Professional Development & School Improvement
1.1 Teaching Assistant Professional Development
This programme is made up of 6 twilight sessions. Each
session provides training in an area of SEN relevant to the
participating schools at the time of delivery. Past sessions
• Training in dyslexia
• Speech and language difficulties
• Behaviour management study skills
• Preparation for exams
• The role of the Teaching Assistant in the classroom.
Teaching Assistants also have the opportunity to share
good practice and deliver presentations on effective
interventions taking place in their own school across the
teaching school alliance.
“I really like the fact that the course is adapted to the
training needs of the people on it. We can have an input
into what is covered.”
1.2 Ready to Teach
We provide training for graduate support members of
staff such as Teaching Assistants, subject technicians and
librarians who want to apply for the Schools Direct route
into teaching. The short day-time programme consists of
three workshops held at both Bentley Wood and Swiss
Cottage and is specifically designed to support School Direct applicants.
The optional longer programme consists of three extra workshops
which focus on teaching skills.
1.3 Developing Yourself and Managing Others Programme
This is a dedicated professional learning opportunity for
all educational support staff, to reflect and develop their
professional skills and to share their experiences with staff
from other schools. There are 6-8 sessions at Park High
School during the school day. Topics include:
• Obstacles to efficiency
• Delegation and difficult conversations
• Management of change.
The programme has been developed in consultation with
staff and is led by educational support staff.
1.4 Senior Support Staff Leadership Programme
This programme is aimed at those already managing
business services in schools who aspire to a senior school
leadership role in a school or academy. The twilight
programme of 8 one and-a-half hour sessions, provides
an introduction to the range of business services that are
required by schools to function. It offers an understanding
into how these can be led and managed to best effect
to provide fully integrated support to schools. The
• Policy and leadership
• Financial management
• Capital and estate management
• Data Management and ICT
• Governance and Assurance Marketing
1.5 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
• 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
1.6 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.
“Good to network with colleagues from different schools
and areas of London.”
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 6-8 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.
Developing a mastery approach to teaching mathematics at
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 6-8 twilight sessions.
1.9 Physics up to KS4 for Non-Specialists
This programme is designed for Chemistry or Biology
specialists who are teaching Physics at GCSE level. The
aim of the programme is for non-specialists to build their
confidence in the delivery of Physics at this level and to
develop the mathematical, conceptual , practical skills and
techniques necessary to communicate physics successfully
to students. Delivered across 6-8 twilight sessions.
1.10 EAL Programme
This programme is new for 2017-18. It 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 6-8 twilight sessions throughout the year, delivered by
visionary practitioners, expert in the field of EAL.
1.11 SEN Programme
This programme is new for 2017-18 and provides
participants with successful whole school approaches
that equip them with the teaching and support strategies
to enable students to achieve their best. The sharing of
pedagogy tailored to meet the needs of students with SEN
will enable participants to develop their teaching expertise
and enhance their understanding of how to assess progress.
It consists of 6-8 twilight sessions throughout the year
delivered by visionary practitioners, expert in the field of
SEN. Participants will also be welcome to visit schools
across HCTSA who have particular expertise in SEN.
1.12 Literacy Programme
Our new literacy programme for 2017-2018 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 visionary in their field. Delivered by
practitioners expert in their field.
1.13 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.
• One-to-one coaching
• Bespoke support with the application and interview
process, including a mock interview and feedback
• The opportunity to develop a range of leadership skills.
Delivered across 4 Saturday sessions including a Friday-
Saturday residential 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.
1.14 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
• 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
• Observation for improvement
• Using data for impact
• Fostering positive data for learning
1.15 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
1.16 First Steps to Curriculum Middle Leadership
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.
1.17 Ready for Curriculum Middle Leadership
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 sen-ior 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.
1.18 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
1.19 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.
1.20 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
• 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 leaderN
1.21 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
1.22 Aspiring to Headship Programme
For colleagues who have the potential for, and aspire to
Headship whether or not they have NPQH. 8 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
training 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 is relate to them in a healthier way.
Relating to Others and Ourselves. Assessing difficult
communication and understanding our position in 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.
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.
Safeguarding Update Session
1.25 Safeguarding Update Session
Twilight Safeguarding session delivered by Bentley Wood
High School in conjunction with Social Services. Takes
place in Autumn term 2017 on a Wednesday evening –
1.26 Headteachers’ November Conference
A Thursday evening to Friday afternoon Residential in
November. This bespoke programme is designed with the
Headteachers who are attending the Residential.
1.27 Headteachers’ June Conference
A Wednesday evening to Friday afternoon Residential
in June. This bespoke programme is designed with the
Headteachers who are attending the Residential.
Sixth Form Reviews
New for 2017-2018, an opportunity for your Sixth Form to
receive support in strengthening its weaker areas and enhancing
best performing ones. Quality assured assessors visit schools on
request to help plan a programme of progress. Please contact
Abi Johnson of Howard Freed.
We offer Safeguarding Reviews to all schools in the alliance.
Pupil Premium Review
We have a trained Pupil Premium Reviewer who is able to
carry out reviews as outlined by the DfE.
Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs)
HCTSA has a number of SLEs specializing in English, History,
Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Science, Behaviour
and Discipline, SEN, Leadership of Curriculum, Initial Teacher
Training and Continuous Professional Development. Schools
can request deployment of an SLE to carry out a particular
piece of work. Please contact Howard Freed or Abi Johnson.
NLEs – National Leaders of Education
We have headteachers who are NLEs and work to support
other schools senior leadership teams.
Two Masters in Education Programmes delivered in conjunction
with St Mary’s University, Twickenham:
MA in Leading Innovation and Change (LIAC) and MA in
MA in Leading Innovation and Change (LIAC)
Aims to develop evidence-based innovative eductional 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
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.
Research and Development
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.
National Professional Qualifications
We are hoping to be able to offer the newly constituted NPQs –
NPQML, NPQSL and NPQH. We will inform schools as soon as
we know if our application to run these programmes has been
successful. Please contact Howard Freed with any questions.
• Curriculum Group
• Cultural Diversity & Safeguarding
• Heads of 6th Group
• Subject Leader Groups
• Governance Steering Group
Coaching and Mentoring
This is a twilight 6 to 8 week programme that addresses the
purpose of coaching and the difference between coaching and
mentoring. 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.
1.29 Bespoke Coaching and Mentoring
HCTSA offers 1-1 coaching by quality assured coaching
from other NCTSA schools. Please contact Abi Johnson or
Secondments/Residencies between HCTSA schools aimed
at Senior or Middle Leaders. Please contact Abi Jonson or
This consists of:
• Individual Interview Preparation
Please approach us for any of these services.
School to School Reviews
School to School reviews typically occur over one day with
a focus on a department/subject/theme. This could include
Safeguarding Reviews and Pupil Premium Reviews. Two
colleagues, quality assured from HCTSA schools, join a lead
colleague within a school to conduct a review and evaluation.
Please contact Abi Johnson or Howard Freed.