School Development Workshops

These workshops aim to enhance the capacity schools to ensure the effective delivery of education and to meet the aspirations of their pupils, parents and staff. The focus throughout is on practical interventions rather than theory and each workshop ends with the development of an action plan.

It should be noted that prospective clients may select any combination of workshops which meets their needs. Each workshop lasts approximately three hours and will be delivered on the client’s premises. Twilight sessions can be arranged if desired. The fee is £300 per seminar plus reasonable travel costs to be agreed in advance.

The Workshops

CLASSROOM LEADERSHIP

‘Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other’ (John F. Kennedy)
Have you ever seen a super-teacher? S/he has no discipline problems, the respect and liking of pupils and complete control of the classroom. The super-teacher can even smile before Christmas.

In fact, the ‘super-teacher has no superpowers or magic wand. S/he has learned that traditional classroom management strategies aimed at ‘controlling behaviour’ are less and less effective in the modern classroom: what is needed is classroom leadership. In order to teach effectively, teachers must also guide, shape, motivate, direct and encourage learners – the skills of leadership.
This workshop aims to assist teachers to develop classroom leadership strategies. It is important to note that the workshop does not advocate a one size fits all approach: to be effective, leadership strategies must mesh with the individual’s personality and personal style.

Time For You?

Busy! Busy! Busy!

How often do we say and hear “I am too busy”, “I am so tired and still have loads too do”? Increasing work and personal demands are part of all our lives now and some of us seem to manage the pressure this brings better than others. Why is this?

The fact is that some people take time to think about what they are doing and manage the demand that are placed on them both at home and in the work place.

This workshop aims to assist people to stop, take a “time out” and look at how they can manage themselves more effectively. The result- a calmer, more organised, and happier person. Does that interest you? Why not come along and find out:
How you respond to pressure?
The impact this may have on you?
How you prioritise and organise your life?
What strategies you can use to help in this?
What behaviours you can use to remain in control of your life!

The workshop will be very interactive with only short inputs of theory – it is really about you and giving you the time to reflect on your experiences and what you would like to change! To help in this you will have some pre workshop thinking to do!

Duration: 1 day

Venue: TBC but probably in Glasgow city centre area

Suitable for

  • Managers
  • Team Leaders
  • Primary teachers
  • Secondary teachers
  • FE/HE Lecturers
  • SEN staff and coordinators
  • SEN support staff
  • Probationer teachers

Note: This work shop can be tailored and run for individual establishments. Please contact David Fenton – david@keeplearning.org.uk – for further details.

Making The Most of Networking

According to the Oxford English Dictionary a network is “A group or system of interconnected people or things…” but do we make the most of our “interconnected people or things”?

Today information and how we use it is a key part of how we deliver our services and there is no doubt that the formal linkages within organisations should support the flow of information. We all know however that the “personal touch” can make a huge difference to how well informed and prepared we are.

This workshop aims to support you identify your current network and those people or things that may be useful to add to it. Through activities and discussion we will explore

  • the benefits of having a “good network”
  • how you grow and keep a network that is beneficial for you and those within the network
  • The behaviours that will help you achieve this.

Just think how useful it would be able to say “I know a person who can …?”
Duration: 1/2 day
Venue: TBC

Suitable for

  • Managers
  • Team Leaders
  • Primary teachers
  • Secondary teachers
  • FE/HE Lecturers
  • SEN staff and coordinators
  • SEN support staff
  • Probationer teachers

Note: This work shop can be tailored and run for individual establishments. Please contact David Fenton – david@keeplearning.org.uk – for further details.

Be A Successful Coach

Coaching supports people get the most out of themselves – you only have to look at the premier league to see the impact a successful coach can have on a group of people.

Do you want to develop people so that they are self-reliant, confident, and aware of themselves and others?

If you do then coaching may be the answer.

Very much a two-way partnership coaching does require some thought and planning to make it as successful as it can be.

This work shop will examine:

  • What coaching is
  • The “models” that can be used
  • What key knowledge, skills and behaviours a successful coach should demonstrate.

The workshop will be very interactive with only short inputs of theory – it is really about you reflecting on the skills that you have to offer as a coach and how you can use this to the advantage of yourself and those you coach. To help in this you will have some pre workshop thinking to do!

Duration: 1 day
Venue: TBC

Suitable for:

  • Managers
  • Team Leaders
  • Experienced practitioners who will coach others

Note: This workshop can be tailored and run for individual establishments. Please contact David Fenton david@keeplearning.org.uk if you wish to explore this option.

Be A Successful Mentor

Are you experienced in your field? Have you climbed the career ladder? Do you want to help others develop and grow within your organisation?

Mentoring could help you achieve this through helping people to develop their career, skills and expertise, often using your own experience to support them. Mentoring is not about managing or about coaching and to be a successful mentor you need to know which of your skills and behaviours will be of most use.

This workshop will examine:

  • How to establish an effective mentoring relationship
  • What communication and feedback skills make the biggest impact
  • How to use questions to challenge and stimulate your mentee
  • How to close the relationship through positive review and feedback

Duration: 1 day

Venue: TBC
Suitable for: senior managers or experienced practitioners who will mentor others.

The workshop will be very interactive with only short inputs of theory – it is really about you reflecting on the skills that you have to offer as a mentor and how you can use these effectively. To help in this you will have some pre workshop thinking to do!

Note: This workshop can be tailored and run for individual establishments. Please contact David Fenton david@keeplearning.org.uk if you wish to explore this option.

Making A Difference Using Quality And Performance Management

Quality? Performance Management? They must be old news now – we have been doing that for years!

Quality and performance management techniques are not new – people have been “doing” quality and measuring performance for a long time but when was the last time you stopped to think so what?

This workshop aims to give people the opportunity to look at their current practices and examine the differences they are making and how this could be improved further.

We will examine:

  • How quality tools and techniques can encourage engagement and involvement
  • The importance of going back to our process “roots”
  • What measures really tell the full story

Duration: 1 day
Venue: TBC
Suitable for:

  • Managers
  • Team Leaders
  • Primary teachers
  • Secondary teachers
  • FE/HE Lecturers
  • SEN staff and co-ordinators
  • SEN support staff
  • Probationer teachers

The workshop will be very interactive with only short inputs of theory – it is far more about you thinking differently about quality and how performance is managed within your organisation. To help in this you will have some pre workshop thinking to do!

Note: This workshop can be tailored and run for individual establishments. Please contact David Fenton david@keeplearning.org.uk if you wish to explore this option.

DEVELOPING SCHOOL ETHOS and CULTURE

Successful schools develop and maintain a positive ethos with a strong commitment to learning. Indeed, world-wide research confirms that ethos is central to effectiveness. This workshop aims to assist school staff to diagnose and assess their current ethos, with a view to enhancing the positive and developing strategies to reduce the less positive. Participants will learn strategies to diagnose culture (involving learners where appropriate) and how to develop the key elements of positive ethos including rituals, ceremonies and celebrations.

This workshop is likely to be of particular value to recently established schools and those soon to merge with other. In the latter case, it is helpful if staff from all schools affected by merger are able to attend.

This workshop can be combined with consultancy sessions to discuss particular issues within individual schools

WORKING EFFECTIVELY WITH PARENTS

Dealing with children can often be a picnic in comparison with the issues arising from relationships with parents. While the vast majority of parents are helpful and supportive, there is a minority whose attitudes van result tensions. From Pinocchio’s Mum (whose child cannot tell a lie) to The Intimidator (who wants what he wants NOW), relationships with some parents can be very tricky.

This workshop is designed to assist teachers develop their skills in dealing with parental concerns, criticisms and aggression. It also addresses the issue of effective management of parents’ evenings, where it may be necessary to give less than welcome news to parents.