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Welcome to the Northern region's learning page. In the Northern region we have a learning network based in the North East and a fledgling network in South Yorkshire. We have ULRs and branches working throughout the region to discuss and plan learning activity with the region and make sure that the events we hold are relevant and interesting. Last term we had over 300 members get involved in learning in the region.

Learning events that we have offered have included creativity in the classroom, raising boys achievement and behaviour management.

As a member in the Northern region you can get involved through completing a learning needs survey, attending an event or getting involved to become a union learning rep. This term a number of branches are undertaking learning needs surveys and will be using these to shape the events that will be on offer.

This term we are running events on protecting your professional online identity, and stress management and well-being.

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Mental Health First Aid

MHFA Schools been developed (internationally) to encourage mental health alertness and a more proactive approach.

It seeks to use a simple first aid model traditionally used for physical ill health. 

It seeks to build knowledge and confidence to reach out and support others, punctuating school community with individuals who are ready willing and able to offer initial help. 

The content seeks to support and enhance the work of professions care givers and acknowledges that many people may be involved in recovery of robust mental wellbeing particularly in school settings.

This Mental Health First Aid Schools taster seeks to give participants an overview of mental health first aid. The course will:

  • Highlight the need & importance of Mental Health First Aid Schools 
  • Establish the links between emotional resilience ~ mental wellbeing ~ mental ill health ~ crisis and the vulnerability of young people 
  • Discuss the language and stigma towards mental ill-heath in school settings that impacts on pathways to care.
  • Explore tools to support mental health and wellbeing in schools with a "whole school" 8 principal approach.
  • Appreciate the spectrum of mental illness and its impact on individual learning and learning environments.

Who this course is for

  • All members.

Cost

Free

Newcastle: Royal Grammar School, Eskdale Terrace, Newcastle Upon TYNE, NE2 4DX 08/10/2016
Middlesbrough 04/02/2017
South Yorkshire 04/03/2017
York 06/05/2017
Team working with your TA and taking students off site

This event is aimed at new teachers and is an essential guide to getting the best start to your teaching career.

The two workshops cover some of the most important topics:

  • Working in classroom teams predominantly looks at how you can work with and utilise your TA, classroom support or HLTA and although much is focused on the Primary relationship there is also key learning for working with support staff in Secondary too. The session will also include working with other teachers, team teaching, and having trainees in your class.
  • Taking students off site is ATL's essential guide to school trips – what considerations do you need to make when thinking of an off-site visit? What does risk assessment look like and how should you do it? What are your individual and your employers' responsibilities? What if things go wrong?

Who this course is for

  • Specifically aimed at NQTs and trainee members.

Cost

Free

York (venue TBC) 12/11/2016
Newcastle (venue TBC) 19/11/2016
Maths problems: Identifying and teaching the learner with dyscalculia

This half day workshop focuses on the difficulties of a learner with dyscalculia. Delegates will develop their understanding of dyscalculia and ability to recognise the signs and indicators of these specific difficulties with maths.

In addition, delegates will be given strategies to develop a dyscalculic learner's mathematical understanding and the tools to teach areas of maths through high quality first teaching and intervention.

Course Content:

  • Raising awareness of dyscalculia.
  • Recognising the signs and indicators of a learner with dyscalculia.
  • Learning styles and maths.
  • Levels of knowing maths.
  • Meeting the specific learning needs of a learner with dyscalculia.
  • Smart Strategies™to support areas of maths difficulty.

Who this course is for

  • Primary, Secondary and Further Education: SENCOs / Teachers / TAs / SLAs

Cost

Free

Jurys Inn, Fry Street, Middlesbrough, TS1 1JH 9.30am – 1.00pm 12/11/2016
Thirsk (venue TBC) 14/01/2017
Newcastle (venue TBC) 24/06/2017
Thinking about thinking: Metacognition

The Sutton Report (2013) suggests that pupils make between 7-9 months additional progress in one academic year when metacognitive approaches are modelled and developed.

Delegates will increase their understanding of metacognition and how to promote learners' metacognitive ability to apply this to their learning.

Course content:

  • Understanding metacognition.
  • Developing metacognitive skills in learners.
  • Metacognition and English.
  • Metacognition and Maths.

Who this course is for

  • Primary, Secondary, Further Education and Higher Education practitioners.

Cost

Free

Scarborough 9.30am - 1.00pm 19/11/2016
What's the right angle for teaching maths

What's the 'right angle' for teaching maths?

There are a number of specific learning deficits that create barriers to learning in maths. Delegates will develop their understanding of these barriers and take away easily implemented strategies to ameliorate these difficulties in the classroom. The areas of difficulty that will be considered include, dyslexia, dyspraxia, Speech Language Impairment and working memory deficits.

Course content:

  • Recognising the barriers to making progress in maths.
  • High quality inclusive maths teaching for learners with:
    - Dyslexia.
    - Dyspraxia.
    - Speech and language impairment.
  • Working memory deficits.

Who this course is for

  • All members.

Cost

Free

South Yorkshire - 9.30am – 1.00pm 26/11/2016
York 25/03/2017
Applying for jobs and interview skills workshop

This event is aimed at new teachers and is an essential guide to landing your first teaching post. We are working with our partners and recruitment agency Hays Education to provide expert advice and guidance to get you on the right track to landing your first teaching post.

The morning will consist of two key sessions: 

  • Applying for jobs: We'll start at the basics: what to look out for in job adverts; we'll then cover the key elements of completing your written application including reflection on finding your USPs and how to 'sell yourself' in the right way to ensure you are picked for interview. 
  • Interview skills: Hays will then deliver a session specifically aimed at giving you the lowdown on interviews: what you should expect on the day, how to come across well and answer questions the best way possible. We will end with important advice regarding accepting a post or what your options are should you be unsuccessful. 

As long as there is enough interest, this event will be followed by a mock interview with a real head teacher. This will likely take place the week following the event depending on the availability of the head teachers who volunteer their time. These mock interviews have proven to be incredibly successful in the past – all bar one of our attendees in 2015 secured a teaching post for their first year and (for those we are aware of) the vast majority of those who attended in 2016 secured a teaching post.

Who this course is for

  • Trainees and NQs seeking employment.

Cost

Free

Newcastle (venue TBC) 9.30am - 13.00pm 11/02/2017
Applying for jobs and interview skills workshop

This event is aimed at new teachers and is an essential guide to landing your first teaching post. We'll provide expert advice and guidance to get you on the right track to landing your first teaching post.

The morning will consist of two key sessions:

  • Applying for jobs: We'll start at the basics: what to look out for in job adverts; we'll then cover the key elements of completing your written application including reflection on finding your USPs and how to 'sell yourself' in the right way to ensure you are picked for interview.
  • Interview skills: A session specifically aimed at giving you the lowdown on interviews: what you should expect on the day, how to come across well and answer questions the best way possible. We will end with important advice regarding accepting a post or what your options are should you be unsuccessful.

Who this course is for

  • Specifically aimed at trainees and NQs seeking employment.

Cost

Free

York (venue TBC) 18/02/2017
Behaviour management for new teachers

It is essential to get on top of behaviour management as quickly as possible as a new teacher. Our half day workshop will whisk you through some valuable tried-and-tested techniques and will give you an understanding of how to engage your pupils in the right way to create a positive and effective learning environment.

The session will give lots of ideas and will also give you the opportunity to discuss behaviour management techniques with other new teachers. Our behaviour management sessions are always very popular so please book early to avoid missing out!

Who this course is for

  • Trainees and NQTs.
York 04/03/2017
Learning To Read, Reading To Learn

This half day training will consider the two essential elements of reading, decoding and comprehension.

An overview of how we learn to read and how we can support learners master this skill will be given. This will be followed by reducing the barriers to reading and comprehension as well as developing the readers' independence to record the information they read for revision and essay writing.

Who this course is for

  • All members.

Cost

Free

Thirsk or York (TBC) 11/02/2017
Newcastle 11/03/2017
Middlesbrough 10/06/2017
South Yorkshire 17/06/2017
Putting The Style Back Into Learning Plus AGM

Curious about how we learn?

In awe at the recent findings discrediting teaching to a preferred learning style? Wondering how you are going to enhance the learning in your classroom? If you answered yes, then this is the training is for you!

Who this course is for

  • All members.

Cost

Free

Barnsley 20/05/2017
ATL new teacher conference 2017

ATL have now successfully ran three regional new teacher conferences and we're planning one for 2017 too. We're not quite ready to reveal what we have planned as we are still making arrangements, however, we can promise a full day of stimulating and inspiring CPD.

Last year we had sessions such as creativity in the classroom, effective questioning, engaging with parents, employability and more. There's still some time to make suggestions - if you would like to suggest a topic that you think we should cover please do get in touch with us via email. Book early to secure your place for this excellent event! Open to all trainees and NQTs.

Who this course is for

  • Trainees and NQTs

Cost

Free

Newcastle 20/05/2017

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