Wednesday, 06. March 2019, Inspiration Trust Curriculum Centre, The role of subject-based communities of practice in improving subject teaching in secondary schools

from 06. March 2019 - 16:00 till 18:30

Inspiration Trust Curriculum Centre

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About the course
This course defines subject communities and explains their vital role in setting, securing and sustaining high standards in secondary subject teaching. The course examines questions such as: To what authority should a subject teacher look in establishing the gold standard for teaching in their subject?
Why should senior leaders be deeply interested in how middle leaders build and renew scholarly knowledge in their subject teams?
How can middle leaders build a culture of scholarly reading? How and why should senior leaders prioritise the renewal and critique of subject knowledge by all staff?
Why are subject communities vital for staff recruitment and retention? Why are these questions not a luxury but right at the heart of improving outcomes and tackling the effects of disadvantage?. 
Who should attend?
Secondary middle and senior leaders, especially senior school or trust leaders responsible for teaching, learning, curriculum, raising achievement and school improvement.
The tutors
Christine Counsell is director of education at the Inspiration Trust. Her career includes 10 years of classroom teaching and leadership, work as a local authority adviser (primary and secondary), early years lecturing in ITT, two decades of teacher training and development at the University of Cambridge and extensive national and international work advising on curriculum issues with teachers, scholars and policy-makers. Christine has published widely, including academic papers, practical guides and classroom resources and has extensive experience of primary and secondary whole-school inset especially in literacy and knowledge.
Michael Fordham is subject specialist leader for history at Inspiration Trust. He formerly taught in three state comprehensives, holding positions as head of history and assistant principal. Michael is an influential researcher, author, editor, blogger and speaker on curriculum issues. He has extensive experience as a trainer, including projects in Kazakhstan and as teacher-in-residence for the Singapore Ministry of Education. He is currently pursuing a doctorate examining how communities of expert subject teachers share, scrutinise and build collective professional-scholarly knowledge.
Booking discounts
Staff at schools in Norfolk and north Suffolk can claim a 50% discount on course costs - simply use the ANGLIA promotional code when booking.
Inspiration Teaching School Alliance partners qualify for priority booking and a 70% discount on course costs; please contact your school for your promotional code.

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