2016 News: Diane Dunford has been appointed as an associate for STA for Key stage 2 moderation!!!

Mathematics

How to Develop Contextual Mathematics (Worded Problems) in KS1 and KS2
This course will equip teachers and teaching assistants to ensure all children are given the skills to be able to achieve the higher standards expected in the new national curriculum by the end of KS1 and KS2.

Mastery in Mathematics - Year 1
The aim of the session is to consider the content of the year 1 maths curriculum and how crucial the quality of the pupil activities, questioning and investigations are within every lesson in order to promote the mastery and depth of understanding required.

Mastery in Mathematics - Year 3
The aim of the session is to consider the content of the year 3 maths curriculum and how crucial the quality of the pupil activities, questioning and investigations are within every lesson in order to promote the mastery and depth of understanding required.

Mastery in Mathematics - Year 4
The aim of the session is to consider the content of the year 4 maths curriculum and how crucial the quality of the pupil activities, questioning and investigations are within every lesson in order to promote the mastery and depth of understanding required.

Mastery in Mathematics - Year 5
The aim of the session is to consider the content of the year 5 maths curriculum and how crucial the quality of the pupil activities, questioning and investigations are within every lesson in order to promote the mastery and depth of understanding required.

Understanding Standards in Year 2 Mathematics (Preparing for Moderation)
This course supports practitioners understanding of the expectations in mathematics to ensure accurate teacher assessment judgements for the end of the key stage. It will enable practitioners to clarify expectations using the interim assessment frameworks and national exemplification materials.

BAR Maths and proportional reasoning
One of the many mathematical skills in the national curriculum requires children to have a clear understanding of diagrams to develop mathematical problem solving. This course explores bar mathematics and other visual models to support this aspect of mathematics.

Numicon for EYFS & KS1 Teachers and Teaching Assistants
This course will look at, and consider how young children learn mathematical concepts and skills. Practitioners will gain a deepened understanding of the practical and visual nature of the Numicon apparatus and how this supports and allows pupils in the exploration of those early mathematical concepts. In addition, practitioners will develop a wealth of ideas of how to present activities in order to engage children in thinking and talking mathematically, making the best use of the apparatus to develop their mental imagery and quick mental recall.

How to use Numicon to Clarify Misconceptions in Mathematics for KS2 Teachers & Teaching Assistants
This course will consider how Numicon's strong visual patterning, along with its kinaesthetic approach to learning mathematical concepts, makes it an ideal choice for schools to support delayed learners. Practitioners will consider how this apparatus can support the development and assessment of a range of mathematical concepts and help identify misconceptions in order to reform and support the consolidation of new learning. Practitioners will develop ideas and activities that can help support pupils when introduced to the more difficult aspects of the key stage two maths curriculum, such as - fractions, decimals, percentages and division. In addition, practitioners will have opportunities to develop strategies and ideas, using the apparatus, to support a more investigative approach to learning mathematics and problem solving.

Ensuring Effective Marking and Feedback in Mathematics
Marking and feedback are important elements in ensuring pupils are engaged in their own learning. These elements play a vital role in effective AFL, which helps teachers promote independent, engaged and self motivated learners. Practitioners will have a greater understanding of the development of marking and feedback strategies that best suit mathematics and the importance of the written mathematical mark making process.

In Computer Science what is Coding and Algorithms?
This course is for the primary age range.
The course will enable delegates to consider what is required to deliver the National Curriculum Computing.
Delegates will also consider how the skills in computing relate to other areas of the National Curriculum and therefore lend themselves to a more cross curricular approach.
The course will clarify ’What is an Algorithm?’ and consider what activities would engage pupils in developing a clear understanding.

How to Support Children in Understanding Fractions
‘What is a fraction?’
Primary pupils often find fractions difficult.
The course will enable delegates to consider how other areas of mathematics can support and provide pupils with a clearer understanding of fractions.
It will also develop clarity on clear definitions when introducing and developing understanding of these.
It will give practitioners practical ideas and look at how resources, such as Numicon, can clarify processes from year one up to year 6.

How do you Ensure Challenge for the More Able in a Maths Lesson?
This course is for the primary age range, looking at ‘What is challenge?’
Delegates will unpick what ensures a more able learner in mathematics by considering the role of questioning and the use of non-routine problems.
The course will also look at different ways in which practitioners can provide more challenge within lessons.

Music and Rhyme to Support Early Years Mathematics
The aim of the course is to look at how rhyme and rhythm can support aspects of early mathematics such as counting, pattern recognition and memory training.

Literacy

Grammar Understanding in Year 1 & 2 for Teachers and Teaching Assistants
This course will develop practitioners' understanding of the teaching of grammatical accuracy and ensure pupils in key stage 1 are able to recognise boundaries in spoken sentences and use the technical terminologies to discuss writing.

Grammar Understanding in Year 3 & 4 for Teachers & Teaching Assistants
This course will develop practitioners' understanding of the teaching of grammar in lower key stage and the crucial role this plays in children achieving the national standard by the end of key stage 2. It will clarify the terminologies and concepts in year 3 and 4 and how pupils need to apply these when discussing their own writing and books they have read.

Grammar Understanding in Year 5 & 6 for Teachers and Teaching Assistants
This course will develop practitioners' understanding of the teaching of grammar in upper key stage and the crucial role this plays in children achieving the national standard by the end of key stage 2. It will explore how practitioners need to continue to add to children's knowledge of linguistic terms so that they can discuss their writing and reading.

Phonics in EYFS & Year 1 for Teachers & Teaching Assistants
In order to develop children as early readers and writers we need to provide a well balanced and progressive phonic programme. This course develops practitioners' own phonic knowledge and how to support systematic phonics teaching using ‘Letters and Sounds’ progression.

Phonics in Year 2 & KS2 for Teachers and Teaching Assistants (Intervention)
The expectation from Year 2 and onwards is that the teaching of phonics should only be as an intervention for a minority and for a limited time.
On this course Diane develops practitioners' own phonic knowledge and how a programme - that addresses Letters and Sounds phases - designed for children in the higher year groups should develop their phonic reading and spelling.

Developing Reading in KS1 Through Shared and Guided
This course develops practitioners' understanding of the expectations in reading in the key stage 1 national curriculum and will support practitioners with the planning and delivery of the reading curriculum linked to this. It will also help them to develop their questioning skills in order to ensure comprehension skills are embedded in these early stages of reading.

Developing Reading in KS2 Through Shared and Guided
This course develops practitioners' understanding of the expectations in reading in the key stage 2 national curriculum and will
support practitioners with the planning and delivery of the reading curriculum linked to this. It will also help them to develop
their questioning skills in order to ensure comprehension skills are embedded in all stages of reading.

Developing Spelling in Year 1
This course will develop practitioners' confidence in planning a progressive spelling programme for year 1. It will equip practitioners with the skills to ensure the phonic programme is being developed to support more demanding spelling strategies and identify the links to the 2014 National Curriculum.

Developing Spelling in Year 2
Developing Spelling in Year 3 & 4
Developing Spelling in Year 5 & 6
These courses will develop practitioners' confidence in planning a progressive spelling programme. It will identify the spelling deevlopment in the 2014 National Curriculum and how to develop children’s spelling strategies to become independent spellers.

Phonics Leaders – Ensuring Good Practice for the Year Ahead
This course is aimed at English/phonic leaders and any senior leaders monitoring the impact of the teaching of phonics.

The course will evaluate evidence needed to judge the impact of the teaching of phonics throughout the primary years. It will also provide colleagues with the skills and knowledge to support staff in school to ensure progress and reach national expectations.

Talk for Writing EYFS & KS1
This course will develop practitioners' understanding of all the aspects of ‘Talk for Writing’:
•Story-making and story-telling (communal storytelling)
•Book-talk
•Writer-talk (reading as a writer)
•Word and Language Games
•Drama and role-play
and explore how these strategies support children’s writing development from imitation to innovation and into invention.

Talk for Writing KS2
This course will develop practitioners' understanding of the aspects of ‘Talk for Writing’ that are appropriate in key stage 2:
•Book-talk
•Writer-talk (reading as a writer)
•Word and Language Games
•Drama and role-play
and explore how these strategies can be used to support children’s writing progression throughout key stage 2.

Understanding Standards in Year 2 Reading & Writing (Preparing for Moderation)
This course supports practitioners understanding of the expectations in reading and writing to ensure accurate teacher assessment judgements for the end of the key stage. It will enable practitioners to clarify expectations using the interim assessment frameworks and national exemplification materials.

Understanding Standards in Year 6 Writing (Preparing for Moderation)
This course supports practitioners understanding of the expectations in writing to ensure accurate teacher assessment judgements for the end of the key stage. It will enable practitioners to clarify expectations using the interim assessment frameworks and national exemplification materials.

Generic

New Middle leaders The core role of a middle leader is to provide professional leadership and management; to secure high quality teaching; effective use of resources and improved standards of learning and achievement for all pupils. This is a two part course aimed to support new or inexperienced middle leaders in clarifying their role in order to strengthen the school's leadership and management.

New to Year 6 When you’re new to a year group it is important to have the understanding and confidence in teaching and learning in literacy and mathematics, especially in regards to statutory assessments for the key stage. Over two sessions the course will develop practitioners' understanding of the expectations in Year 6 and give practitioners the confidence and strategies to have an effective start to Year 6.

New to Year 2 When you’re new to a year group it is important to have the understanding and confidence in teaching and learning in literacy and mathematics, especially in regards to statutory assessments for the key stage. Over two sessions the course will develop practitioners' understanding of the expectations in Year 2 and give practitioners the confidence and strategies to have an effective start to Year 2.

New to EYFS When you’re new to a year group it is important to have the understanding and confidence in teaching and learning, especially in regards to statutory assessments for the key stage. Over two sessions the course will develop practitioners' understanding of the expectations and developments giving new practitioners the confidence and strategies to have an effective start to EYFS.

Effective Use of Teaching Assistants to Support Learning (Teachers & SLT) Using the latest national research into the effective use of teaching assistants, practitioners will consider how well teaching assistants are being deployed in the classroom or school to facilitate learning for all pupils. Practitioners will consider what modifications or changes need to happen in order to best support pupils learning and improve outcomes.

How to Ensure Consistently Good Teaching for Teachers & HLTAs In order to define good teaching it is crucial to understand what is good learning. This course will develop practitioners' understanding of the elements in teaching that need to be present in order to facilitate good learning and promote pupils as learners. As part of good learning this course will enable practitioners to consider the role and the development of AFL in teaching. Practitioners will have the opportunity to reflect on their own teaching, using the National indicators for good teaching and learning through the New Ofsted Common Framework and DFE teaching standards.

Skills & Techniques Needed to Support the Implementation of the Art & Design National Curriculum (KS1 & KS2) In key stage 2, developing techniques and being able to control the use of materials are key elements in the art and design curriculum. In key stage 1, art and design is the introduction to children being able to use a range of materials, techniques and media to express themselves creatively. This course will give practitioners skills and knowledge to ensure a creative and experimental knowledge of art and design.

Skills & Techniques Needed to Support the Implementation of the Design & Technology National Curriculum (KS1 & KS2) In the design and technology curriculum we should ensure that we are developing children to be able to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems. This course will give practitioner the skills and knowledge to teach children the essentials of the curriculum: designing, making, evaluating, developing technical knowledge and the basics of cooking and nutrition.

The Role of The Teaching Assistant to Support All Learners The course aim is to unpick the features of good learning including assessment for learning and to consider the teaching assistants role in facilitating good learning for all pupils. To be aware of the types of activities which engage pupil in their own learning and how to support children to become independent learners.

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