English CPD Offer 2022-23

The offer for academic year 2022-23 draws on the expertise of city headteachers, practitioners and consultants to ensure a joined up approach to improving outcomes in English for children in Leicester. Opportunities included in this year’s offer cover reading, writing, oracy, phonics and spelling, and aim to support the training and development of staff in schools who lead, teach and support English. Click here to download an overview of the offer.

The English offer is commissioned by Closing the Gap (CtG) & Whatever it Takes (WiT). As both of these initiatives are funded via de-delegation, all opportunities are offered at a free, or subsidised cost for maintained schools. Non-maintained schools are very welcome to participate, but a full charge will apply.

Training offer for Leaders of English

Cost: Free for maintained schools. £320 (for experienced Leaders) £600 (for new Leaders) for non-maintained schools.

Course Leads: Mel Hendy, Jo Puttick, Charlotte Hurley, Annmarie Williams and Megan Ellis

No. of session(s): 4 x half days (for experienced Leaders) or 4 x full days (for new Leaders). Dates tbc in the Autumn Term.

Overview

These half-day sessions for English Subject Leaders will provide opportunities to receive subject knowledge input and to share good practice and network with other schools. Content, from across different aspects of English, will be linked to intent, implementation and impact to support leadership in school. Additional training will be available to develop leadership skills for new English Leaders in CPD, monitoring and evaluation.

Session focus

Session 1: Teaching spelling led by Jo Puttick
Session 2: Developing mastery in writing led by Mel Hendy & Charlotte Hurley
Session 3: Developing cross-curicular writing led by Annemarie Williams & Megan Ellis
Session 4: Developing writing for pleasure led by Annemarie Williams & Megan Ellis

Cost: Free for maintained schools. £320 per delegate for non-maintained schools.

Course Leads: Jo Puttick and Mel Hendy

No. of session(s): 4 x half days. Dates tbc in the Autumn Term.

Overview

These practical sessions will provide opportunities for Reading Leaders to work in small groups with colleagues and Lead Teachers of Reading to develop and refine areas of reading, e.g. long-term planning and planning of shared and guided reading.

Cost: Free for maintained schools. £320 per delegate for non-maintained schools.

Course Lead(s): Jo Puttick, Emma Spiers & Monika Singala

No. of sessions: 4 x half days. Dates tbc in the Autumn Term.

Overview

The aim of this new Network is to connect colleagues across the city and give an opportunity to develop teachers’ and leaders’ understanding relating to best practice in reading development in the Early Years and Y1. Sessions will focus on areas such as language acquisition, sharing stories, phonics and early reading, shared and guided reading and assessment and moderation. There will also be input from CLS and Leicester Libraries linked to the themes of the sessions.

Cost: Free for maintained schools. £320 per delegate for non-maintained schools.

Course Lead(s): Hannah Cooper and Oracy Hub Leads

No. of sessions: 1 x twilight (online) and 4 x half days. Dates tbc in the Autumn Term.

Overview

All Oracy Leads (AM) - these sessions aim to combine networking opportunities for oracy leads alongside further developing best oracy practice. They will consist of master classes and workshops delivered by Hub leads as well as opportunities for leaders to be supported with their leadership role and action plans for back in school. Hub leads will be available at each session to facilitate discussions. Delegates who attend these networks will also have the opportunity to sign up to attend Oracy in Action events hosted by Hub schools throughout the year. The network is for existing oracy leads, as well as new school oracy leads and practitioners supporting oracy leads. This year, teachers from outside the initial Voice Leicester project are welcome to attend and join this forward thinking and proactive group of practitioners. Additional cpd is being offered to support schools beginning their oracy journey, or for teachers from schools who wish to experience the key principles first-hand, and can be found on the CtG menu.

Oracy Hub Leaders (PM) - These networks are for current Oracy Hub Leaders who are from schools that have worked on the project previously and will continue to lead on oracy initiatives through the leading of workshops at networks, CPD offers, bespoke support and oracy in action. The sessions will continue to support with offering this school-to-school support. Hub schools will be contacted directly about these sessions and there will be no need to book.

English CPD for Teachers

Oracy:

Cost: £195 per delegate for maintained schools. £240 per delegate for non-maintained schools.

Course Lead(s): Hannah Cooper and Oracy Hub Leads

No. of sessions: 3 x half days. Dates tbc in the Autumn Term.

Overview

These training sessions offer an introduction to key oracy teaching and learning principles. They offer teachers the opportunity to consider effective pedagogy around the notion of ‘learning to talk’ and ‘learning through talk’, and types of talk. These sessions are for teachers who wish to explore Voice Leicester initiatives who may come from current oracy schools but haven’t attended previous central training, or are from schools new to the journey. Whilst some of the training content links, the sessions can be stand-alone meaning that schools can send different teachers to each if they wish, or the same teachers if preferred, and supports the development of those schools wanting to create or develop oracy teams in school. Ideally, schools will also send an oracy leader to the Oracy Leaders' Network.

Session focus

Session 1: Introduction to Oracy Framework
Session 2: Intro to discussion strategies, types of talk & listening skills
Session 3: Oracy across the curriculum

Cost: £130 per delegate for maintained schools. £160 per delegate for non-maintained schools.

Course Lead(s): Emily Hart

No. of sessions: 2 x half days. Dates tbc in the Autumn Term.

Overview

Drawing on the recent DFE Early Reading Guidance, the recent Ofsted English Review and EEF evidence, these half day sessions will provide an overview of effective pedagogy for oracy and classroom strategies that can be implemented to support Oracy and language development work. This would support those new to year group or schools in existing Oracy Hub schools and schools at the beginning of their oracy development journey.

Session focus

Session 1: Classroom strategies
Session 2: Review of pedagogy

Reading:

Cost: £390 per delegate for maintained schools. £480 per delegate for non-maintained schools.

Course Lead(s): Jo Puttick

No. of sessions: 6 x half days. Dates tbc in the Autumn Term.

Overview

This course is based on Leicester City’s highly successful Leadership of Reading Programme. Emphasis is placed on both word reading and language comprehension. Delegates will improve their subject knowledge of reading comprehension, wider decoding strategies and aspects of response to reading that children need in order to become fluent and effective readers alongside considering how to use shared and guided reading as key combined teaching strategies to ensure children learn to apply these effectively. A significant outcome for schools who have implemented this has been the great improvement in children’s pleasure in reading.

Please note this is a repeat of the KS1 Leadership of Reading training from last academic year.

Cost: £65 per delegate for maintained schools. £80 per delegate for non-maintained schools.

Course Lead(s): Megan Ellis and Charlotte Hurley

No. of sessions: 1 x half day. Date tbc in the Autumn Term.

Overview

Developing response to reading: understanding meaning across texts and developing mastery of reading within the teaching sequence

A half day session exploring the importance of reading within the teaching sequence and where this might fit with differing examples. Looking at a range of strategies to develop mastery of reading alongside the relevant research.

Cost: £65 per delegate for maintained schools. £80 per delegate for non-maintained schools.

Course Lead(s): Jo Puttick

No. of sessions: 1 x half day. Date tbc in the Autumn Term.

Overview

This session is based on the highly successful Leadership of Reading Programme, which has ran for the past 6 years. It will provide delegates with an overview of how to use the structures of shared and guided reading effectively to improve pupil progress.

Cost: £130 per delegate for maintained schools. £160 per delegate for non-maintained schools.

Course Lead(s): Hannah Cooper and Jo Puttick

No. of sessions: 2 x half days. Date tbc in the Autumn Term.

Overview

These sessions will unpick what greater depth in reading looks like and the teaching needed to support children with achieving this at year 2. It will explore how the depth of understanding is deeper than just reading at a higher book level and will offer practical suggestions for how to build an evidence bank to confidently use to inform assessment judgements. There will be opportunity to discuss own class examples as well as chance to consider next step tasks to support this group of children. This training has been developed in response to findings during moderation and will support teachers with understanding this national reading standard in full.

Writing:

Cost: £65 per delegate for maintained schools. £80 per delegate for non-maintained schools.

Course Lead(s): Megan Ellis, supported by SLE colleagues

No. of sessions: 1 x half day. Date tbc in the Autumn Term.

Overview

A half day session focused on direct instruction and how this fits within a teaching sequence and supports writing development. A review of research in support of direct instruction and what this might look like within the classrooms. The session will provide a framework for modelling writing and a worked example of this within a teaching sequence.

Cost: £45 per delegate for maintained schools. £55 per delegate for non-maintained schools.

Course Lead(s): Annemarie Williams and Megan Ellis

No. of sessions: Twilight session (2 hours). Date tbc in the Autumn Term.

Overview

A twilight session focussing on developing sentence structure and extending sentences in KS2. Considering how and where this fits within a teaching sequence and how direct instruction and strong subject knowledge can support this. Models of practice for classroom application shared with  examples.

Cost: £195 per delegate for maintained schools. £240 per delegate for non-maintained schools.

Course Lead(s): Hannah Cooper and Monika Singala

No. of sessions: 3 x half days. Dates tbc in the Autumn Term.

Overview

These sessions will support teachers with planning using AFL and ensure that the teaching sequences are developed to teach and apply appropriate national curriculum skills required to create good writing outcomes. There will be a focus on ensuring model texts allow children to see appropriate writing expectations to base their writing on. There will be an opportunity to review own writing in order to ensure progression over time. These sessions are based on the principles shared in the previous year 1 and 2 writing training offered last academic year and are an ideal supportive next step to teachers who attended them. They can also be attended by any teacher new to the sessions who wishes to improve the planning of their teaching sequence and writing outcomes in year 1 and 2.

Spelling and Phonics:

Cost: £130 per delegate for maintained schools. £160 per delegate for non-maintained schools.

Course Lead(s): Jo Puttick

No. of sessions: 2 x half days. Dates tbc in the Autumn Term.

Overview

This training supports schools to develop their teaching of spelling based on sound research. It will support colleagues to understand the subject knowledge required to teach spelling, identify how to plan for this in the long and medium term to ensure well-sequenced learning and identify well- researched strategies for teaching to ensure that pupils spell accurately in their writing.

Session focus

Session 1: Strategies for learning and remembering spelling. Teaching children the spelling curriculum
Session 2: Spelling in writing including marking and feedback. Using schemes to support the teaching of spelling.

Cost: £250 for maintained schools. £850 for non-maintained schools.

Course Lead(s): Ann Smallberger

No. of sessions: 5 x half days (in-person), 12 x half days (virtual). Dates tbc in the Autumn Term.

Overview

This programme used widely by many Leicester city schools has now officially been validated by the DfE. Full training and access to resources to deliver the programme in schools will be available to maintained schools for the next academic year.

Whatever it Takes Initiative (Reading for Pleasure)

Cost: Free for maintained schools. £500 for non-maintained school.s

Overview

Our Best Picture Book Award, especially for Year 2 children in Leicester! Year 2 pupils and families will be asked to read and talk together about six picture books and to vote for their favourite. Schools provided with books and resources to support the running of the award.

Contact: hayley.carter@sdsa.net

Cost: Free for maintained schools. £500 for non-maintained school.s

Overview

A book award, especially for Year 5/6 children in Leicester! Pupils are asked to read 12 books and to vote for their favourite. Schools will be provided with books and resources to support the running of the award. Cost covers multiple copies of titles, resources, videos and virtual author visits.

Contact: nicola.gale@sdsa.net

Cost: Free for maintained schools. £550 for non-maintained school.s

Overview

This comprises of termly newsletters, a box of recommended books and competition challenges. Each edition has books that focus on KS1 and lower and upper KS2.

Each term schools will receive:

• The Our Brilliant Book Club Newsletter (book recommendations for a featured KS and book recommendations for the other key stages)
• Multiple copies of the featured KS book for that month: one higher ability title, one lower ability title – 10 copies of each  - 20 copies in total
• Teacher’s Notes and Pupils’ Notes for each of the two featured books
• A single copy of each of the recommended books for other year groups (8 books in total)
• An invitation to enter a competition based around the featured books with prizes for the winning schools and children

Contact: nicola.gale@sdsa.net

Author Week this year will run during June with a combination of virtual and face to face author visits for all year groups. Books will be supplied to schools to accompany their chosen author visits. More information to follow in the Autumn term.

Contact: sonia.dayal@sdsa.net

Overview

We are planning 4 face to face Reading Champions’ Conferences this year in September, December, March and June. Themes confirmed so far; Supporting reading in EAL children and engaging families and effective use of non-fiction texts for pleasure and in the curriculum. More details to follow in the Autumn term

Contact: sonia.dayal@sdsa or nicola.gale@sdsa.net

Overview

This year WiT will offer a range of CPD to complement the wider CtG offer to cover various aspects of reading. WiT will also be supporting the Early Reading and Phonics in the city. More details to follow in September.

Contact: nicola.gale@sdsa.net

Cost: Free for all schools.

Overview

We will be working with Read for Good and Bookmark to deliver a Leicester city Readathon in the spring term – bringing books and author events to schools and encouraging reading. More details to follow in September.

Contact: nicola.gale@sdsa.net