather evidence to inform your thinking and planning.

·         Review your CPD to ensure that it has maximum impact on teaching and leadership – we will look at different models of CPD including different coaching forms, lesson study, enquiry groups and deliberate practice.