Summer Term Offer 2022

Thank you all for your feedback received over recent months.  Your input is important to us and we hope to ensure that popular choices of CPD are offered throughout the Summer Term alongside previous CPD that has interested you and had an impact on your teaching. The majority of Avanti staff stated that Mondays were the best day for CPD. Therefore, we have selected two Mondays over the term that are devoted to all staff CPD. 

If you have any questions, feedback, or thoughts – please email Rebecca at [email protected]

Upcoming Programmes for
Avanti School Trust staff

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Monday May 16th 2022 – 3.45 – 5.00

Title Webinar Theme Host
Restorative Mindset: Relationships, high challenge and high support Developing relationships, a restorative mind-set and exploring a model of high challenge and high support.

  • An introduction to the concepts and philosophy of restorative practice.
  • Relationships – build, maintain and repair.
  • The importance of building connection and investing in social capital – a relational model – connect before content.
  • An overview of the social discipline window – a model of challenge and support and applying it to everyday practice
Mark Finnis
Putting the Fun into Reading!  Putting the fun into reading! This interactive session will consider ways we can add drama and energy to reading in the classroom, including echo reading, drama techniques and music. Helen Prince
Effective Communication: Improving interactions with students 

Session 2 of 4

An opportunity to discuss effective interaction and communication, improving interactions with students, principles of scaffolding and the underpinning points including modelling & prompting.

Please do sign up for all four sessions – (also suitable for Teaching staff) – Click here to sign up: ‘Making-SEN-Make-Sense.pdf (avanti.org.uk)

Abigail Hawkins
The Purpose of Pupil Surveys: Specific key aims liked to the SEF Outlining the purpose of the pupil survey and showing the steps between tailoring to our specific key aims (based on SEF) to its full launch:

  • Key Aims and Metrics
  • Creating the questions using G-Forms
  • Pre-survey (“Beta testing”)
  • Focus Groups
  • Assemblies
  • Launch
Simon Arnell and Jitendra Jani
The Avanti Way Pupil Charter: A vision created for children, by children To share the vision for The Avanti Way Pupil Charter: a vision that was created for children, by children. Opportunities to reflect on what the Avanti Way Ethos means to our pupils and communities. Cherie Vincent
The Importance of Talk and Story: Developing children’s vocabulary This session will cover: The importance of talk and stories, links between the role stories play in developing young children’s vocabulary and language and how staff can expand children’s store of words through talk throughout the day. Harshah Parmar and Tim Burns
Taking the Curriculum Outdoors: Opportunities for exploration, experimentation and contextual learning What is learning outdoors all about and why would I do it?

Exploring some key research findings about the benefits for pupils of curriculum linked learning outdoors and the varied opportunities offered by school outdoor spaces for literacy. There will be an interim task for everyone to take away and complete before the second webinar.

Learning through Landscapes
The Application of Rosenshine’s Principles to the teaching and learning of PRE Exploring the application of Rosenshine’s Principles into the teaching and learning of PRE (Philosophy, Religion and Ethics).

For Primary and Secondary staff

Dravit Koorichh and Mike Ion
The Avanti Way and Pupil Retreats – before, during and after Discussing the experiences at Vedanta so far! Children’s experiences, events and Retreat programmes and aims. Gopi Bloche and Raviakash Deu
Registration for June events coming soon…

Monday June 27th 2022 – 3.45 – 5.00

Title Webinar Theme Host
Restorative Language: High challenge and high support conversations A focus on key language and vocabulary and how authentic conversations can ensure that school policies and systems are supportive.

Restorative conversations and language

Affective statements – having high challenge and high support conversations

Restorative language and questions – using three bubbles to facilitate restorative conversations

Learn about the application of specific preparation techniques – 100 things 1% better

Mark Finnis
Speak like a specialist: The ideas behind disciplinary literacy and oral rehearsal Building on the 16th May, this session will look at ways to ‘speak like a specialist’ with a focus on the ideas behind disciplinary literacy and oral rehearsal that lead to improved written outcomes. Helen Prince
SEND: Working Memory, the 8Rs & Rosenshine: Effective interaction and strategies

Session 4 of 4

Bringing it all together!  This looking at the 8Rs, Rosenshine, effective interaction and common needs and strategies and looks at how we truly put that in practice with the unique individuals in front of us.

Please do sign up for all four sessions – (also suitable for Teaching staff): Register for Abigail’s other sessions here: ‘Making-SEN-Make-Sense.pdf (avanti.org.uk)

Abigail Hawkins
Pupil Surveys: Using the data to support our key aims and open learning conversations Using the data to support our key aims and open learning conversations:

  • Evaluation and Action Plan as working documents
  • Opening conversations with staff
    • Accuracy
    • Gratitude (link back to SEF / Action Plan)
    • Ownership
    • Perspectives (link back to SEF / Action Plan)
  • Opening conversations with pupils
  • Next Steps: Avanti Learner
Simon Arnell and Jitendra Jani
The Avanti Way Pupil Charter: What this might look like in action! Implementing the Avanti Way Pupil Charter in your own setting.  We will explore what this might look like in action and consider the impact onto children’s learning and behavioural outcomes. How we can use the Charter to support children’s understanding of their human rights? Cherie Vincent
Using Non-Fiction Texts in Developing Children’s Vocabulary & Language This session will cover: The importance of non-fiction texts / language in developing children’s vocabulary and outdoor learning in promoting spoken language. Harshah Parmar, Tim Burns & Amee Patel
Taking the Curriculum Outdoors: Opportunities for exploration, experimentation and contextual learning Making learning outdoors a normal part of your curriculum teaching

An opportunity to discuss and give feedback on the interim task: benefits, observations and any concerns. The focus will then shift to next steps, example literacy ideas and ways of embedding learning outdoors as a normal part of your lessons.

Learning through Landscapes
The Application of Rosenshine’s Principles to the teaching and learning of PRE Exploring the application of Rosenshine’s Principles into the teaching and learning of PRE (Philosophy, Religion and Ethics).

For Primary and Secondary staff

Dravit Koorichh 
Growth Mindset: How do we help students believe that their intelligence grows with their effort? How do we help students believe that their intelligence grows with their effort, and that they can achieve high standards by taking on challenges, seeking and applying feedback, and learning from their mistakes? Mike Ion 

Your development matters

The continuing development of the Avanti’s employees beyond their induction and initial training is an area of crucial importance for the MAT. The Avanti Institute for Professional Learning is part of an overall workforce development strategy that views CPD as an ongoing, planned learning and development process that contributes to work-based and personal development. The scope of the Avanti Institute covers all settings, institutions and teams and includes – but is more than – training, development and professional qualifications.

What are we trying to achieve?

The main strategic outcomes of the Avanti Institute for Professional Learning are to:

Contribute to improved outcomes for all learners;
Value all our staff by improving their competence, confidence and self-esteem;
Develop a qualified workforce;
Develop a learning culture across the MAT;
Contribute to improving recruitment and retention of staff;
Ensure that the MAT is compliant in regards to any statutory training requirements.