• Training from the Specialist Teachers - Summer Term Courses

  • Getting it Right: Interventions and Strategies Workshops to Support Behaviour and Emotional Wellbeing in Schools

  • Autumn Training Courses run by the Educational Psychology Service

  • KS2 Reading Project

  • School Governor Training 2018/19

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The City of Wolverhampton Council is committed to evolving best practice and improving standards of school governance across the City.

We are pleased to offer an innovative way for you to access a comprehensive range of options despite our fully-subsidised programme coming to an end. The menu below enables you to create a bespoke package which best suits the development needs of your Board, in the most cost-effective way. This Service Level Agreement package can be enhanced from the outset and topped-up throughout the year.

As part of City of Wolverhampton’s commitment to further evolving and improving Governance in our City’s schools, our Clerking Service can be tailored to suit your individual needs.

Your Clerk will be a Governance expert, who will not only support your board around meetings, but will also assist with strategies that ensure that your Board is operating at a high-level, fully compliant with legislative requirements and effectively driving school improvement.
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Training from the Specialist Teachers - Summer Term Courses
10 Apr
Places are purchased separately from and are not dependent on an existing service level agreement. Coming up this term: . 4.6.19 Supporting SEN pupils to read - Word Attack . 25.6.19 TA Toolkit - Strategies to improve in class support and interventions Book via this site for a 20% discount or email us the completed form.
Getting it Right: Interventions and Strategies Workshops to Support Behaviour and Emotional Wellbeing in Schools
06 Feb
Since its launch in 2018 over two thirds of Wolverhampton schools have accessed training for Getting It Right; a Good Practice Guidance Resource for helping schools to support positive behaviour and emotional wellbeing. We are now offering a range of practical workshops focused on interventions and strategies to promote positive behaviour and emotional wellbeing. Each workshop will give you the tools and skills to implement interventions and strategies in your setting and with the children and young people you support. Our workshops are running throughout the year and we are also able to deliver them directly in your setting for your whole-staff or groups of staff. Our workshops are: Dealing with Conflict and Bullying: Restorative Conversations (February 28th - 3.30-5) A restorative conversation is a useful way of bringing people together following an incident to explore what has happened, discuss the impact of this and agree ways forward. They have been used to successfully resolve conflict, improve relationships and prevent fixed term exclusions. Preventing Escalation of Challenging Behaviour: Emotion Coaching (2 sessions) (4th and 11th March - 3.30-5) Emotion coaching is a method of enabling children and young people to manage their own behaviour through helping them to understand the different emotions they experience, why they occur, and how to handle them. Anger: how do we understand and manage this complex emotion? (2nd April - 3.30-5) Anger is not a bad emotion, however it is challenging when anger is expressed in potentially harmful ways. Learn more about how to respond to anger and how to support children and young people to understand it and express it in more helpful ways. Promoting Social Skills: GRASP Intervention (1st May - 3.30-5) GRASP is a 6 session programme that is designed to provide pupils with a range of skills and understanding, such as problem solving and assertive expression, which will enable them to make confident, positive decisions in social situations with peers. Promoting Friendships and Reducing Isolation: Circle of Friends (16th May - 3.30-5) Circle of Friends is an approach to support a student who is in danger of feeling isolated or left out. The Circle of Friends approach works by developing a support network around the individual by asking the young person’s peers to provide support and engage in problem solving with the person in difficulty. Responding to Anxiety: Mindfulness (4th June - 3.30-5) Research findings show that regular mindfulness meditation significantly reduces anxiety. Mindfulness involves paying more attention to the present moment, to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you. We will share strategies that you can support children and young people to use. Each session costs £50 per delgate and are being run as twilight sessions at the Lawnswood Partnership Centre for Excellence. To book your place please visit https://www.lawnswoodpartnership.co.uk. If you would like further information about the sessions or about having them delivered directly to staff in your setting please contact Dr Elaine Perry (Senior Educational Psychologist), elaine.perry@wolverhampton.gov.uk or speak to your link Educational Psychologist. Getting It Right: Steps to Support Behaviour and Wellbeing - EXTRA SESSIONS: If your school has not yet accessed the free training sessions introducing the Getting it Right guidance resource, we have 2 further dates that you can access. Tuesday 26 February 2019 – 9.30-12.30 Wednesday 27 March 2019 – 9.30-12.30 To book your free place please visit https://www.lawnswoodpartnership.co.uk. Feedback from the Getting it Right Training Sessions: "Very informative. Clear strategies for identifying how to support behaviour and emotional wellbeing" "Excellent - thank you. I would like elements of this training shared with the whole school" "Useful strategies, programmes and assessment tools to take back to school" "I will be making use of planning and assessment tools in everyday practice. Lots of food for thought!" "Very helpful and approachable. I found asking questions very easy - lots of explanation given" "Wonderful!! So useful in my daily work - Thank you."
Autumn Training Courses run by the Educational Psychology Service
11 Sep
The Educational Psychology Service aims to work together to improve the lives of children, young people and families in Wolverhampton by promoting inclusion, helping to overcome barriers and enabling positive participation for all. We run a range of centrally held training courses accessible to all professionals who have a role in supporting children and young people across the city. Centrally held training courses being run by the Educational Psychology Service in Autumn 2018: Using Counselling Skills to support Children and Young People (13th September 2018, 1.30 – 4.30) Inclusion for Gender and Sexual Diversity (4th October 2018, 9.30 – 12.30) Self-harm Awareness (22nd October 2018, 1.30 – 4.30) Communication and Behaviour: What’s the link? (14th November 2018, 1.30 – 4.30) Attachment, Trauma and Resilience (11th December 2018, 1.30 – 4.30 All courses will be held at the Lawnswood Centre for Excellence and cost £50 per delegate. For more information and to book your place visit the Training and Events section of SLA Online. Courses coming up in the Spring Term include: · Emotion Coaching · Understanding Loss and Bereavement and planning for Critical Incidents · Using Solution Focused Approaches with Children and Young People · Attachment and Trauma in Teenagers If you would like further information regarding our training please contact Dr Elaine Perry (Senior Educational Psychologist) - elaine.perry@wolverhampton.gov.uk
KS2 Reading Project
06 Sep
In 2017/18 we worked with 23 schools in Wolverhampton to help improve reading results. Across the 23 schools the average improvement in reading results was 15.3 percentage points when compared to 2017 with 8 of the schools improving by 25% or more. A summary of the full independent evaluation of the project is available on request. If you want similar support this year please contact Mark.Smith2@wolverhampton.gov.uk Reading comprehension resources coming soon on our Resources page for all subscribing schools with a CLL SLA.
School Governor Training 2018/19
13 Mar
Dear Schools, You may have noticed that City of Wolverhampton School Governor Services have a new SLA out this year: the Evolving Governance SLA. Due to the end of our three-year funding, we are now having to put a minimal charge to our Governance Support. If you are interested in continuing to attend our Governor Training Programme for the next academic year, you will need to sign up as a school to our Evolving Governance Package. This package includes: · Access to our Governor Training Package for three Governors per board per session (and a reduced rate for extra places at sessions) · Access to our termly Governor’s Forum, with key Local Authority updates and bite-sized training sessions · A two-hour Governance Audit resulting in a bespoke Action Plan for your Board with achievable short- medium- and long term aims · Telephone Support on all Governance Issues · Support for all your Governor Recruitment and Retention, including advertising your vacancies and providing new Governors with an Induction pack · Access to our Buddy System for any Governors who would like a mentor or simply a contact on another board for advice, information exchanges and link-role support · Full access to bespoke online portal for all dataset management, document storage and communications from the Local Authority Additionally, if you purchase this package you get a significant discount on our Clerking Service, as well as the below services that we also offer: · 12-month account for all board members to access NGA “Learning Link” - Governor E-Learning · A 3-day External Review of Governance led by a National Leader of Governance (NLG) · A tailor-made Governing Board session to analyse your individual school’s specific performance data and progress measures in order to enable you to better hold leaders to account · A bespoke Training session on a subject of your choosing held at your school · A session of training delivered at your school from the current training programme · A Governance expert to attend your FGB to observe and feed-back advice and resources to Head Teacher and Chair · 1:1 Support meeting with one of our Governance team If you'd like to discuss this further, please feel free to contact us on 01902 554137 or email charlotte.harding@wolverhampton.gov.uk.
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17 Jun
Governor Training: Leading Governance - Clerk's Development Programme
This programme offers a blend of flexible learning over approximately a nine month period. Led by experienced facilitators, participants will attend workshops and access effective one-to-one mentoring throughout the duration of this programme. Learning will be both group-led and independent. Recommended for all school staff that have responsibilty for clerking Governor's meetings, including Committee Meetings. This is a unique opportunity to access a year's worth of primarily government funded training, for a nominal fee of £75. For more information, please see the Whole Course Flyer.
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18 Jun
Educational Visits Co-ordinator Training for New EVC’s
The course will cover: Local, International, Residential and Adventurous visits Value of visits Legal context of visits Roles and responsibilities Planning Risk management, the legal background to ensure safe working practice on educational visits including health and safety and duty of care. What is meant by risk management? What is a significant risk? and how can it be mitigated? The importance of developing an establishment specific policy visit policy and ensuring staff are competent to carry out leadership roles. The role and responsibilities of the EVC, understanding the City Council’s policies and procedures and understanding how to submit a visit for approval.
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19 Jun
Educational Visits – Visit Leaders Training Day
The course is offered in support of the leader’s role in educational visits and offsite activities. It remains the role of the employer (e.g. headteacher or educational visits coordinator) to determine the leader’s suitability and competence to undertake a leadership role on any visit or venture. The course is not Educational Visits Coordinator training or a substitute for activity or terrain specific training which is provided by a sport’s national governing body or employer.
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20 Jun
Citizenship, Language and Learning: Yr 5 - Supporting Progression into Yr 6
A course designed to support Yr5 teachers to manage transition into Yr6 and introduce Yr6 expectations in literacy in a fun and engaging way.
20
20 Jun
SEND Subject Leader Network
Agenda to be confirmed.