Teachology Twilights

“Research shows that input from the outside can stimulate new patterns of thought and challenge preconceptions It can highlight examples of superb practice elsewhere and broker connections and new relationships, ensuring that understanding can be shared and spread”
David Weston, Chief Executive of the Teacher Development Trust, ‘7 deadly sins of CPD’ The TES, September 2013

Short, snappy after school sessions give staff inspiration, practical ideas and expert advice to without eating into the school day. Twilights are perfect to support teacher learning communities and research groups to design to achieve ambitious targets. Choose from the ideas below, or tell us about your objectives and we’ll find you the perfect match.

‘Twilights’ don’t just have to be after school either; all of our presenters are also available for keynotes at your school conference.

Outstanding teaching

  • Creating and using a meaningful definition to improve teaching
  • Strategies to ensure teaching is learning focussed
  • Techniques to develop independent learning
  • How to evidence outstanding teaching to Ofsted

Lesson observation and feedback

  • How to assess the impact of teaching on learning
  • Embed formative assessment with meaningful observation criteria
  • The do’s and don’ts of giving feedback.
  • How to plan and evaluate an observation cycle

Outstanding Assessment for Learning

  • Questioning techniques to assess and advance learning
  • Using group talk to develop independent learners
  • Benchmark current performance in AfL and discover low-prep, high-impact strategies for teaching smarter, not working harder
  • How to set meaningful targets and give formative feedback
  • Pave the way for success in peer assessment

Data

  • Collecting and using data to accurately assess pupil progress and inform planning
  • Principles of efficient, effective data collection, analysis and reporting
  • How to integrating data into planning for outstanding results

Parental involvement

  • Initiating and sustaining home-school relationships that support learning
  • Early years interventions to prevent the need to ‘catch up’
  • Reaching out to improve the literacy and numeracy skills of parents
  • Measuring the impact of your interventions on learning

Marking and feedback to improve learning and achievement

  • The essential ‘how to’ guide: key principles and techniques
  • Time-saving techniques to reduce workload
  • Benchmark current practice and identify improvements
  • How to assess the impact of your feedback

Outstanding lesson planning

  • The benefits of standardised planning and how to implement it
  • Principles of planning for outstanding learning
  • How to reduce planning time without reducing quality
  • Ensure whole-school development priorities have a meaningful place in lesson plans

English and Literacy

  • How to plan and deliver outstanding English lessons
  • Designing evidence-based interventions for struggling readers, writers and speakers
  • How to integrate literacy into subjects where it doesn’t ‘fit’
  • Differentiation and challenge to ensure all pupils progress and achieve

Maths and numeracy

  • Making maths exciting and relevant
  • How to plan and deliver outstanding maths lessons
  • Practical strategies to engage the whole school community in numeracy initiatives

Pupil premium

  • Design reporting systems to identify the impact of spend on progress
  • Explore evidence based approaches to overcome barriers to learning
  • Create tailored interventions to accelerate the progress of hard to reach groups

The Discipline Coach: “the best kept secret in education”.

  • Raise a culture of respect, discipline and commitment to learning
  • Tried and tested approaches to forge strong relationships with challenging students that establish positive attitudes to education and achievement.
  • Self-discipline strategies used by high-performing athletes
  • Practical approaches to develop outstanding behaviour for learning

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