Creating a Positive Culture in your School

Wednesday 21 March • 9am - 3pm • Beechwood Junior School

School culture refers to the beliefs, perceptions, relationships, attitudes, and written and unwritten rules that shape and influence every aspect of how a school functions. The term also encompasses more concrete issues such as the physical and emotional safety of students, the orderliness of classrooms and public spaces, or the degree to which a school embraces and celebrates racial, ethnic, linguistic, or cultural diversity. Students, parents, teachers, administrators, and other staff members all contribute to their school’s culture.

By the end of the workshop you will:
• Understand the affect a negative school culture can have on performance
• Be aware of the barriers to a positive school culture and how to overcome these
• Be confident in how to identify your school’s culture
• Identify steps required to make improvements in your school’s culture

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Training the Trainer (Day 2 of 2)

Thursday 22 March • 9am - 4pm • Beechwood Junior School

In many schools more time and effort is put into getting the learning right for the children and less time thinking about how to provide high quality and personalised learning for the adults. Many staff meetings, PDMs and INSET days are ‘one size fits all’ and rely heavily on a training approach or sharing good practice model. Facilitation is a much more effective strategy that utilises the expertise and existing knowledge in the room to provide a meaningful and personalised approach to teacher learning. Research indicates that facilitation has a much more profound impact on the quality of teaching and learning in a school. It also builds a collaborative and enquiry led ethos, which promotes individual teachers taking greater ownership and responsibility for the learning in their classrooms. This programme will re-energise and increase the impact of INSET days and PDMs in your school

Participants learn how to:
• Practise and develop a wide repertoire of facilitation skills and techniques
• Examine the research and theory of adult learning to positively influence practice
• Devise materials to improve pupil learning through dynamic staff learning
• Explore and practice the features of effective questioning which leads to deeper thinking
• Learn how to increase rapport with a range of different adult learning styles to secure high levels of engagement

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Disengaged Learners

Monday 26 March • 9am - 12pm • Poole (TBC)

An all too common problem in classrooms around the world, disengaged learners consume the time, effort and motivation of staff. Suitable for all TA’s as well as less experienced teachers, this workshop looks at ways to identify, challenge and motivate children that are disengaged from their learning. The session will discuss the important part support staff play in getting children wanting to learn and how they can make minor adjustments to their working practice that can have positive effects on disengaged learners.

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Assessment for Learning

Thursday 19 April • 9am - 12pm • Beechwood Junior School

Ofsted expects to see progress evidenced despite only being in the classroom for 20 minutes. It is essential to ensure that the whole lesson isn't taken up with continual assessment that is not supporting learning within the classroom. This session will give ideas and demonstrations of assessment techniques which encourage pupils to reflect on what they have learnt and build on those reflections.

By the end of the workshop you will have:
• Reviewed current assessment techniques used within your school
• Identified alternative assessment techniques you could in the classroom
• Created a personal development plan in order to develop new assessment techniques in your teaching and learning practice

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Effective Attendance Management

Monday 23 April • 9am - 12:30pm • Beechwood Junior School

The course will explain why attendance management is important and will give delegates practical tips and skills to effectively manage attendance of staff

Participants will learn:
• Why it is important to manage attendance effectively
• The importance of return to work interviews and how to handle them
• Identifying attendance issues
• How to handle short and long term absences
• How and when to seek external advice and support

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Autism Awareness

Thursday 26 April • 9am - 12:30pm • Beechwood Junior School

Whether you work as a Class Teacher, Support Assistant, Behaviour Assistant or any other role within the school environment, this course will give you an understanding of what Autism is, how the condition may affect the individual and how to help the child succeed both educationally and socially.

Outcomes of the Course:
• To understand what the Autistic Spectrum is and the three main areas that it affects
• How Autism can affect the behaviour of the child in different situations
• How to assist the child in accessing both the curriculum and social activities

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Dealing with Difficult People

Friday 27 April • 9am - 11am • Beechwood Junior School

The workshop, facilitated by Visionary Consultancy, offers you the knowledge and skills to be able to deal with difficult people.
The workshop is designed to assist members of staff who have to deal with difficult people.

Participants will learn how to:
• Evaluate their skills and experience both inside and outside of the workplace.
• Be able to understand the factors surrounding critical situations at work.
• Have an understanding of how to recognise and deal with aggressive and passive behaviours.
• Learn how to use skills to handle situations and people more constructively to achieve a positive outcome.
• Have an opportunity to ask questions

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Understanding the Different Ways in which Adolescent Boys’ and Girls’ Approach Learning

Thursday 3 May • 9am - 11am • Beechwood Junior School

To discuss the different tendencies in boys and girls which, begin to emerge in adolescence. These changes affect how children relate to their peers, teachers and learning. Using this knowledge to increase the effectiveness and trust in the teacher - pupil relationship.

Participants will learn:
• Key differences in the development pathway of male and female brains at this stage
• Brain strengths of both genders and how these can be used to target learning opportunities
• The relevance of the different social agendas of boys and girls
• How the presence of the peer group in the classroom begins to affect learning and engagement

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Strategic Long Term Financial Budgeting

Wednesday 9 May • 9am - 2pm • Beechwood Junior School

The workshop, facilitated by the Hamwic Finance Team covers the ever increasing importance of strategic long term budgeting.
The education sector is in the middle of a very challenging period of time with regards to financial planning. Schools are under significant pressure to deliver an outstanding level of education whilst income is reducing and costs are increasing. This workshop will provide School Leaders with the tools to enable them to plan their budgets more effectively.
This workshop will cover:
• The importance of long term budgeting
• How budgets link to the school development plan
• How to prepare a long term budget
• Strategies to improve the financial position of a school
• How to budget when in a deficit position

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Positive Parenting

Thursday 10 May • 9am - 12pm • Beechwood Junior School

This workshop can be cascaded to parents within your school community and is therefore being delivered as a train the trainer model. Supporting parents to improve their child’s behaviour, self-esteem and confidence will have knock on effects within the classroom. Children will be happier, focussed and motivated and will therefore perform more effectively in the school environment.

By the end of the workshop you will feel confident to support parents to:
• Reflect on the behaviour they want to see in their child
• Develop skills and understanding of behavioural management techniques
• Have strategies to develop an action plan to support their own approach to positive parenting

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