51 courses found

Code: OTSA/18/51 Principles of Positive Behaviour Management (Cancelled)

The success or failure of learning so often hinges on how well behaviour is managed.

The principles discussed and explored in this session will empower participants to rethink how they view and respond to behaviour.

Whether you are a Teaching Assistant, NQT, or a teacher with many years of experience, this workshop is designed to refresh how you support vulnerable pupils who exhibit challenging behaviour.

Senior Leaders and experienced class teachers from Frank Wise Special school will work with you to unpick tricky cases and address individual concerns.It will be interactive, and will give participants practical guidance on creating a positive classroom atmosphere, responding strategically to disruptive behaviour, and maximising the potential of all of the children with whom they work.


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1 Tuesday 26 February 2019 16:00 - 17:45 Chilton Primary School Map

Code: OTSA/19/34 Application Support Workshop - 27 February 2019

Who is this suitable for?

  • Candidates intending to apply to Oxfordshire Teacher Training (OTT) this year
  • Candidates who have been invited to an OTT interview

The aim of the workshop is to prepare applicants for the OTT recruitment day so that they can show the very best version of themselves to the selection panel.

What is covered?

  • Safeguarding
  • What good teaching and learning looks like
  • Planning lessons
  • The application form - if relevant to your stage

This Workshop is free of charge

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1 Wednesday 27 February 2019 12:30 - 16:00 Blessed George Napier Catholic School Map

Code: OTSA/18/64 Developing Vocabulary

Are you noticing a word-gap?

With recent research and media coverage reporting a significant' word-gap' for pupils, the development of a wide and rich vocabulary is becoming an ever-increasing priority for many schools.  Through practical approaches and activities, this course will explore the explicit teaching of vocabulary development within reading and writing, as well as across the wider curriculum.

Suitable for NQTs, Early Career Teachers, TAs supporting vocabulary

£75 + VAT

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1 Wednesday 27 February 2019 13:30 - 16:30 Unipart House Map

Code: OTSA/18/112 Oxfordshire Headteachers' Conference 2019

Please click on the hyperlink to book  https://www.oxonheadsconf.org.uk

The 2019 Oxfordshire Headteachers' Conference will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, in Stratford-upon-Avon, on Wednesday 27 (commencing at 4pm), Thursday 28 February and Friday 1 March (concluding at 1pm).

Bookings are now open

Last year’s conference was attended by over 200 delegates and the feedback was excellent.**

The 2019 Conference programme is rapidly taking shape, so please keep your eye on the website for developments. Our first confirmed speaker is Andy Buck who will be giving an insight to how school leaders can develop the most powerful leadership habits.

For heads new to Oxfordshire, have a look at the website for information about the venue and visit the archive file to see the quality of speakers we have had in the past. One of our new heads who attended last year commented “gave me a great chance to reflect on the journey so far and really inspired me to keep on!”

There is a range of options available to executive heads, heads of schools, deputy heads and senior staff who are all welcome either on a full or part time basis. It is a wonderful opportunity for senior management to spend time together and explore new ideas and inspiration for themselves, and the children and staff in their schools.

Despite an increase in the hotel’s prices, we have kept the full-time delegate rate at 2018 prices as we want to encourage as many as possible to attend the whole Conference. There is also an Early Bird offer for new headteachers and headteachers of small schools - full details of delegate fees are now available on the website and we will keep you informed of progress being made on the conference programme.

We look forward to seeing you at the conference in February.

Lynn Knapp – Conference Chair
Pip Marples – Conference Manager

** “Thank you everyone. A really fantastic range of speakers – inspirational couple of days. Good to spend time away from school with time to focus on what really matters in education”

“Speakers were energetic and inspiring, and I left feeling amazing”

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1 Wednesday 27 February 2019 16:00 - 13:00 Crowne Plaza Hotel Map

Code: OTSA/19/47 Supporting Attendance Project

Issues with Attendance in your school?

Join us for a free afternoon workshop, where you can share thoughts and ideas with other schools.

Look at the action plans and progress of schools who have been working on implementing new processes.

Listen to the presentations from schools who have improved the percentages of their Persistent Absences.

Discuss the context and specific issues in your school with an OCC Attendance Officer.



FREE Workshop

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1 Thursday 28 February 2019 13:00 - 15:30 Kassam Stadium Map

Code: OTSA/18/121 Teacher Subject Specialism Training Mathematics

Are you teaching Maths for the first time this year?

Are you a Science teacher with some Key Stage 3 Maths teaching on your timetable?

Are you a PE teacher covering a Year 10 Set 3 Maths group?

It has been widely publicised that nationally there is a shortage of Mathematics teachers and this is affecting schools across every county. This NCTL supported ten-session course is designed to support non-specialist secondary Maths teachers [teachers who have qualifications in other subjects and / or have completed their QTS in other subjects] who are, or will be, teaching Mathematics in your school.

These sessions will provide Maths specific CPD to support the teaching of Maths in the classroom. Each session will aim to provide participants with a greater understanding of how topics interlink and how to plan for progression across the curriculum.

This programme is free of charge



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1 Thursday 24 January 2019 16:15 - 17:45 Cheney School Map
2 Thursday 14 February 2019 16:15 - 17:45 Cheney School Map
3 Thursday 28 February 2019 16:15 - 17:45 Cheney School Map
4 Thursday 14 March 2019 16:15 - 17:45 Cheney School Map
5 Thursday 28 March 2019 16:15 - 17:45 Cheney School Map
6 Thursday 25 April 2019 16:15 - 17:45 Cheney School Map
7 Thursday 9 May 2019 16:15 - 17:45 Cheney School Map
8 Thursday 23 May 2019 16:15 - 17:45 Cheney School Map
9 Thursday 6 June 2019 16:15 - 17:45 Cheney School Map
10 Thursday 20 June 2019 16:15 - 17:45 Cheney School Map

Code: OTSA/19/39 Primary NQT Recruitment Fair 2019


We are aware that many schools locally are finding recruitment of teachers a real challenge. Our interns are hugely valuable assets, and we would like to see as many of them as possible employed in Oxfordshire schools so that they can embark on a successful career with the support of OTSA’s NQT induction programme and stay in the community that trained them.  This is our second annual recruitment fair - last year we had over 100 student teachers come along.

As a result we are holding a Primary NQT Recruitment Fair, on Monday 4th March 2019 from 5.00–6:30pm at the Oxford Brookes University.

We are inviting Schools hoping to recruit NQTs to fill permanent positions in schools from September 2019 onwards to attend the fair free of charge; we will provide a table and 2 chairs (set up from 4.30pm) however we would ask that no more than two members of staff from each school attend due to space limitations.


  • Name of School
  • Contact Name
  • Telephone & Email address

If you are unable to attend the fair, then we will set up a display table with ‘absent’ school prospectuses – please send paper copies of these documents to the Department by Friday 22nd February 2019 if you would like them to be made available to the interns.

We see this fair as an opportunity for schools to 'sell themselves', collect contact information on interested applicants and start recruiting! Our interns will be able to get 'real' information and gain confidence that they are making the right choices.

If your school has not got a school profile on the OTSA Jobs Board, please can you create one before Wednesday 27th February 2019.


Primary Schools are also welcome to sign up for the OXFORDSHIRE JOBS FAIR on Saturday 23rd March 2019.

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1 Monday 4 March 2019 17:00 - 18:30 Oxford Brookes University Map

Code: OTSA/18/69 Early Headship Programme 2018/19

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, David Burrows, Tracey Smith and Tracey Smith. 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. The 1:1 coaching element of the programme will be led by Katherine Ryan, Headteacher at Matthew Arnold School and Local Leader of Education.



Full Programme
£800* + VAT

Leadership Themes only
£400* + VAT

1:1 Coaching only
£600* + VAT

*Subsidised rates: The cost of the subsidy is being met by Strategic Schools Partnership Board (SSPB). 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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1 Tuesday 9 October 2018 09:00 - 12:00 Unipart House Map
2 Tuesday 6 November 2018 09:15 - 12:15 St Ebbe's Church of England Primary School Map
3 Tuesday 15 January 2019 09:00 - 12:00 Unipart House Map
4 Tuesday 5 March 2019 09:15 - 12:15 Mabel Prichard School Map
5 Tuesday 30 April 2019 09:00 - 12:00 Unipart House Map
6 Tuesday 4 June 2019 09:00 - 12:00 Unipart House Map

Code: OTSA/19/16 Fire Marshal/Warden Training (EVENT FULL)

To give participants an understanding of the nature and causes of fire, and how to identify, prioritise and manage the fire risk and take the appropriate actions as a fire marshal.

Certification – valid for 2 years

Cost - £60 + VAT per person

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1 Tuesday 5 March 2019 09:00 - 12:30 King Alfred's Academy (West Site) Map

Code: OTSA/18/57 Primary NQT training programme 2018-19 - Oxford Brookes

Click on the hyperlink below to book a place directly with Oxford Brookes University - places cannot be booked through OTSA.


Supporting and developing Newly Qualified Teachers in their first year of teaching is hugely important. The Primary NQT Training Programme has been developed to reinforce key subject knowledge areas, and to provide you with informal links and support throughout the year.

The School of Education’s NQT training programme is run in partnership with the Oxfordshire Teaching School’s Alliance, and provides NQTs with an opportunity to reflect on their practice and integrate further ideas and approaches to develop their teaching.
The programme will also provide
a basis for on-going professional development with links into the School of Education’s range of Postgraduate Certificate courses and MA in Education modules.A series of seven workshops running across the academic year focusing on supporting Newly Qualified Teachers

17 October 2018 Professional Skills – time management, record keeping and working with other adults
21 November 2018 Effective Behaviour for Learning – creating learning focussed classrooms
12 December 2018 Assessment for Learning – marking, feedback and informing planning
6 February 2019 Effective Science Teaching – investigation led approach
6 March 2019 Differentiation in Maths – ensuring progress for all
24 April 2019 Developing Literacy through Literature
22 May 2019 Computing and Technology Enhanced Learning

Fee: £400/£350*
*Reduced rate available for Oxford Brookes partnership or OTSA partner schools



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1 Wednesday 17 October 2018 13:30 - 16:30 Oxford Brookes University Map
2 Wednesday 21 November 2018 13:30 - 16:30 Oxford Brookes University Map
3 Wednesday 12 December 2018 13:30 - 16:30 Oxford Brookes University Map
4 Wednesday 6 February 2019 13:30 - 16:30 Oxford Brookes University Map
5 Wednesday 6 March 2019 13:30 - 16:30 Oxford Brookes University Map
6 Wednesday 24 April 2019 13:30 - 16:30 Oxford Brookes University Map
7 Wednesday 22 May 2019 13:30 - 16:30 Oxford Brookes University Map