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Upcoming Training Events and Free Twilight Events from the Derby Research School 
We are excited to be hosting our first session of our Curriculum twilight series tonight. Kicking off the conversation is Peter Monk, experienced school leader and Ofsted inspector, exploring Ofsted and the Curriculum Question. 

We also have a range of our training programmes and days, and further free twilight events outlined below which we hope you will find interesting. 

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch with the team. 

Tammy Elward 
Director of the Derby Research School  
Curriculum Twilight Series

Curriculum Twilight Series: , and  

Guest Speakers include: Daniel Muijs, Bennie Kara, Alex Bedford and CLICK HERE

Ofsted and the Curriculum Question: Peter Monk 8th December 2021 4pm – 5pm This session covers the background to the new OFSTED framework and the focus on the curriculum. We will explore the methodology of a Deep Dive, particularly with regard to curriculum intent and consider the impact of the pandemic and ‘inspecting with no outcomes’ within this context.

Pupil Book Study: stop making assumptions.: Alex Bedford 12th January 2022 4pm – 5pm Use evidence-led and structured conversations to quality assure the curriculum, teaching and learning. This fantastic model is based on evidence informed practices and research which looks at how the school’s curriculum design connects with the teaching and learning – the content and knowledge, the sequence, and vocabulary instruction.

Diversity in the Curriculum: Bennie Kara 31st January 2022 4pm – 5pm How do we create a knowledge-rich and diverse curriculum? This session explores the misconceptions around diversity in the curriculum, diving into the theory and practice of designing and delivering a representative curriculum.

Cognitive Science, Curriculum and Transfer: Daniel Muijs 10th February 2022, 4pm – 5pm In this presentation Daniel will look at what research in cognitive science tells (and doesn’t tell us) about curriculum. He will look at what this means for curriculum design, and how that relates to the contentious issue of transfer of knowledge and skills
Full Training Programmes

Secondary Subject Leader Networks: Supporting Middle Leadership 
The three Network events over the year for each subject provide the chance for collaboration with subject leads across the region so you can share information and develop as a leader. Subjects include: English, Maths, Design Technology, History, Geography, RE, Science CLICK HERE 

Cost: £250 per subject, £800 for all Subjects (All Spencer Schools and ELEs and their schools have a funded place on programmes) We also have some partial funding available for these network events- please get in touch if you would like to discuss this.  


Leading TAs

This programme explores the evidence associated with strategic deployment of TAs in schools. Targeted at school leaders, including SENDCOs, the focus includes deployment in classrooms, intervention delivery and effective implementation of your strategy. CLICK HERE 

Dates: 13th Jan, 20th Jan, 7th Feb (1pm-4pm)  

Cost: £150 (All Spencer Schools and ELE have a funded place on programmes) 


Early Years: 6 Module Programme 

Explore the principles of developing an evidence-rich approach to improve teaching and learning in the Early Years. In this Early Years programme we explore the new statutory framework and cover numeracy, literacy, continuous provision, oracy, communication and social and emotional learning. CLICK HERE 

Dates: 25th Jan, 8th Feb, 9th March, 15th March, 23rd March, 28th March - 1pm-4pm 
Cost: £295 
(All Spencer Schools and ELE have a funded place on programmes) 

Training Days 

Prioritising Oracy in the Classroom

How to Explicitly Teach Oracy at Primary and Secondary Phases for Maximum Outcomes

Date: 14th December 8.30am-3pm (in person event) CLICK HERE

Cost: £90  (All Spencer Schools and ELEs and their schools have a funded place on programmes)


Graphic Organisers: Modelling Thinking and Connecting Learning 

Boost pupil independence and support all learners to achieve success through developing a metacognitively rich approach to Graphic Organisers CLICK HERE

Date: 26th January 8.30am - 3pm 

Cost: £90  (All Spencer Schools and ELEs and their schools have a funded place on programmes) 

Free Twilight Events

Primary Science with Science Learning Partnership - Open Twilight Event 

Topics include: Science Capital; Working Scientifically, Primary STEM Clubs CLICK HERE 

Dates: 25 November, 11th January, 31 March - 4pm - 5.30pm 

Secondary Science with Science Learning Partnership - Open Twilight Event 

Physics Subject Knowledge Enhancement - 26th January CLICK HERE

Chemistry Subject Knowledge Enhancement - 10th March 

SEND Twilight Series: Open to all staff with an interest in support our SEND pupils 

  • Scaffolding, 15th December, with Ian Armstrong, Headteacher of Ivy House and SEND ELE

  • Targeted Intervention and Diagnostic Assessment, 5th January, with Euan Holden, SENDCo at Wyndham Primary Academy and SEND ELE

  • Deployment of TAs, 27th January, with Sal Mitchell, SENDCo at Fairfield Spencer Academy and SEND ELE

  • Parental Engagement, 24th February, with Dylan Murphy, SENDCo at Portland Spencer Academy and SEND ELE

  • EHCP Engagement Model, 10th May, with Ian Armstrong, Headteacher of Ivy House and SEND ELE


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