English CPD Offer 2024-25

The offer for academic year 2024-25 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 link closely to the recent publication, Telling the Story: Ofsted’s English Subject Report (2024) and Ofsted’s Curriculum Review of English (2022). Training programmes focus upon:

  • Bridging the gap from phonics to fluency and comprehension in reading;
  • Developing oracy within writing to improve outcomes;
  • Scaffolding writing to ensure outcomes are appropriate to pupils and there is sufficient practice of transcription and foundational skills;
  • Planning writing units of work so that lessons are progressive, writing builds on reading and grammar is taught, practiced & applied in outcomes with a lower cognitive load.

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 Leicester City maintained primary schools. Non-maintained and Leicestershire schools are very welcome to participate, but a full charge will apply.

Booking links

Individual booking links for each training opportunity can be found within the course information.

Commitment and cancellation policy

Involvement in this booking will require substantial commitment and we do need to emphasise this. Expectations between projects will vary slightly, but by signing up you and your school are agreeing to:

  • Release the named staff to attend all events within the programme.
  • Give staff the necessary support to undertake school based activities, gap tasks and improvement work.
  • Engage well with the opportunities in the programme and, if invited, school-based support.
  • Give at least 48 hours’ notice if you are no longer able to attend a session you have booked*.

*Unfortunately unless there are extenuating circumstances, sessions cancelled within a 48 hour window of the training date will result in a 100% charge of the course fee. If you are a maintained Leicester City primary school, and accessing the course free of charge, the cancellation cost will be the charge advertised for non-maintained schools. For non-maintained schools the course fee will not be refunded.

Strategic Leadership of English

Cost: Free for Leicester City maintained schools. £320 for non-maintained schools and Leicestershire schools.

Course Leads: Annmarie Williams and English Specialists

No. of session(s): 4 x half day sessions for English Leaders and Oracy Leaders (it is recommended that new leaders of English attend the New Leader sessions during their first year)

Overview

The focus of these half-day sessions is to strengthen the partnership between English Subject Leaders and Oracy Leaders and to consider an effective and coherent English curriculum with communication at its heart. We will consider how effective curriculum implementation supports pupils to learn the skills of oracy and to enhance their reading and writing through oracy in English lessons. This training will be closely linked to the recent publication, Telling the Story: Ofsted’s English Subject Report. Content will be linked to intent, implementation and impact to support leadership and gap tasks will be set for both English and Oracy leaders to work together to lead developments in school.

The sessions will also provide opportunities to develop subject knowledge and pedagogical knowledge, share good practice and network with other schools.

Proposed session content

Session 1:  The importance of oracy and its place within the English national curriculum and models of implementation, auditing current implementation for oracy/ speaking and listening.
Session 2: Use of oracy knowledge and skills to develop spoken language, vocabulary and grammar knowledge.
Session 3: Exemplification of learning and learning through oracy within a text based teaching sequence.
Session 4: Developing progression in oracy across the school linked to the National Curriculum and Voice 21.

Session dates

Session 1: 26th September, 9am-12noon at NSPCC
Session 2: 28th November, 9am-12noon at NSPCC
Session 3: 27th February, 9am-12noon at NSPCC
Session 4: 5th June, 9am-12noon at NSPCC

New to Leadership of English

Cost: Free for Leicester City maintained schools. £400 for non-maintained schools and Leicestershire schools.

Course Leads: Mel Hendy, Jo Puttick and English Specialists

No. of session(s): 5 x half day sessions for new English Subject Leaders.

Overview

These half-day sessions for New English Subject Leaders will develop new English Leaders in subject knowledge, pedagogy and leadership of English. Subject Leaders will:

Session 1

  • Understand the role of intent, implementation and impact in leading English;
  • Explore the development of programmes of CPD, including input, coaching, support, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Gap task: data analysis

Session 2

  • Review school’s Curriculum Map for English based on national research and the National Curriculum;
  • Ensure progression in English is through the provision of increasingly complex texts.
  • Gap task: curriculum map development

Session 3

  • Clarify understanding of subject knowledge and research-based pedagogy in reading.
  • Become well-prepared for Ofsted deep-dives in early reading.
  • Gap task: reading learning walk.

Session 4

  • Clarify understanding of subject knowledge and research-based pedagogy in writing.
  • Become well-prepared for Ofsted deep-dives in English.
  • Gap task: English book scrutiny.

Session 5

  • Develop a cycle of CPD and support in English to raise attainment.

Session dates

Session 1: 3rd October, 9am-12noon at SDSA
Session 2: 15th November, 9am-12noon at SDSA
Session 3: 16th January, 9am-12noon at SDSA
Session 4: 6th March, 9am-12noon at SDSA
Session 5: 28th March, 9am-12noon at SDSA

Writing

Cost: Free for Leicester City maintained schools. £320 per delegate for non-maintained schools and Leicestershire schools.

Course Lead(s): Jo Puttick and Emma Spiers

No. of sessions: 4 x half day sessions

Audience: EYFS and Y1 Teachers

Overview

Teachers will have a clear understanding of the research and rationale underpinning best practice in the teaching of early writing and these principles will be foundations for both strands of training. Training will be broken down into small steps so that leaders and practitioners have the opportunity to apply it in their classrooms, before reflecting on its its impact during follow-up sessions.

Session Dates

Session 1: 16th October, 9am-12noon at NSPCC
Session 2: 14th November, 9am-12noon at NSPCC
Session 3: 5th February, 9am-12noon at NSPCC
Session 4: 17th June, 9am-12noon at NSPCC

Cost: Free for Leicester City maintained schools. £320 per delegate for non-maintained schools and Leicestershire schools.

Course Lead(s): Mel Hendy and Jo Puttick

No. of sessions: 4 x half day sessions

Audience: English Subject Leaders, plus 1 teacher

Overview

English subject leaders and teachers will have a clear understanding of the research and rationale underpinning best practice in the teaching of early writing and these principles will be foundations for both strands of training. Training will be broken down into small steps so that leaders and practitioners have the opportunity to apply it in their classrooms, before reflecting on its its impact during follow-up sessions.

Session Dates

Session 1: 18th October, 9am-12noon at NSPCC
Session 2: 5th December, 9am-12noon at NSPCC
Session 3: 13th February, 9am-12noon at NSPCC
Session 4: 6th June, 9am-12noon at NSPCC

Cost: Free for Leicester City maintained schools. £240 per delegate for non-maintained schools and Leicestershire schools.

Course Lead(s): Hannah Cooper

No. of sessions: 3 x half day sessions

Overview

These sessions will support teachers with planning progressive teaching sequences from their own curriculum and texts using ‘reverse planning’ principles and AFL strategies. Each session will give teachers opportunities to plan their modelling so children can see appropriate writing expectations to base their own writing on ensuring it is of an appropriate pitch and cognitive load. All sessions will include an input on subject knowledge including sentence structure, vocabulary and supporting children with their own planning of writing. Group size is small to ensure maximum support from the course leader. Teachers can attend individually, or with year group teams to plan collaboratively.

Please note these sessions are of similar content to previous years so would best suit teachers who have not attended before, or have changed year group.

Session dates

Session 1: 21st November, 9am-12noon at NSPCC
Session 2: 6th February, 9am-12noon at NSPCC
Session 3: 10th April, 9am-12noon at NSPCC

Cost: Free for Leicester City maintained schools. £240 per delegate for non-maintained schools and Leicestershire schools.

Course Lead(s): Hannah Cooper

No. of sessions: 3 x half day sessions

Overview

These sessions will support teachers with planning progressive teaching sequences from their own curriculum and texts using ‘reverse planning’ principles and AFL strategies. Each session will give teachers opportunities to plan their modelling so children can see appropriate writing expectations to base their own writing on ensuring it is of an appropriate pitch and cognitive load. All sessions will include an input on subject knowledge including sentence structure, vocabulary and supporting children with their own planning of writing. Group size is small to ensure maximum support from the course leader. Teachers can attend individually, or with year group teams to plan collaboratively.

Please note these sessions are of similar content to previous years so would best suit teachers who have not attended before, or have changed year group.

Session dates

Session 1: 10th October, 9am-12noon at NSPCC
Session 2: 22nd January, 9am-12noon at NSPCC
Session 3: 2nd April, 9am-12noon at NSPCC

Cost: Free for Leicester City maintained schools. £240 per delegate for non-maintained schools and Leicestershire schools.

Course Lead(s): Hannah Cooper

No. of sessions: 3 x half day sessions

Overview

These sessions will support teachers with planning progressive teaching sequences from their own curriculum and texts using ‘reverse planning’ principles and AFL strategies. Each session will give teachers opportunities to plan their modelling so children can see appropriate writing expectations to base their own writing on ensuring it is of an appropriate pitch and cognitive load. All sessions will include an input on subject knowledge including sentence structure, vocabulary and supporting children with their own planning of writing. Group size is small to ensure maximum support from the course leader. Teachers can attend individually, or with year group teams to plan collaboratively.

Please note these sessions are of similar content to previous years so would best suit teachers who have not attended before, or have changed year group.

Session dates

Session 1: 17th October, 9am-12noon at NSPCC
Session 2: 30th January, 9am-12noon at NSPCC
Session 3: 4th April, 9am-12noon at NSPCC

Oracy

Cost: £195 per delegate for Leicester City maintained schools. £240 per delegate for non-maintained schools and Leicestershire schools.

Course Lead(s): Hannah Cooper

No. of sessions: 3 x half day sessions

Overview

The aim of the Network is to support oracy/ English leaders with managing the subject and developing appropriate action plans, as well as to provide subject updates and CPD. As well as supporting subject leadership, the sessions will also provide the opportunity to engage in immersive oracy masterclasses. Masterclasses will be delivered by the oracy lead teachers and will provide examples of key strategies and practice which can be taken back in to schools to share with colleagues.

During the sessions, leads will be able to consider who to send to the larger twilight events and additional training offers so that they can support the development of teachers in their schools.

The network is open to all schools, whatever their stage of oracy development. Schools are not required to have attended Voice 21 training in order to access these sessions.

Session Dates

Session 1: 31st October, 9am-12noon at SDSA
Session 2: 23rd January, 9am-12noon at SDSA
Session 3: 1st May, 9am-12noon at SDSA

Cost: £90 per delegate for Leicester City maintained schools. £110 per delegate for non-maintained schools and Leicestershire schools.

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

No. of sessions: 2 x twilight sessions

Overview

Further details coming Autumn 2024.

Session dates:

Session 1: tbc at venue tbc
Session 2: tbc at venue tbc

Cost: £195 per delegate for Leicester City maintained schools. £240 per delegate for non-maintained schools and Leicestershire schools.

Course Lead(s): Hannah Cooper

No. of sessions: 3 x half day sessions

Overview

This training is for teachers or schools who are new to oracy and want to develop children’s speaking and listening skills. It offers an introduction to key oracy teaching and learning principles, giving participants the opportunity to consider effective pedagogy around the notion of ‘learning to talk’ and ‘learning through talk’, and types of talk.

  • Session 1: Introduction to Oracy – The Oracy Framework and understanding the four essential strands for effective oracy (cognitive, linguistic, social & emotional, and physical) and different types of talk
  • Session 2: Creating a culture of talk in the classroom - Strategies to support developing a Dialogic Classroom including different groupings, sentence stems and listening ladders
  • Session 3: Oracy Across the Curriculum - How speaking and listening can elevate children’s learning in lessons

Session dates:

Session 1: 15th January 9am-12noon at SDSA
Session 2: 27th March, 9am-12noon at SDSA
Session 2: 8th May, 9am-12noon at SDSA

Reading

Cost: Free for Leicester City maintained schools. £240 per delegate for non-maintained schools and Leicestershire schools.

Course Lead(s): Jo Puttick

No. of sessions: 3 x half day sessions

Target audience: KS1 and KS2 teachers from schools that use the approaches advocated on the Leadership of Reading / KS1 / KS2 reading courses

Overview

Course information coming soon, but bookings now open.

Session dates

Session 1: 8th October, 9am-12noon at NSPCC
Session 2: 29th November, 9am-12noon at NSPCC
Session 3: 31st January, 9am-12noon at NSPCC

Cost: Free for Leicester City maintained schools. £240 per delegate for non-maintained and Leicestershire schools

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

No. of sessions: 3 x half day sessions

Audience: EYFS Leaders / Y1 teachers / English Leaders / Reading Leaders

Overview

The aim of this network is to connect colleagues across the city and to give an opportunity to develop teachers’ and leaders’ understanding relating to best practice in reading development in the Early Years and Y1. Now in its third year, sessions will continue to draw on recent research and focus areas with new content will include phonics, early language development and understanding, leading, monitoring and assessing reading, and working with parents. There will also be input from CLS, linked to the themes of the sessions.

Session 1

  • Key messages from Ofsted Review: Telling the Story
  • The range of aspects that need to be done well in schools to ensure children become good readers
  • Phonological awareness: phoneme manipulation
  • Teaching common exception words: no word is entirely tricky
  • Monitoring and evaluating your provision: how good is the implementation?

Session 2

  • Bridging the gap from phonics to comprehension:
  • What does it mean to be a reading comprehender?
  • Being a language comprehender from the start
  • Assessment and book choice
  • When to move away from tightly phonically decodable text to graded text?

Session 3

  • Bridging the gap from phonics to comprehension:
  • Developing oral language structures and vocabulary
  • The importance of F1 and how to develop early reading
  • Working with Parents

Gap tasks will be provided after each session.

Session dates

Session 1: Wednesday 2nd October 2024, 9am-12noon at NSPCC
Session 2: Tuesday 21st January 2025, 9am-12noon at NSPCC
Session 2: Friday 2nd May 2025, 9am-12noon at NSPCC

Contact: hayley.carter@sdsa.net

Cost: Free for Leicester City maintained schools. £240 per delegate for non-maintained and Leicestershire schools.

Course Leads: Jo Puttick and Mel Hendy

No. of session(s): 3 x half day sessions

Audience: Reading Leaders from all primary, infant and junior schools

Overview

These network sessions aim to develop Reading Leader knowledge and confidence in the teaching of all aspects of reading, to examine progress through the prism of the latest research, to introduce new book titles and to provide support to identify school’s next steps in their teaching and development of reading.

Discussion and sharing of good practice will be central to each meeting so that schools with similar needs can discuss strengths and CPD approaches. Each table group will be facilitated by a Lead Teacher of Reading to maximise the value of discussion time.

Session 1

  • Bridging the gap between phonics and reading comprehension
  • Adjusting long term plans

Session 2

  • Bridging the gap: considering how this is done in short term plans (shared and guided reading)
  • Reading stamina: what does this mean? How is this achieved?

Session 3

  • Ensuring that spoken language enhances the teaching of reading
  • Joint planning

There will be a pre-task and gap tasks will be provided after each session.

Session dates

Session 1: Friday 8th November 2024, 9am-12noon at NSPCC
Session 2: Friday 24th January 2025, 9am-12noon at NSPCC
Session 2: Thursday 3rd April 2025, 9am-12noon at NSPCC

Contact: hayley.carter@sdsa.net

Overview

We are planning 3 face to face Reading Champions’ Conferences and 1 virtual briefing this year in approximately September and November 2024, March and June 2025. More details to follow in the Autumn term.

Contact: sonia.dayal@sdsa

Overview

WiT will offer a range of reading CPD throughout the year to complement the wider CtG offer. More details to follow in September.

Contact: sonia.dayal@sdsa

Reading for Pleasure initiatives

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

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 Leicester City maintained schools. £550 for non-maintained schools.

Overview

A book award, especially for Year 5/6 children in Leicester! Pupils are asked to read a range of books, shortlist their top 5 and then 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: sonia.dayal@sdsa.net

Cost: Free for Leicester City maintained schools.

Overview

A box of exciting books - simply for children throughout school to enjoy reading as part of Non-fiction November and beyond! Suggested activities and competition challenges will be provided.

Please note: This is open to Leicester City maintained schools only.

Contact: sonia.dayal@sdsa.net

Authors on Tour will run during June 2025 with face to face and virtual author visits for all year groups. Books will be supplied to schools to accompany their chosen author visit. More information to follow in January 2025.

Contact: sonia.dayal@sdsa.net