Training Courses & Events

Fixed courses

As a result of the impact of the Covid 19 pandemic we are having to amend our charging policy. There will be an automatic charge of £35.00 plus VAT on all in person course bookings where the participant is unable to attend. This is because venue providers are seeking payment in full prior to the course operating. In the event that Plumsun cancels the course no charge will be made.

We now offer some of our courses online via Zoom, please keep an eye out below for courses with the Online Zoom Training icon.

Developing Fluent Reading in Primary Schools - Date TBC

Online Zoom TrainingSchool Improvement
Do you want your staff to excel at teaching reading?

Reading and literacy are key challenges throughout the primary curriculum, and are best supported with a focused effort across all teaching staff. This course will ensure everyone is working off the same page to improve pupil outcomes.

Audience
This course will benefit English Subject Leaders and class teachers in primary schools. 

Two 75 minute sessions
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Mastering Writing in Primary Schools - Date TBC

Online Zoom TrainingSchool Improvement
Are your staff on the same page about teaching writing in your school?

This course:
  • Emphasises the importance of teaching KS1 and KS 2 pupils about audience and writing for a purpose
  • Shows how teaching transcription and handwriting helps free up pupils' mental resources
  • Introduces diagnostic assessments to focus teaching on specific difficulties
  • Suggests strategies to allow children to focus on content and composition

Audience
This training course is suitable for all English Subject Leaders and class teachers in primary schools. It consists of two 60 minute sessions 

Two 60 minute sessions
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How to Secure Outstanding Middle Leadership which Demonstrates High Impact on Pupil Outcomes - Dates TBC

Online Zoom TrainingSchool Improvement
Are you optimising the talent of your middle leaders? 

Explore the characteristics and behaviours of strong middle leaders, by looking at how efficient leaders behave and use their time, and by undertaking effective self-evaluation. This course aims to develop middle leaders’ ability to improve the quality of teaching, support them to hold team members to account, and give them the tools to plan for and embed positive change.
 
Audience
This training course is suitable for middle leaders from early years to secondary education.

Four 90 minute sessions
 
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Raising Achievement for Disadvantaged Groups - Date TBC

Online Zoom TrainingSchool Improvement
Can your staff recognise and overcome barriers to learning?

This course applies recent research and excellence in school practice to enable schools to raise aspirations, using well-evidenced strategies to identify and address gaps relating to ethnicity, gender and social background.

Audience
This course is suitable for teachers and middle leaders from early years to secondary education, and would benefit from the support of senior leaders..
 
To achieve maximum benefit from the course, the sessions will be run consecutively, over the period of a term.  This will enable sufficient time between sessions for participants to complete the inter-session tasks.

Four 90 minute sessions
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The Principles of Good Assessment - Date TBC

Online Zoom TrainingSchool Improvement
Are your staff confident and well-trained assessors who are able to use assessment to drive learning forward?

This course helps to develop teachers’ confidence and expertise in assessment, by building on their current knowledge and practice and unpacking the key principles of good assessment. The training sessions scrutinise the pros and cons of different types of assessment, and look specifically at the concept of mastery and how it relates to effective, formative assessment.

Audience
This course is suitable for teachers across phases, including primary and secondary schools. 

Four 2 hour sessions
 
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De-mystifying Data – Primary focus - Date TBC

Online Zoom TrainingSchool Improvement
Can your staff confidently analyse school performance data?

This session aims to support primary school staff in their first steps towards analysing performance data. It focuses on Analyse School Performance (ASP), which replaced RAISEonline as a school performance data analysis tool in Summer 2017.

Audience
This session is intended for all those with an interest or need in analysing data for the purpose of school improvement and any staff/subject leaders who are new to data analysis

60 minutes
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Supporting, Engaging and Empowering EAL Pupils - Date TBC

Online Zoom TrainingSchool Improvement
Do children with EAL flourish academically and socially at your school?
 
This course will help you support this diverse group of pupils, by helping your staff:
  • Confidently assess pupils’ stages of language acquisition
  • Equip themselves with practical, evidence-based strategies to support children with English as an additional language at every stage of language acquisition
  • Gain a deeper understanding of social and emotional factors that affect pupils’ learning 

Audience
This course is suitable for classroom teachers, support staff and senior leaders. 

Three 90 minutes sessions
 
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How to secure Outstanding Subject Leadership (Session Two) 28th September 2021

Online Zoom TrainingSchool Improvement
Start date: 28/09/2021 15:30
End date: 28/09/2021 17:30
How can you enable subject leaders to excel in your school? 

This course gives subject leaders the skills they need to articulate their own educational vision and use this to inform curriculum design, subject enrichment and subject-level interventions designed to raise achievement. 
 
Audience
This course is suitable for heads of department and subject leaders in primary and secondary schools.

 
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Visit Leader Training 22nd and 29th September 2021 (PART 2)

Online Zoom TrainingSchool Support
Start date: 29/09/2021 15:00
End date: 29/09/2021 17:00
Designed for teaching and support staff who lead and assist in the leadership of school parties on educational visits. The course includes an overview of the law associated with visits.
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CANCELLED Critical Incident Management for Schools - 4th October 2021

School Support
Start date: 04/10/2021 09:00
End date: 04/10/2021 15:30
Location: Sedgebrook Hall, Pitsford Rd, Chapel Brampton, Northampton NN6 8BD
Critical incidents are part of business continuity management planning. The importance pre-thought, discussion and planning supports swift and effective decision-making in order to prevent an incident developing further into an uncontrolled crisis.
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Enabling Good Teaching to become Great Teaching 5th October 2021

Online Zoom TrainingSchool Improvement
Start date: 05/10/2021 09:30
End date: 16/08/2021 15:00
Overview
How can you ensure consistently great teaching?
This course places reflection at the heart of school improvement. It unpacks the features of effective practice and explores how to use evidence to identify areas for development. Participants will create an action plan to support focused and sustained self-improvement.  This can be shared with colleagues back in school.

Audience
This course is suitable for all teaching staff and will be particularly relevant for those who are newly or recently qualified. It will also serve as a useful refresher for more experienced teachers.
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Prevent Training 6th October 2021

Online Zoom TrainingSchool Support
Start date: 06/10/2021 15:00
End date: 06/10/2021 17:00
This 2 hour course follows the recommended content and key messages as defined by the Home Office in raising awareness of the Prevent Strategy.
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Team Teach Level 1 - 20th October 2021

School Support
Start date: 20/10/2021 09:00
End date: 20/10/2021 16:00
Location: Sedgebrook Hall, Pitsford Road, Chapel Brampton, Northampton, NN6 8BD
Our popular and accessible Level One (6hr) course in positive behaviour management is available for individuals supporting children, young people and vulnerable adults in Education settings.
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General Data Protection Regulations; the requirements for schools - 3 November 2021

Online Zoom TrainingSchool Support
Start date: 03/11/2021 15:00
End date: 03/11/2021 17:00
This course is for staff and governors in schools. This revised covers the duties schools have in complying with GDPR. The course includes the practical reporting of data breaches and the appropriate response when receiving a Subject Access Request.
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Educational Visit Co-ordinator (EVC) Revalidation - 10th November 2021

Online Zoom TrainingSchool Support
Start date: 10/11/2021 09:00
End date: 10/11/2021 12:30
This course is for experienced Educational Visit Co-ordinators and is designed to provide updates and information so that EVC's are familiar with current best practice and developments in the field of outdoor learning.
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Safer Recruitment Training - 17th November 2021

Online Zoom TrainingSchool Support
Start date: 17/11/2021 09:30
End date: 17/11/2021 14:30
This is and On-line Zoom  accredited training course in safer recruitment. is mandatory that no interview panel be convened without at least one panel member having been trained in safer recruitment practices.
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Courses in your school

Critical Incident Management for Schools

School Support
Location: School Based
Critical incidents are part of business continuity management planning. The importance pre-thought, discussion and planning supports swift and effective decision-making in order to prevent an incident developing further into an uncontrolled crisis.
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De-escalation & Positive Intervention Awareness Training (3 Hours)

School Support
Location: School Based
This course is provided by an experienced accredited Team Teach Trainer. It is designed for low risk schools where staff may need understanding and support when de-escalating challenging behaviour.
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E-Safety in your School - School Based (2 hours)

School Support
Location: School Based
This training will help you to think about the issues that young people face on-line and the challenge you have as a professional, to protect and educate them
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Educational Visit Leader Training (full day or two half sessions)

School Support
Location: School Based
Designed for teaching and support staff who lead and assist in the leadership of school parties on educational visits. The course includes an overview of the law associated with visits.
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Fire Awareness Training (2 hours)

School Support
Location: School Based
Fire warden training will provide you with competent people to ensure that the risk of fire is minimised and that fires that do occur are dealt with swiftly and effectively, minimising danger to life and property.
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Fire Warden Training (half day)

School Support
Location: School Based
Having fire wardens has shown to be the quickest, most effective way to evacuate a building. It is also seen as a pro-active approach – fire wardens can be used to identify fire hazards and dangers before a fire occurs.
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Food Hygiene Awareness Training (2 hours)

School Support
Location: School Based
Food safety is very important for childcare, as children are a vulnerable group and can be more seriously affected by food poisoning than adults.
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General Data Protection Regulations; the requirements for schools (2 hours)

School Support
Location: School Based
This is a two hour course for staff and governors in schools. This revised covers the duties schools have in complying with GDPR. The course includes the practical reporting of data breaches and the appropriate response when receiving a Subject Access Request.
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Governors - Connecting Leadership and Governance: Ensuring Clarity of Vision, Ethos and Strategic Direction (2 hours)

Online Zoom TrainingGovernor
This session will bring together the Chair and the Headteacher to enable an effective collaboration between leadership and governance of the school. Understanding the immediate and future strategic challenges for your school(/s) and having clarity about the next step of this journey, prompts a fresh look at the governance and leadership arrangements. This session will focus on optimizing the way that governors/ trustees interact with senior leaders to ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction of your school. 

School Based or Zoom

 
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Governors - Headteacher Performance Management (2 hours)

Online Zoom TrainingGovernor
This session will provide tailored training on the process of conducting the appraisal of Executive/ Head teachers/ Principals. The session will include training on: 
 
  • The regulations, and why it is crucial for governors to get performance management right 
  • Ways to ensure the appraisal process drives school/ system improvement 
  • Ways to recognise and reward success 

School Based or Zoom

 
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Governors - Inspection Data Summary Report (IDSR) (2 hours)

Online Zoom TrainingGovernor
Ofsted’s Inspection Data Summary Report is used to support inspections of schools and therefore governors need to understand what it will tell inspectors about their school.

School Based or Zoom
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Governors - Monitoring & Evaluating School Improvement (2 hours)

Online Zoom TrainingGovernor
This two hour course covers all the critical areas required to equip governors to contribute to the school improvement process.

School Based or Zoom
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Governors - Preparing for Ofsted (2 hours)

Online Zoom TrainingGovernor
This session will focus on tailored training to ensure governors be better prepared to respond to Ofsted’s key lines of enquiry during an inspection of your school. 

School Based or Zoom
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Governors - Pupil Premium (2 hours)

Online Zoom TrainingGovernor
The pupil premium allocation for primary pupils in the financial year 2018 – 2019 was £1320 per eligible pupil. Do you know how that money is being spent and the impact on outcomes for those pupils?

School Based or Zoom
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Governors - Reviewing the Effectiveness and Impact of Governance in your School (2 hours)

Online Zoom TrainingGovernor
This course:
  • Provides an objective view of the effectiveness and impact of governance in your school 
  • Identifies strengthens and potential weaknesses and recommend actions that will further strengthen the capacity of the governing board 
School Based or Zoom
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Governors - Supporting the Governance of Finance Matters (2 Hours)

Online Zoom TrainingGovernor
This session will focus on helping governors to oversee the financial performance of the organisation, make sure its money is well spent, ensure compliance and robust systems, and minimize risk. 

School Based or Zoom
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Governors - The New Governor (2 hours)

Online Zoom TrainingGovernor
An introduction to school governance, this course summarises the roles and responsibilities of the school governor. It is suitable for those newly appointed as school governors or those contemplating undertaking the role.

School Based or Zoom
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Governors - Understanding School Data (2 hours)

Online Zoom TrainingGovernor
Targeted around primary school data, this session will focus on the use of evidence based information and comparative data to strengthen the governance of your school.

School Based or Zoom

 
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Health and Safety Management Workshop (full day or two half sessions)

School Support
Location: School Based
This one day practical course is designed to give vital guidance and advice to Facilities and Premises Managers and Office Managers on their health & safety obligations.
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Manual Handling (2 hours)

School Support
Location: School Based
This two hour course is for any person who is involved in manual handling in the workplace.
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Prevent Training (2 hours)

School Support
Location: School Based
This 2 hour course follows the recommended content and key messages as defined by the Home Office in raising awareness of the Prevent Strategy.
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Safeguarding Awareness Training (2 hours)

School Support
Location: School Based
Gain awareness and skills to act appropriately and confidently to protect the children you work with.
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Safer Recruitment Training (full day or two half sessions)

School Support
Location: School Based
It is mandatory that no interview panel be convened without at least one panel member having been trained in safer recruitment practices.
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Stress Awareness Training (2 hours)

School Support
Stress plays a part in everyone's life at one point or another. All aspects of our lives, including work, can cause stress. It can be an overwhelming emotion and have a negative influence, particularly the work aspect.

This stress awareness course aims to increase understanding of stress by providing clear definitions and examples, and the different types of stress that can occur in the workplace and what action can be taken to reduce it.
 
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Stress Management Workshop

School Support
This stress management course aims to increase understanding of stress by examining the different types of stress that can occur in the workplace, through clear definitions and examples. It also considers the legal obligations that employers have and their duty to support their employees.
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Team Teach Level 1 (2 Full Days)

Location: School Based
Our popular and accessible Level One (6hr) course in positive behaviour management is available for individuals supporting children, young people and vulnerable adults in Education settings.
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Team Teach Level 2 (2 full days)

School Support
Location: School Based
Our engaging Level Two course (12 hr) in positive behaviour management is available for organisations supporting children, young people and/ or challenging behaviours, and who may pose a risk to themselves or others in medium-risk Education settings.
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