Staff Training

INSET available as full day, half day or twilight training sessions.

Craig has delivered over 100 training sessions at conferences, on INSET days and as twilights in the last 3 years. Training sessions are tailored to suit each client's requirements so half-day sessions can be delivered as twilights and vice versa.

Craig has 4 remote courses which will be taking place in the near future. The cost of places will be £40 per delegate for the governor 1-hour training and £80 per delegate on all other courses. The courses are:

1) 'New to Subject Leadership' - Thursday 16th June - 9.30 to 11.30 a.m. £80 per place

Ideal for recently appointed subject leaders or teachers who will be leading a subject for the first time in September

A practical course packed with tips which covers all of the following:

  • What does subject leadership involve?
  • Subject leadership and new challenges
  • Why is reviewing a subject important?
  • Writing a subject action plan
  • The MRE cycle ... what is it and why does it matter?
  • Making a difference to the quality of teaching and learning
  • Taking colleagues with you


2) 'Pupil Premium 2022/23 - Another year of change?' - Thursday 23rd June - 9.30 to 11.30 a.m. £80 per place

Ideal for Pupil Premium leaders and senior leaders

The course has the following objectives:

  • To understand the evidence around the potential additional challenges for disadvantaged pupils.
  • To consider how the DfE guidance around Pupil Premium changed in 2021/22.
  • To recognise the new expectations around schools’ Pupil Premium strategies in 2022/23.
  • To consider changes to the National Tutoring Scheme, especially in relation to school led training and disadvantaged pupils.
  • To reflect on the guidance of trusted sources of educational research, such as the EEF, as to which approaches schools might take with disadvantaged pupils.
  • To make the links between schools’ future plans and strong overall practice which will benefit all pupils.
  • To think about the provision schools already have in place and best practice in working with all families, including disadvantaged, to support all children.


3) 'Governors and Pupil Premium' - Thursday 7th July - 6.30 to 7.30 p.m. £40 per place

Ideal for Pupil Premium governors

This course has the following objectives:

  • To understand the role of governors in relation to disadvantaged pupils and a school’s Pupil Premium strategy
  • To explore evidence around potential additional challenges for disadvantaged pupils.
  • To reflect on how governors can provide support but hold school leaders to account in spending the Pupil Premium and supporting disadvantaged pupils.
  • To consider how the DfE guidance around Pupil Premium changed in 2021/22.
  • To recognise the new expectations around schools’ Pupil Premium strategies in 2022/23.
  • To consider changes to the National Tutoring Scheme, especially in relation to school led training and disadvantaged pupils.
  • To reflect on the guidance of trusted sources of educational research, such as the EEF, as to which approaches schools might take with disadvantaged pupils.
  • To make the links between schools’ future plans and strong overall practice which will benefit all pupils.


4) 'ECTs - Off to a flying start!' - Thursday 14th July - 9.30 to 11.30 a.m. £80 per place

Written to help ECTs to prepare for September

It will include consideration of the following questions:

  • Who are your key colleagues and what are their roles in school?
  • What do you need to know about safeguarding as soon as you begin in September?
  • How can you keep control and respond positively to challenging behaviour?
  • What are the key things you need to know about special needs?
  • What are the main purposes of a classroom learning environment?
  • Why are Teaching Standards so important, particularly in your first year?
  • Which aspects of the job do new teachers often find challenging?
  • What do you need to consider in successfully deploying Teaching Assistants?
  • Evidence-based approaches – are you familiar with the EEF and Teaching Toolkits?

The following half-day courses have been successfully delivered in 2022; they are now available as 2-hour twilights (see list below):

1) 'Successful Subject Leadership 2021/22 - impact and improvement in your curriculum'

This course has been updated for 2021/22 and is suitable for senior leaders, middle leaders and subject leaders.

This course covers all of the following:

  • What should a subject leader be doing?
  • How has the Ofsted focus evolved and how might this inform our subject leadership?
  • Setting a direction for your subject – what should your vision focus on?
  • Writing action plans - good and bad practice
  • Why is pupil voice important?
  • What do you need to do when? Annual, termly and weekly tasks
  • Making an impact and measuring it - systems for monitoring
  • Manageability and delegation - how to make an impact and keep a work/life balance
  • Taking colleagues with you
  • Working with stakeholders
  • Working in collaboration - in-house and externally and working with stakeholders


2) 'Successful Subject Leadership 2 - the practical aspects of improving teaching and learning'

This course was first written in 2021 and is suitable for senior leaders, middle leaders and subject leaders.

This course covers all of the following:

  • What are successful subject leaders doing?
  • What difference are these actions making?
  • How do Ofsted inspectors judge if subject leaders are having a positive impact on learning?
  • What should subject leaders focus on in developing the design of the curriculum?
  • How are subject leaders trying to improve teaching in their subject areas?
  • What might subject leaders ask colleagues in a subject audit?
  • Which aspects of of the subject should subject leaders focus on in their monitoring?
  • What can subject leaders do to continue their own subject development?
  • How can staff develop pupil voice?
  • What might subject leaders ask pupils about a subject?
  • Why should subject leaders develop support staff?



3) 'Scaffolding, Metacognition and Self-Regulation ... to increase pupils' independence and accelerate their learning'

This course has been updated for 2021/22 and is suitable for all staff.

This course has the following objectives:

  • To learn more about scaffolding and to understand the scaffolding framework
  • To understand the research around the importance of pupils' ability to self-regulate
  • To reflect on the links between scaffolding and developing pupils’ self-regulation, metacognition and independence
  • To consider the importance of having strong models to support pupils’ learning and growing independence
  • To explore the term “learned helplessness” and to consider how adults can make children dependent
  • To explore what we need to do in scaffolding to support children’s growing independence, self-regulation, metacognition and learning


Twilight Training

Craig's most popular twilight training courses have been:

  • 'Successful Subject Leadership - impact and improvement in your curriculum'
  • 'Scaffolding, Metacognition and Self-Regulation ... to increase pupils' independence and to accelerate their learning'
  • 'Making it as a Middle Leader'
  • 'Vocabulary and the Word Gap'
  • 'Increasing the Impact of Teaching Assistants on Pupils' Independence and Learning'

If you want more details or feedback from previous participants on any of these courses then please contact Craig.