Course

  • 6 Modules

    Secure Your First Head of Department Role

    There is no right or wrong time to apply for your first subject leader role, nor a tick-list of experiences you must acquire prior to applying.  Sometimes, you just know you’re ready; often, you don’t know until you try.  But when you contemplate taking that leap, there are many things you can do to prepare.

    This course is perfect for Subject Leaders and Heads of Department leading any discipline and is ideal for those new to the role and those just seeking their first middle leadership position.  It is a practical course, anchored in the day-to-day reality of running a department.  It follows a focused, logical sequence, and is full of real-life learning.  

     

  • 7 Modules

    Look After Yourself Whilst Looking After Others

    Here we look at 5 ways to maintain wellbeing during the school day around our roles and activities. Although term time is fraught and days are busy, by taking just a few moments to ‘notice’ or ‘connecting’ with others, you can change your own behaviours into good wellbeing habits which will not only benefit you but impact on those around you.  This course is especially suitable for anyone supportingh pupils with special or additional needs, but there are useful ideas in here for everyone! 
  • 6 Modules

    Lead a Team of Support Staff – Being a Team Player

    The aim of this course is for those new or experienced leading a team of support staff in school. It focuses on how to be a team player, as often the transition to a leader from being a team member yourself, can be fraught with challenges. Here we look at different methods of enabling a team to be effective and choosing a method of working with the team, which supports your aims and keeps you in control. We look at how keeping a child centred approach, enables you to monitor impact and challenge performance. 
  • 6 Modules

    Lead a Team of Support Staff – Leadership Skills

    The aim of this course is for those new or experienced leading a team of support staff in school. It’s about standing back from the day to day actions and engagements to reflect on the kind of leader you really want to be. Looking at the qualities of great leaders, you will be encouraged to reflect on your own existing skills and skills you may want to develop. Some of the pitfalls such as losing confidence in yourself or struggling with the challenging conversations are also addressed, giving you food for thought and clear areas for personal development.
  • 7 Modules

    Step up to HLTA: Develop Your Monitoring & Assessing Skills

    The biggest jump from TA to HLTA for most is the introduction of ‘Professional Skills’, that is the expectations around planning, teaching and learning, monitoring and assessment. Whereas TAs are very much directed by teachers, stepping up to working with and contributing to these areas can be daunting. Here we take this section of the professional standards for HLTAs and look at which approaches, theories and structure can help guide you in making the best decisions when monitoring and assessing. This course is therefore aimed at TAs aspiring to become HLTAs, or HLTAs wishing to develop their knowledge in this area.
  • 1 Module

    New to the Role- Mental Health Lead

    This is a playback of a past live webinar. What exactly is the role of the mental health lead?  How should you prioritise your time?  How can you persuade others of the importance of your role and work and what happens if some people just don’t get it?  You’ll explore all these questions and others commonly asked by those new or aspiring to the role of mental health lead with Pooky who’ll help you maximise your impact in the role without risking your own wellbeing.
  • 1 Module

    Leading a School in the Context of COVID

    This is a playback of a past live webinar.  During this one hour webinar, you’ll explore a range of ideas for effectively and confidently leading your department and curriculum through the pandemic. Common questions including safety, catch up curriculums, effective use of the Coronavirus Catch Up Premium, exam uncertainty and remote learning will all be addressed.
  • 1 Module

    Getting Parents with a Fear of School Onsite and Onside

    This is a recording of a past webinar, Pooky explore 5 simple ideas for engaging with parents and carers whose personal experiences of schools mean that they are fearful or untrusting of school and are less likely to engage. There is no quick win, but these simple ideas which don't need to cost anything to implement have worked well in many schools.”
  • 1 Module

    Being a New Head of Year: The First Year

    This is a playback of a past live webinar.  How can you hit the ground running in the first year – and especially when that first year coincides with a global pandemic? During this one hour webinar you’ll explore a range of tried and tested strategies for having an early impact in the role as well as exploring some common pitfalls and how to avoid them.
  • 8 Modules

    Step up to HLTA: Develop Your Planning Skills

    The biggest jump from TA to HLTA for most is the introduction of ‘Professional Skills’, that is the expectations around planning, teaching and learning, monitoring and assessment. Whereas TA’s are very much directed by teachers, stepping up to working with and contributing to these areas can be daunting. Here we take this section of the professional standards for HLTA’s and look at which approaches, theories and structure can help guide you in making the best decisions when planning. This course is therefore aimed at TA’s aspiring to become HLTA’s, or HLTA’s wishing to develop their knowledge in this area.
  • 11 Modules

    Top Tips for Assemblies

    This course gives you 9 ‘Make it’ practical starting points in assembling successful assemblies. It complements Pooky’s You Can: Give Great Assemblies course by focussing upon tried and tested content to support you in finding these valuable school-community gatherings less daunting for you as a leader. As we move through a global pandemic, the need for meaningful assemblies has never been greater. 
  • 9 Modules

    Improve Engagement with Parents and Carers

    This course considers why and how we can work to improve our engagement with parents and carers.  We start by considering why our relationship with parents and carers matters and explore the importance of having clear aims and goals for our work with families.  During the course, we consider how to overcome common obstacles and explore a range of simple tried and tested strategies for boosting not only the quantity of engagements between school and home but boosting the quality also.   This course has been developed by Dr Pooky Knightsmith and draws on her extensive work as a coach to school leaders.  Engagement with parents and carers is an area for improvement for many of the leaders she has coached, and the ideas that have worked well are distilled here.
  • 7 Modules

    Secure Your First Leadership Role – Preparing for Senior Leadership

    In this course, which is the first of three courses on the subject of securing a SLT position, Matt Bromley talks about finding the right role for you and about how to articulate your suitability for that role.  He also explores four qualities of effective school leaders and explains how you can set out your leadership vision. As well as being useful for individual CPD, this course could form the basis of in-school 121 coaching for prospective members of SLT. This course has been developed by Matt Bromley who has over twenty years’ experience in teaching and leadership including as headteacher, principal and MAT director of education.  He 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 Become a School Leader, How to Lead, and School & College Curriculum Design.
  • 8 Modules

    Understand Ofsted’s 2019 Education Inspection Framework

    In this course, Matt Bromley explains the differences between the 2019 EIF and its predecessor, the Common Inspection Framework (CIF), and why the inspection regime has changed. Matt provides an overview of the 2019 framework and the schools inspection handbook and explains the methodology of inspection. He also dedicates a module to each of the four key judgments: quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, and leadership and management. As well as being useful for individual CPD for school leaders, this course could form the basis of SLT discussions or whole-school training. 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. He 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.
  • 8 Modules

    Lead A High Quality Intervention

    This is a great course for all teaching assistants, especially those new to the role, or new to a school and helpful for supporting and training colleagues. With the majority of teaching assistants expected to lead an intervention at some point during the week, it is often the case that no formal training has been given. Here we take a step by step walk through the key areas that need to be considered in order to run a successful intervention and give you the confidence to adapt and amend plans for the benefit of your pupils.

  • 1 Module

    Supporting a safe and successful return to school using the SWAN framework

    This is a playback of a past live webinar. The SWAN framework focuses on four aspects of our culture and ethos as we support children, families and staff to return to school: Safe | Welcoming | Altogether | Nurturing.  This webinar dives a little deeper into these ideas and gives us a chance to share and explore ideas for making it work with colleagues.
  • 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.
  • 1 Module

    Subject Leadership in the Context of COVID

    This is a playback of a past live webinar. During this one hour webinar, you’ll explore a range of ideas for effectively and confidently leading your department and curriculum through the pandemic. Common questions including safety, catch up curriculums, effective use of the Coronavirus Catch Up Premium, exam uncertainty and remote learning will all be addressed. This session is suitable for heads of department and subject leads and deputies or those aspiring to the role.