16 September 2019
By Penny Bill

English Training Programme 2019-2020

Welcome back to the new academic year!  For 2019-20 we offer a wide range of training opportunities across the field of English, meeting the needs of your various practitioners from teaching assistants to school leaders. Our programme of courses, meetings and events aims to support your schools to achieve the best in English teaching. 
Do keep checking back as other courses may be added during the year. 
If you have any suggestions about courses you would like attend in future, please contact Penny Bill at Penelope.Bill@theeducationpeople.org

For details and full information on all courses provided by The Education People please go to: https://cpdonline.theeducationpeople.org

Introduction to English Subject Leadership for New Leaders – 3 session course

30/10/19, 02/03/20 & 07/07/20 (SCH 19/656)

These 3 half-day sessions, with inter-sessional tasks, will prepare and develop your skills in English subject leadership through the first year in your new role.

Training objectives

  • To build my understanding and skills of middle management
  • To find out what I need to know about English leadership
  • To be more effective in my first year in this role.

Basic Phonics

05/11/19 & 19/11/19 (SCH 19/654)       OR       06/11/19 & 20/11/19 (SCH 19/655)

A two-part course in phonics for beginners, or those returning to phonics teaching.

These 2 half-day sessions will support teachers and teaching assistants who are new to phonics, by preparing them with the knowledge and skills they need to make a start. It will also update and refresh the skills of those who may have taught phonics some while ago.

Training objectives

  • To understand the terminology of phonics
  • To pronounce phonemes correctly
  • To know how to accurately segment and blend words
  • How to teach common exception words
  • Know some games and routines which support phonics teaching.

How to assess reading in the primary school

13/11/2019 (SCH 19/795)

This course addresses the key priorities in good quality assessment of reading in the Primary school, from Early Years to Year 6.

Training objectives

The event will raise and address the following areas of reading assessment: how to find the evidence; how to moderate reading both within and across schools; how to form assessments of pupils working below KS using the pre-KS reading standards; and how to show or record your evidence.

Books Without Words: Inclusive Reading and Writing for All

21/11/2019 (SCH 19/786)

This half day session encourages practitioners not to forget the use of picture books in whole school experiences and Key Stage 2 classrooms. It will explain the benefits of inclusive reading sessions which engage children of varying abilities, look at how they can be utilised to challenge those of higher ability, and discuss how to draw assessment links with end of Key Stage 2 tests. If the teaching of reading is a focus for your school, this session will enthuse and further prepare class teachers; it will inform them of new ideas with 'real-life' activities which have been used with children, using a number of core texts.

Practical spelling in Key Stage 2

25/11/19 (SCH 19/794)

Have spelling lessons become dry and monotonous at your school? This course will lift and enliven your current practice in teaching spelling, with ideas for practical activities and games which help children to use well-tried, effective strategies in learning how to spell words.

Strategic Leadership of Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling

04/12/19 & 06/02/20 (SCH 19/657)

A two-part course of half-day sessions between terms 2 and 3, this course will focus on strategic leadership of English grammar, punctuation and spelling through the primary school. It will provide direction for the best pedagogical approaches to use, together with appropriate monitoring skills and sharper subject knowledge. Delegates will feel more confident about defining their next steps, in order to promote improved pupil attainment. Intercessional tasks between the two half-days will be suggested and discussed, to ensure ongoing action.

Training objectives

  • To equip school leaders and middle leaders with useful approaches and tools for effective leadership of GPS
  • To provide resources to help leaders to achieve this
  • To encourage clear, smart thinking about the best ways to tackle poor attainment or progress in these elements of English.

Teaching Phonics Effectively

26/11/2019 (SCH 19/653)           OR                15/01/2020 (SCH 20/075)

A half-day course for practitioners who have some experience of teaching phonics, but who would like to improve their effectiveness in order to achieve better attainment.

Training objectives

  • To familiarise practitioners with the teaching and learning of phonics
  • Through knowing the key terminology
  • Through exploring the phases of phonics development
  • By providing examples of practical activities
  • By considering assessment and tracking procedures
  • By becoming familiar with the end of year 1 phonics check.

How to Teach Grammar in Key Stage 2

22/01/20 (SCH 20/166)

This course aims to energise your teaching of English grammar, in order to make learning stick. Terminology of grammar will be given meaning for the children, linked either to the text or to learning across the wider curriculum, to make it engaging and fun for everyone involved.

Effective Editing and Redrafting of Writing at Key Stage 1

06.02/20, am (SCH 20/073)

This half-day session will enthuse practitioners with useful, classroom-based tools in order to equip children with the skills needed to be effective editors. The activities and subject knowledge is grounded in real life practice, and aims to steer children away from the continual re-drafting of their work.

Training objectives

  • To use child-led editing for assessment purposes
  • To encourage editing strategies in all KS1 year groups as part of the school ethos
  • To show how improving writing can lead to better first attempts and progress in writing skills
  • To eliminate unnecessary re-writing and ensure that children understand the purpose in the re-drafting process.

Effective Editing and Redrafting of Writing at Key Stage 2

06/02/20, pm (SCH 20/074)

This half-day session will enthuse practitioners with useful, classroom-based tools in order to equip children with the skills needed to be effective editors. The activities and subject knowledge is grounded in real life practice, and aims to steer children away from the continual re-drafting of their work.

Training objectives

  • To use child-led editing for assessment purposes
  • To encourage editing strategies in all KS2 year groups as part of the school ethos
  • To show how improving writing can lead to better first attempts and progress in writing skills
  • To eliminate unnecessary re-writing and ensure that children understand the purpose in the re-drafting process.

Writing at Greater Depth at Key Stage 2

26/02/20 (SCH 20/077)       OR       23/03/20 (SCH 20/078)

A half day course which explores the characteristics and needs of the able writer in KS2, looking specifically at working at greater depth within the age-related standard. It is strongly recommended that delegates apply one full working day to this course, using their afternoon to follow up the morning session. This will increase likely impact and reduce time-pressure.

Learning Walls as Another Adult in your Classroom

12/03/20 (SCH 20/160)

The use of working walls is common practice in many primary classrooms, but are they being used efficiently and effectively in your school? This half day session evaluates their current usage and application in your setting and illustrates how to implement a time-saving and practical approach to building up display which will support high quality teaching and learning.

This session is suitable for both teaching assistants and class teachers alike.

Writing at Greater Depth at Key Stage 1

16/03/20 (SCH 20/076)

A half day course which explores the characteristics and needs of the able writer in KS1, looking specifically at working at greater depth within the age-related standard. It is strongly recommended that delegates apply one full working day to this course, using their afternoon to follow up the morning session. This will increase likely impact and reduce time-pressure.

For a full listing of all of our courses and conferences for the academic year please go to our booking portal

For any queries relating to your CPD account please e-mail our helpdesk:  CPD@theeducationpeople.org