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9 September 2019
By Amy Raggett

Professional Development training update

Welcome to another academic year with The Education People. Once again we have a wide ranging offer of professional development for teachers, support staff and leadership teams tailored to suit your needs.
Our well established conference programme is looking exciting for the coming year, please keep an eye out for all the details. You also need to be aware that from time to time we will have early bird offers on some courses or conferences so please take advantage where you can.
Finally we have launched a membership scheme this year so if you buy any of our packages or SLAs you will be entitled to purchase credits which you can use to gain discounts on your bookings for more details email [email protected]

Jo Winkler
Head of Professional Development

CPD Update - Term 1

Please find below details on a range of CPD on offer to schools for Term 1.

Hot Topic: Book scrutiny – what does good teaching and learning look like?

25/09/19 - East Malling (SCH 19/589)
02/10/19 - Midas Centre (SCH 19/590)
08/10/19 - Eastgate (SCH 19/591)
11/10/19 - Hythe Imperial (SCH 19/592)

These half day sessions will be led by Penny Bill, English Adviser and Sarah Carpenter, Maths Adviser

Knowing as much as your English Leader in book scrutiny’
This will equip Head Teachers with the key points to look for when looking at pupils’ writing, in order to align your school judgements – particularly of the greater depth standard.

Maths mastery myths and challenging all learners’
Many myths and misconceptions surround primary mathematics – is it now about teaching children to look to the east and learn how to use chopsticks? What are the key ingredients of a ‘teaching for mastery’ approach to mathematics and what should we be looking out for in books to know that all learners are being appropriately supported and challenged?

Improve Progress, Reduce Workload

10/10/2019 (SCH 19/493)

In this workshop, you will:

  • Explore what the research really says about the most effective feedback
  • Learn how schools have successfully implemented changes to their feedback and marking policies so that teachers do less and outcomes improve
  • Learn what Ofsted expect, and don’t expect, to see in lessons and books – what is the difference between good and outstanding?
  • Gather practical tips and examples that can be used the next day in school.
Teaching for Mastery in Mathematics

Year 1 - 15/10/2019 (SCH 19/595)
Year 2 – 31/10/2019 (SCH 19/596)
Year 3 – 01/10/2019 (SCH 19/597)
Year 4 – 03/10/2019 (SCH 19/598)
Year 5 – 08/10/2019 (SCH 19/599) 
Year 6 – 10/10/2019 (SCH 19/600)

This course will explore key concepts from the National Curriculum using manipulatives to deepen and develop understanding of mathematical ideas within the year group Programme of Study.

A range of activities and resources will be shared that develop children's ability to reason and communicate their mathematics.

Leading the Early Years Foundation Stage in Schools

15/10/2019 (SCH 19/676)

This is a one day training course targeted for EYFS leaders and members of the senior leadership team to support their role in leading and supporting this Key Stage.
The day will support delegates in establishing What good to outstanding practice looks like in the EYFS, and how to monitor effectively; To know the current key documentation well, including what it means to be "Ofsted ready", also to have an understanding of Transition in to Key Stage 1/school readiness.

Teaching for Mastery in Mixed Age Classes (KS1 and KS2)

11/10/19 (am) – KS1 (SCH 19/659) 
11/10/19 (pm) – KS2 (SCH 19/660)

A workshop to develop teachers understanding of planning for mastery in mathematics in mixed age classes.


  • Deepen understanding of mastery in mathematics
  • Explore strategies to plan and teach for mastery with children of different year groups in the same class
  • Plan the outline of maths lesson/s to trial with own class.
Supporting Newly Arrived Pupils with English as an Additional Language

02/10/2019 (SCH 19/664)

This training will support staff to meet the needs of the increasing number of new arrivals in our schools. From the initial enquiry to a school from the parents or carers, through the induction process to full integration into class. This training will explore the key challenges facing newly arrived pupils with English as an additional language starting school in the United Kingdom and provide delegates with strategies to overcome these.

Developing effective school self evaluation and improvement plans under the new inspection framework

18/10/19 - Canterbury (SCH 19/828) 
28/11/19 - Ashford (SCH 19/688)  
21/01/20 - Wrotham (SCH 20/121)

The Improvement Team is offering an opportunity for Headteachers, Deputy Headteachers and a Governor representative to come together to review their approaches to improvement planning and school self evaluation. Support and advice will be given to devise a robust and measurable School Improvement Plan and Self Evaluation Form.
Delegates should bring: current SEF, SDP, most recent Ofsted report and a copy of the most recent Ofsted inspection handbook.


  • Raise awareness of the new education inspection framework (2019)
  • Deepen understanding of effective processes to evaluate your school
  • Explore a new suite of materials that are aimed at supporting accurate self evaluation and whole school strategic planning.
Enhancing Family Involvement in Children’s Learning (EFICL)

28/10/19 (SCH 19/258) 
29/10/19 (SCH 19/260)
30/10/19 (SCH 19/261)
31/10/19 (SCH 19/259)

Families are crucially important in the learning and development of their children. Schools are well placed to involve families in enhancing children’s learning but sometimes find this difficult. The Education People has further developed their award-winning EFICL Toolkit to include the Audit and Reflection Tool (ART) - Primary Phase with the help of 10 Kent schools to bring you a bespoke version for primary schools. The EFICL Audit and Reflection Tool (ART) - Primary Phase is divided into 5 sections giving you an opportunity for your whole school community to review your practice around:

  • Ethos and inclusion
  • Effective relationships
  • Conversations and links with families to enhance learning
  • Transitions
  • Supporting punctuality and attendance.

This workshop provides you with an exciting opportunity to explore the importance and value of family and community involvement in children’s learning as well as being equipped with the new EFICL Audit and Reflection Tool (ART) - Primary Phase to carry out with your whole school community.

Strategic Financial Management in Difficult Times

08/10/2019 (SCH 19/752)

The course will cover the causes for schools finding themselves in financial difficulty, the process of interrogating information from different sources to better understand and review the current financial position of their school as well as the strategic decisions that can be taken to better improve that position.

At the same time, delegates will also understand the importance of being able to provide governors with their reasoning behind those financial decisions and how they should link to the 3 year planning process and costed School Improvement Plan.

Designated Safeguarding Lead Person (DSL) Training & Refresher Training

This course is the first level training for staff in schools who are new to the role of Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL). It will help you meet your statutory responsibilities including those identified in Keeping Children Safe in Education and Working Together to Safeguard Children. The course is delivered by experienced trainers who have a sound knowledge of social work and school practice.

NB. These courses begin on 24th September and there are a number spread across the county for all staff to be able to access – some are already getting booked up, so please remember to book early to get your preferred dates/venue.

  • Individuals should only have one CPD online account and should not create one for each school/setting that worked in – the account belongs to the individual and not the employer
  • Set up alerts on your CPD account to automatically receive weekly updates when new courses become available for booking

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:  [email protected]