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.

Mental Health First Aid for Schools – A Taster Session

Mental Health First Aid for Schools – 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 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

Who this course is for

  • All ATL members



Course details

North West

Preston Grasshoppers RFC, Lightfoot Green Lane, Preston PR4 0AP 5-7pm (registration and refreshments from 4.30pm) - 04 May 2016

Data Analysis using Progress & Attainment 8

All schools are now looking at their data analysis, pupil tracking and target setting methodologies to align with the new performance measures which come into effect from this summers published examination results.

Session Aim:

To give delegates a greater understanding of Attainment 8 & Progress 8 as deployed by the DfE with this summer's GCSE Exam results.

Learning Outcomes:

To have a greater understanding of:

  1. What the published KPIs are from 2016
  2. How Attainment & Progress 8 are calculated
  3. Curriculum implications for non EBacc subjects

This session will cover:

  • What will appear in the DfE KS4 performance tables for 2016
  • The 3 Buckets
  • Attainment & Progress 8 
  • Interactive session on Progress 8
  • Curriculum implications

Who this course is for

  • Teachers in Key Stages 3 and 4

Course details

North West

Bolton Cricket Club, Bishops Road, Bolton, Lancashire, BL3 2JB 5-7pm (please arrive 4.30pm, buffet from 4pm and the CPD will follow a short Bolton AGM) - 11 May 2016

Working Alongside Teachers: The Questions You've Always Wanted To Ask

Have you ever wanted to work differently or wanted to better understand the teacher you work with? If so then this session might just be for you.

The session will explore key aspects to allow Support Staff to work more effectively with teachers:

  • Communicating: We will look at ways to communicate more effectively with teachers and clarify roles and expectations, and help to ensure that the teacher communicates effectively with you in terms of lesson structure, direction, particular challenges etc.
  • Understanding the Teacher: Reviewing the requirements of the teacher, and negotiating an effective complementary role. Adapting to different teacher styles.
  • Building Confidence: Developing your confidence both within your role and in interacting with others.
  • Using Experience: Support staff bring a wealth of valuable experience to the classroom, even more so when working with NQTs. We explore how to share this experience effectively, whilst respecting role boundaries.

Who this course is for

  • Support staff, across all phases
  • Teachers looking for closer working with support staff
  • Trainees and NQTs looking to improve their practice and evidence the Teachers' Standards



Course details

North West

Primrose Hill Primary School, Pheobe Street, Salford M5 3PJ - 4.30-7pm (refreshments from 4pm) - 24 May 2016

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

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