Listen to our Operations Director Lizzie Croft when she delivers a session on Instructional Coaching – a key aspect of the ECF programme with Peps Mccrae (Ambition Institute) -one of the festival partners.

Lizzie has written the following after leading a seminar at ResearchED Kent at the Turner Free School on the 11th June:

Throughout this year I have worked closely with a rich variety of schools, often helping staff to overcome logistical barriers to the instructional coaching element of the ECF. We know instructional coaching has such importance and value for our novice teachers, but sometimes it can be hard to do what we know needs to be done. I was able to speak about the key lessons I have learned from my school visits this year, talking about the common observed issues and how to resolve them. I hope that I was able to give school leaders key takeaways that they could take back to school, to make instructional coaching work even better in their context and setting. We understand how challenging this can be, hopefully schools feel supported by us as we draw upon our experiences this year.

During the session it was a delight to have the room packed full of induction coordinators and mentors, and a handful of educational celebrities too! There was certainly a buzz in the room and a real enthusiasm for what leaders could take back to their schools. Several follow up conversations with colleagues have taken place and I have really valued the opportunity to work closely with new schools, helping them to make instructional coaching work.   

I am really looking forward to speaking on this topic again with Peps Mccrae at the Wellington Festival of education on 7th and 8th July.

Richard Kueh is Ofsted’s subject lead for RE and the author of the 2021 Ofsted subject
review. Aimed at heads of RE in secondary schools in this seminar Richard will be sharing the
implications of his subject review to help schools design an effective and inspiring
curriculum for RE that helps children learn and remember more.

Thursday 9th June, 4.00-5.30pm

Barham Court, Teston, Maidstone, ME18 5BZ

Reserve your place on this seminar by BOOKING HERE or email [email protected] for further information.

Applications are invited from teachers and school leaders to facilitate for the new National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) that the Kent Teaching School Hub are offering in partnership with the Ambition Institute including the new NPQLL (Leading Literacy) and NPQEYL (Early Years Leadership).

Using the superb curriculum and training materials provided by the expert Learning Design team at the Ambition Institute our facilitators will work directly with course participants by facilitating training conferences and support clinics.

The role of NPQ facilitator offers an exciting and challenging professional development opportunity for an ambitious teacher and/or school leader who would like to contribute to the wider effectiveness of teaching and school leadership across Kent and the wider region.

Email [email protected] for more details.

To register your interest in joining an NPQ Programme starting in Autumn 2022 please sign up HERE

In our April newsletter you will be able to:

  1. Register with us ECTs you are appointing to our Early Career Framework offer with the Ambition Institute (sign up here), you can also register here for our Appropriate Body service or email [email protected] for more information
  2. Find details of how to make the ECF work in your school and opportunities to join us for a 30minute briefing/information session (register here)
  3. Help shape our CPD support for schools by completing our short survey
  4. Register interest for NPQ courses due to start in September 2022 (register here)
  5. Get the latest updates from the subject curriculum hubs serving Kent.

Aimed at CPD leads and Senior Leaders, having directly contributed towards producing the EEF Effective Professional Development report published October 2021he report, Sarah Cottingham and Sam Sims will be discussing its implications for schools.

Date : Tuesday 17th May, 2pm

Venue : Kenward Place, Kenward Road, Yalding, Kent, ME18 6AH

To book your place please follow this link

Our latest newsletter can be viewed here and includes:

  1. How to make the Early Career Framework work in your school – including case studies from East Farleigh primary school near Maidstone and Dover Grammar School for girls
  2. A summary of our recent lecture with Alex Quigley on the teaching of reading (including his very informative presentation)
  3. Updates from the Associate Research School for Kent and the curriculum subject hubs

As schools continue to appoint new teachers from September 2022 click on this link to express an interest in your school joining our Early Career Framework full induction programme. Our full induction is free of charge and provides schools with a full level of bespoke support.

We are now looking for ECF support tutors to support the implementation of the Early Career Framework for ECTs joining us in September 2022 across the whole of Kent.

ECF support tutors will work directly with
schools, early career teachers and mentors by:
• overseeing the progress of groups of ECTs and their mentors in cluster groups of approximately
twenty across Kent.
• facilitating conferences, clinics and offering coaching to mentors.

For more details and information please read the Job Description below. To discuss the role please email [email protected] or telephone 01892 521595 and ask to speak with Lizzie Croft or Andrea McGlew.

This week has seen the start of our February NPQ cohort. We are delighted to be running a full suite of NPQs in February, and some of our NPQs are running with two February cohorts! Our NPQ conferences have begun this week and participants have been enjoying the stunning venue of Barham Court.

We are delighted to be running face to face events, and participants are enjoying opportunities for rich discussion in their groups. Many participants have commented on the wonderful opportunity to be out of school and engaging in such high quality CPD.

We look forward to using this venue again, and we hope to use it in the future for ECF events too.

For more information about our next NPQ cohort please email [email protected]

The ECF has led to a radical change in how we prepare new teachers coming in to the profession. In our next set of ECF briefings we will be sharing what we have learnt from our diverse range of partner schools about how to make the ECF work effectively. From building in more time for mentoring, lesson observation, feedback, online study, using instructional coaching and changing staff timetable allocations there is a lot to consider to help ensure our ECTs and our schools reap the benefits of the ECF.

Attending our briefings on 31st Jan or 1st Feb will help you understand more about how you can best prepare your school for the ECF. Whether you are already working with us for ECF or thinking of doing so next year we hope to share insights of value to all.

Book your place HERE

A seminar with Alex Quigley speaking on literacy and his books ‘Closing the vocabulary and reading gaps’ on the afternoon of 25th February 2022. We will be hosting this FREE event at the Darwin Conference Suite, University of Kent. Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Click HERE to complete the BOOKING FORM or use the QR code below.

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