Growing Learners Workshops

Teaching and Learning Workshop Series 2016-17

Growing Learners Workshops

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Leading Learning (Education) Ltd and Thinkwell have teamed up to bring you a new workshop series for 2016-17. You can choose to attend workshops in Newcastle or Felton, Northumberland.

The workshops will help teachers and school leaders think about curriculum design that seeks to meld the need for children to make progress with the equally important need to ensure they experience a rich, exciting curriculum that promotes thinking and enquiry. This is more important now than ever given the narrowness of much of the current national requirements.

  • Take away practical ideas and strategies to try in the classroom
  • Take away an activity you can use to facilitate CPD back in school in order to share your learning and maximise value for money
  • Network with colleagues with the same interests and challenges
  • Receive discount on follow-up in-school training.

Book workshopsSign your school up for the year and send along the relevant member of staff to each session, or book your place on specific workshops.

Please note an alternative to the Early Years workshop will be provided for secondary school colleagues.

Felton sessions will run from 1:00pm4:00pm and are at Gallery 45, 45 Main Street, Felton, Northumberland, NE65 9PP.

Newcastle sessions will run from 1:00pm – 4:00pm at Benton Park Primary School, Corchester Walk, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE7 7SS.

Light refreshments will be served on arrival.

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October 2016 – Developing a can-do culture: Mindset for beginners
(Felton: 17 October, Newcastle: 19 October)
Put Carol Dweck’s mindsets theory into practice: unpick how growth mindsets can increase the achievement of students and staff. Explore practical classroom activities that will develop pupil resilience; independence; persistence and intellectual risk-taking.

November 2016 – Developing an Enquiry based curriculum
(Felton: 22 November, Newcastle: 30 November)
Explore how to help young learners take ownership of their learning by placing enquiry at the heart of your curriculum.

December 2016 – Developing thinking and learning skills in the EYFS
(Felton: 13 December, Newcastle: 5 December)
Introducing a range of approaches to develop creative and critical thinking skills including group games, thinking challenges and the use of puppets to mediate an accessible language for thinking and learning.

January 2017 – Maximising the impact of Teaching Assistants
(Felton: 9 January, Newcastle: 18 January)
A toolkit to deploy TAs to maximum potential to promote thinking; raise attainment and accelerate progress.

February 2017 – Thinking Skills for beginners
(Felton: 6 February, Newcastle: 14 February)
Introducing a 5 step process for teaching thinking and a range of thinking tools that can be used to highlight the thinking skills that underpin attainment and progression across the curriculum.

March 2017 – Philosophy for Children
(Felton: 22 March, Newcastle: 13 March)
Find out how P4C is cost effective and improves writing, reading & maths. Understand how P4C improves more than attainment: communication skills; self-esteem; behaviour; respect and understanding; social responsibility and reflective thinking.

April 2017 – An introduction to Project Based Learning
(Felton: 24 April, Newcastle: 5 April)
Project-based learning engages students in deep thinking while connecting their learning in the classroom to the world around them. Explore how you can bring a project-based learning approach to your classroom and school. Join a cross network team to co-design a PBL project that you can use with your students.

May 2017 – Using coaching to develop classroom practice
(Felton: 15 May, Newcastle: 18 May)
Discover why coaching is such an effective model of CPD and explore how to develop a successful coaching programme in your school.

June 2017 – Challenge and Differentiation without the burnout
(Felton: 7 June, Newcastle: 19 June)
Explore simple strategies for use by expert practitioners to mange differentiation and create appropriate levels of challenge for all learners.

July 2017 – Debriefing and Metacognition (Thinking Skills part 2)
(Felton: 3 July, Newcastle: 5 July)
Designed for practitioners who have experience of using teaching thinking approaches. Increase your confidence in facilitating metacognitive learning conversations; help young learners develop a language for talking and thinking about the skills and strategies they are using.


Delegate rates

Rate per workshop: £70 | Discounted rate for whole series: £650
Prices include refreshments, lunchtime snack
(afternoon sessions), CPD certificate and workshop materials.

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If you have any questions please contact: GillianMcteer@Gateshead.Gov.UK