Valentines High School

Training Courses

Improving Teacher Programme (ITP)

The dates for the Autumn term programme are:

Wednesday 11th October (1.15 - 4.15 pm)

Thursday 9th November (1.15 - 4.15pm)

Wednesday 18th October (9.30am - 4.15pm)

Tuesday 21st November (9.30 - 1.15pm)

Thursday 2nd November (1.15 - 4.15 pm)

 

Designed by experienced and successful school leaders this highly effective programme gives improving teachers a set of skills and strategies to reach the next teaching level. For example, it enables them to:

  • Improve standards in their classrooms and schools.
  • Increase their job satisfaction and quality of experience
  • Work more effectively as active members of their school team

The programme is a key part of the Valentines Teaching School Alliance portfolio of school-to-school support, which is helping to increase capacity and drive up standards in schools. Among many benefits this programme helps school staff consistently to deliver good quality lessons that have a measurable impact on pupil performance.

This programme: Provides improving teachers with in-depth coaching, tailored to a self-assessment of their teaching. It provides opportunities to deepen their understanding of high-quality classroom practice and teaching and learning. Participants improve their teaching through facilitated practice and structured opportunities to reflect on teaching approaches and their quality and impact. Supports a wider range of teaching activities, including: planning lessons, starter activities, plenary sessions, questioning techniques, engaging in learning, challenging learning, assessment and differentiation strategies. Supports the aims and implementation of school improvement plans and other national agendas. Forms part of the professional development provision or entitlement for staff development within the school’s improvement plan.

Commitment and cost The programme consists of 1 full day and 4 x 1/2 day facilitated sessions over a five week period. Secondary schools need to release three teachers as learning takes place in threes; primary and special schools may prefer to release one teacher as learning 3s can come from cluster schools. The work of these teachers is supported by a project manager at each school who attends the first and final session and supports the teachers progress through the programme in their schools. This is an important coaching role that is pivotal to the success of the delegates. All sessions take place at Valentines High School.The cost per session is £75 per participant. £450 in total.

Eligibility This programme is open to all teachers who want to improve their teaching and want to learn how to deliver consistently good lessons matching theory with application.

Impact Here are some delegate comments about the Improving Teacher Programme: “It has made me more inspired and confident to use a range of challenging and engaging strategies in my lessons” “It has motivated and inspired me. I have used strategies from the course and gained an outstanding in a recent lesson observation” “The course has challenged my own practice and encouraged me to make resources that I have shared with others in my department”

Information and booking: If you would like further information or a booking form please contact Gayna Bedwell (Teaching School administrator) at gbe@valentines-sch.org.uk or by calling 0208 554 3608. Please note that the maximum number of participants on the course at any time is 15, so we anticipate that spaces will fill up quickly.

OTP

Summer Term Dates are:

Wednesday 23rd May (1.15 - 4.15pm)

Wednesday 27th June (1.15 - 4.15pm)

Monday 4th June (9.30 - 4pm)

Wednesday 4th July (9.30 - 4pm)

Friday 15th June (1.15 - 4.15pm)

Monday 9th July (1.15 - 4.15pm)

Designed and facilitated by experienced school leaders and teachers, and established by the National College, the Outstanding Teacher Programme gives good teachers a set of skills and strategies that enable them to become consistently and sustainably outstanding It helps them to:

  • Demonstrate a higher level understanding of teaching and improve learning for pupils.
  • Coach colleagues in their own school and in other schools to raise their performance.
  • Increase their job satisfaction and create opportunities for further career progression.
  • Create a proactive school culture where the quality of teaching and learning is observed, discussed and enhanced.
  • Increase their job satisfaction and create opportunities for further career progression.

Valentines High School will be offering the OTP in the Summer term 2018. This programme:

  • Provides in-depth coaching to deepen teachers’ understanding of outstanding classroom practice. Participants improve through facilitated practice and structured opportunities to reflect on teaching approaches and their quality and impact.
  • Introduces new knowledge and skills and focuses on what makes teaching outstanding.
  • Requires learning triads to prepare and present at an outstanding level to the whole programme group for evaluation.
  • Forms part of the schools’ professional development provision and supports the implementation of national agendas.
  • Provides practical activities and resources that can be used and shared in classrooms.

This programme is open to teachers with the potential to consistently deliver outstanding lessons. Applicants need to demonstrate:

  • Strong commitment to teaching and learning and show that they are inspiring individuals with strong interpersonal skills who are role models for pupils.
  • At least three years teaching experience and value added data showing student progress and improving exam results.
  • External recognition (e.g. Threshold, Ofsted) that indicates that they have the ability to become outstanding teachers.
  • A commitment to professional development and the ability to reflect their practice, including using student feedback to evaluate their teaching.

What does the OTP consist of? The programme consists of one full day and seven half-day facilitated sessions over an eleven week period. Secondary schools need to release three teachers for the programme as coaching takes place in triads; PRUs, primary and special schools may release one teacher as members of the primary triads can come from cluster schools.

Dates and times: The majority of sessions will take place on Fridays between 1pm and 4pm in the Training Room at Valentines High School, Gants Hill, Ilford. There will be one full day session plus a full day coaching session at Valentines. In addition two sessions of in-school practice where participants try out the strategies developed will be based in their own schools. The programme covers key issues and strategies: the nature of outstanding teaching, questioning, assessment and differentiation. The final session will include certification of participants as “Outstanding Teachers”.

Costs: The cost per participant is £75 per taught half day session, a total for the course of £675 per participant. Attendance at all sessions is required for completion of the course and award of certification. There is a potential fee reduction for Primary Schools who send more than one delegate.

Information and booking: If you would like further information or a booking form please contact Gayna Bedwell (Teaching School Administrator) at gbe@valentines-sch.org.uk or by calling 0208 554 3608. Please note that the maximum number of participants on the course at any time is 15, so we anticipate that spaces will fill up quickly.

 

Teaching and Learning course

Autumn 2017
Throughout the Year  -  Various Dates National Award For Middle Leaders
Autumn Term - Various Dates Improving Teacher Programme
   
 
Summer 2018
Summer Term - Various Dates Outstanding Teacher Programme
   

Interested? For further details or to make a booking please contact: Gayna Bedwell (020 8554 3608) gbe@valentines-sch.org.uk