Our courses

Our Courses

Do you feel that your teaching is a little stale? Are you worried that some of your subject knowledge isn’t quite as up-to-date as it should be? Are you managing a team of teachers who feel undervalued or whose skills need to be refreshed?

As part of our commitment to raising education standards for all children, Quest for Learning runs a programme of high quality, affordable, continuous professional development courses for primary school teachers and teaching assistants. We employ experienced consultants to deliver the CPD courses. The consultants work extensively with primary schools across the UK, ensuring course content is always relevant and up to date.

Want to know more?

You can see our current courses below or take a look at our Eventbrite page

You can book via Eventbrite using a credit card or procurement card. If you would rather pay by invoice, contact us directly on training@questforlearning.org.uk but please be aware that we charge a £5 administrative fee for bookings requiring an invoice.

English Courses

The programme includes refresher courses on English topics such as phonics, developing greater depth in writing and guided reading. We also run three workshops each year for KS1 and KS2 teachers focusing on Moderation and Assessment at the end of Year 2 and Year 6 respectively, giving teachers an often unique chance to work with colleagues from other schools, under the guidance of the consultant.

Maths Courses

Our Maths courses include sessions on Cuisenaire Rods and we occasionally offer our Promoting Mathematical Learning for Teaching Assistants, a nine-hour course run across three mornings, which has been developed to empower teaching assistants to feel confident in supporting pupils, across the primary age-range. The course is developed to tie in with schools’ own calculation policies and the mathematics National Curriculum (2014).

BookQuest and NumSkills courses

From time to time, we run courses to train teachers and TAs in how to use our own BookQuest programme and NumSkills/NumSkills Money resources.

All courses

Securing Foundations in Primary English in Years 1&2 (two-part course)

Course date September 13, 2022

This two-part course will provide teachers with an overview of the progression of knowledge and skills in reading and writing on which their year group’s curriculum is built and then the opportunity to consider how gaps in previous learning may be addressed and effective teaching strategies employed to secure the foundations of the curriculum on which new learning can be built.

Securing Foundations in Primary English in Years 3&4 (two-part course)

Course date September 14, 2022

This two-part course will provide teachers with an overview of the progression of knowledge and skills in reading and writing on which their year group’s curriculum is built and then the opportunity to consider how gaps in previous learning may be addressed and effective teaching strategies employed to secure the foundations of the curriculum on which new learning can be built.

Securing Foundations in Primary English in Years 5&6 (two-part course)

Course date September 15, 2022

This two-part course will provide teachers with an overview of the progression of knowledge and skills in reading and writing on which their year group’s curriculum is built and then the opportunity to consider how gaps in previous learning may be addressed and effective teaching strategies employed to secure the foundations of the curriculum on which new learning can be built.

Phonics: Securing Subject Knowledge

Course date September 29, 2022

For phonics teaching to be highly effective, practitioners must have secure subject knowledge and a clear understanding of phonological progression. This interactive online workshop will cover the relevant subject knowledge and progression in order to support practitioners’ teaching of phonics and support for pupils to apply knowledge in their reading and writing.

Supporting Reading in KS1: a workshop for Teaching Assistants

Course date September 29, 2022

This course is designed specifically for TAs to provide an understanding of the KS1 writing curriculum and its associated subject knowledge, as well as an opportunity to explore strategies and approaches for scaffolding pupils’ writing to develop independence and confidence.

English Subject Leaders’ Network

Course date October 3, 2022

This series of termly network meetings is aimed at providing updates and ensuring subject leaders have the latest information to support their strategic role in schools. Each meeting will have a different focus, planned in response to current research and priorities, and will also allow for time to share school developments and best practice, as well as to network with other English subject leaders.

Creating Readers in KS1

Course date October 3, 2022

This two-part course encompasses the key elements of reading – word reading, fluency and comprehension. Recent research and guidance will be shared, along with the associated subject knowledge of these key elements, and participants will have the opportunity to explore a variety of practical, proven approaches for teaching and developing each aspect in the KS1 curriculum.

Creating Readers in Years 3&4

Course date October 4, 2022

This two-part course encompasses the key elements of reading – word reading, fluency and comprehension. Recent research and guidance will be shared, along with the associated subject knowledge of these key elements, and participants will have the opportunity to explore a variety of practical, proven approaches for teaching and developing each aspect in the Year 3 and 4 curriculum.

Supporting Reading in KS2: a workshop for Teaching Assistants

Course date October 6, 2022

This session aims to develop Teaching Assistants’ practice in their work to support pupils to develop Key Stage 2 reading skills and strategies. The elements of reading – word reading, fluency and comprehension – will be explained and TAs will have the opportunity to explore a variety of practical, proven approaches for supporting pupils.

Creating Readers in Years 5&6

Course date October 6, 2022

This two-part course encompasses the key elements of reading – word reading, fluency and comprehension. Recent research and guidance will be shared, along with the associated subject knowledge of these key elements, and participants will have the opportunity to explore a variety of practical, proven approaches for teaching and developing each aspect in the Year 5 and 6 curriculum.

End of KS1 Writing Assessment and Moderation: Securing the expected standard

Course date November 8, 2022

This series of sessions is suitable for both Year 1 and Year 2 teachers, either as colleagues from the same school or attending independently. English subject leaders are also welcome to attend in order for them to gain an overview of progress towards end of KS1 writing expectations. 

End of KS2 Writing Assessment and Moderation: Securing the expected standard

Course date November 8, 2022

This series of sessions is suitable for both Year 5 and Year 6 teachers, either as colleagues from the same school or attending independently. English subject leaders are also welcome to attend in order for them to gain an overview of progress towards end of KS2 writing expectations. 

Years 3&4 Writing Assessment and Moderation: Securing age-related expectations

Course date November 9, 2022

In this session, teachers will secure their understanding of the Year 3/4 National Curriculum requirements relating to Age Related Expectations and explore teaching approaches to develop their pupils’ writing towards these.

Developing Greater Depth in Writing in KS1

Course date December 6, 2022

This interactive online course will provide teachers with the opportunity to develop their understanding of the characteristics of writing at greater depth, as well as to explore approaches and strategies for developing and encouraging able writers in their classes.  

Developing Greater Depth in Writing in KS2

Course date December 6, 2022

This interactive online course will provide teachers with the opportunity to develop their understanding of the characteristics of writing at greater depth, as well as to explore approaches and strategies for developing and encouraging able writers in their classes.  

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