Staff Training

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

Craig has delivered over 150 training sessions at conferences, on INSET days and as twilights in the last 6 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 5 remote courses which will be taking place in the near future. The cost of places will be £80 per delegate for all courses other than the governor 1-hour training, which will cost £40 per delegate. The courses are:

1) 'Pupil Premium 2022/23 - Another year of change?' - Thursday 22nd September - 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.


2) 'Successful Subject Leadership - impact and improvement in your curriculum' - Tuesday 27th September - 9.30 to 11.30 a.m. £80 per place

Ideal for all subject leaders

The course has the following objectives:

  • To understand what has changed nationally in relation to the renewed focus on curriculum and subject leadership.
  • To think about which actions might be undertaken by subject leaders.
  • To consider what subject leaders need to be doing to ensure they are effective in leading in their subjects.
  • To reflect on how well leaders are developing progression in pupils' knowledge, skills and understanding.
  • To think about how leaders monitor their subjects.
  • To consider how effectively leaders are collaborating with others


3) 'Deep Dives - preparing to present your curriculum in the best light' - Tuesday 4th October - 9.30 to 11.30 a.m. £80 per place

Ideal for senior leaders and subject leaders

The course has the following objectives:

  • To understand the reasons and rationale around deep dives.
  • To consider the structure and individual elements of deep dives.
  • To reflect on what subject leaders should be considering to make sure that they are well-prepared for a deep dive.
  • To consider whether deep dives are likely to reflect that teaching is having a strong impact on learning.
  • To focus on how subject leaders and their colleagues can prepare sufficiently well so that a deep dive is likely to give a positive impression.



4) 'Increasing the impact of Teaching Assistants on pupils' independence and learning' - Thursday 6th October - 9.30 to 11.30 a.m. £80 per place

Ideal for all staff

The course has the following objectives:

  • To become more familiar with the research around Teaching Assistants in the last 20 years.
  • To understand the main implications of the research for what is happening in schools now and in the future.
  • To reflect on what outstanding impact of Teaching Assistants looks like in lessons.
  • To think about each of the 7 recommendations in the EEF report, ‘Making Best Use of Teaching Assistants’.
  • To look at the key principles of effective modelling and the integral role this plays in the work of Teachers and TAs.
  • To focus on the key areas of improving pupils’ independence and learning.



5) 'Governors and Ofsted' - Tuesday 11th October - 6.30 to 7.30 p.m. £40 per place

Ideal for all governors

The course has the following objectives:

  • To understand the differences between graded and ungraded inspections.
  • To consider how to prepare for an Ofsted inspection.
  • To think about which governors might take part in an inspection and how they are likely to be involved.
  • To reflect on some of the questions which governors might be asked.
  • To understand the 4 key aspects of a school which governors need to know.
  • To have a better understanding of how long a conversation is likely to last.
  • To appreciate the role of governors in Ofsted feedback.
  • To have opportunity to ask questions and raise queries.

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

Craig's most popular twilight training courses have been:

  • 'Successful Subject Leadership - impact and improvement in your curriculum'
  • 'Successful Subject Leadership - the practical aspects of improving teaching and learning'
  • 'Scaffolding, Metacognition and Self-Regulation ... to increase pupils' independence and to accelerate their learning'
  • 'Know More, Remember More'
  • 'Vocabulary and the Word Gap'
  • 'Increasing the Impact of Teaching Assistants on pupils' independence and learning'
  • 'Effective TA Deployment and Practice'
  • 'Deep Dives - presenting your curriculum in the best light'

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