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Continuous Professional Development allows practitioners to enhance their knowledge and skills within specific areas. At Quest Direct Professional Services we offer tailor made training courses unique to your setting. Our highly experienced and knowledgeable tutors will discuss your training needs with you and create a bespoke training package to meet your specific requirements. The CPD will then be delivered at your convenience in your setting, and may also include follow-up sessions to ensure effective implementation of the training.

Positive Communication in the Classroom (Teachers and TAs)

This CPD looks at the importance of creating a positive learning environment through the language that we use. It helps TAs to guide children’s learning through dialogue; develop effective questioning techniques; explores positive communication and language; and looks at the relationship between positive communication and managing challenging behaviours positively.

This CPD looks at the importance of creating a positive learning environment through the language that we use. It helps TAs to guide children’s learning through dialogue; develop effective questioning techniques; explores positive communication and language; and looks at the relationship between positive communication and managing challenging behaviours positively.

Observing Children’s Learning (Teachers and TAs)

Learn the reasons why we observe children and how you can support the teacher in this vital role. You will learn and experience different methods of observing and recording information. You will also look at keeping observations valid and providing relevant feedback to your class teacher.

The Role of the TA (Teachers and TAs)

This 2 hour course explores the role and context of the teaching assistant and teacher and how the TA can be used most effectively. The role is explored with regards to involvement in planning, preparation and observation and feedback; planning and delivering learning interventions; and also explores the importance of understanding activity learning objectives and outcomes.

Enabling Environments (Teachers and TAs)

Children are greatly affected by their environment. This course reminds us what we want children to say and do as they learn and examines how we set up our learning areas, what practical things we need to consider and what we need to provide for children, both indoors and outside, to make the best learning environment. Each participant then plans their learning environment and considers changes that will make it more enabling for every child.

Developing Phonics in the Early Years – aimed at FS1 and FS2 (Teachers)

Start the year off with lots of practical activities to support your children’s listening and discrimination skills in a fun active way. Learn how to pronounce the sounds yourself and become confident in supporting children’s early exploration of sounds.

Young children need to have a language rich environment and a systematic approach to their phonics learning. On this course the tutor will give teachers clarity about teaching phonics, examine current practice and affirm or extend the activities that are currently taking place. It will give participants ideas for learning activities, suggest resources for phonics and give teachers enthusiasm and confidence in how they deliver a developmentally appropriate phonics programme.

This short course will include elements from Letters & Sounds phases 1 & 2 and look at practical ways to help children explore sounds and letters through:

Language play
Phonological awareness
Phonemes in words
Oral blending and segmenting to become confident early readers and writers

Developing Phonics throughout the Primary School (Teachers)

This follow on programme aims to give FS & KS1 teachers strategies to help with effective follow on teaching of phonics. The course looks at practical ways to help children explore through; language play, phonological awareness and phonemes in words, oral blending and segmenting to ultimately become early readers and writers.

This short course will include elements from Letters and Sounds phases 3-6.

Inspiring Active Learning in the Primary Classroom (Teachers)

We know that children learn best when their needs are accommodated through activities that are hands on and interactive.

Active learning is a process rather than an outcome and should engage and challenge children and their thinking. Activities should allow for children to experience real life and imaginary situations and can take place through a variety of planned and spontaneous investigations. After considering the importance and characteristics of active learning, the tutor will reflect on how we can promote active learning, giving participants lots of ideas to take back into their classroom.

Positive Behaviour Management (Teachers and TAs)

Guiding behaviour through dialogue and positive communication

This informative course looks at the adults role; prevention of disruptive behaviour; practical ideas to deal with behaviour issues should they arise; positive management of behaviour; the effect of language in the classroom.

Higher Order Questioning Skills (Teachers and TAs)

Explore how to support and extend children’s learning through: • Questioning & Higher Order Questioning

• Practical activities that explore the importance of adults involvement to sustain shared thinking and learning

Supporting the Teaching of Phonics (3 programmes available for TAs in schools)

Do you know what a phoneme is? This programme aims to give teaching assistants strategies to help with effective early teaching of phonics. We will look at practical ways to help children explore:

Language play
Phonological awareness and phonemes in words
Oral blending and segmenting
To become early readers and writers
These short courses will include elements from Letters and Sounds Phases 1 to 6 and also provide ideas for Key Stage 2 work.

Making Maths Fun in the Primary Classroom (Teachers)

The development of mathematical concepts and skills; strategies to promote learning and skills in mathematics; the role of the TA in supporting the teacher to develop children’s mathematical skills; useful resources to support learning.

Differentiated Teaching and Learning - Year 1 to 6 (Teachers)

This session explores ways to meet the individual needs of all learners in a Primary Classroom.

Continuous Provision in the Early Years - FS 1 and 2 (Teachers)

This session discusses the importance of Continuous Provision. It offers simple and practical ideas to help promote play based learning in the Early Years setting and considers enhanced learning and the role of the adult.

Developing your Early Years Pedagogy - FS 1 and 2 (Teachers)

This course considers key concepts and themes in Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, relating educational theory to practical application in the Early Years Classroom.

Mark Making in the Early Years - F2 to Year 2 (Teachers and TAs)

This practical workshop explores the journey from mark making to early writing and considers how we can best encourage and develop mark making opportunities in our classrooms.

Guided Reading in F2 and Key Stage One (Teachers and TAs)

A practical workshop exploring approaches to Guided Reading in the Foundation and KS1 Classroom. Throughout the session we will discuss working within ‘the small group model’ promoting proficiency and comprehension when reading.

Guided Reading in Key Stage 2 - Year 3 to 6 (Teachers and TAs)

A practical workshop exploring approaches to Guided Reading in the Primary Classroom. Throughout the session we will discuss working within ‘the small group model’ promoting proficiency and comprehension when reading.

Inspiring Young Writers - Year 1-6 (Teachers)

This practical session will help to inspire and enhance children’s creative writing. Get students motivated and enthused to write poetry and stories by taking part in this interactive workshop.

Encouraging the Reluctant Reader - Years 1 to 6 (Teachers)

This workshop looks at practical ways in which the classroom and classroom routines can help enthuse even the least motivated of readers. This session suggests reading based activities that can be easily adapted for any primary setting.

Display and Developing your Learning Environment - Year 1 to 6 (Teachers and TAs)

Display can be a vital tool in the learning process if used well. An exciting and interesting purposeful environment is essential for every child’s development. This workshop explores ways to develop your own learning environment effectively.

Learning through Play in the Early Years - FS 1 and 2 (Teachers and TAs)

What is play and why is it important?
How does play support learning?
This workshop explores the role of play in the Early Years and will give practical ideas to develop your play provision.

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