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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

Supporting Writing in KS1: a workshop for Teaching Assistants

Course date May 17, 2022

This course is designed specifically to provide TAs with an understanding of the KS1 writing curriculum and its associated subject knowledge, as well as an opportunity to explore strategies and approaches for scaffolding their writing to develop independence. Suitable for TAs working in KS1 or KS2.

Supporting Writing in KS2: A workshop for Teaching Assistants

Course date May 19, 2022

This course is designed specifically to provide TAs with an understanding of the KS2 writing curriculum and its associated subject knowledge, as well as an opportunity to explore strategies and approaches for scaffolding their writing to develop independence. Suitable for TAs working in KS2.

End of KS1 Writing Assessment and Moderation: Cross-school moderation

Course date May 24, 2022

In the final session, teachers will have an opportunity to moderate and discuss pupils’ writing from across the standards, agreeing or refining judgements with colleagues from other schools and discussing next steps to secure standards by the end of the teacher assessment period.

End of KS2 Writing Assessment and Moderation: Cross-school moderation

Course date May 24, 2022

In the final session, teachers will have an opportunity to moderate and discuss pupils’ writing from across the standards, agreeing or refining judgements with colleagues from other schools and discussing next steps to secure standards by the end of the teacher assessment period.

Years 3&4 Writing Assessment and Moderation: Cross-school moderation

Course date June 14, 2022

In the final session, teachers will have an opportunity to moderate and discuss a range of pupils’ writing, agreeing or refining judgements with colleagues from other schools and discussing next steps to secure standards to support end of year teacher assessments.

English Subject Leaders’ Network

Course date June 16, 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.

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

Course date June 28, 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 English in Years 3&4 (two-part course)

Course date June 29, 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 English in Years 4&5 (two-part course)

Course date June 30, 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.

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