Midlands region

Welcome to the Midlands region's learning page. 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 strive to identify and deliver high quality CPD and informal learning opportunities to all of our members. All of the CPD workshops on our learning page are free to members unless otherwise stated.  Our events are publicised via email alerts, so if you don't currently receive or read our emails, you may be missing out.

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.

We look forward to seeing you at an event soon!

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21st July - Midlands Summer Conference 2016

Workload and achieving a work life balance is the prominent issue of discussion among educational professionals. ATL's campaign 'It's about time' aims to empower our members and colleagues to find ways to tackle the problem.

The Midlands Summer Conference 2016 is our opportunity to bring our members together for a day of effective CPD tailored to help you and your colleagues begin to address the specific workload issues causing problems in your workplace. You will learn effective strategies which you can use alongside the ATL campaign materials to take a whole school approach to help to effect change in your workplace.


  • 09.30: Registration
  • 10.00: Welcome and introduction
  • 10.15: Session 1: DfE Workload Working Groups. An overview of the key recommendations for schools on how to reduce unnecessary workload from the DfE working groups into Marking, Data Management and Planning and Resources which issued their findings in April.
  • 11.30: Break
  • 12.00: Session 2: Restoring work-life balance in your workplace. Guidance on using ATL tools and resources to identity the specific drivers of workload in your workplace and working with leaders to implement practical changes to improve work-life balance
  • 13.00: Lunch
  • 13.30: Session 3: Courageous Conversations. Occupational Psychologist Mike Culley will explore the art of having courageous conversations and develop your skills to effectively communicate with parents, colleagues, team members and school leaders.
  • 15.30: Close - Senior Organiser.

Who this course is for

  • ATL reps.



The Studio - Birmingham, Talk Bar At the Orange Studio, Cannon Street, B2 5EP 9.30am to 3.30pm 21/07/2016
The art of being a brilliant NQT (part 3)

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‚Ķclassroom 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

Click here to register for this event.

Birmingham City University, City North Campus. 10am-3pm 02/07/2016

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