North West

Welcome to the North West region learning page. In this region we work collaboratively at a regional county and branch level to deliver high quality and relevant learning opportunities.

The North West group has seen ATL members access a variety of learning opportunities in the last 12 months and the group which includes ULRs, branch secretaries and reps have sourced CPD and other training to develop a learning portfolio that includes sessions such as dealing with dyslexia, creativity in the classroom, assessment for learning, behaviour management, getting ready for OFSTED, and protecting your professional identity.

You can get involved in the North West by completing a learning needs survey, attending an event or getting involved by becoming a union learning rep.

Making Lessons Outstanding: taking your practice to the next level

A local, 'lecture-style' CPD from ATL to help you get to grips with the Ofsted framework, how to achieve outstanding through typicality, and how to understand 'progress over time'.

Move your practice on to outstanding and hit those core standards each and every day!

We will examine the 'building blocks' for an outstanding lesson, giving practical examples of:

  • high expectations
  • challenge
  • progression
  • typicality
  • differentiation
  • climate for learning and feedback.

We will also look at the amended Ofsted framework (including updates) for the inspection of schools and what it means for you, including deciphering the messages hidden in the subtext. Just what do they want?

As teachers, you are be required to meet the core standards. We will sharpen the focus on planning, teaching and learning strategies to address the 'how to' for the following:

  • Set high expectations which inspire, motivate and challenge pupils.
  • Promote good progress and outcomes by pupils.
  • Demonstrate good subject and curriculum knowledge.
  • Plan and teach well-structured lessons.
  • Adapt teaching to respond to the strengths and needs of all pupils.
  • Make accurate and productive use of assessment.

Who this course is for

  • Trainee teachers, to help with final assessments/observations.
  • NQTs wanting to move their practice on to 'outstanding'.
  • Experienced teachers with an Ofsted visit in the near future.
  • Any ATL member wanting to refresh their skills.
  • All phases: EYFS, primary, secondary, post-16.



Course details

North West

Manchester – Mechanics' Institute 103 Princess St, Manchester M1 6DD 2pm - 4.30pm - 31 May 2016

Liverpool - Liverpool Hope University, Hope Park, L16 9JD 2pm - 4.30pm - 01 June 2016

Lancaster - University of Cumbria, Bowerham Road, LA1 3JD 2pm - 4.30pm - 02 June 2016

Mindfulness: Enhancing Wellbeing – an introductory session

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

Delegates 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 incorporate Mindfulness practice into their working day, including mindfulness exercises which can be facilitated in the education environment with colleagues.

Delegates will learn about the principles of mindfulness to: 

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

Who this course is for

  • All ATL members.



Course details

North West

Maghull Football Club, Old Hall Field, Hall Lane, Maghull, Liverpool L31 3DY 5-7pm (please arrive before 16.30 - Refreshments and buffet will be provided, the CPD will follow a short Sefton AGM) - 08 June 2016

Support Staff CPD & Networking

The day will consist of some opportunity to discuss support staff specific issues, networking and two CPD sessions.

The programme is as follows:

  • 09:30 – 10:00 Arrival networking and coffee
  • 10:00 – 10:05 Welcome
  • 10:05 – 10:45 "Support Staff in 2016" followed by Q&A - Peter Morris
  • 10:45 – 11:00 Break
  • 11:00 – 13:00 Being Assertive as support staff
  • 13:00 – 13:45 Lunch
  • 13:45 – 14:00 Workload campaign update
  • 14:00 – 16:00 Online safeguarding for educators

Being assertive as support staff

During this workshop participants begin to better understand their current unsuccessful styles of interaction, and to develop and practice the skills needed to be positively and successfully assertive in the workplace.

Assertiveness is not about being rude or abrupt, but instead involves developing rapport with others and having the confidence to say 'no' where it is appropriate, in a way that can avoid conflict but be effective in achieving results. It's a question of retaining control, and this requires a change in mindset, as well as the successful deployment of linguistic and psychological tools which are provided and practiced as part of this workshop.

It is designed for both those who are too passive or 'nice' in the workplace, and for those whose style of assertiveness may be perceived by others as aggressive or negative.

Online safeguarding for educators

Online safeguarding has become increasingly more important as new and changing platforms become popular and expand their influence. Children and young people can often access and utilise new technologies in a dynamic and engaging way. With this engagement can come issues and threats which the presentation will address.

During the presentation attendees will hear about:

  • Online threats: Content, Contact, Conduct the Government review of the safety issues and challenges young people face.
  • Ofsted: SWGfL work closely with Ofsted and the session will discuss their expectations around online safeguarding practices during a school inspection.
  • Issues in safeguarding: Practical discussion and challenge around policy, practice and professional engagement in the school arena.
  • Your professional integrity: Understanding your own online presence and vulnerabilities in the challenges of privacy versus social networking. Including reflections on schools.
  • Resources: Discussion on and links to award winning free resources for schools, staff and children. This includes self-review tools designed to help staff develop good practice around online child protection and safeguarding.

Who this course is for

  • Support staff members.

Course details

North West

People's History Museum, Manchester 09:30 - 16:00 - 11 June 2016

Positive Communication and Assertiveness: building your agency with parents, staff and management

This half day workshop will help you to understand how assertive behaviour can be learnt and understand the relationship between self-esteem and assertiveness. You will explore and practice positive communication strategies. You will also develop assertive methods for resolving key situations with colleagues leaders and parents.

Course programme:

  • Vocal, Visual and Verbal - Elements of confident communicating
  • Benefits of assertiveness
  • Fight, Flight, Freeze or Flock - The Neurology of Behaviour
  • Aggressive, Passive or Submissive and Passive Aggressive Communication
  • Handling Aggressive and Passive colleagues/parents
  • Influence, Humour, Self-Talk and 'Woo'
  • Exploring related issues and skills
  • The session will combine a mix of direct input from the course leader, coaching and development as well as discussion and sharing.

A complimentary lunch will be provided after the session at 1pm. You will receive a certificate of attendance for your file.

This course is open to current NQT members of ATL, or trainee members who are qualifying in 2016 and have upgraded to NQ membership, which you can for free here. Please choose 'Type': Existing ATL/AMiE members and then 'I wish to upgrade from Trainee to Newly Qualified membership of ATL'.

Your place on this session will then be confirmed once you have upgraded.

Who this course is for

  • Current NQTs.
  • Current trainees who are qualifying in 2016 and have upgraded.



Course details

North West

Holiday Inn Liverpool City Centre, Lime Street, Liverpool, L1 1NQ 9.30am -1.30pm (including lunch) - 18 June 2016

ATL Future North West Network Meeting

ATL Future is the group made up of trainee and newly qualified members of ATL. It represents ATL's newest members, ensuring that their views and issues inform the work of ATL's policy.

On 18th June we will be meeting informally in Liverpool to discuss how you can get more involved in ATL Future and how you can shape the future of education.  We will discuss:

  • Planning future network events
  • Running CPD that you feel will benefit you
  • Hosting Teach Meets
  • Current education issues
  • How your university, school or college can work alongside ATL

The group will help plan ATL Future network events for trainees and NQs in the North West, and will allow you to contribute to the education debate so that your voice is heard.

We will begin with a complimentary lunch at 1pm.

This event will be taking place immediately after the Positive Communication and Assertiveness CPD session for NQTs and trainees qualifying in 2016. If you are planning to attend both, please register for both events.

Who this course is for

  • Trainee members of ATL
  • NQ members of ATL



Course details

North West

Holiday Inn Liverpool City Centre, Lime Street, Liverpool, L1 1NQ 1pm-3pm (lunch provided) - 18 June 2016

Mental Health First Aid – One-Day Accredited Course

Due to the success of the recent Mental Health First Aid taster sessions, and as part of our mental health project in the North West, ATL will be running a full day accredited MHFA Qualification.

Places are extremely limited and this session forms part of a project for ATL members to become MHFA ambassadors in their workplaces. As part of the session members will act as a contact point for ATL and for MHFA and will be offered support to take work forward in their workplaces from the ATL team, along with a reduced price offer if their workplace wishes to bring in the training (£50 per candidate).

MHFA for Schools and Colleges has been designed especially with education professionals in mind, based on the Youth MHFA course but targeted to meet the needs of educational environments. MHFA Schools will cover key topics around young people's mental health and wellbeing, with a strong practical focus on how support young people experiencing mental distress.

Mental Health First Aid Schools will support individuals and schools apply a whole school approach to mental and emotional health.

Outcomes from the day:

  • MHFA for Schools and Colleges teaches practical skills that can be used every day
  • Introduces Public Health England's "Whole School Approach to Young Peoples Emotional Health and Wellbeing" and considers application in participants' workplaces.
  • It gives a deeper understanding to the complex issues relating to young people and mental health and the wider community.
  • It helps people recognise the signs and behaviours that could be associated with mental ill-health.
  • It enables participants to establish pathways to care and support recovery.

What will I learn about on the MHFA Schools course?

  • Why Youth MHFA for schools and colleges?
  • What is mental health and mental ill health?
  • Stigma and discrimination
  • The five steps of mental health first aid
  • Depression
  • Suicide
  • Non-judgemental listening skills
  • Anxiety
  • Self-harm
  • Eating disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Candidates will receive: 
  • Accredited MHFA qualification
  • Comprehensive 130 page course book which will offer valuable on-going guidance
  • Workbook containing exercises and lesson plan templates
  • Ongoing support to take forward to work.

Who is the course for?

Any ATL member who would like to become a Mental Health Ambassador in their workplace


£20 for those who are becoming mental health ambassadors in the workplace. This course is heavily subsidised by ATL the £20 is to cover accreditation and materials (normal price for the session is £117 per candidate).


  • Saturday 18th June 2016, 10am-4pm (lunch provided), Liverpool
  • Saturday 2nd July 2016, 10am-4pm (lunch provided), Preston

Register your interest in this course

Please use this link and select which date you would be interested in attending.

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