4. SEND in the Classroom Programme
This is a programme aimed at raising awareness of barriers to learning for children with different types of SEND in the classroom. It is suitable for both teaching and support staff. There are 6 sessions focusing on the main SEND types such as Autism, Speech, Language and Communication difficulties, Social and Emotional Difficulties, ADHD, Sensory Impairments and Dyslexia.
The programme will help you to identify SEND need types and offer ways in which we can adapt our teaching
to minimise barriers for these children. Appropriate deployment of support staff in the classroom will also be discussed.
5. Ensuring Achievement in Linear Examinations Programme
This 6 part twilight programme provides knowledge and strategies for ensuring our students achieve their best
over the long haul of linear examinations. Topics examined include:
• Planning our courses effectively
• Memory strategies for students (and teachers)
• The role of resilience and mindfulness for students
• Effective revision strategies
• Sustained enrichment and extension for the most able
• The importance of metacognition
6. Developing Great Teaching
Developing Great Teaching consists of 6 half -termly sessions led by middle and senior leaders.
The sessions focus on pedagogy and developing outstanding teaching using the latest evidence and research. The twilight programme builds on a collaborative approach with the learning developing over the year. Participants have the
opportunity to work across schools in the HCTSA often grouped into subject expertise.
Developing Great Teaching Sessions cover:
• Metacognition; note taking and note making
• Exploratory talk and questioning
• Grouping and Afl
• Preparation for Pair/Triad Learning Observations (LOs)
• Feedback from 1st LOs and preparation for 2nd
• How has my teaching developed this year? How can it
develop further next year?
7. English CPD
In a time of increasing change at both primary and secondary level, is it still possible to teach writing in a way that is deep, rigorous and enhances pupil enjoyment of the writing process? The challenge is to understand how writing
is taught at primary, how writing is taught at secondary and seek out a journey that teaches true writing. The programme is delivered across 6 twilight sessions and covers:
What is short narrative writing and how is it different
from what is currently taught in school?
What is taught at primary?
What is taught at secondary?
What is good writing?
Resources you can use in your classroom tomorrow.
8. Mathematics CPD
KS3, 4,5. We work in partnership with St Marylebone TSA who coordinate the Maths Hub for Central and North West
The Maths Hub offers subject enhancement courses for primary, secondary and college levels. Also Teacher
Research Groups (TRGs)in a number of areas including Mastery and Core Maths and Shanghai Maths. Shanghai
Maths is mixed ability teaching which encourages students to think, explore, investigate, and reason mathematically.
Delivered across six twilight sessions.
9. Bespoke Coaching to Develop Teaching of Physics
For individuals or small groups of less experienced or non-subject specialists who would benefit from one to one
conversations about approaches to teaching GCSE and ALevel physics.
Delivered across 6 twilight sessions.
10. EAL Programme
This programme aims to keep participants abreast of the most recent national developments.
The programme equips you with the specialist knowledge that can be used in the classroom and consists of 6 twilight sessions throughout the year, delivered by visionary practitioners, expert in the field of EAL.
11. Literacy Programme
Our literacy programme for 2018-2019 aims to ensure schools are up-to-date and ready to respond to changes
and challenges regarding Literacy and Learning. The twilight programme will equip you with the specialist
knowledge required for you to build on in the classroom. It consists of 6-8 twilight sessions throughout the year.
Delivered by practitioners expert in their field.
12. Women into Leadership Programme
This programme enables women who are aspiring to a leadership role or early in their experience of leadership to
develop a range of skills to lead with confidence.
• Bespoke support with the application and interview
process, including a mock interview and feedback
• The opportunity to develop a range of leadership skills
• Presentation skills
Delivered across 4 Saturday sessions, including a Friday &
Saturday for session 3, this programme will help you develop the confidence and skills to secure a
leadership position. The programme is for anyone who wants to progress to a leadership position.
13. The National Award for Middle Leaders
HCTSA is a NAML licence holder and will deliver up to 5 SSAT accredited modules from the list below. The NAML
is cohesive and inspiring training for Middle Leaders to fully equip them in their roles and responsibilities as the
main driver of school improvement.
The 8 twilight session programme explores:
• Vision and values
• Developing your leadership approach
• Building a high performing team
• Leading your team day-to-day
• What makes the most effective teaching and
learning? Observation for improvement
Using Data for Impact
Fostering positive behaviour for learning
14. Aspiring Pastoral Middle Leadership Programme
For colleagues new or aspiring to a Middle Leadership role in student support, for example Heads or Assistant
Heads of Year or House, who wish to develop their understanding of effective pastoral leadership. The programme focuses on:
How to ensure student progress
• Leadership of a Year team
• Use of data and multi-agency work
The programme comprises of 6 one and a half-hour twilight sessions.
15. First Steps to Curriculum Middle Leadership Programme
For colleagues who have aspirations of curriculum Middle Leadership and would like to develop their understanding
of the underlying principals of leadership as well as the expectations and challenges of leadership within a school
The programme consists of: 6 one and a half-hour twilight sessions and allows participants to explore current
education leadership theory reflecting their own practice.
16. Ready for Curriculum Middle Leadership Programme
For colleagues who are new to or ready to take on a curriculum Middle Leadership role. The programme provides opportunities for participants to engage in dialogue with colleagues, facilitated by experienced senior leaders. Key areas of middle leadership will be addressed such as:
• Curriculum planning
• Difficult conversations
• Leading and managing change and improvement
• Challenging and supporting staff
• Managing a departmental budget
• There is also a focus on preparing participants for the
recruitment and interview process
The programme consists of 6 twilight sessions throughout the year.
17. Extend and Enhance your Leadership and Management Programme
This programme is for existing HoFs, HoDs or other
middle leaders who wish to further develop their middle
leadership qualities and skills. The course consists of 6
twilight sessions. It explores:
• Effective influencing
• Leading Change and how to overcome barriers
• How to have a difficult conversation
• Three Assistant Heads speak of their leadership styles
18. Aspiring Senior Leadership Programme
For Middle Leaders who are one year to 18 months away
from senior leadership. Eight one and a half hour twilight
sessions plus a Friday evening to Saturday afternoon
Residential. The programme covers a variety of topics
as well as the recruitment process to Senior Leadership.
Areas covered are:
• Leadership and Management
• Finding it, applying for it, getting a senior leadership role
• Data and curriculum
• Appraisal and Accountability
• Residential focused on recruitment process for senior leader role
19. New to Senior Leadership Programme
For colleagues new to Senior Leadership.
There are 8 one and a half hour after twilight sessions plus a Friday evening to Saturday afternoon Residential.
The programme includes:
• Being a new senior leader
• Managing stress
• Leadership and leadership styles
• Finance and Funding
• Senior Leadership one year on
• Regular reading and discussion
• Residential focused on self as senior leader
20. Aspiring to Deputy Headship Programme
For Assistant Headteachers who have the potential for, and aspire to,
Deputy Headship in the near future.
Eight one and a half hour twilight sessions plus a Friday evening
to Saturday afternoon Residential.
Key components are:
• Differences between DHT & AHT
• Finance and Funding
• Regular reading and discussion
• Residential focussed on DHT recruitment process
21. Aspiring to Headship Programme
For colleagues who have the potential for, and aspire to Headship
whether or not they have NPQH.
Eight one and a half hour twilight sessions.
The programme includes:
• 1:1 Partnerships with Headteachers
• Different types of school
• First 100 Days of Headship
• Finance & Funding
• How does a Headteacher bring staff together around a
• How Headteachers drive their schools forwards & take
into account staff wellbeing at the same time
• Current educational Landscape plus regular reading
Aimed at staff across all sectors, this 8 session twilight programme is always very popular.
Mindfulness is about directing our attention to focus on our experience
in the present moment.
It trains us to respond in a more skillful and more focused way
to whatever is happening right now: good or bad.
It enables more effective learning, clearer thinking and better performance.
This programme is designed specifically for Educators.
The programme explores:
Waking up to Autopilot. Participants are encouraged to
notice how much of their lives are spent in autopilot and
not really noticing.
Bringing Curiosity to our Experience. Learning again how
to be curious and look at things with beginners’ eyes.
Mindfulness in Daily Life. Making mindfulness more
active and seeing how we can use it in daily life to notice
what is good.
Stepping Back and Noticing Interpretations. Coming
to realise how we interpret things isn’t always a true
reflection of the situation.
Exploring Difficulty: Building Resilience. Mindfulness
does not remove the difficult things from our lives but it
can help us relate to them in a healthier way.
Relating to Others and Ourselves. Assessing difficult
communication and understanding our position in ways
that can help us gain a greater perspective and therefore
we can relate to others and ourselves more effectively.
Developing Balance in our Lives. Understanding that we
have to do things in our lives that we don’t necessarily
enjoy or feel energised by but looking at developing a
better attitude towards those things and creating a better
balance with more energising things.
Mindfulness and the Rest of Your Life? Recapping all of
the learning from the course and supporting participants
in figuring out how mindfulness might be a more permanent feature in their daily lives.
23. Coaching Programme
This is a twilight 6 week programme that addresses the purpose of coaching and the difference between coaching
It looks at:
• Styles of coaching to enable participants to choose
appropriate models for their needs
• Addresses how coaching can be applied in all areas
of school life; from coaching in leadership, to one-to-one
work with students.
24. Safeguarding Update Session
Twilight Safeguarding session delivered by Bentley Wood
High School in conjunction with Social Services. Takes
place in Autumn term on a Wednesday evening –
27. Timetabling Programme
A twilight 3-part programme largely designed for beginners
to timetabling. The three sessions cover:
• The Leadership and management side of timetabling
• The Basics of Nova T6
• Timetable design
By the end of the course you will have had the opportunity
to design and build a timetable for a year group. More
experienced participants will have the opportunity to network
and share their timetable methodology.
Two Masters in Education Programmes delivered in conjunction
with St Mary’s University, Twickenham:
MA in Leading Innovation and Change (LIAC) and MA in Pedagogy.
MA in Leading Innovation and Change (LIAC)
Aims to develop evidence-based innovative educational practice. For teachers and other educational professionals at any stage
of their career. During the two-year programme, participants will develop a critical understanding of research methodology
as they plan and conduct a small-scale enquiry into an issue of their choice.
MA in Pedagogy
With a variety of modes of delivery including face-to-face, blended and online, the focus is on developing pedagogical
understanding as reflective practitioners. This MA will give participants a wider understanding of key issues in the field of
education in which their practise is located.
Both MA programmes are taught on school premises
fortnightly as two-hourly twilight sessions.
Action Research Group
Action Research is carried out in a number of HCTSA schools. We deliver sessions throughout the year to support colleagues.
Research underpins the professional development delivered by HCTSA. We have a number of colleagues experienced in
research who contribute to the programmes.