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.

April 2016

Caging the 'S' Word

Putting stress in its place and improving your work-life balance. What you practise, you get better at. When you're good at something, people give you more and more of it to do.

Is your brain trying to cope with more and more pressure, meaning that you are developing more and more stress? Change this. Retrain your brain to identify good things around you.

Who this course is for

  • Members from all phases.



Course details


West Walsall E-Act Academy, Innovation Centre, Primley Avenue, Walsall, WS2-9AU - 27 April 2016

May 2016

Emergency at work first aid certificate

Join us on the 21st May 16 to learn skills that will enable you to administer first aid should a situation arise in your workplace. Notts Save a Life will give you the knowledge and skills to deal with emergency situations in your workplace.

The one day training will include guidance on:

  • unconscious casualty
  • action for vomit
  • recovery position
  • adult, child and infant CPR
  • choking
  • heart attack and stroke
  • bleeding broken bones and head injuries
  • common ailments and the effects of heat and cold

Refreshments: Tea/Coffee and Biscuits provided. Please bring a packed lunch, alternatively there are shops near to the venue.

Who this course is for

  • Members from all phase.

Course details


Dunkirk & Old Lenton Community Centre, Mont Pelier Road, Dunkirk, Nottingham, NG7 2JY. - 10am to 4pm - 21 May 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.

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

Working Memory

Working Memory? Memory Working?

Research demonstrates a direct link between working memory difficulties and students' academic attainment. This interactive workshop provides an overview of the working memory and how to support learners with a working memory deficit access the curriculum. A range of Smart Strategies™ will also be considered to develop the learning potential of children and young people.

Rachel has extensive practical experience of teaching in schools and lecturing (Manchester Metropolitan University), enhanced by a wide theoretical base in Specific Learning Disorders (SpLD) and working memory. The training and advice she delivers to teachers and lecturers is founded on solid research which informs manageable strategies to enhance the learning of children and young people.

Session details:

  • 5:45pm - Arrival and refreshments
  • 6pm - AGM
  • 6:30pm - Working memory CPD
  • 8pm – close

Who this course is for

  • Members from all phases.



Course details


Perdiswell Young Peoples Leisure Club, Perdiswell Park, Droitwich Road, Worcester, WR3-7SN - 18 May 2016

Diversity in the classroom

ATL's Lead equalities officer, Wanda Wyporska will take a look at managing diversity in the classroom and making all pupils and students feel engaged. She will look at tackling bullying in all its forms and strategies to celebrate and promote diversity.

Wanda will also include the following topics:

  • Identification and protected characteristics
  • Prevent
  • Mandatory reporting
  • CSE
  • FGM

Session details:

  • 10am - event registration and refreshments
  • 10:30am - a presentation from National Memorium Aboretum Educational Opportunities staff
  • 10:50am - AGM and vote
  • 11:20am - break
  • 11:30am - 'Diversity in the classroom' led by Wanda Wyporska
  • 13:00 – close

Who this course is for

  • Members from all phases, maybe of interest to equalities reps.



Course details


National Memorial arboretum, Croxall Road, Alrewas, Staffordshire DE13-7AR - 10am to 1pm - 26 May 2016

June 2016

Post 16 TeachMeet

This is a free event organised by the ATL and Leicester College and is open to all education professionals in the Post 16 sector.

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 ideas.

The TeachMeet will be compered by FE Lecturer, TES Columnist and leader of the #UKFEchat community Sarah Simons. She will also be opening up the evening with her keynote address.

Who this course is for

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

Course details

July 2016

Midlands Reps Summer Conference 2016

Marking, meetings, administration, cover, OFSTED and observations. Just a few examples of the issues members are saying is increasing their workload.

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 Reps Summer Conference 2016 is our opportunity to bring our activists 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 create institutional change in your workplace.

  • 9.30: Registrations
  • 10.00: Welcome and Work Life balance briefing. (ATL Officer/Executive Member)
  • 10.15: Session 1 - Judith Cashmore-James – Coaching and achieving a work life balance.
    Coaching and Mentoring session which demonstrates the power of coaching to impact positively on human relationships both at work and at home to achieve a work life balance.
  • 11.45: Break
  • 12.00: Session 2 - Ian Marrey (Senior Regional Official) – Do you have the right to a work life balance?
  • 1.00: Lunch
  • 1.30: Session 3 - Mike Culley, MSc. C.Psychol. AFBPsS - Courageous Conversations - The two-hour workshop will examine how to undertake those difficult conversations with head teachers, colleagues and parents.
  • 3.30: Close of session / Action / Evaluations – Senior Organiser


  • 21st July, 2016
  • The Studio - Birmingham, Talk Bar At the Orange Studio, Cannon Street, B2 5EP.

Who this course is for

  • ATL reps.



Course details


The Studio - Birmingham, Talk Bar At the Orange Studio, Cannon Street, B2 5EP 9.30am to 3.30pm - 21 July 2016

Previous Events: Highlights

Take a look at some of the highlights from our CPD sessions in the Midlands:


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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