18 courses found

Code: OTSA/19/73 An Introduction to: Managing and Maximising TAs

They are your most important resource and most valuable classroom ally - but are you using them to their full potential?

Whether you are an NQT, Early career teacher, or new to managing a team, this session will introduce you to the essential principles for leading, utilising and cultivating the talents of your Teaching Assistants.

  • What is the role of a Teaching Assistant?
  • How can they add value to teacher input, without replacing it?
  • How can you support your support staff to feel more appreciated, valued and confident in their role?

Senior Leaders and experienced class teachers from the Iffley Academy will work with you to address individual cases.


£50 + VAT per person, or £25 +VAT for NQTs

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 Thursday 21 November 2019 16:00 - 17:45 The Iffley Academy Map

Code: OTSA/19/90 Emotion Coaching (EVENT FULL)

Emotion Coaching aims to empower the education and early years workforce with strategies to approach communication and behaviour effectively and empathetically. Through building awareness of attachments, emotions and self-regulation, professionals will acquire skills to empathise and unpick the reasons behind behaviour. This course will cover the following:
Six emotions and what they mean in everyday life
Stress regulatory systems
Positive, tolerable and toxic stress
Vagal Tone
Impact of secure attachments and co-regulation
Safe haven and secure base
Mirror neurons
What Emotion Coaching means in practice
The four steps to Emotion Coaching

The Emotion Coaching approach enables participants to feel valued and in control of situations. Emotion Coaching strengthens practise and provision through the promotion of positive relationships with children, practitioners and parents.


Delegates will receive a certificate of attendance at the end of the course.

Cost £85+vat to include lunch and refreshments






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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 Thursday 28 November 2019 09:30 - 15:30 Unipart House Map

Code: OTSA/19/114 Designing your Curriculum

Designing your Curriculum

With the placing of the Curriculum at the heart of the new Ofsted Inspection Framework, it is critical that schools embrace the opportunity to consider whether their current curriculum is fit for purpose and the sustained impact it has on children as learners. 

Early Excellence has developed a new course to help schools strategically address this challenge; drawing on the themes of Intent, Implementation and Impact

This innovative course will offer school leaders and their teams the ideal opportunity to critically evaluate their current curriculum and examine different pedagogical approaches to designing a ‘bold and ambitious curriculum that gives every child a full, deep, rich education’ as called for by the Head of Ofsted. We will explore in depth what a connected, quality curriculum really looks like and address the concept of ‘Cultural Capital’ and how this aligns with your vision for your school

We recommend that when possible more than one delegate attends from each school to maximise the opportunity for cross-phase strategic planning – a key element of addressing the issue of progression.

Date: Monday 2nd December 2019
Cost: £125 + VAT ( This price gives a £75 discount on the equivalent London course)
Venue: St Hughs Hall, Woodstock,OX20 1JH
Lunch and Refreshments included

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1 Monday 2 December 2019 09:30 - 16:00 St Hughs Hall Map

Code: OTSA/19/64 Helicopter Stories - letting imagination fly

Helicopter Stories is an Early Years, Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 approach to communication and literacy skills based on the Storytelling and Story Acting curriculum of Vivian Gussin Paley, patron of MakeBelieve Arts. MakeBelieve Arts has been pioneering this work in the UK since its conception in 2002. It forms part of their Storytelling Curriculum.

Trisha Lee delivers a lively, engaging and interactive training day exploring story scribing and story acting with young children.

The training uses Trisha's bestselling book "Princesses, Dragons and Helicopter Stories" as a resource and a copy of the book is included for each delegate.

The Benefits of Helicopter stories:·
An inclusive, whole-class pproach which values every child’s contribution;·
Facilitates high levels of engagement;·
Creates confidence and self- assurance;·
Supports the development of speaking skills as children express and share their ideas;·
Helps to develop accurate, active listening skills and understanding; ·
Supports co-operative and collaborative and creative learning; ·
Develops positive relationships within a shared storytelling experience;·
Allows children to explore the power of words as they see their stories come to life, and develop their ability to use and adapt language to communicate;·
Offers children a bridge into the world of story writing as they begin to see the links between the oral stories they compose and the words on a page.

 Feedback on Helicopter Stories:·
"Whoop whoop! Story scribing and helicopter storying are fab! Ahead of my moderation visit tomorrow my head met with me yesterday and the previous evening and was so pleased with the number of children who are writing and more than that writing independently!" ( feedback on Helicopter stories in practise)


Audience: EYFS practitioners and teachers / KS1 Teachers / SEND Practitioners working in schools and settings

Cost: £115 + VAT to include lunch and a copy of "Princesses, Dragons and Helicopter Stories" by Trisha Lee

To find out more about Helicopter Stories and Trisha Lee click on this link https://www.makebelievearts.co.uk/helicopterstorieslettingimaginationfly

In its simplest form, Helicopter Stories lets children dictate their stories which are written down verbatim, exactly as they are told, by an EYFS or Key Stage 1 practitioner. The children then gather around a taped out stage and the stories are acted out.

Alongside the simplicity of this approach is an ethos that is child-centred, creating a culture of curiosity and wonder at the dexterity of children’s imaginings during both the telling and the acting out of their stories.

This holistic approach uses the power of storytelling to develop key curriculum areas such as creativity, communication and language, personal, social and emotional skills in the Early Years and Key Stage 1 classroom, giving children's stories a voice in a safe space.



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1 Wednesday 4 December 2019 10:00 - 15:30 Unipart House Map

Code: OTSA/19/100 Helicopter Stories: The Follow Up Workshop

  • Have you introduced 'Helicopter Stories' to the children in your setting and would like ideas on how to embed it into your curriculum?
  • Have you observed the impact of implementing 'Helicopter Stories' to the children and would now like to develop your expertise further?
  • Have you experienced barriers and difficulties to delivering 'Helicopter Stories' that you would like help with finding solutions to?
  • Are you currently reviewing you Curriculum Design and would like to know how to make 'Helicopter Stories' an integral part of that?

Helicopter Stories: The Follow Up Workshop gives previous participants an ideal chance to refresh their understanding of 'Helicopter Stories' and gain valuable insights into the experiences of others in implementing the 'Helicopter Story' approach.
Within a supportive framework, Trisha will lead the workshop, using the 'real life' experiences of her own together with those of participants  to enable all to take the 'Helicopter Stories' approach to the next level, where its impact can be dynamic. 

This 1.5 hr workshop will include:

  • shared discussion about relevant experiences
  • collaborative planning in ideas on how to embed 'Helicopter Stories' throughout the year ahead
  • support and specialist advice from 'Helicopter Stories' expert and trainer, Trisha Lee

Date: 4th December 2019
Time: 4.00-5.30pm
Venue: Unipart House, Cowley, Oxford
Cost: £30 + VAT 

Refreshments provided on arrival.

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1 Wednesday 4 December 2019 16:00 - 17:30 Unipart House Map

Code: OTSA/19/141 SEND Enhanced ITT session: Disability - A Family Perspective

This year OTSA is offering NQTs and teachers who are new to Special Schools the opportunity to participate in additional training sessions usually reserved for those on the SEND Enhanced Primary pathway into teaching.

Although aimed at trainee teachers, they would be equally useful to others looking to accelerate their professional development at the start of their careers, to broaden pedagogical knowledge, and develop a deeper understanding about how to meet the needs of pupils with more complex needs.

A presentation and discussion session exploring a wide range of factors and approaches.

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1 Wednesday 4 December 2019 09:00 - 09:30 Bardwell School Map

Code: OTSA/19/71 Principles of Effective, Whole-class Differentiation

Differentiating lessons is a core responsibility for all classroom staff, but it can be difficult to know how to meet individual needs.

This session grounds participants in the principles that support all learners to achieve their maximum potential. 

Whether you are a Teaching Assistant, NQT or a teacher seeking some professional rejuvenation, this workshop is designed to  lead to more creative, more inclusive, and ultimately more productive differentiation.

Senior Leaders and experienced class teachers from Frank Wise Special school will work with you to support on individual concerns.


£50 + VAT per person, or £25 +VAT for NQTs

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 Thursday 5 December 2019 16:00 - 18:00 Frank Wise School Map

Code: OTSA/19/112 Routes to Resilience

A highly interactive and enjoyable course with practical ideas to take away.

Resilience is much talked about as an essential quality needed for wellbeing, happiness and success in an often uncertain and rapidly changing world. Children and adults need to develop the capacity to face challenges and assess risks and recognise their needs and act on them and to support children to do the same. This course covers the latest research about resilience and how to develop it in children and in adults.

Date: 10th December 2019
Venue: Unipart HouseCost: £85 + VAT 


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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 Tuesday 10 December 2019 09:30 - 16:00 Unipart House Map

Code: OTSA/19/74 An Introduction to: Restorative Practice

Whether you are a Teaching Assistant, NQT or an experienced teacher, at some point you will have to deal with bullying and conflicts in the school.

This session grounds participants in the principles of Restorative Practice, which supports all learners to resolve conflict and prevent harm.

There is good evidence that restorative practice delivers a wide range of benefits for schools, alleviating problems such as bullying, classroom disruption, truancy and poor attendance, antisocial behaviour, and disputes.

Senior Leaders and experienced class teachers from the Iffley Academy will work with you to support on individual concerns.


£50 + VAT per person, or £25 +VAT for NQTs

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 Thursday 12 December 2019 16:00 - 17:45 The Iffley Academy Map

Code: OTSA/19/101 Leading the EYFS with Skill and Confidence

To lead a team effectively and inspire a continual drive towards excellence requires highest quality leadership

This long-term project will support leaders to deepen their understanding of the multi-faceted nature of their role, ensuring they are able to motivate and inspire their teams, whilst remaining focused on what matters for young children. The programme has been designed to provide you with many opportunities to reflect upon your own expertise and enrich your professional knowledge of outstanding early years education.

Throughout the course,  you will be invited to participate in a variety of gap tasks. Each will be designed to support you in your leadership journey and there will be opportunities to share and celebrate the groups learning on a fourth day to be arranged with delegates.

 This course is being run in Oxfordshire for OTSA by Early Excellence

The three dates are: 25th November, 13th January & 9th March 

The cost for this course is £385+ VAT

The details of the three days are as follows:
Day 1 - Leading Values and agreeing outstanding practice in the Early Years

The project will begin by establishing clarity about what we want for young children and confident learners through school, taking delegates back to their motivations as educators as well as establishing a clear vision of excellence and strategy for school. The afternoon will explore the key elements of best practice and how the optimum conditions for learning are created for their children. We will then look at current methods of reflection and how they inform priorities for change.

Day 2 – Leading People

During the day we will consider and decide on how to effectively manage and lead others. Methods of mentoring and a range of performance management techniques including staff led action research will be shared and explored. From this, leaders will have begun to design effective staff development programmes as well as raising the profile of Early Years within whole school improvement strategies and the wider Early Years community.

Day 3 – Leading Accountability

A review of current approaches to assessment and how data can be used to inform practice as well as whole school strategy and operational systems. The rationale behind your choice of recording, documenting and reporting progress to internal and external partners, including parents, will be discussed and explored.


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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 Monday 13 January 2020 09:30 - 15:30 Unipart House Map
2 Monday 9 March 2020 09:30 - 15:30 Unipart House Map
3 Tuesday 12 May 2020 09:30 - 15:30 Unipart House Map