PRIMARY ENGLISH COURSES 2016-17

Read here about high quality primary English training led by experienced providers with great track records. All courses have been trialled and reviewed, and cost £150 per day. Courses take place at a venue close to the A3 just north of  Guildford. See www.surreynetwork.com for reviews  agendas, map and presenters. List of courses follows…

 

Our courses

GET UP TO SPEED WITH GRAMMAR

Uniquely arranged over 3 half-days to allow flexible attendance by teachers in each year

19 Sep 2016  0930-1200   for Year 1

19 Sep 2016  1300-1530   for Year 2

20 Sep 2016   0930-1200  for Year 3

20 Sep  2016  1300-1530  for Year 4

23 Sep  2016  0930-1200  for Year 5

23 Sep  2016  1300-1530  for Year 6

Have you changed year group? Attend our fast-and-furious half-day briefing on SPAG for each year of the curriculum, designed to refresh teachers on the content, definitions and established approaches to the SPAG curriculum in each year, as well as sharing a range of games and activities to use with pupils. You will take away:

  • A briefing on what is taught in the previous year
  • A briefing on rules and conventions taught in your year
  • Master copies of the activities by email
  • A mini-test for your year

The course covers the grammar, punctuation and vocabulary appendix to the National Curriculum, plus word grammar. Timings are chosen to allow teachers to swap over during the lunch period. Lunch is not provided, so please bring packed lunch if you plan to stay. The course is costed per half-day attended.

Read reviews of this course online.

 

10 October 2016

ESSENTIAL AUTUMN BRIEFING FOR ENGLISH SUBJECT LEADERS

1615-1745 (twilight)

Keep up to date with subject issues at our twilight briefing led by Sue Hackman. The briefing will give you an intensive, frank and current update on key developments from a well-informed source, covering: results and what they tell us; the direction of government policy; helping children to tackle more difficult texts; an update on assessment issues; and a review of recent Ofsted findings about English and English subject leaders. Popular briefing used by many English cities.

 

11 November 2016

TEACHING ASSISTANTS – How to give first class support to struggling readers and writers

0930- 1530 (day)

This course is designed to refresh and update your skills when you support struggling readers and writers in the classroom. It is full of practical activities, sound advice and down-to-earth explanations. The focus is on different types of readers and writers, getting to grips with the new grammar, and how to help children to learn spellings. Read reviews of this course online.

 

21 November 2016

EXTENDED WRITING IN KS2

0930-1530 (day)

Ofsted is often critical of too little extended writing, or they say the quality of it is disappointing.   Writing at length is different in nature from writing in brief, and more is not always better!  Based on research, this course explains step by step what needs to be taught, and suggests ways of helping pupils to plan, write and improve sustained writing. Read reviews of this course online.

 

17 January 2017

GRAMMAR FOR WRITING

0930-1530 (day)

So they know the terminology and can spot a subordinate clause…but so what? In this course we show you how knowledge about grammar can be used to improve children’s writing, increase accuracy and encourage creativity.  For teachers, this course will help to secure your grammatical knowledge, and offer you some engaging and easy ways to embed it in your teaching of writing. Read reviews of this course online.

 

3 February 2017

USING DRAMA STRATEGIES IN ENGLISH LESSONS – why, which, when and how?

0930-1530 (day)

Introducing drama strategies to explore and understand a range of texts including poetry, picture books and non-fiction, and to encourage pupils to debate, discuss, present and perform. Take away exemplary lessons for KS1, lower KS2 and upper KS2 and a booklet of drama strategies.

 

28 February 2017

ANTICIPATING OFSTED: A REVIEW OF CURRENT TRENDS IN LITERACY AND IN ASSESSMENT

0930-1530 (day)

Based entirely on a reading of recent primary Ofsted reports, this day will bring you up to date with Ofsted’s most frequent findings on all aspects of English and of assessment. This day includes a data survey of issues, pinpointing the most celebrated and vulnerable aspects of inspection, and offers important insights into current hot topics and solutions. Of interest to English subject leaders, assessment leaders and senior managers.

 

14 March 2017

DEVELOPING MODERATION PRACTICE ACROSS KS2 IN ENGLISH

0930-1530 (day)

The shift away from a ‘best fit’ model of assessment to ‘can do’ thresholds has introduced a new way of evaluating success, but there is an assessment vacuum in the non-test years and a want of management information in all years. This course offers practical advice about conducting moderations across years and between teachers and schools, including sample moderation activities. It will be of particular interest to English subject leaders, assessment leaders and KS2 phase leaders.  Read reviews of this course online.

 

24 March 2017

HIGH QUALITY READING

0930-1530 (day)

So they’ve learnt the basics of phonics and they take home the books every night.  But is practice enough?  This course looks in detail at the reading strategies and habits that make a good reader, and considers what more we can do to create independent insightful readers. It takes in the less-explored skills of reading non-fiction, teaching a class novel, helping children as they read, re-igniting demotivated readers as well as fulfilling the National Curriculum requirements and the reading test itself. Read reviews of this course online.

 

27 Mar 2017

SPRING BRIEFING FOR ENGLISH SUBJECT LEADERS

1615-1745 (twilight)

Keep up to date with subject issues at our twilight briefing led by Sue Hackman. The briefing will give you an intensive, frank and current update on key developments in policy, research, inspection and current hot topics as they relate to English. The in-depth data on performance in KS1 and KS2 will be reviewed.

 

27 June 2017

DRAMA FOR THOUGHT, TALK AND WRITING

0930-1530 (day)

This course introduces drama and its associated strategies as a key tool for improving writing. Drama provides a great stimulus and context for writing, and this course takes it further to show how it can be used to scaffold different types of talk and thought prior to writing.  Drama provides a ‘thought and talk’ frame for developing the quality of empathy, structure and language when children come to write.

 

3 July 2017

MAKE MORE OF GRAMMAR

0930-1530 (day)

Enliven your teaching of grammar and use it more effectively to improve writing. Based entirely on National Curriculum objectives, this course offers a wealth of practical ideas you can use tomorrow. Already enthusiastically reviewed and widely used in classrooms, this course is delivered by a highly experienced and knowledgeable trainer.

 

Our presenters

 

Sue Hackman

Sue Hackman was the Chief Adviser on School Standards at the DfE between 2006-2013, and English inspector in Surrey for 7 yrs.  Nationally, she was responsible for assessment, accountability, school improvement, pedagogy, catch-up, deprivation and core subjects. Her key contribution was the development of progression. Her experience as a teacher and inspector spans all key stages. She is also a well-known writer with over ninety titles.

Alan Howe

Alan is a highly experienced educational consultant. He was a Senior Director with the National Strategies, leading national programmes on teaching and learning, assessment and intervention. He is currently working with schools to support changes to the English curriculum, moderation, literacy across the curriculum and classroom pedagogy. He is widely published.

Jo Shackleton

Jo Shackleton was a core member of the DfE Effective Practice Team, leading school-based investigations into areas of government priority and leadership of the national Assessment for Learning Strategy. She advised the National Curriculum English Review. She has worked nationally on Key Stage 2 teacher assessment and moderation, and is a Curriculum Adviser for the grammar, punctuation and spelling test.

Patrice Baldwin

Patrice Baldwin has been a primary headteacher, LA adviser for Arts and Cultural Learning, Ofsted inspector, school improvement partner and Head of Music service. She developed and directed Drama for Learning and Creativity (D4LC), an innovative national school improvement initiative involving National Drama, local authorities and more than 300 schools in England, Wales and Iceland.

 

Where?

Courses take place at Milestone House, Portsmouth Road, Near Send, Surrey GU23 7JZ on the A3 on the northern edge of Guildford. Parking is free.

 

Booking

  • Bookings must be made no later than 3 weeks in advance of the course.
  • Reserve places by email to SurreyNetwork.com including the name, e-mail address and school for the invoice, plus the names of attendees.
  • We give a credit note if Ofsted announces a visit for that day or in the case of illness.
  • No VAT. No extra costs. Buffet lunch is provided for whole-day courses.

 

Query?

E-mail to info@surreynetwork.com