CAST Training Programme – Autumn Term 2021

Booking window now open – super early bird discounts available

Citywide Alliance Schools Training are delighted to announce their new training programme for the Autumn Term, and that they are now accepting bookings for all of their courses, commencing in November. There are also Super Early Bird booking discounts available across the entire programme.

Literacy Courses (online)

The online Literacy Programme is being led by Kathryn Taylor – Primary Literacy Specialist, SLE and ESCC Moderator.

Developing Reading in the Primary Classroom – Monday November 8th

Delegates will investigate how to embed a love of reading, within their classroom and school, as well as different strategies, both as a whole-class and in groups, to effectively teach reading. You will learn about the essential reading skills, such as visualising and summarising, which underpin a child’s ability to comprehend pictures and texts, and their place in the primary classroom.

This course is aimed at – All class teachers in EYFS, KS1 and KS2 (including Early Career teachers) Higher Level Teaching Assistants and Teaching Assistants.

Developing writing in EYFS – Monday November 15th

Teachers will investigate how to plan, teach and develop writing from starting school in Reception to the end of the academic year in order to raise attainment and increase progress. This will include how to plan for progress; strategies to teach and assess writing effectively and how to raise pupil engagement. We will also discuss the expectations for the end of EYFS so that all delegates are confident with the expectations and what the writing evidence could look like.

This course is aimed at – Reception class teachers, Early Career Teachers, Higher Level Teaching Assistants and Teaching Assistants.

Developing Writing in the Primary Classroom – Monday November 22nd

Teachers will investigate how to plan, teach and assess writing throughout the primary phase in order to raise attainment and increase progress. This will include how to plan for progress; strategies to teach and assess writing effectively and how to raise pupil engagement. We will also discuss the National Curriculum Standards for the end of Key stage 1 and Key Stage 2 so that all delegates are confident with the expectations and what the writing evidence could look like.

This course is aimed at – KS1 and KS2 teachers, Early Career teachers, Higher Level Teaching Assistants and Teaching Assistants.

A Beginners Guide to Phonics in the Primary Classroom – Monday November 29th

Delegates will gain an understanding of what phonics is and how and why it is taught across the primary phase. We will analyse planning with regard to the components of a single lesson; how a sequence of lessons is prepared and how this is used to teach phonics in order to raise attainment and increase progress. Appropriate resources will be shared for planning, teaching and assessing.

This course is aimed at – Early Career Teachers, Higher Level Teaching Assistants and Teaching Assistants.

SEND Course (online)

Strategies for Teaching Assistants Supporting SEND Learners in the Primary Classroom (2 sessions)Wednesday November 10th/17th

Session 1 – Wednesday November 10th; Session 2 – Wednesay November 17th

This two half-day session course – combined with an intersessional task – aims to develop Teaching Assistants’ awareness of their role with regards SEND in the teaching environment. It will give information about the four areas of SEND likely to be found in their classrooms. Useful, practical strategies and resources will be examined to help Teaching Assistants’ support children to access the curriculum successfully. The intersessional task will involve employing some of the strategies learnt in the first session in the classroom and will be discussed during the second session.

This course is aimed at Primary Teaching Assistants, HLTAs, INAs, Learning Mentors and those supporting learning in the classroom

The programme will be led by Penny Nice – Independent SEND Consultant.

Mindfulness Course – (face-to-face at the Withdean Training Centre in Brighton)

Mindfulness – Supporting Mental Health and Wellbeing (2 Sessions)    Friday November 19th/26th

We are yet to see the full impact of Coronavirus on the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children. However, studies and direct experience tell us that it has been significantly harmful. We need strategies to support all children in schools. Mindfulness has incredible potential. When taught well, mindfulness practices are simple tools that can be used by everyone, every day. This two half-day session course – combined with an intersessional task – will explore mindfulness techniques, games and practices in an experiential way. You will consider how to address the impact of Coronavirus and lockdown and will also identify strategies for whole school implementation. 

This course is aimed at Teachers, Head Teachers, Assistant and Deputy Heads, Year Heads, Anti-Bullying Leads, SENCOs, Inclusion Managers, Inclusion Support Staff, Teaching Assistants, Learning Mentors.

The programme will be led by Gina Mitchell- Teacher and Mindfulness Practitioner.

Costs

The cost for each of the above courses is £75 for each of the literacy courses and the £150 for the two session SEND and Mindfulness programmes. However, all bookings made by the end of Friday October 15th will qualify for the Super Early Bird discount rate of 20% and with limited places on all courses it is recommended that you book as soon as possible.

How to book

For further details on all the courses just click on the course titles above. To make a booking, simply register your details and follow the booking instructions on the course web pages. CAST have recently moved to a new online booking system, so if you experience any issues in completing your booking, just email them on courses@castcpd.co.uk or call 07450 351 910.