57 courses found

Code: OTSA/19/104 Primary NQT training programme 2019-20 - Oxford Brookes

Click on the hyperlink below to book a place directly with Oxford Brookes University - PLACES CANNOT BE BOOKED THROUGH OTSA ON THIS WEBSITE



Supporting and developing Newly Qualified Teachers in their first year of teaching is hugely important. Our new, enhanced Primary NQT Training Programme aims to provide teachers with the additional knowledge, confidence and support they need to progress successfully through their introductory stage of teaching.
As always, we understand the importance of developing teacher’s knowledge throughout the core curriculum topics such as English, Science and Maths - in which we are recognised as being the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics.

This year, with the inclusion of subjects such as art, drama and music into the programme we feel we can bring out the passion and confidence in teachers, schools and pupils to develop in these topics that may have previously been neglected.

Working in partnership with the Chartered College of Teaching, Newly Qualified Teachers when enrolled on the programme, get automatic, free access to a range of online communities, forums, events and conferences to share and discuss best practice, teaching and learning outcomes.

The NQT programme consists of 10 half day interactive face to face sessions, held at Harcourt Hill Campus, Oxford. Starting in September 2019 and continuing through until June 2020, the NQT programme will be held on a Thursday afternoon from 1.30 - 4.30pm.

Session titles include:

Creating learning focused classrooms
Planning, marketing and feedback
English and Children’s Literature
Effective Science Teaching
Professional Skills

Certificates will be provided to all delegates who complete 7 out of the 10 sessions within the programme

Fee: £450/£400*
*Reduced rate available for Oxford Brookes partnership or OTSA partner schools

For further enquiries about the programme please do not hesitate to contact CECD admin team at:
education-cecd@brookes.ac.uk or 01865488511

26 September 2019 (9.30am - 4.30pm) 

17 October 2019 (1.30 - 4.30pm)

5 December 2019 (1.30 - 4.30pm)

23 January 2020 (1.30 - 4.30pm)

27 February 2020 (1.30 - 4.30pm)

26 March 2020 (1.30 - 4.30pm)

23 April 2020 (1.30 - 4.30pm)

21 May 2020 (1.30 - 4.30pm)

18 June 2020 (1.30 - 4.30pm)



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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 Thursday 26 September 2019 09:30 - 16:30 Oxford Brookes University Map
2 Thursday 17 October 2019 13:30 - 16:30 Oxford Brookes University Map
3 Thursday 5 December 2019 13:30 - 16:30 Oxford Brookes University Map
4 Thursday 23 January 2020 13:30 - 16:30 Oxford Brookes University Map
5 Thursday 27 February 2020 13:30 - 16:30 Oxford Brookes University Map
6 Thursday 26 March 2020 13:30 - 16:30 Oxford Brookes University Map
7 Thursday 23 April 2020 13:30 - 16:30 Oxford Brookes University Map
8 Thursday 21 May 2020 13:30 - 16:30 Oxford Brookes University Map
9 Thursday 18 June 2020 13:30 - 16:30 Oxford Brookes University Map

Code: OTSA/19/62 Early Headship Programme 2019/20

We are pleased to invite you to take part in the Oxfordshire Early Headship Programme. OTSA and OCC recognise that early headship is a critical phase in a leaders’ development and in the development of a school.

This programme will address key leadership themes, provide the opportunity for headteachers in their first or second year of headship to connect with each other and engage in solution-focused activities as well as providing one-to-one coaching support from an experienced headteacher. Through investing in this programme for the headteacher the school is investing in its future.

Leadership Themes
You will attend a series of six termly face-to-face sessions each focusing on a key leadership theme. Each session will provide materials, resources and activities to support school based learning, and of course excellent networking opportunities. This strand of the programme will be jointly led by experienced headteachers, Tracey Smith and Tina Farr. There will also be contributions from other experienced and successful headteachers.

1:1 Coaching
Coaching is recognised as highly effective professional development, particularly for leadership roles. Research shows that coaching improves performance, increases confidence and motivation, develops and enhances leadership skills and helps leaders deal with the challenges of their role such as managing teams, improving relationships and making good decisions. This strand of the programme will provide you with an experienced colleague, and OTSA trained coach, who will listen to you and help you to shape your identity as a school leader. You will take part in up to 6 one-hour coaching sessions over the year arranged at mutually convenient times and locations.


Leadership theme workshops:

Coaching only

Workshops & Coaching

*The reduced rates are contingent on participants attending all of the sessions for the programme/s to which they have committed. Should a participant miss a session due to foreseen or avoidable circumstances the full fee will become payable. The cost of the subsidy is being met by Oxfordshire Strategic Schools Partnership (OSSP). There is no cost to schools for being a partner in OTSA.

Note: It is possible to enrol at any point throughout the year onto the EHP, so if you would like to make a booking please contact us at info@otsa.org.uk

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 Tuesday 1 October 2019 09:00 - 12:00 Unipart House Map
2 Wednesday 6 November 2019 09:15 - 12:15 New Marston Primary School Map
3 Tuesday 14 January 2020 09:00 - 12:00 Unipart House Map
4 Tuesday 17 March 2020 09:15 - 12:15 TBC Map
5 Tuesday 28 April 2020 09:00 - 12:00 Unipart House Map
6 Tuesday 16 June 2020 09:00 - 12:00 Unipart House Map

Code: OTSA/19/88 An Introduction to: Teaching Phonics

This workshop is an introduction to teaching phonological awareness, including basic initial letter sounds, blending and segmenting.

It is aimed at Early Years practitioners in any school, nursery, or childcare environment, to support the learning of children with special educational needs and disabilities, but would also be of interest to teachers and TAs from Special schools who work with children with severe, complex or profound disabilities, and of all ages.

This course will give you an understanding in how to identify and teach children who are accessing phonics at the early stages. It will allow you to teach children basic phonological awareness following each child’s individual learning style. It will give practical ideas to allow children, including those with SEN, to access phonics at phase 1 and 2 of the Government’s Letters and Sounds initiative.

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 Thursday 3 October 2019 16:00 - 17:45 Kingfisher School Map

Code: OTSA/19/117 NQTs and Teachers new to the Early Years Foundation Stage

This training is for teachers working in Nursery and Reception classes for the first time and for teachers who may be returning to early years.

Please book via this link:  https://oxfordshirecpdonline.com/cpd/default.asp

Code EY703

Thursday 3rd October & Thursday 23rd January at The Kassam Stadium, Grenoble Rd, Oxford OX4 4XP

Thursday 26th March at The Hill End Centre, Farmoor OX2 9NJ

9.30am – 3.30pm

Oxfordshire Schools £130 per person

(includes refreshments on arrival and a light lunch on all days)

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 Thursday 3 October 2019 09:30 - 15:30 Kassam Stadium Map
2 Thursday 23 January 2020 09:30 - 15:30 Kassam Stadium Map
3 Thursday 26 March 2020 09:30 - 15:30 Hill End Centre Map

Code: OTSA/19/118 Welcome Event for MFL trainee teachers and NQTs

Please book via the following link:


An event for trainee teachers and NQTs in and around Oxfordshire. Updates on MFL news, resources and events plus a chance to network!


Free to attend

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 Friday 4 October 2019 16:45 - 18:30 St Helen and St Katharine School Map

Code: OTSA/20/1 OTSA SEND Peer Observation Programme

This event is aimed at teachers who are new to the special school sector, either NQTs or those transferring from other sectors. 

Teaching in a Special school is markedly different from teaching in mainstream, and different Special schools have their own values, specialisms, resources and curriculum. This course is designed to connect you with other practioners who are 'New to Special', and to facilitate peer observations in each other's schools. You will have the opportunity to start a professional dialogue with other Special school teachers, gain fresh perspectives, articulate your practice and to improve the quality of your own teaching. 


What people say about this event:

 “Really good conversations and lots of time spent discussing, as opposed to carrying out meaningless tasks.”

 “Really useful to share experiences with colleagues from other schools.”

 “I enjoyed the meeting and discussing the varied practices in different settings.”

84% of previous participants agreed that the programme  helped them to feel connected to a wider community of SEND practice.

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 Tuesday 8 October 2019 16:00 - 18:00 Frank Wise School Map

Code: OTSA/19/92 Growing Future Leaders

To apply please read through the prospectus and complete the application form. Once completed send to info@otsa.org.uk

The Growing Future Leaders Programme is designed to help develop outstanding school leaders for the future – the next generation of headteachers who are capable and confident in working in a very different environment to the historic models of leadership in schools. The programme will develop potential at any stage of a teacher’s career and sustain and reinforce personal ambition and professional aspiration in order to create a cohort of leaders committed to securing excellence for all in our schools.

While it is concerned with the future of leadership the programme is also designed to enhance participants’ current practice and make a direct impact on their school and, in particular, develop confidence in leading teaching and learning, closing the gap and as a systems leader, has a focus on collaborative working.

The programme was designed by Professor John West-Burnham working with over 30 headteachers and deputy headteachers in Oxfordshire and he is again leading the Programme in 2019/20

OTSA partner schools - £850 + VAT
OTSA non partner schools* - £1100 + VAT

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 Thursday 10 October 2019 08:45 - 16:00 Unipart House Map
2 Monday 11 November 2019 08:45 - 16:00 The Henry Box School Map
3 Tuesday 21 January 2020 08:45 - 16:00 Unipart House Map
4 Thursday 5 March 2020 08:45 - 16:00 Unipart House Map
5 Wednesday 29 April 2020 08:45 - 16:00 Unipart House Map
6 Monday 22 June 2020 08:45 - 16:00 Unipart House Map

Code: OTSA/19/67 Successful NQT Induction with Sue Cowley

A unique opportunity for NQTs to spend the afternoon working with best-selling author and behaviour management expert Sue Cowley. This event is appropriate for NQTs in Primary and Secondary schools. It follows on from the day held in July 2018, however it will be beneficial to everyone whether or not they attended the first session. NQTs attending the session are invited to email Sue in advance to help shape the content of the programme.


£75 + VAT per delegate

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 Thursday 10 October 2019 13:30 - 16:30 Unipart House Map

Code: OTSA/19/111 Mindful Practice in the Outdoors


This course will explore new ways of working with children outdoors, drawing on mindfulness-based practice and working with the senses and connection to nature. The course is based on Annie Davy's new book ‘A Sense of Place: mindful practice outdoors’ 2019 Bloomsbury.

Date: Tuesday 15th October 2019
Venue: Flo's Place in the Park
Cost: £85 + VAT


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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 Tuesday 15 October 2019 09:30 - 16:00 Flo's - The Place in the Park Map

Code: OTSA/19/57 Headteacher Leadership Programme 2019/20

Headship is a unique leadership role where the success of a whole school is deeply related to personal awareness, insight and effectiveness. One of the most important leadership roles in society, headship affects the flourishing and well-being of children, not just during their years of schooling but throughout their lives. The unique demands of the headteacher role require unique development, and this is why we offer this programme.

Overall the objective is to inspire, support, challenge and nurture you in taking up your current role with even more effectiveness, insight, authority and impact.

Design Principles:

  • We start with a profound respect for the experience, knowledge, skills and wisdom you bring with you.
  • We think that to develop the leader is to develop the human. There are no short cuts. If you want to develop your leadership it follows you want to evolve yourself as a human being.
  • This is a leader-led programme; you own your own enquiry. You are, so to speak, your own facilitator as well as the learner. Only you can sense the leader you are becoming and gauge its alignment with what you really want to become.
  • The programme participants’ work together will deepen learning and insight.


The programme is designed and facilitated by Alexander Pett. Alexander is a leadership development and organisational change specialist with 19 years’ experience of helping senior leaders to establish the leadership capabilities and behaviours necessary to underpin performance improvement. Previously Alexander was Director of Leadership and Talent for Kingfisher Group and before this was Head of Leadership and Talent Development for BT Global Services. He began his career as a secondary school teacher in Hampshire.

Cost: £975 (excluding VAT)


Feedback from participants on last year's cohort

'This is potentially one of the most influential courses I have been on since in leadership. Rarely do you walk away with so much thinking and considering to do on your own practice. Plenty of material to digest and share.   Charlie Barwell, Headteacher, Middle Barton School

‘No professional development I have done before or since has had such a profound impact on how I lead and how I think. Challenging, rigorous and always fascinating, Alex's programmes deliver sustainable leadership development for all.’   Tom Goodenough, Headteacher, Didcot Girls’ School

'This course gave me a completely new way of thinking about myself as a leader. It provided learning on how to build and maintain effective working relationships that are the backbone of a successful school.'   Emma Coleman, Headteacher, Sandhills Community Primary School

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 Thursday 17 October 2019 09:00 - 17:00 Ripon College Cuddesdon Map
2 Friday 18 October 2019 09:00 - 17:00 Ripon College Cuddesdon Map
3 Friday 15 November 2019 09:00 - 16:00 Ripon College Cuddesdon Map