Midlands region

Welcome to the Midlands region's learning page. At ATL we want to help you to develop professionally and personally through the course of your career; we believe that CPD and learning should be effective and have an impact on your practice.

We aim to provide as many CPD opportunities as possible. In the last year members have attended events on mindfulness, the new Ofsted framework, teaching a creative curriculum and stress management. As a member in the Midlands you can help shape CPD by completing this short survey.

For more information please contact ATL Midlands or to keep up to date with what's happening in our region, why not follow us @ATLMidlands on Twitter.

To access quality CPD, book yourself on any of our courses below.

February 2016

The art of being a brilliant NQT

This workshop is for trainees and teachers early in the first year of teaching, the hardest year of their career! Don't come expecting to hear a load of pedagogical theory, expect to hear about different approaches, expect to get out of your seat and expect to walk out with a range of strategies and ideas to try the next day in your class. You won't have heard this in University or on teaching practice.

Course Programme

Part 1

  • The big picture of the teacher's role.
  • Looking after yourself.
  • Discipline and relationships.
  • Engaging your students.
  • Praise and how to use it.
  • Tricks of the trade…classroom management and the class from hell!
  • Teaching as a long-term career.
  • The bits that make a difference?
  • Making an impact.

Part 2

  • Pastoral care.
  • Marking and feedback.
  • Differentiation-getting the challenge right.
  • Boys.
  • Parents.
  • Using data.
  • Work life balance.
  • Teamwork.
  • Being the best teacher you can be.

Part 3

  • Positivity.
  • Whole brain learning.
  • Dealing with observations.
  • What does 'outstanding' look like?
  • Lesson planning.
  • The best lesson ever!
  • The bigger picture of career success.

Who this course is for

This event is for all trainee and NQT ATL members in the Midlands.

Course details

  • Part 1: Saturday 6th February 10:00-15:00 
  • Part 2: Saturday 7th May 10:00-15:00
  • Part 3: Saturday 2nd July 10:00-15:00

The course will be held at Birmingham City University, City North Campus.

Please click here to register for a place.

The ATL Midlands Well-being Day

This event is for all staff in the Midlands.

On the day there will be a work-life campaign briefing and Q&A session, as well as the opportunity for members to attend both of the professional development workshops, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. 

These sessions will be run by ATL's high-quality CPD providers. The sessions will be interactive and provide practical strategies, tips and techniques to take back to the workplace. 

In between the CPD sessions there will the opportunity to purchase/eat lunch. This will provide an invaluable opportunity to "network" with fellow teachers and support staff from the Midlands, as well as talk with members of the ATL Midland regional team. 

We expect demand to be high, so make sure you don't miss out by signing up as soon as possible.

Why not bring along friends and family, so that they can enjoy free admission at The Royal Air Force Museum Cosford. Click here for further details of the museum.

  • Workshop 1: Introductory Voice Care, delivered by Liz McNaughton. The aim of the workshop is to raise awareness of the need to pay attention to the voice and to give some practical exercises and tips that attendees can take away and put into practice in their everyday teaching and voice care routine. The training is highly interactive and attendees are advised to wear comfortable clothing for ease of movement during exercises.
  • Workshop 2: Embracing Challenge and Building Resilience, delivered by Annie Candeland. The negative impact of excessive workload on personal well-being, home-life and relationships is well known. People often experience exhaustion and a general inability to cope; making it more difficult to address issues and turn things around. This workshop is designed to help participants identify challenges and recognize strengths and skills they already have. They will learn strategies to further build the resilience required to meet challenges and also enjoy a more healthy and balanced life.

The event will be held on Tuesday 16th February, 10.00am 3.00pm, at the Visitor Centre, Royal Air Force Museum Cosford.

Course details


Royal Air Force Museum, Shorpshire, TF11 8UP - 16 February 2016

March 2016


This is a free CPD event organised by the ATL and Bilborough College, open to all education professionals from across all teaching sectors, regardless of subject specialism. TeachMeets are informal gatherings of teachers to share best practice, innovation and insight through brief presentations.

Come along as either an enthusiastic audience member or maybe choose to present and share either a 5 minute presentation or a 7 minute presentation on a topic of your choice - no sales pitches, just great classroom ideas.

ATL's TeachMeet will be compèred by the inspirational Hywel Roberts author of the award-winning 'Oops - Helping children learn accidentally'. Hywel will also be opening up the evening with his key note address which will leave you not only hugely entertained but full of ideas that will liberate you and your curriculum, help you to imagineer lessons that matter, employ healthy learning tension in your classroom and give ideas that will bring your children to the edge of their seats hungry for more.

Who this course is for

  • This event is for all ATL members and non-members

Course details

  • Thursday 3rd March 2016 – 4:30pm-7:30pm

Book your place here.

The ATL Midlands Support Staff Conference

This event is for support staff only in the Midlands.

On the day Peter Morris, National Official for support staff, will talk about 'ATL and support staff', including some of the challenges faced by support staff today; Peter will then do a Q&A session. There will then be an opportunity for members to attend both of the professional development workshops, one in the morning and one in the afternoon:

Workshop 1: Behaviour Management for Support Staff, delivered by Lisa Miller. 

  • The session will enable staff to use voice control, body language and behaviour management techniques to efficiently deal with 'challenging behaviour' in a non-confrontational way.

Workshop 2: Yoga (Gentle Movement and Relaxation), with Mindfulness delivered by Phillipa Wilson. The workshop will cover:

  • 20 mins movement from a chair
  • 15 mins movement standing
  • 10 mins making sound
  • 15 min breathing practice
  • 30 min mindfulness meditation

All the movement work will be done with full awareness on the breath. Postures that are simple – but vital to all of us will be used. This workshop is accessible to those with any health concerns or moving difficulties.

In between the CPD sessions there will be lunch. This will provide an invaluable opportunity to "network" with fellow support staff from the Midlands, as well as talk with members of ATL's Support Staff Members' Advisory Group (SSMAG).

The event will be held on Saturday 12th March 2016, 10.00am – 3.00pm, at Warwick University.

Using Photography and images creatively to develop learning

Learn how to use photography to create an atmosphere of curiosity within your classroom, whatever age group you teach. Look at sourcing images as well as understanding how students can create their own images to develop an ethos of questioning and awe. Challenges including perspective images, alphabets in nature and the magical world of 'little people'.

This workshop will be delivered by Jane Hewitt - learning Through a Lens. 'It's not what you look at that matters it's what you see' this quote from Thoreau sums up using images and photography with children. There are no rules it's about helping children to explore the world around them through a lens! As a teacher you don't need any photographic skills just a willingness to experiment and rediscover looking at the world through the eyes of a child. Suitable for all teaching sectors.

This is a hands on workshop – some of which will take place outdoors (so warm clothes and suitable footwear please!). You do not have to have any prior knowledge of photography nor do you need an expensive camera -  iPads and phones are all useable; however, there are a couple of cameras people can use.

The event will be held during half-term on Wednesday 30th March, 1pm – 3pm, at the beautiful location of Chatsworth House. Any member booking this event will receive two for one ticket offers, valid on the day, for some of the attractions.

Who this course is for

  • This event is for all staff in the Midlands.

Course details


Chatsworth House - 30 March 2016

May 2016

Introductory Workshop Mindfulness: Enhancing Wellbeing

This session will provide an overview of what Mindfulness is and the key benefits of practising it.

For example, people who regularly carry out mindfulness exercises report experiencing the following benefits:

  • Feeling calmer and more relaxed
  • Increased levels of energy and enthusiasm for their job and life in general
  • Increased efficiency when carrying out tasks
  • More enjoyment out of the activity
  • Increased confidence, self-compassion and compassion for others
  • A reduction in stress, anxiety and low mood

Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in several practice exercises to offer an experiential understanding of Mindfulness. There will be a focus on how professionals can:

  • Integrate mindfulness practice into their own lives
  • Consider how they can bring mindfulness meditation into the workplace to support the wellbeing of their students and colleagues

Attendees will be provided with a link to audio recordings of several mindfulness exercises facilitated by Dr Rachel Chin. Rachel has worked in a range of NHS and educational settings. Rachel offers training and consultation to staff working in these environments; the aim in educational environments is to enhance the quality of education, increase staff well-being and morale, reduce staff burn out and improve team functioning. 

The event will be held on Saturday 7th May 10.30am – 12.30pm, at the beautiful location of Chatsworth House. Any member booking this event will receive two for one ticket offers, valid on the day, for some of the attractions.

Who this course is for

  • This event is for all staff in the Midlands. This is workshop is suitable for anyone who wishes to enhance their wellbeing.

Course details


Chatsworth House - 07 May 2016


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As part of English and Maths week, we posted three blogs on ATL Speakout, by Joanne Miles about embedding English. You can read the blogs here.

Training for Midlands reps

ATL provides a whole range of accredited training courses for new and existing reps. For more information about each course, including course dates and how to book a place, please click here.

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