49 courses found

Code: OTSA/19/87 Encouraging Creativity in Early Years

  • Are you looking to provide a greater emphasis on creativity within your curriculum?

  • Are you keen to find new ways of how children can work creatively with the materials you already have in your environment?

  • If you would like to develop theoretical understanding together with practical advice on setting up or reinvigorating a 'studio' workshop space for children to work creatively, then this day could be an inspirational start to the new school year for you and your team !

Pete Moorhouse, an internationally renowned Early Years Creative Consultant will lead us through the day. https://irresistible-learning.co.uk/


With a renewed focus on curriculum design and creativity within the curriculum, this course will look more deeply at creativity and develop practitioners understanding of what creativity means, its importance and how to best encourage creativity in young learners.

We will explore work with a range of materials including how objects can be used in a multitude of different ways, exploring different possibilities for children to express their imaginations.

Through combining natural and recycled materials or through block play, the child is at the centre of their learning as they use their imagination to create various arrangements, constructions and narratives.

The exploration of materials encourages open ended discovery and a focus on process.

A studio can provide a focal point for encouraging creativity -we will look at examples from schools where children are offered an 'atelier' style studio and the impact that these have had on children's creative explorations. Examples will be given on how a 'studio' space provides a laboratory for trying out ideas, playing with materials, tinkering with and exploring possibilities- a space where children express their creativity by following their interests.

This course is ideally suited to individuals or teams working with 3-5 year old children, in either a Foundation Stage classroom/ Nursery School /Pre-school. Limited places available, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Venue: The Ace Centre Nursery and Teaching School, Chipping Norton, OX7 5DZ

Cost: £85 including refreshments and lunch

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 Monday 2 September 2019 09:30 - 16:00 The Ace Centre Nursery School Map

Code: OTSA/19/66 NQT Induction Tutor (Mentor) Training

Mentoring newly qualified teachers can be a rewarding but demanding role. This training will firstly outline how to provide an effective personalised induction programme for your NQT and will then consider the interpersonal skills required for mentoring, making effective use of teaching observations and how to give effective feedback. Consideration will be given to constructive target setting and how to handle the ‘tricky conversations’ that Induction Tutors sometimes face.


£50 + VAT

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 Wednesday 18 September 2019 13:00 - 16:00 Unipart House Map

Code: OTSA/19/63 Annual Conference for Counsellors 2019 - Didcot Civic Hall (EVENT FULL)


What really works? And what doesn't?
The 12th Annual Conference for Counsellors working in schools or interested in working in schools
Thursday 19th September 2019 - Didcot Civic Hall
COST: £95 + VAT

Everyone in school wants a quick fix, but what if there isn't one? What if therapeutic change is slow and schools get frustrated, expecting counsellors to have magic wands? How do counsellors work most effectively with young people and with schools?


Full Programme

8.45: Arrival, registration and coffee
9.30: Welcome
9.40: Opening address: What really works? And what doesn’t? Effective therapy with young people from the past to the present - Dr Silvia Elsner, UKCP psychotherapist, has worked for over 20 years in a variety of therapeutic settings, including schools, universities and the NHS. She has taught on the Oxford University psychodynamic training programme for the last five years and has experience of supervising counsellors, including in schools. She is especially interested in the factors that make therapeutic relationships succeed.

10.40: Coffee

11.00: Morning Workshops:
1. Developing a whole-school counselling service (Jim Pye)
2. Gender identity services for young people: assessment, treatment, and the role of schools and school counsellors (Gabrielle Lees)
3. Black holes: a developmental approach to young people’s experiences of depression (Lucy-Jean
4. Using a counsellor’s experience to make difficult meetings with parents, staff and agencies more effective (Kathy Peto and Shona Reed-Purvis)
5. Talking with the head teacher and senior leadership team about the school: why and how do we share our
thinking? (Debbie Lee)

12.30: Lunch (buffet lunch will be provided) 

1.30: Afternoon Workshops:
1. Saying one thing and meaning your mother: the complexity of maternal relationships in work with young people (Katia Houghton)
2. Necessary failure: counselling young people through disappointment and disillusion (Laura McDonald)
3. Working with risky, suicidal young people (Shona Reed-Purvis and Debbie Lee)
4. Between the words: developing emotional fluency with primary-aged children (Caroline Kerr)
5. Working with young people’s anxiety and with the anxiety of schools (Nick Luxmoore) 

3.00: Coffee
3.15: Plenary: Nick Luxmoore
4.00: Conference close (CPD certificates available)

COST TO ATTEND: £95 + VAT (£114)

Closing date for applicaitons is Friday 13th September 2019

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 Thursday 19 September 2019 09:00 - 09:30 Didcot Civic Hall Map

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.



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) 

24 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)


24 October 2019 (1.30 - 4.30pm)
5 December 2019 (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 24 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

Essential Information
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/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.

Essential Information
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

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

Code: OTSA/19/106 Enabling Environments

The learning environment in Early Years is key to effective outcomes. This 2hr course offers an opportunity to explore an ‘enabling environment in action’ at The Ace Centre Nursery with follow up discussions and practical advice on how to develop an effective learning environment within your own setting.


£40 per delegate


All courses designed for Early Years teachers working within primary schools and nursery schools.

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 Tuesday 15 October 2019 14:00 - 16:00 The Ace Centre Nursery School Map