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.

In addition, ATL offers a national programme of face-to-face and online courses.

If you are passionate about learning and development and would like to help others by signposting them to work or non-work related learning opportunities or by organising events, why not become a union learning rep? Follow the link to find out more, or email North West Organiser for Learning and Development, Laura Flynn.

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

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A toolbox for teaching SEND in the mainstream school

This session will help you in your ability and confidence to support pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

Using the SEND Code of Practice, it will include practical strategies that you can immediately include in your lessons. We will also be looking at how to use twitter as a means of support for SEND teaching.

This session will help you meeting Teachers' Standard 5 and you will receive a certificate for your portfolio.

It will be a particularly useful session for trainee and Newly Qualified teachers, but experienced teachers and TAs who are looking for a refresher on SEND teaching are very welcome to attend.

Who this course is for

  • Trainee and Newly Qualified teachers



Bolton Cricket Club, Bishops Road, Bolton, BL3 2JB 4.45 – 6.45pm (food served from 4pm and a short Bolton Branch Meeting from 4.30pm) 19/10/2016
New to teaching conference

ATL Union is convening a free, one-day conference for trainee teachers in the North West. The aim is to provide sessions on subjects that will help you at this point in your training and to aid you in meeting the Teachers' Standards.

The day will comprise of the following sessions:

Behaviour Management – Lisa Miller

The session will look at Managing The Tricky class' – How to help students and NQT's use behaviour management techniques which diminish attention seeking behaviours, deal with low level disruption and promote a positive learning environment for all.  May provide evidence towards Teachers' Standards: S7

e-safety – Alan Earl (Serving Police Officer – Child Exploitation & Online Protection

Online safeguarding has become increasingly more important as new and changing platforms become popular and expand their influence. This session looks at how 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:

  • 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 – v – 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.

May provide evidence towards Teachers' Standards: S1, S8, Part 2

A choice of session, either:

  • A) Meeting the Parents: This is all about how to deal with parents in various situations, from dealing with difficult situations to how you and the parent(s) can get the most out of parents evening. The session will also look at some of the most common questions that parents ask of teachers and how you can be best equipped to deal with any situation that may arise. May provide evidence towards Teachers' Standards: S8
  • B) Apply Yourself: Apply Yourself will cover the application process and give you tips and suggestions on how to improve your chances of getting that NQT job. Specifically: looking at vacancies, written applications, application form, researching a school, preparing for interview, possible scenarios, what interviewers are looking for, interview questions, after the interview, and supply teaching.  May provide evidence towards Teachers' Standards: S8

Who this course is for

  • Trainees and NQs.



Warrington Campus, University of Chester, Crab Lane, WA2 0DB 9.30 – 4pm 12/11/2016
"Let's Talk Autism": An introductory session

An increasing number of children with autism are attending mainstream schools. This session will help you to support and progress children in your class who have the condition.

The first part of the session will cover what autism is and the ways it presents in different children, including:

  • communication skills
  • social interaction
  • flexible thinking differences
  • sensory processing
The second part covers the main strategies for supporting pupils in the mainstream school, including:
  • the right environment
    communication and using visuals
    access to learning
    social skills.

The session will provide an overview with a practical activity and visual resources to look at. It will help you meet Teachers' Standards 2, 5 and 7.

Who this course is for

  • All ATL members.



The Women's Organisation, 54 St James Street, Liverpool L1 0AB 5-7.30pm (refreshments from 4.45) 15/11/2016
St Matthew's Church Hall, Chapel Lane, Stretford, Manchester, M32 8HF 4.30 - 6.30pm (food from 4pm) 08/02/2017
Delivering differentiation in your lessons

There are a number of common misconceptions about differentiation. Some believe that it is something 'added on' to normal teaching and that it just requires a few discrete extra activities in the lesson.

What is differentiation? Why do we need it? And how do we link differentiation to ability? In fact, differentiation permeates everything a good teacher does and it is often impossible to 'point' to a discrete event that achieves it.

Effective differentiation is key to enabling every learner to achieve at their maximum rate. In addition, Ofsted are increasingly focusing on the progress of a variety of different groups during inspections, ensuring that all must be challenged to achieve a Good or Outstanding grade.

This session will help you meet Teachers Standards 2 and 5 and you will receive a certificate for your portfolio.

Who this course is for

  • Teachers looking for ideas to improve their differentiation, Trainees, NQs and TAs.



Bury Golf Club, Unsworth Hall, Manchester Road, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 9TJ 5-7pm (food served from 4.30pm) 16/11/2016
Supporting the mental health of secondary SEND pupils

SEND pupils have mental health needs like any other pupils, and some may be far more vulnerable to depression, self-harming and social withdrawal. Puberty and anxiety about growing up can also have a detrimental effect on the mental health of young people with SEND.

Understanding the needs and developing positive strategies to support the mental health of SEND pupils.

However, their specific challenges, sensory, behaviour and learning needs may mask the fact they have additional mental health needs.  This two hour course aims to help teachers understand and identify the mental health needs of their SEND pupils and know where they might turn for help.  There will be practical ideas to use in the classroom, for tutor groups and SENCOs to support pupils with SEND to develop good mental wellbeing and positive coping strategies. The course will cover: 

  • SEND and the difficulty in recognising mental health issues. Is it puberty, their condition or mental health?   
  • What to look out for and what to do if you are concerned.
  • Promoting wellbeing through a coordinated approach in the secondary school. 
  • Practical ideas, resources and links to develop wellbeing in SEND pupils.
Teachers' Standards Covered 1a, 1b, 1c, 5b, 5c, 5d, 7c.

Who this course is for

  • Secondary teachers, SENCOs, TAs, SLT, Year group leader.



Preston Grasshoppers, Lightfoot Green Lane, Preston, PR4 0AP 4.30pm - 6.30pm 22/11/2016
SafeTALK: Suicide awareness for everyone

'SafeTALK: Suicide Alertness for Everyone' is an International qualification awarded by world leaders, Livingworks Education.

This is the 'next-step' for members who have completed the full-day Mental Health First Aid for Schools course, but is also suitable for those who have not attended that training.

Having the courage and knowledge to understand and talk about suicide can be daunting with stigma and misinformation about suicide preventing people connecting with others.

This half-day session seeks to bolster suicide prevention knowledge and encourage open discussions about suicide that will increase the safety of a person at risk.

Its practical first aid approach takes candidates through the T.A.L.K acronym:

  • T - TELL
  • A - ASK
  • L - Listen
  • K - Keep-safe

The aim of the session is to make individuals more confident to connect, communicate and care in an effective way.

Connect, Communicate, Care: if we are to impact on the global 800,000 estimated deaths everyone has to play their part. Suicide is the leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 10 and 24 so this continues to be a whole-school issue.

There is a cost of £10 for the accreditation: a course book, wallet card and ASK ME stickers.

Please note that lunch is not provided.

Who this course is for

  • Members who have completed the one-day Mental Health First Aid Accreditation.
  • Health & Safety reps.
  • Any teacher or TA who feels they would benefit from training on the subject of suicide awareness.


£10 to cover accreditation and materials.

Friends' Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS 10am-1pm 17/12/2016
Mental health first aid for schools and colleges - a taster session

Mental Health First Aid for Schools and Colleges – a Taster Session, has been developed to give a school perspective to this internationally delivered programme.

The First Aid approach encourages mental health alertness in a similar way to a physical first aid models. 

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. 

Mental Health First Aid can support schools to implement the Public Health England "Whole School Approach to Emotional Health and Wellbeing" published in 2015. We aim for the emotional wellbeing of teaching staff, support staff and pupils, to be equal to their physical wellbeing.

This Mental Health First Aid for Schools taster session seeks to:

  • highlight the need and importance of Mental Health First Aid in 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 pathway to care
  • explore tools to support mental health conditions in others and enhance personal mental wellbeing and self-care
  • discuss why we steer away from pathologising mental health conditions to a set of signs and symptoms.



Bolton Cricket Club, Bishops Road, Bolton, BL3 2JB 5-7pm (food from 4.30pm) 01/02/2017
Tebay Services Hotel (formally the Westmoreland), Tebay Services, Orton, Penrith, CA10 3SB 5.30-7.30pm (food from 5) 07/03/2017

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