Forthcoming CPD Opportunities

We’ve selected a few courses and training opportunities below that are available across the county this month.  Keep an eye on our site as we plan to introduce a course directory to bring all CPD together in one place.

Developing effective leadership practices

This programme has been developed for current or aspiring leaders and will help you develop your confidence and skills as a leader. It will enable you to improve your ability to lead, manage change and develop people within your team. You will explore your current leadership skills, set goals for building on these, and learn new leadership skills.

The course will be run over four twilight sessions starting from 25th January 2021. For more information, you can find the flyer here, or contact for more information. Once you’re ready to apply, you can find the application form here.

Expand your skills with the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership

If you are an existing school leader and are looking for professional recognition of leadership and to develop your skills further, you may want to consider taking the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL). In their capacity as a Teaching School, Priory School are offering this 12 month course, aimed at individuals who not only have responsibility for leading a team, but are also involved in leading across teams on a range of issues that affect the whole school organisation.

It is ideal for senior leaders, including experienced middle leaders, deputy heads, SENCOs, Advanced Skills Teachers or other senior staff who are looking for further professional development, but are not yet within 18 months of headship.

The course duration is 12 months with an expectation that participants go for final assessment within 12-18 months from inductions. The course will be delivered via online materials and 4 remote twilight seminars.

The course cost is £849 per participant, please see the course information and application form for further information.

The deadline for applications is 14 December and the course commences on 13 January 2021. For queries and questions, please email Patricia Cowlin.

The Empowerment approach for governors

Help children to feel and learn at their best with the Empowerment Approach. An innovative, research-based approach supporting children & young people to develop the skills they need to succeed at school and into adult life. The Empowerment Approach will be explained virtually in a 2-hour briefing for school governors on 14th October 18:45-20:45pm via zoom for only £10. For a place email Claire Rivers at Many schools, backed by the LA, have adopted this approach successfully and this is even more pertinent as children return to school following lockdown.  Provided by Changing Chances in collaboration with St Mark’s Teaching School Alliance

Raising Standards: Engaging children in their learning of Science

This full day course is designed to make all those who attend feel confident and inspired to teach Primary science. This workshop takes place on Friday 13th November and consists of four sessions. Themes explored during the day will include: Planning and lesson ideas, Engaging children in their learning and Assessment.

  • Find out what is currently happening in the world of primary science including the New Ofsted framework.
  • Assessment in primary science – an opportunity to discuss what we are hoping to achieve from assessment and what assessment could look like.
  • Lesson ideas and activities for Key Stage 1 and 2 – a range of activities and resources that can be used to enhance children’s learning of some of the key aspects of the programme of study. These will include: Earth and Space, Forces, and Plants.
  • Engaging children in their learning of science – an opportunity to examine a range of methods to engage children in their learning. Some of these will illustrate how we can use new technologies, where others will show techniques to spark children’s curiosity.

To book and for more information, contact

Accelerating maths

The East Sussex Local Authority, working alongside and in collaboration with Newick Teaching School Alliance and the Primary Board are now in the fourth year of providing Accelerating maths courses for Primary level. These are a series of twilight sessions that will be run on Microsoft Teams during November, December and January, with topics including:

  • Using the ‘ready to progress’ criteria
  • The structure of a mastery lesson
  • Developing/becoming a great maths teacher
  • Subject knowledge for support staff

A professional learning community will be set up for particpants to collaborate, view training modules and gain access to materials. The courses will be led by Sarah Sipula, Director of Teaching School at Newick, Maths SLE and Mastery Readiness Lead and other maths SLEs.

Any queries, please contact Jonquil King ( or Laura-Jane Marshall (