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SPARK Year 4 Writing Remote Judging Session Summer Term (Cancelled)

The removal of national curriculum levels has afforded schools great freedom to assess pupils using their chosen methodology, beyond the statutory assessment points. However, with this freedom comes the anxiety about pupil progress, which is particularly felt across KS2. Following a successful trial during the spring term we are pleased to offer a further summer term Year 4 writing cluster meeting. These meetings aim to develop consistency of judgement in teacher assessment and to provide a benchmark for writing midway through KS2.

This session is for teachers who have already used compara ...
Course Code: EDU 17/544

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The Laughter Factor (Cancelled)

This course will explore the relationship between positive well being and learning for children. It will explore recent research and consider how laughter for children impacts the context for learning and its consolidation.

Rana Esseily (2015) conducted research on babies as young 18 months old, which showed that laughter resulted in babies learning more of the target actions than those in the control group who were not laughing during the learning period. Esseily hypothesizes that laughter may help with learning because dopamine released while laughing enhances learning.

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Course Code: EDU 18/516

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The Truth is Out There - Developing Scientific Learning Outdoors (Cancelled)

Sparking and encouraging children’s early interest in scientific investigation is vital for their all-round development and broadens their horizons. This course is all about making science accessible and fun for young people. Offering creative scientific learning opportunities will ensure that we continue to inspire our future scientists, engineers and conservationists, how we introduce these subjects to our young people is vitally important.

The outdoors can provide play opportunities that meet all areas of learning and can be used to develop science based activities building on children’ ...
Course Code: EDU 18/403

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Get Set, Write; Fabulous Phonics & More (Cancelled)

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) profile (December 2017) requires children to attain both reading and writing in order to reach a good level of development at the end of the Reception year. Locally and nationally, smaller proportions of pupils attain the expected levels in reading and writing, making this course particularly relevant and topical.

This course will follow the journey from early Physical and Language skills through to Literacy skills and phonics knowledge, and how to apply these to become an independent reader and writer. The course will combine research led learning w ...
Course Code: EDU 18/592

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Grow, Explore, Discover. Creating an Enabling Environment Fit for Everyone to Succeed, Learn & Achieve (Cancelled)

This is a full day course (lunch is included) for early years school teachers and a member of their leadership team who are looking to change or enhance their learning environment. Both the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) (April 2017) and the new Common Inspection Framework (2015) have a strong focus on the value and benefit of stimulating learning environments. They want schools to show how they effectively use this to provide varied and imaginative learning experiences for their pupils.

This course will take place at Barnes Primary School and will consis ...
Course Code: EDU 18/593

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Mental & Written Calculation (Cancelled)

The current National Curriculum in England states that, in Years 1 & 2, the principal focus of mathematics is to ensure that pupils develop confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value. By the end of Year 2 the expectation is that pupils know their number bonds to 20. To 20 means for all numbers to 20. This builds on the assumption that children in Year 1 have mastered their number bonds for all numbers to 10 and are developing their knowledge of facts to 20. They should also begin to learn other mental calculation strategies. The National Curriculum indicates tha ...
Course Code: EDU 18/399

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SPARK Year 2 Science Moderation

The purpose of Year 2 Science Moderation is to ensure that an agreement on standards of teacher assessment can be reached. It gives teachers confidence that their assessments are accurate and consistent with the national picture. The discussion focuses on how teachers reached their judgements, and offers them an opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of standards by focusing on a small number of individual children and their work. Moderation is designed as a supportive process. The emphasis is on the development of the skills of the practitioner and their confidence in assessing childr ...
Course Code: EDU 18/537

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Expert Skills for Teaching Assistants

Since the publication of research about the impact of teaching assistants (TA) on pupil progress by the Education Endowment Foundation in 2014 there has been an identified need to develop the skills of TAs. The specific areas of concern relate to developing pupil independence and the quality of interactions between TAs and pupils.

This training course addresses the key issues identified in the research about the impact of teaching assistants on the progress and outcomes of pupils. The course centres on the quality of interactions between TAs and pupils and the development of pupil independe ...
Course Code: EDU 18/663
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Session 1Thursday 25 April 201909:30 - 15:00King Charles Centre Surbiton, Hollyfield Road, KT5 9AL
Session 2Thursday 9 May 201909:30 - 12:30King Charles Centre Surbiton, Hollyfield Road, KT5 9AL
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SPARK Year 1 & 2 Phonics Screening Briefing (EVENT FULL)

The phonics screening check is a short, simple assessment to make sure that all pupils have learned phonic decoding to an appropriate standard by the age of 6. All year 1 pupils in maintained schools, academies and free schools must complete the check, as well as pupils who did not meet the standard of the check in year 1.

The check comprises a list of 40 words and non-words which the child will read one-to-one with a teacher.

Qualified teachers must administer the check, using the statutory guidance. This briefing is to ensure that statutory requirements are met. STA recommend that all ...
Course Code: EDU 18/619

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Session 1Thursday 25 April 201916:00 - 18:00King Charles Centre Surbiton, Hollyfield Road, KT5 9AL
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Mastering Mathematics in the Early Years

The recent government response to the Primary assessment consultation highlighted that the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Profile would be remaining beyond 2018, and that there would be a focus on Mathematics.

This has since been reinforced through the recommendations in the Ofsted ‘Bold Beginnings’ report (Nov 2017), where it states:

“The DfE should raise the profile of mathematics teaching, by supporting the development of appropriate schemes and resources.”

This course seeks to develop an understanding of how we can deepen mathematics in the EYFS through purposeful and real li ...
Course Code: EDU 18/994
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Session 1Monday 29 April 201909:30 - 16:30King Charles Centre Surbiton, Hollyfield Road, KT5 9AL
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