Course

  • 8 Modules

    Plan an Effective Transition for Your Students

    In these two linked courses, Matt Bromley explores the vital role transition plays in pupils’ academic and pastoral progress in school. He explains why transition matters, shares five broad categories of school life - sometimes referred to as 'bridges' - in which the transition process can be improved and three features by which an effective transition can be measured. Matt also explains how to make best use of transition days and how to support the transition of disadvantaged pupils and pupils with SEND. He argues the importance of collaboration, saying that what is needed is long-term, genuine and sustainable collaboration between schools.  Matt sets out what effective collaboration might look like in practice.  He then turns his attention to the particulars of primary to secondary transition, transitions within KS3, and from KS3 to KS4, and secondary to post-16 transition. As well as being useful for individual CPD for primary and secondary school leaders, this course could form the basis of SLT discussions or whole-school training. The two courses in this mini series are: Plan an Effective Transition for Your Students and Make Transitions Work for Every Student (inclusion)
  • 7 Modules

    Make Transitions Work for Every Student (inclusion)

    In these two linked courses, Matt Bromley explores the vital role transition plays in pupils’ academic and pastoral progress in school. He explains why transition matters, shares five broad categories of school life - sometimes referred to as 'bridges' - in which the transition process can be improved and three features by which an effective transition can be measured. Matt also explains how to make best use of transition days and how to support the transition of disadvantaged pupils and pupils with SEND. He argues the importance of collaboration, saying that what is needed is long-term, genuine and sustainable collaboration between schools.  Matt sets out what effective collaboration might look like in practice.  He then turns his attention to the particulars of primary to secondary transition, transitions within KS3, and from KS3 to KS4, and secondary to post-16 transition. As well as being useful for individual CPD for primary and secondary school leaders, this course could form the basis of SLT discussions or whole-school training. The two courses in this mini series are: Plan an Effective Transition for Your Students and Make Transitions Work for Every Student (inclusion)
  • 9 Modules

    Be an Effective Leader

    Outstanding leaders are not born, they are made. And you can make yourself one too. This course explores six key behaviours of successful leaders and how you can apply them to your day-to-day practice to make you more effective in your role. Whether you are new-to-role or highly experienced there will be much to reflect on as you explore how to build on your existing strengths and lead authentically.
  • 9 Modules

    Support a Grieving Adult

    When a friend, colleague or member of your community is bereaved, it can be difficult to know what to say or do.  In this course, I walk through some simple ideas to give you confidence in providing the right kind and amount of support to an adult who is grieving.  
  • 7 Modules

    Secure Your First Leadership Role – Becoming SLT

    In this course, which is the second of three courses on the subject of securing a SLT position, Matt Bromley talks about the recruitment process.  He offers advice on writing the covering letter and application, and on preparing for and performing well in panel interviews and during the presentation. As well as being useful for individual CPD, this course could form the basis of in-school 121 coaching for prospective members of SLT.
  • 6 Modules

    Secure Your First Leadership Role – Being SLT

    In this course, which is the third of three courses on the subject of securing a SLT position, Matt Bromley concludes his exploration of the recruitment process by looking at simulations such as team meetings, at written tasks such as the in-tray exercise, and at the final interview.  He then explores what great senior leaders do once appointed. 

    As well as being useful for individual CPD, this course could form the basis of in-school 121 coaching for prospective members of SLT. 

  • 6 Modules

    Enable Children to Feel Safe so They Can Flourish

    Safety is a theme that I return to again and again in my work whether it’s about taking a trauma informed approach, enabling children with special needs to thrive or simply about creating an environment in which every child can flourish.  One of the most basic needs that must be met for every child is a feeling of safety and in this course I pick that apart and go beyond the built environment, exploring how we can enable a child to feel safe physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively. The course is suitable for anyone working with or caring for children and young people and requires no specialist knowledge.
  • 13 Modules

    Understand Anxiety: 10 Things You Need to Know

    This course provides an accessible introduction to anxiety and provides useful pointers for any adult supporting a child with anxiety.  Common misunderstandings and misconceptions are addressed, we consider some potential pitfalls to avoid and we explore a range of simple, practical ideas for supporting anxious children.
  • 7 Modules

    Be the Adult a Grieving Child Needs

    When a child experiences the death of a loved one, the adults around them play a hugely important role both in supporting in the immediate aftermath and also of helping to support and guide the child towards the future.  This course explores what children most need from adults at such a difficult time and shares practical ideas for how we can step up and fulfil such an important role with confidence.
  • 9 Modules

    Support Young People to Break the Cycle of Self-Harm

    Self-harm is a topic that many people feel puzzled or scared by so this course aims to demystify it for you and help you to gain an understanding of the motivations behind self-harm and how we can use this understanding to support a young person to a place of relative safety.  There is no quick fix nor a one size fits all answer here, but this course will boost your confidence and give you some clear ideas about how best to support children or young people who are currently self-harming.   This course has been developed by Dr Pooky Knightsmith, an internationally recognised mental health expert and author of “Can I tell you about Self-harm – a guide for parents friends and professionals” and “Self-harm and eating disorders in schools” which was based on her PhD research into the topic.
  • 6 Modules

    Improve the Quality of Teaching & Learning through Lesson Observation – 4 – Good Pedagogy

    This course will explain and explore the importance of lesson observations as part of continuing professional development for a range of teachers it will look at the practicalities some of the theories behind effective observations and the range of areas that need to be explored the whole course will be seen within the context of the new Ofsted framework

    This course has been developed by Kevin Piper who has worked in a range of institutions from primary to secondary as well as colleges adult education and in universities. He has worked for many years in school improvement nationally and internationally and use lesson observations in a range of contexts

  • 5 Modules

    Improve the Quality of Teaching & Learning through Lesson Observation – 3 – Effective Feedback

    This course will explain and explore the importance of lesson observations as part of continuing professional development for a range of teachers it will look at the practicalities some of the theories behind effective observations and the range of areas that need to be explored the whole course will be seen within the context of the new Ofsted framework This course has been developed by Kevin Piper who has worked in a range of institutions from primary to secondary as well as colleges adult education and in universities. He has worked for many years in school improvement nationally and internationally and use lesson observations in a range of contexts

  • 6 Modules

    Improve the Quality of Teaching & Learning through Lesson Observation – 2 – Making it Work

    This course will explain and explore the importance of lesson observations as part of continuing professional development for a range of teachers it will look at the practicalities some of the theories behind effective observations and the range of areas that need to be explored the whole course will be seen within the context of the new Ofsted framework

    This course has been developed by Kevin Piper who has worked in a range of institutions from primary to secondary as well as colleges adult education and in universities. He has worked for many years in school improvement nationally and internationally and use lesson observations in a range of contexts

  • 5 Modules

    Improve the Quality of Teaching & Learning through Lesson Observation – 1 – What & Why?

    This course will explain and explore the importance of lesson observations as part of continuing professional development for a range of teachers it will look at the practicalities some of the theories behind effective observations and the range of areas that need to be explored the whole course will be seen within the context of the new Ofsted framework

    This course has been developed by Kevin Piper who has worked in a range of institutions from primary to secondary as well as colleges adult education and in universities. He has worked for many years in school improvement nationally and internationally and use lesson observations in a range of contexts

  • 6 Modules

    Be the Adult a Child Needs During Lockdown

    At a time when everything feels uncertain, children of all ages are looking to the adults in their lives for guidance and reassurance. That can be difficult when we are also struggling to come to terms with a new normal and have no idea quite what the future holds. However, there are simple steps we can take to support the children in our care and protect their wellbeing. These ideas are evergreen and are a good focus to support children at any time, but right now they’re more important than ever. The course has been developed and delivered by Dr Pooky Knightsmith  and in brought to you in collaboration with SecEd and Headteacher Update magazines.
  • 7 Modules

    Support a Safe & Successful Return to School using the SWAN framework

    These videos and the accompanying guided discussion template aim to enable you to use the SWAN framework as a springboard for thinking about the return to school for children and adults. Remember – the swan looks like they are gracefully gliding across the surface, whilst in fact they are frantically paddling beneath the water.  Right now, our children need us more than ever to be the swan. S – safe W – welcoming A – all together N - nurturing I would recommend having as many staff, students and families as possible engage with the course or the ensuing discussions.  Try to foster an environment of creativity, collaboration and commitment to one another and your children. We do not know the answers yet, but we’ll find better ones if we search for them together. I truly hope this is helpful.  THANK YOU for all that you are doing.
  • 8 Modules

    Create an Effective Culture of Behaviour Management in your school

    In this course, Matt Bromley explains the importance of developing a whole school culture to promote good behaviours and attitudes to learning, tackle poor behaviour including low level disruption, and foster strong relationships that protect staff and students from harassment and harm.  He emphasises the importance of a whole school body working together to manage behaviour by agreeing a set of social norms and enforcing high expectations of every student every day. This course is a practical exploration of the features of a strong whole school culture and how to create such a culture in practice. As well as being useful for individual CPD for school leaders, this course could form the basis of SLT discussions or training in-school. This course has been developed by Matt Bromley who has over twenty years’ experience in teaching and leadership including as a headteacher and a director of education, and is now a school improvement advisor, teacher-trainer and public speaker.  He regularly speaks at national and international conferences, and he is a regular contributor to a number of education magazines including TES and SecEd.  He is the author of a number of books on education including How to Learn and School & College Curriculum Design.
  • 11 Modules

    Create a Truly Inclusive Environment Where Children with Special Needs Can Thrive

    During this course we walk through a simple framework for promoting a truly inclusive environment that feels safe and nurturing for all children and especially those with special educational needs or social, emotional or mental health issues. Inspired by the 4S framework developed by Daniel J Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson for parents, we consider our role as adults working with, caring for or supporting young people with special needs and the small but meaningful changes we might make to the physical, social, emotional and cognitive environment to enable them to thrive both now – and in the future as every positive experience helps to create and strengthen neural pathways; laying the foundation for future positive experiences. This course was developed for SENDCos (special needs leads in UK schools) and so the course will be of especial interest to anyone supporting a child or children with special needs or emotional wellbeing issues.  However, there is much of interest here for anyone who works with or cares for a child. The ideas are widely applicable and highly adaptable and you’ll be able to readily apply them to your work and life. This course was developed and delivered by Dr Pooky Knightsmith who has a PhD in child and adolescent mental health and has spent many years as a governor at a range of special schools and who has led many training events for staff and parents supporting children with SEND. A version of this course was originally part of an online SENDCo training event commissioned by the Girls Day School Trust in the UK.
  • 12 Modules

    Run Effective Meetings

    The art of organising and running effective meetings is one that can be learned and there are simple changes that you can make right away that will enable your meetings to take less time and have more impact.  In this course we walk you through the key things to consider and help you build the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to make your meetings more meaningful.   This course has been developed and delivered by Dr Pooky Knightsmith who has had a wealth of experience running meetings well (and badly!) as a company director, a trustee and a chair of governors.
  • 5 Modules

    Become an Outstanding Mentor: The Broader Picture

    Mentoring can be an incredibly powerful process for enabling people to make good progress and reach their potential.  Mentoring can be used effectively with people of all stages and ages, and you can adapt the ideas in this course to enable you to mentor either children or adult with a range of aims and objectives.  The course is broken down into four parts:

    • Part 1 – A mentoring framework
    • Part 2 – A deep dive into mentoring
    • Part 3 – The skills of a mentor
    • Part 4 – The broader picture

    The final part of the mentoring course encourages you to look beyond mentoring at other areas of your school, college or institution to see what else can be effected or developed as part of the approaches we have advocated throughout this course, encouraging reflective and resilient learners and staff.

    This course has been developed by Kevin Piper, school leader, school improvement officer and experienced trainer. He has mentored people of all ages both nationally and internationally leading an EU team training and mentoring staff and students across Europe.