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INSET Provision

INSET PROVISION
We have a team of highly qualified consultants who can provide tailor-made courses for your school.

We specialise in delivering relevant and bilingual INSET provision to those working at all levels in educational establishments. We are happy to provide bespoke training in any educational area, please contact us for more information.

See below for INSET courses that Portal have delivered in the past.

Aspiring Towards School Senior Leadership / Management

Course Overview

To give an insight into the requirements of Middle Management in a primary school context.

Activities:

  • Strategic Management Overview.
  • Data analysis and interpretation.
  • Assessment for Learning.
  • Effective Pupil Tracking.

PLC / Collaboration Facilitation:

To enable individuals to establish networks in order to develop their professional roles and responsibilities.

This course is available as an INSET provision, please contact us for more details.

Data Analysis for Primary Schools

More information coming soon.

Developing Excellent Teaching and Learning in the Classroom

Course Overview

This course will introduce and reinforce the core principles for Assessment for Learning. It will involve a practical application of the principles of:

  • Effective Questioning
  • Effective Feedback
  • Self and Peer Assessment

What will you gain from this course?

The course will inspire practitioners wishing to further develop the principles of effective Assessment for Learning within their school establishments.  It will enable schools and individuals who are on a similar Assessment for Learning journey to co-operate in a collaborative manner in order to improve their approach to AfL and therefore raise standards.

This course is available as an INSET provision, please contact us for more details.

Effective Teaching of Numeracy at KS2

This course has been designed for teachers who are responsible for curriculum areas outside Mathematics as well as Numeracy co-ordinators or Mathematics teachers.

Course Overview

  • Raising awareness of the importance of numeracy across the curriculum.
  • Identifying key areas across the curriculum that could develop and improve numeracy skills amongst pupils
  • Provide guidelines for co-ordinators to develop a numeracy policy
  • Provide a store of cross curricular numeracy resources

Delegates will:

  • Conduct a research into the opportunities to develop numeracy skills within schemes of work.
  • With the co-operation of maths specialists, develop a common form of teaching numeracy skills within a particular curriculum area.
  • Develop and use differentiated strategies which strengthens the numeracy skills of those who are at different levels.
  • Trial subject specific numeracy resources within classroom
  • Conduct a survey to assess the effects of the strategies

This course is available as an INSET provision, please contact us for more details.

Improve the Quality of your School’s Self-Evaluation Report

The SER review will be unique to your own school, and will:

  • Evaluate your school’s SER and make comments to improve its quality, including a one page summary in plain English for governors, parents and others
  • Show how to embed supporting evidence concisely within the SER
  • Show how to use data and resources including the pupil deprivation grant effectively to target support for groups of learners such as the disadvantaged, and the more able and talented

Provide you with checklists for auditing:

  • Safeguarding to demonstrate the impact of your safeguarding including the school’s child protection arrangements
  • Pupils’ book scrutiny; and
  • The quality of teaching.

Consultants delivering this course: Dulyn Griffith

This course is available as an INSET provision, please contact us for more details.

Behaviour Management in the Classroom

Course Overview

Helping improve behaviour within your school

Does “low level” disruption really exist? If pupils aren’t learning, if teachers are feeling stressed and under pressure, if vital minutes of learning time are being wasted by interruptions, lateness and lack of equipment… there’s nothing “low level” about it! Whether it’s stroppy Year 9s, reluctant boys, chatty girls, the cries of “I don’t get it!” or “What’s the point of this anyway?”, pretty much every teacher has certain pupils (or even whole classes!) that openly challenge teacher authority.

This course goes where others fear to tread! Beyond the gimmicks and the fads, this course is all about step by step nitty gritty strategies that pre-empt misbehaviour and ensure every minute is a learning minute. We’ll look at:

  • Why lessons start to go wrong
  • How some teachers have “the knack” and how
  • How every teacher can get “the knack”
  • The secrets of smooth transitions
  • How your “vision” is the basis for success
  • How to pre-empt the flashpoints
  • The latest inspectorate thinking

What will you gain from this course?

  • Easy step by step strategies to manage behaviour and learning
  • The latest Inspectorate thinking on effective behaviour management
  • Systematic approaches that allow teachers to recognise and develop their own style
  • A tool-kit of step by step tactics to ensure that sanctions are easy to follow up
  • A “vision audit” to gauge your strengths and areas to develop
  • A series of exemplar checklists upon which to model your daily practice
  • Meticulously researched evidence-based strategies proven to work for even the “hard core” difficult pupils

This course is available as an INSET provision, please contact us for more details.

Developing an Understanding of Children with Challenging Behaviours (ADHD/ASD)

The Aims and Objectives for the Day:

  • To have increased confidence in understanding children with ADHD and ASD that exhibit challenging behaviour in the mainstream
  • To have new tools to help manage challenging behaviour in the classroom
  • To understand the basics of the DIR model (Developmental, Individual, Relationship based intervention), and how it can help to understand and help with children with challenging behaviours.

Course Overview:

To look at different learning styles of children with ADHD and ASD

  • To look at developmental milestones that all children need to master in order to be able to think and learn
  • To look at the children’s Individual differences that contribute to frustration
  • To look at the iceberg of behaviours and anyalise the underlying deficits.
  • To look at principles that can reduce behaviours

This course is available as an INSET provision, please contact us for more details.

Developing Excellent Teaching and Learning in the Classroom

This one day  course draws on research and ideas from outstanding schools and teachers around the country that were used to produce the resources and books that John has written or contributed to.

The course begins with identifying the classroom strategies that impact most on achievement and progress based the trainer’s personal school based research in addition to a review of educational research from round the world and links these to the Estyn criteria. The focus is then on ways to develop these features as a school and as a teacher in the classroom. Time will be spent looking at how to create the ethos and environment for excellent teaching and then two key classroom strategies will be targeted – “Developing Quality Questioning” and “Feedback and Review for Progress

The course will be delivered through presentations, videoed examples of outstanding teachers, group work, discussion, reflection and planning.  Participants will have access to a range of ideas and tools from excellent teachers to take away and work on in their own classrooms.

Learning Outcomes

  • Clarity about the features of excellent teaching and learning in the classroom
  • School and classroom strategies to develop two of these features
  • Ideas and development tools from excellent teachers to try out in the classroom
  • Inspiration, motivation and a structure for improvement

 

This course is available as an INSET provision, please contact us for more details.

Ensuring Inclusion in the Classroom for Learners with Autism

The Aims and Objectives for the Day:

  • To have increased understanding of the core deficits of individuals with ASD and how we can foster growth within these areas
  • To gain a basic understanding of the DIR (Developmental, Individual, Relationship based intervention) model and how it can help to understand children on the spectrum
  • To gain strategies to improve participation and regulation in the classroom

Course Overview

  • To look core deficits of autism
  • To look at the developmental milestones all children must go through to be able to think and learn and participate
  • To look at the individual differences of children with ASD and how this prevents them from thinking and learning and engaging
  • To look at principles of interaction that will provide strategies to improve participation.

Participants will also watch a video andassess their understanding of helping engaging children in the classroom.

This course is available as an INSET provision, please contact us for more details.

Implementing the Numeracy Framework & Effective Teaching of Numeracy at KS3

This course has been designed for Maths teachers as well as teachers from other areas.

Course Overview

  • Raising awareness of the importance of numeracy across the curriculum.
  • Identifying key areas across the curriculum that could develop and improve numeracy skills amongst pupils
  • Provide guidelines for co-ordinators to develop a numeracy policy
  • Provide a store of cross curricular numeracy resources

Delegates will:

  • Conduct a research into the opportunities to develop numeracy skills within schemes of work.
  • With the co-operation of maths specialists, develop a common form of teaching numeracy skills within a particular curriculum area.
  • Develop and use differentiated strategies which strengthens the numeracy skills of those who are at different levels.
  • Trial subject specific numeracy resources within classroom
  • Conduct a survey to assess the effects of the strategies
This course is available as an INSET provision, please contact us for more details.

Strategies to Motivate and Engage NEET Young People

Course Overview

This programme is designed to be delivered to front line staff working directly with NEET Young People (Not in Education Employment or Training). The aim is to identify the reasons for the young person being NEET and to provide participants with tools and strategies that will engage the young person and increase their chances of sustaining learning or employment.

What will I gain from this course?

  • The opportunity to fully identify the barriers faced by NEET young people and how you can increase support for NEETs during their transition into sustained Education, Employment or Training
  • Learn new practical skills and techniques to increase the motivation of NEET young people
  • A clear understanding of the importance of developing a positive and motivational culture within your organisation
  • An insight into how your own behaviour is crucial in motivating NEET young people
  • An introduction to Pro-Social modelling
  • Develop your knowledge and understanding of designing flexible provision to meet a range of learning styles and reading ages
  • The opportunity to design a flexible programme to increase the motivation and engagement of NEET young people

This course is available as an INSET provision, please contact us for more details.

Using Digital Technology to Improve Standards and Engagement

Course Overview

Technology is changing the way our world works at an ever faster pace. From Wikipedia to Skype to iPads, devices, resources and ways of working that were pipe dreams only ten years ago are now common place.

Making the most of the opportunities that these technological changes offer can be tricky. It’s easy to be swamped with new ideas or caught up in the chase for the latest ‘shiny shiny’ thing. Alternatively, for many it’s easier to shut the classroom door and pretend it doesn’t exist!

This course will provide you with a variety of easy and effective ways that you can use these opportunities to have a positive impact on the learning in and beyond your classroom. We’ll look at how technology can be used to help deliver elements of the Literacy and Numeracy Framework as well as ways to use it to continue to develop your CPD.

The course is device neutral (i.e. it doesn’t matter what type of computer or tablet you’re using), we’ll look at tools for that work on computer and tablets of all varieties. The course is also very hands on, and will include time to play around with some of the tools as well as a chance to discuss and share possible ways that they could be used in your classroom.

This course is suitable for Primary and Secondary teachers looking to make more effective use of the technology they have, or new kit that they are receiving. It may also be of use to anyone with responsibility for effective use of digital or e-learning across the school.

Please note given the practical nature of the course, you will need to bring a laptop or tablet device with you. If you don’t have access to a device that will work away from your school, please let us know in advance so we can provide one.

This course is available as an INSET provision, please contact us for more details.

Aspiring Towards School Senior Leadership / Management

Course Overview

This programme is designed to:

  • Identify knowledge and skills to become a ‘successful’ senior leader;
  • Provide practical guidance on applying these skills in a senior leadership role;
  • Promote discussion and provoke thought; and
  • Provide high challenge in a low stress environment.

The training day is fully packed and divided into 4 distinct sections covering the following areas.

Understanding Leadership

The purpose of this section is to explain what it means to be a school leader identifying what a Headteacher expects from a leadership team and also to remember the primary focus of any school leader irrespective of responsibility (ie. Achievement, progress and wellbeing). The session challenges participants to think ‘bigger picture’ and appreciate the challenges of leadership in a school context as opposed to departmental or year group level.  It also allows participants to think about their own backgrounds and how they might need to re-focus or flex their outlook to prepare them for the leadership challenge.

Using data to improve performance

Data is a powerful tool in measuring student/school performance but, if used correctly, can be used as a significant aid to student achievement.  The purpose of this session is to identify how as a school leader you are expected to use data to inform practice in the classroom and improve learning.  There are a variety of sources of data available to schools and the session will explore a number of these.

The ‘21 Ways’ to get the best out of people

The purpose of this session identifies why establishing effective relationships with the colleagues around you is an essential skill required by an effective leader and how strong leadership and motivational skills empower others and facilitate achievement.   It demonstrates how an outstanding leader can get the best out of colleagues without having to use the ‘stick approach’. The session provides 21 ideas for raising output within departments to ensure that students receive the best deal in terms learning and teaching.

How to sell yourself at interview

This session is aimed at supporting participants in identifying what prospective employers are looking for in terms of applications and during interview.  During the session you will engaged in one or two activities that you might expect during an interview.

This course is available as an INSET provision, please contact us for more details.

Please note our Terms and Conditions

An invoice will be sent out upon receipt of the booking form and should be paid within 28 days of the dated invoice. Bookings are non-refundable. In all cases, cancellations will only be accepted in writing and if made more than two weeks before the event. Acknowledgement of application will be made upon receipt. Portal Training reserves the right to amend the programme on the day. Please indicate any special dietary/mobility/disability requirements to our team.