What’s still to come this Spring?

Author: Pam Carpenter
Category: news

Looking ahead to more inspirational events at Gateway Alliance this Spring.

The Spring Term has already brought together our English, Maths, SENCo and Early Years networks from across the locality with sensational speakers and network leaders. It was fantastic to welcome those new to Gateway Alliance this year as they witnessed first-hand the Gateway Alliance experience of professional learning.

Our Senior Leader Network is set to welcome Paul Ainsworth  on Thursday 16th March: No Silver Bullets: Day-in, day-out school improvement. Paul explains ‘There are no secrets to school improvement. There are no silver bullets and no magic answers. It is far less glamorous. It is a question of identifying numerous actions and applying effort ‘day in, day out’ to improve them’. At this third Thinkpiece webinar of 2022-23, Paul will talk about the key experiences which have shaped his school improvement thinking, explain the approaches that he takes when working with schools and share some case studies of his work in primary schools.

Our DRB Leadership Briefing on Friday 10th March (8:30 – 10:30) continue to provide an essential termly update for senior leaders featuring the latest from the Department for Education, the ESFA, Ofqual, the Standards and Testing Agency and Ofsted. Leaders subscribing to DRB also benefit from:

  • a weekly update (or more frequent if required) containing the most immediate or actionable information
  • bespoke support via email or telephone within 24 hours
  • email updates on resources or specific single issues

Early Years Leaders and practitioners are in for a treat as we see the return of Greg Bottrill to our first Early Years Inspiration Day: The joy of Drawing Club and the adventure of co-play. Greg will share his concept of Drawing Club, aimed at amplifying language, mark making, mathematics, connection and imagination. Drawing Club has huge scope as part of your practice since it was created to show five year olds the magic world of story and how to adventure there. Greg will also introduce a treasure trove of ideas to add extra joy to the days spent with children including Story Dough! and Babblejab! The day will include links to a wealth of supporting resources. If you would like to join us on Thursday 2nd March, do book a place!

Our Curriculum CPD events this Spring Term will bring together subject leaders of Art and Geography.

Continuing with our theme of Sustainable Development, our Curriculum CPD for Geography event on Friday 17th March led by David Weatherly aims to explore how to ‘Embed Sustainability through Geography Provision EYFS – Year 6′. David will join us again in the Summer Term to lead another session for History and Geography subject leaders on Writing High Quality Enquiries in History and Geography:  EYFS – Year 6′.

Art subject leaders will be joined by Emma-Jo Bairstow on Friday 3rd March for The Power of the Arts – Building confidence, creativity and strength in your creative curriculum. The session will focus on how to develop the art curriculum using cross curricular links and embedding skills. Emma will share planning structures and examples that are skills based and lead to a final outcome that links with the wider learning.  This will also be an opportunity to discuss progression from EYFS – Year 6 and effective ways of recording this through sketchbooks and displays.

If any of these events has captured your interest and you would like further information, please do book a place on the website or contact us on info@gatewayalliance.co.uk