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Loughborough Learning Alliance  

Thorpe Hill

Loughborough

Leicestershire LE11 4SQ

Tel: 01509 632911

Fax: 01509 231605



Ashmount School  

Thorpe Hill

Loughborough

Leicestershire  LE11 4SQ

Tel: 01509 268506

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Our continuing professional development programme draws on the skills and experience of schools within the Alliance, alongside expert trainers.

As well as scheduled courses, we also offer bespoke school-to-school support to meet more individual needs. If you have specific requirements, and can't find what you're looking for here, contact us for an informal conversation about how we can help.

Teaching and Learning


Zoom!!! Active solutions for reluctant readers and writers

Tuesday 25th February 2020 - 9:00am - 3:00pm


All EYFS practitioners, particularly NQTs and those new to the EYFS.

Curriculum leaders in English and EYFS Leaders


Raising reading and writing outcomes continue to be areas for EYFS improvement nationally.

This course looks at the struggles children experience between applying phonic knowledge from the stand alone sessions to reading in books with greater independence. Approaches to active reading and writing are tackled 'head on', with heaps of practical ideas to take away to get started straight away.  

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Developing Skilful Leadership of KS1

Thursday 5th March 2020 - 9:30am - 12:00pm


Suitable for EYFS Leaders


This session is an introduction to the key skills of leadership, focussing on the most effective approaches to leading and sustaining continuous improvement in KS1. This course has been designed to provide current KS1 leaders with an opportunity to explore the complexities of their role and develop leadership skills, enabling excellence for all learners.

Delegates will start to consider how to develop a shared understanding of quality practice and effective strategies to improve teaching across the whole of the KS1 team. Themes will include establishing a vision, development of a successful learning environment, securing an effective teaching across the team and demonstrating progress.

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How to Challenge and Extend Thinking in Year 1

Thursday 5th March 2020 - 1:00pm - 3:30pm


Suitable for Year 1 Teachers


This session is an introduction to the key skills of leadership, focussing on the most effective approaches to leading and sustaining continuous improvement in KS1. This course has been designed to provide current KS1 leaders with an opportunity to explore the complexities of their role and develop leadership skills, enabling excellence for all learners.

Delegates will start to consider how to develop a shared understanding of quality practice and effective strategies to improve teaching across the whole of the KS1 team. Themes will include establishing a vision, development of a successful learning environment, securing an effective teaching across the team and demonstrating progress.

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Investigating the Wonder of STEM (EYFS and Key Stage 1)

Thursday 5th March 2020 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm


Suitable for EYFS teachers, Key Stage 1 teachers and Teaching Assistants


Join us for an inspiring and practical twilight session suitable for both EYFS and KS1 teams as we explore the world of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

As part of the training we will reflect on the important role of STEM in the early years and KS1, and consider how children’s curiosity, creativity and critical thinking can be developed through investigative experiences.

This is a practical session based on effective and inspiring EYFS and KS1 practice. Practitioners will leave this session buzzing with ideas to develop and experiment with in their own setting.

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How to build relationships and communicate effectively with children and young people

Friday 13th March  2020 - 9:00am - 3:00pm


Suitable for Learning Support Assistants, Classroom Assistants, ELSA’s, SEND support Teachers and Assistants, SENCo’s and trainee SENCo’s, Pastoral support staff and managers

To get the most from children and young people, academically and emotionally, it is crucial to demonstrate understanding, respect and honesty. This develops via positive relationships and open communication involving active listening, questioning, understanding and responding effectively.

Communication also needs to be age/ stage-appropriate, inclusive and positive in order to build the self-esteem and confidence of the children and young people we work with.

This course will develop your knowledge, understanding, skills and confidence to communicate effectively with children and young people and to develop reciprocal, trusting relationships with them.

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Religious Education and Philosophy for Children: Teaching through enquiry

Friday 20th March 2020 - 9am - 3pm


This course is suitable for classroom teachers who feel they would like to develop their own RE subject knowledge in order to feel more confident when teaching RE.


This course will look at how it is possible in RE to develop a knowledge led curriculum alongside an enquiry based approach.

This day is a great opportunity to further develop your RE subject knowledge as well as gain ideas for teaching RE successfully

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Building resilience in children and young people

Thursday 23rd April 2020 - 9:00am - 3:00pm


Suitable for Learning Support Assistants, Classroom Assistants, ELSA’s, SEND support Teachers and Assistants, SENCo’s and trainee SENCo’s, Pastoral support staff and managers

Resilience doesn’t just mean bouncing back from a difficult situation. It is an essential life skill for children and young people, which involves learning from difficult situations in order to become stronger and better at tackling the next challenge. Learning from challenges and making mistakes enhances the self-awareness and self-confidence of children and young people and this impacts positively on their learning.

This course will develop your knowledge, understanding, skills and confidence to teach children and young people the skills required to be resilient, to cope with everyday life challenges and to solve their problems.

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Developing Reading Pedagogy in KS1 and KS2

Tuesday 2nd June 2020 - 9:00am - 12:30pm


Suitable for Senior leaders, English subject leaders, SENCOs and classroom teachers


Experienced trainer and education writer, Rachel Clarke, leads this course on developing reading pedagogy.

Rachel supports colleagues to develop a shared understanding of well-known techniques such as guided and shared reading.

During this course, Rachel also considers approaches for teaching reading fluency, newer techniques such as close reading and how to promote a love of reading so that children read widely and for pleasure.

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drb Ignite

Monday 8th June 2020 - 12:30pm - 3:30pm


These briefings, held termly, are aimed at Headteachers, Deputy Heads and Assistant Heads.


Held each term at a number of venues throughout the Midlands and beyond, the drb Ignite senior leader Briefings are very popular as attendees have welcomed the opportunity to hear at first hand from highly experienced professionals the latest developments in education.

The Briefings cover all aspects of education, including curriculum and assessment support, development in teaching, the Early Years Foundation Stage, summaries of national achievement outcomes, reviews of recently published education reports and inspection developments.  Attendees not only hear what to expect from current and proposed education initiatives but the Briefings provide excellent opportunities for attendees to ask questions about their own specific situation.

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Religious Education: Learning, progress and assessment: ‘I’ve taught it: have they got it?’

Friday 26th June 2020 - 9am - 3pm


This course is suitable for RE co-ordinators and more experienced teachers of RE who feel they would like to develop their understanding around the areas of assessment and progress



This course will look at how to show progress in RE by the effective sequencing and layering of the curriculum. This ties in with new Ofsted requirements, especially in relation to the impact of the curriculum. Assessment will be considered in the context of the Leicestershire Agreed Syllabus.

This day is a great opportunity to further develop your understanding of knowledge, understanding and progress in RE.

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Behaviour management

Team Teach

Training in positive behavioural support through a whole-setting, holistic approach.

Team Teach Courses 2019/20

Leadership

drb Ignite

We are delighted to be working with drb Ignite to run termly leadership briefings.

Held each term at a number of venues throughout the Midlands and beyond, the drb Ignite senior leader Briefings are very popular as attendees have welcomed the opportunity to hear at first hand from highly experienced professionals the latest developments in education.

drb Ignite Leadership briefings

Trevor Davies briefings

Wider Curriculum

Pupil Premium

This is an opportunity for experienced leaders, with a recent track record in raising levels of attainment and progress for disadvantaged pupils, to gain NCTL accreditation to conduct pupil premium reviews.

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Safety and well-being

Makaton

The Makaton Charity has combined the two previous training pathways for professionals and parents/carers into one route to make Makaton training more streamlined and easier to access.

As a result, we are proud to announce the revised Makaton Workshops named Level 1 and Level 2. 

These workshops are based on the previous Beginners’ and Foundation Workshops and are a combination of the best of both. The Level 1 and Level 2 Workshops combined provide the same level of knowledge and vocabulary a complete Beginners’ or Foundation Workshop. 

Makaton Revised Training - Level 1

Makaton - Level 2 - Full day

Makaton - Level 2 - Half days

First Aid

Basic training for all staff and more advanced training for designated first aid leads.

Emergency First Aid at Work with Paediatric Element 2019-20

Paediatric First Aid Level 3 2019-20

Subject Leader Network meetings

These meetings offer an opportunity to network with other Primary schools, to share knowledge, practice and ideas, and to discuss local and national issues, challenges and priorities, engaging in collaborative development work and identifying CPD requirements.

2019-20 schedule of meetings

Courses coming soon

Specific Learning Difficulties - Dyslexia, Dyscalculia and Dysgraphia

Succeed with SEN - Succeed with every child - Autism, Aspergers and ADHD

Autism Courses

LEGO Therapy

CEOP Training

More information will be available soon. Please contact us to register your interest.


Continuing Professional Development


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