Courses and Booking

Our courses and workshop sessions are cost-effective and impactful and cover a wide range of areas of our expertise including Ofsted preparation, effective leadership strategies, new and innovative approaches to pedagogy and assessment of learning and other aspects of school improvement.

Our approach is friendly and professional and is based upon the outstanding practice in our schools and our experience as successful school leaders, OFSTED inspectors and in LA roles.

Our ‘refreshing and meaningful’ courses have always been well received by colleagues as you can see from our testimonials page.

As well as structured learning sessions and bespoke workshops, we are able to offer Learning Walks around our schools to see our outstanding work with young people ‘live’, as well as close-up looks at innovative and impactful classroom practice.

Previous Courses and Conferences
“Really inspiring training session, very practical and great to look at examples of how you have created an amazing school at Heathland”
Name: Introductory session – classroom essentials
Reference: OT 2016/17-1
Description: This session provides an introduction to a wide range of key areas including safeguarding and behaviour management, as well as exploring a ‘toolkit’ of essential classroom information. Delegates will have the chance to ‘compare notes’ on their early experiences of teaching over here and will also be able to set objectives to shape the rest of the programme to their needs. Refreshments provided.
Objectives: This session serves as an introductory ‘orientation’ session where important ‘basics’ will be explored clearly, including the National Curriculum and life after levels. Delegates will explore some tried and tested ideas and approaches in key areas such as safeguarding, principles of positive behaviour management and setting priorities for getting organised to offer outstanding teaching.
Name: Teaching, Learning and Assessment
Reference: OT 2016/17-2
Description: This session takes a focussed look at some of the key principles underlying quality teaching, deep learning and meaningful assessment processes. Delegates will have the opportunity to see ‘real’ examples of outstanding everyday teaching, learning and assessment in practice during a focussed learning walk, including exemplification of quality record-keeping and marking.
Objectives: This session provides a more in-depth look at key pedagogical approaches which link teaching, learning and assessment.Delegates will explore some of the challenges and opportunities presented by the new National Curriculum and assessment requirements. Lesson planning approaches and resources will be freely shared.
Name: Accountability matters
Reference: OT 2016/17-3
Description: This session looks at effective approaches in managing accountabilities at all levels, including marking and feedback in the classroom, reporting to and communicating with parents, managing CPD and appraisal. This session also includes a focus on current requirements for Ofsted, and explores strategies for preparing for inspection.
Objectives: Delegates will have the chance to compare notes on their own professional experiences of managing accountability. Delegates will examine tried and tested approaches to ensuring that key information is meaningful and impactful for children’s learning and a teachers CPD. Delegates will be introduced to key aspects of the latest Ofsted framework and gain understanding of the implications of inspection for class teachers.
Name: Introductory session – Accountability matters
Reference: NQT+1 session 1
Description: This introductory session provides a focused look at teacher accountability after meeting NQT standards and shares some tried and tested approaches for managing assessment information to maximise pupil progress for learners with the full range of starting points.
Objectives: In this session we aim to provide an overview of the different levels of accountability that teachers have to manage, including appraisal and current OFSTED. Delegates will explore a range of strategies preparing for observation and inspection.
Name: Child-centred approaches to inclusion and pedagogy
Reference: NQT+1 session 2
Description: This session looks at a range of effective child-centred approaches for securing positive relationships and behaviours, and ways of establishing an inclusive classroom through an understanding of attachment theory and nurture.
Objectives: In this session we will focus on effective tried and tested methodologies which support progress and esteem for all learners. Delegates will look at ways the most effective teachers meet the individual needs of all their learners, including those with complex needs. This session will include a guided learning walk.
Name: Supporting Children in Learning to Learn
Reference: NQT+1 session 3
Description: This session looks at research brought together by the Sutton Trust and what it tells us about impactful strategies for supporting pupil’s progress in learning. This session will also explore the role of memory and recall in securing and deepening learning. We will also look at some of the key theories supporting meaningful assessment of learning. This session will also include a focus on cognitive strategies for enabling children to learn about learning and think about thinking!
Objectives: In this session we aim to present colleagues with some of the most useful go-to research sources which can inform and shape pedagogy. Delegates will also examine some thought-provoking learning theories – this session includes a guided learning walk to see these ideas in practice.
Name: Preparing for Middle Leadership
Reference: NQT+1 session 4
Description: This session looks at how teachers in their second year can ready themselves for middle leadership roles in their schools, or succeed in a new role they have taken on. Delegates will be supported in looking at their professional next steps and in thinking about what their how to equip themselves to take on leadership roles or additional responsibilities. This session will also include a focus on some of the key leadership strategies required.
Objectives: In this session we will explore routes into leadership and will invite colleagues to compare notes on their experience so far. Delegates will explore and unpack some of the key leadership strategies as part of their ‘toolkit’ of skills. Course leaders will share ‘quick win’ strategies for effective team leadership.
Name: Senior Leadership – Preparing for new framework Ofsted inspections
Reference: APKCH/2015-16/42
Description: This practical course will look at some of the key changes to the new Framework for inspection and will unpack some tried and tested approaches to the inspection process. This session will include a follow-up learning walk.
Objectives: Delegates will have the opportunity to focus on and discuss implications of the new Framework and inspection process and to look at examples of key pieces of evidence which help to ‘take the inspection to the inspectors’.
Name: Closing the Gap NQT session
Reference: NQT/2015-16/282
Description: During this workshop, you will experience a focused Learning Walk across your Key Stage to see how classroom practice can support the closing of attainment gaps for any group. Delegates will also consider what key research tells practitioners about what closes gaps and what does not, and also reflect on how pedagogical approaches and a schools’ ethos support progress for all pupils.
Objectives: By the end of this session, you will have identified strategies for use in your own classroom / setting. Delegates will also gain a fuller understanding of a range of ways that ‘Closing the Gap’ can be understood and what different approaches might look like.
Name: Middle Leadership – Leading a new initiative in the primary school
Reference: APKCH/2015-16/43
Description: This session looks at the principles for launching a new whole-school initiative and ensuring that it successfully creates impact and followership. We will take a look at how leadership, communication, strategic planning and classroom organisation contribute to success in a whole school case study. This session includes a follow-up Learning Walk.
Objectives: Delegates will learn how some key strategies and principles of leadership support strategic transformation in the primary school. Delegates will have the opportunity to look at what works well with colleagues at all levels and how to plan for early success.
Name: Middle Leadership – Preparing evidence for new framework Ofsted inspections
Reference: APKCH/2015-16/44
Description: This practical course will look at some tried and tested ways of evidencing outstanding provision and achievement for inspection. Delegates will have the opportunity through a focussed learning walk to see evidence in action. This session will include a follow-up learning walk.
Objectives: Delegates will see some examples of outstanding subject evidence useful in subject/full inspections. Delegates will explore some effective ways of supporting subject leaders in feeling equipped to ‘take the inspection to the inspectors’!
Name: Leadership of Learning – Leading outstanding classroom assessment
Reference: APKCH/2015-16/45
Description: This session focusses on strategies for developing a robust and effective system of formative assessment in the post-level world. During a focussed learning walk, delegates will have the opportunity to see outstanding formative assessment in action including teacher-learner feedback, marking and target-setting..
Objectives: Delegates will look at tried and tested approaches which will help us to secure outstanding levels of progress, and strategies for demonstrating a robust and effective approach to assessment during inspection.
Name: Leadership of Learning – Next Steps learning
Reference: APKCH/2015-16/46
Description: This session, which includes a focused Learning Walk, looks at some of the research underpinning the Next Steps approach as an alternative to fixed groups or sets. We will focus on how assessment, pedagogy and classroom organisation contribute to the Next Steps approach, resulting in outstanding progress and attainment for all groups.
Objectives: Delegates will understand how this innovative approach to flexible and dynamic groupings supports outstanding teaching and learning for all groups of learners.
Name: Leadership of learning beyond the classroom (outdoor learning)
Reference: APKCH/2015-16/47
Description: This practical session provides an introduction to strategies for developing your schools’ outdoor provision and other opportunities for learning beyond the classroom, including off-site learning and home learning. Delegates will experience a focussed learning walk looking at outstanding outdoor provision and some practical ideas for shaping a school’s curriculum to maximise opportunities to learn outside.
Objectives: Participants will have the opportunity to have a close-up look at an example of effective, engaging provision for outdoor learning, commended by inspectors. Delegates will also be invited to consider outdoor provision as a key ingredient in an outstanding curriculum offer and of particular value to pupils for whom the pupil premium applies.
Name: Life After Levels – Primary Assessment Conference
Reference: APKCH/2014-15/27
Description: This seminar provides an opportunity to look at assessment and reporting systems which support progress-tracking in a post-levels world, and to explore alternatives to levelling. Delegates will have the opportunity to see live meaningful assessment during learning, with the chance to see a tried and tested assessment system in use.
Objectives: Explore the pros and cons of descriptive and evaluative taxonomies for measuring learning and progress. Consider alternatives to levelling such as learning ladders.
“It was great to hear you speak with conviction about how assessment processes can support learning” Paola Bayadjian, Whitchurch First School
Name: Leadership Seminar
Reference: APKCH/2014-15/28
Description: A seminar focussing on some of the principles of effective middle and senior leadership strategies. Heathland school is part of a federation of two successful and effective schools and has been judged Outstanding by Ofsted twice, most recently in February 2014. This seminar provides an opportunity to discuss and reflect on the best ingredients for effective, outstanding leadership in schools.
Objectives: Participants will have the opportunity to consider some of the key leadership strategies and priorities.
“After today’s session, we will be continuing to work with the Heathland Learning Trust” Jayne Pavitt, Grange Park Junior School
Name: Ofsted Workshop
Reference: APKCH/2014-15/29
Description: A chance to explore the latest Framework for Inspection and to look at tried-and-tested successful and effective strategies for Ofsted readiness! Heathland school is part of a federation of two successful and effective schools and has been judged Outstanding by Ofsted twice, most recently in February 2014. This seminar provides an opportunity to discuss and reflect on the best ingredients for a successful inspection.
Objectives: Participants will have the opportunity to take a detailed look at some successful approaches to preparation for inspection, including classroom readiness and attainment and progress data.
“I came away from your school that day feeling uplifted and really enthused” Christine Starkl, College Green School & Services
Name: Keeping Chickens and Bees in School
Reference: APKCH/2014-15/34
Description: This half day session introduces and explores the rationale behind keeping bees and chickens in schools, and outlines in detail the practical aspects of setting up, as well as a look at the impact on learning for pupils of all ages.
Objectives: Delegates will have the opportunity to see an established community of chickens in an outstanding outdoor primary setting. Delegates will also look at strategies for establishing a beehive in school, including pedagogical, practical and health and safety considerations. This practical session will introduce and explore the range of benefits to be gained from keeping chickens or bees in a primary setting.
“I came away from your school that day feeling uplifted and really enthused” Christine Starkl, College Green School & Services
Name: Thinking Schools Accreditation: Cognitive Education and Thinking Skills
Reference: APKCH/2014-15/33
Description: This session introduces and explores different strands in Cognitive Education. Research shows the profound impact that Cognitive Learning has on Pupil Progress, and this session will illustrate and explore how this works in the classroom. Delegates will take a detailed look into how the different elements work in the classroom to support learning and thinking, and will also have the opportunity to see these principles practiced live in classrooms in an Outstanding primary setting.
Objectives: This session aims to explore and unpack the different elements and key principles underlying the most effective models of Cognitive Education and how it enables learning and learners!
“I came away from your school that day feeling uplifted and really enthused” Christine Starkl, College Green School & Services
Name: Making the Most of the Pupil Premium
Reference: APKCH/2014-15/38
Description: Heathland and Whitefriars Schools have both won national 2015 Pupil Premium Awards. This session offers ideas for highly effective use of the PP, practical guidance on measuring the impact of the funding and guidance for teachers about provision and tracking of PP pupils. There will also be free resources to help you demonstrate the impact of PP to OFSTED and ensure your website is fully compliant.
Objectives: Delegates will have the chance to look at some model systems for tracking Pupil Premium Pupils and the most effective ways of deploying the funding, and communicating these allocations to stakeholders. There will also be free resources to help you demonstrate impact of PP to OFSTED and ensure your website is fully compliant.
“I came away from your school that day feeling uplifted and really enthused” Christine Starkl, College Green School & Services
Name: SEN: Implementing the New Code of Practice
Reference: APKCH/2014-15/36
Description: This half day session will explore the implications for schools of the new aspects of the code of practice and the key areas for successful implementation.
Objectives: Delegates will have the opportunity to consider:

• If their Senior Leadership Team understand the implications of the reforms and know what needs to change in school
• If their teachers are aware of the changes and recognise their responsibilities for identifying and supporting pupils with SEN
• If parents have confidence that their child will get the support they need

Our session will provide positive answers to these key questions and offer support for meeting the challenge of change which SEN reform brings to schools.
Name: Academy Conversion
Reference: APKCH/2014-15/30
Description: An opportunity to become more familiar with the academisation process. Heathland School is part of a federation of two successful and effective schools and has been judged Outstanding by Ofsted twice, most recently in February 2014. The Heathland Whitefriars Federation converted to become a multi-academy trust in July 2014. This seminar provides an opportunity to discuss and reflect on the best approaches and steps for schools considering converting to academy status.
Objectives: Participants will be invited to take a close-up look at the conversion process and will be taken through a timeline of steps and considerations to ensure a smooth transition to academy status. For schools weighing up their options, there will be the opportunity to look at the considerations and indicators contributing to the decision to convert.
Name: IT: Key Skills for Successful Research
Reference: APKCH/2014-15/23
Description: The programme of study in Computing for KS2 states that children need to be able to, ‘use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content’. This course aims to offer ways of enabling the teaching and learning of this concept in a fun and engaging manner. It will also include examples of children using some of the strategies.
Objectives: Participants will have the opportunity to have a close-up look at how search engines operate and be able to expand their knowledge of digital research opportunities. We will explore how iPads can be used creatively to share outcomes as well as review a variety of education databases available for school searches.
Name: Outstanding Progress Through Effective Marking and Feedback
Reference: APKCH/2014-15/39

Description: Research shows that outstanding feedback is the most powerful way to accelerate pupil learning. This session aims to share practical, readily doable approaches that have been judged outstanding by OFSTED and led to some of the strongest progress and achievement in the borough. This session explores some effective approaches and key principles in giving learning feedback to pupils, tried and tested in our own Outstanding setting:

"Throughout the school, the use of marking, the 'next steps' pupils should take in their learning and targets are used extremely well to ensure that pupils know exactly where they are in their learning and what they need to do to improve." Ofsted February 2014.

Our feedback and marking strategy, since implementation has improved pupil progress for all groups of pupils.

Objectives: Delegates will have the opportunity to consider and explore how marking and feedback can best support pupil progress and how systems for teacher-pupil dialogue can be refined in order to accelerate and deepen learning.
“I came away from your school that day feeling uplifted and really enthused” Christine Starkl, College Green School & Services
Name: The Outdoor Curriculum: Outstanding Outdoor Provision Supporting an Innovative Curriculum
Reference: APKCH/2014-15/37
Description: Led by Chris Young from the RHS, this half-day course takes a close look at how outdoor learning in a school garden can enhance and deepen pupil’s learning across an innovative and creative curriculum. Heathland is an RHS Partner School, and this session will take place in our state-of-the-art outdoor classroom.
Objectives: This practical session provides delegates with the opportunity to find out more about the place of outdoor learning in the modern curriculum, and to learn about the practical implications of establishing and maintaining a school garden.
“I came away from your school that day feeling uplifted and really enthused” Christine Starkl, College Green School & Services
Name: Outdoor Learning and the Outdoor Curriculum
Reference: APKCH/2014-15/31
Description: An opportunity to explore approaches to outdoor learning and the outdoor curriculum ‘live’ through learning walks. Heathland School is part of a federation of two successful and effective schools and has been judged Outstanding by Ofsted twice, most recently in February 2014, and provision for outdoor learning was commended by inspectors. This seminar provides an opportunity to discuss and reflect on the best ingredients for effective, outstanding provision for outdoor learning in schools.
Objectives: Participants will have the opportunity to have a close-up look at an example of effective, engaging provision for outdoor learning, commended by inspectors. Delegates will also be invited to consider outdoor provision as a key ingredient in an outstanding curriculum offer and of particular value to pupils for whom the pupil premium applies.
“I came away from your school that day feeling uplifted and really enthused” Christine Starkl, College Green School & Services
Name: Ofsted Preparation for Middle Leaders
Reference: APKCH/2014-15/32
Description: An opportunity to look at tried and tested strategies for middle leaders to prepare for Inspection. Heathland school is part of a federation of two successful and effective schools and has been judged Outstanding by Ofsted twice, most recently in February 2014. This seminar provides an opportunity to discuss and reflect on the best ingredients for effective, outstanding middle leadership in schools, and explores some strategies for preparing for inspection.
Objectives: Subject leaders will have the opportunity to discuss and explore strategies for preparing for inspection including ways of capturing and exemplifying evidence of good practice and impact. Other middle leaders will have the chance to explore and examine strategies and approaches for ensuring that teacher colleagues are prepared for observation and scrutiny of outcomes by inspectors.
“I came away from your school that day feeling uplifted and really enthused” Christine Starkl, College Green School & Services