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Managing your department


Ann Marie Penman: Ann Marie has over 20 years experience in a variety of education and children’s service’s posts, ranging from classroom teacher to senior manager with overall responsibility for all aspects of primary and secondary school provision within a local authority area.

Her specialist area is Quality Assurance, including self evaluation and improvement planning. She has extensive knowledge and skills in supporting schools to secure improvement in the overall quality of teaching and educational provision.

Managing your department - Ann Marie Penman
Tuesday 13th March 2018
10.00 - 15.30
£179 plus VAT

This course is a practical and hands-on approach to managing and leading a department/faculty, aimed at those new to this and also those who would like further help and advice on the various aspects of managing a department. It addresses a wide range of management issues, including how to deal with challenges and underperformance in the team. There will be clear advice on effective leadership for learning in the context of Curriculum for Excellence, as well as structuring self-evaluation throughout the year to ensure improved attainment and achievement for all pupils. Other topics will include analysis and use of data to evaluate performances as well as how to prepare for an HMIe inspection.

Aims of the course:

  • To provide vital information to new principal teachers and faculty heads
  • To deliver practical information on managing a department
  • To monitor the performance of the department
  • To ensure improvements through self-evaluation
  • To examine leadership for learning
  • To prepare for HMIe

Previous attendees have commented:

'Today was excellent! I wish all pt (ptc's) could experience this amount of insight into role'

'highly informative course' 

'really enjoyed the collaborative feel of the session. Much better than being 'talked at'

'very packed and intense course, but no surplus information or gaps in the content. I feel this course has given me a clear pathway to take my department forward' 

'fantastic course, really useful and lots of great tips and general advice. Ann Marie was an excellent tutor. Thank you'

Places on all our courses are limited to 14 delegates.

We are also running the following non subject specific courses:

Supporting a Probationer Teacher in your Faculty/Department
Date tbc
£179 plus VAT

This course is designed to support staff (PT /FH / Supporter) working with a probationer teacher for the first time, as well as for staff with a different subject specialism but belonging to the same Faculty as the probationer.

Aims of the course:

  • To raise awareness of the three elements of the Standard for Full Registration (SFR):
    • Professional Values and Personal Commitment
    • Professional Knowledge and Understanding
    • Professional Skills and Abilities
  • To provide practical information to enable probationers to fulfil their potential
  • To give vital advice on monitoring probationers’ progress throughout the session
  • To ensure quality feedback, verbal and written, to probationers on their formal Observed Teaching lessons
  • To examine the GTCS Interim and Final Profiles by participating in a practical session
  •  To deliver practical advice on supporting probationers with the completion of their Profiles
  • To maximise the input provided by probationer Supporters to the Profiles and consequently the outcomes achieved by probationers in terms of performance

Previous attendees commented

‘well worthwhile course – even for those with experience’
‘thoroughly enjoyed the day.  Very well organised and found it very helpful and reassuring’
‘my questions were answered well and enabled me to clarify aspects of this role’
‘thanks a lot, extremely useful and informative’
‘excellent course, would recommend’
‘Muriel has a lot of knowledge of supporting probationers which I feel she brought to the course.  It was well presented and she answered any questions that were asked’

Places on all our courses are limited to 14 delegates.

Preparing for Senior Management (for aspiring Deputes and Headteachers)

Monday 26th March 2018
10.00 - 15.30
£179 plus VAT

This course aims to focus on 3 main areas: the preparatory phase leading up to applying for a post as a DHT/HT; the completion of a quality application form which evidences achievements; preparing for an interview, including presentation skills and interview techniques. In addition, there will be advice given on professional development and how to make an application form more likely to be selected for consideration.

Aims of the course:

  • to provide a clear analysis of the differences between posts at middle and senior management level
  • to ensure quality professional development is assiduously evidenced prior to applying for a post
  • to deliver practical advice on the completion of an application form
  • to give vital information on how to prepare for an interview
  • to examine the interview process and help maximise prospects of success
Previous attendees have commented:

‘A really useful course, well presented.  Full of practical, useful and relevant advice’

A most valuable and well presented course.  Margaret is extremely knowledgeable.  I very much enjoyed it’

‘An extremely useful course giving excellent advice on the build up to applying for DHT posts, the application form and interview process.  One of the most useful CPD courses I have done in a long time.’

Places on all our courses are limited to 15 delegates.


Mindfulness Level 2 - Development of Mindfulness Skills
Wednesday 17th Jabuary 2018
10.00 - 15.30
£179 plus VAT

Why attend?  This experiential course is for professionals who already have experience in mindfulness practice and wish to develop their skills and core values.  Mindfulness enhances resilience, communication and relational abilities. This course aims to deepen interest and skillsets to engage both staff and students within your school or college.
Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally.
All participants will receive a download/ CD with a range of Mindfulness coaching practices specifically created for this AOK Event.

Benefits of attending the course:

For the personal and professional development of key staff:

  • to give participants an enhanced understanding of mindfulness and compassion focussed mindfulness
  • participants will benefit by embedding experience, developing techniques and skills
  • reduce levels of stress through mindful techniques
  • improve life balance and personal well- being
  • improve decision making choices for resilience and effectiveness and enhance attention and focus
  • to develop and  take mindfulness practice back to the school/ college

For key staff working with students:

Research indicates that a mindfulness programme can have the potential to allow the students to:

  • enhance ability to apply skills, creativity and values
  • enhance student attention and retention of knowledge
  • de-stress for resilience and experience greater well- being (such as being happier and more calm)
  • cope better with mental stresses linked to being anxious or depressed
  • cope with the everyday stresses and strains of developmental stages (such as exams, relationships, sleep problems and family) with cohesive connectedness


Supporting young people with ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder) and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) in the classroom
Wednesday 21st February 2018
10.00 - 15.30
£179 plus VAT

Aims of the Course:

  • To raise awareness of ASD and ADHD and how they present in young people .
  • Practical ways to support learning and development .
  • Effective communication strategies .
  • How the environment affects young people with ASD and ADHD.