Noctua Teaching School Alliance

Following the recent announcement by the Secretary of State for Education, Noctua Teaching School has taken the decision to cancel face-to-face training until we feel it is safe to do so to ensure maximum staffing levels in schools during these unprecedented times. We are pleased to offer your schools remote training sessions. To book a place, click on the training tab.

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Leadership and Management

Course Excited About Words - Adrian Gray
Led byAdrian Gray, MA (Cantab) National and International Consultant
DetailsA very enjoyable short workshop about learning to love words and learn from them, based on an understanding of where they came from.

The idea of ‘sticky knowledge’ has become popular because of the Ofsted framework, but how do you make words stick?

Our observations have shown that teachers rarely, if ever, help pupils understand unfamiliar words by explaining where they came from, and how they can use this to help them decipher other new words.

This is a fun and enjoyable short training session that will help you and your staff make a small but significant tweak in their teaching practice…. that will help develop a skill for life in your pupils.

It shows how some simple training in this can enhance teaching across the curriculum (Science, geography, literacy etc) and enrich your provision for SMSC and British Values.

Get involved in the fascinating story of where our words came from…. words like ‘loot’ or ‘photosynthesis’.
TimingsWednesday 12th May 20219.30am-10.30am£50.00
BookingClick here to book your place
CourseLeadership Matters - Andy Buck
Led byAndy Buck
DetailsEvent Agenda

Leadership starts with us
An opportunity for self-reflection on strengths and potential personality blind-spots. As Maya Angelou reminds us, people will forget what you said, they will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. This session is a fun and completely non-threatening delve into leadership predispositions. Participants will take part in an in-the-room diagnostic review of their natural strengths and the possible things they may decide to focus on as a next step on their leadership journey.

Leading for a compelling curriculum
Bringing out the best in your middle leaders and staff. This session explores the principles, strategies and approaches underpinning great curriculum development. In particular, it will focus on how senior leaders and/or middle leaders can empower colleagues to deliver great curriculum intent, implementation and impact.

Having successful difficult conversations
Why they matter and how to have them. We all know having difficult conversations is an essential part of leadership in any school. But this doesn’t make having them any easier. This session will include some practical techniques that will make these conversations both easier and more effective. Delegates will also have the chance to practise what they have learnt within the session itself. The content is based on Andy’s extensive experience of leadership in schools spanning over 25 years, as well as the work of Susan Scott, author of “Fierce Conversations”, Kim Scott and her book “Radical Candour” and the “The Oz Principle” by Connors et al.

TimingsMonday 28th June 20219.30am-3.30pm£30 per delegate
BookingClick here to book your place
CourseSubject Leadership Development
Led byAdrian Gray, MA (Cantab) National and International Consultant.
Details'You are only as strong as your weakest subject leader' Curriculum Deep Dive – Ofsted ready

The new Ofsted framework has placed much greater pressure on subject leaders, who sometimes lack experience and also subject expertise – making schools vulnerable to future ‘deep dives’ but also reducing their capacity to bring improvements.

This course will help bring structure to the work of both new and experienced subject leaders whilst also helping them to communicate clearly and effectively with pupils and others.

The programme covers four half day sessions:
Session 1 - Defining your Subject - Wednesday 3rd March 2021
Session 2 - Strategic Planning - Wednesday 10th March 2021
Session 3 - Planning your detailed curriculum - Wednesday 17th March 2021
Session 4 - Evaluating your Curriculum and Implementation - Wednesday 24th March 2021
TimingsWednesday 3rd March 2021 - Course now full - Please email to note interest in new date9.30am-11amThe cost is £300 (only £75 per session, great value!)