CPD Course Partners
A unique partnership of two highly successful education specialists with a proven track record of raising standards in schools with improved inspection outcomes.
With extensive experience of securing sustainable school improvement across local authority schools, multi-academy and independent trusts, we offer high quality consultancy, continuous professional development, leadership development, and bespoke events for the complete primary age range.
Kate has been successfully leading and advising schools in mathematics from EYFS to year 6 for nearly twenty years. Her interventions and support have resulted in schools improving their Ofsted outcomes. She researches, writes and delivers bespoke mathematics training which focuses on deepening subject knowledge and enhancing pedagogical practice. Kate also provides subject leaders with regular updates on national and local priorities as well as current trends in mathematical development. She is a strategic partner in Click4Teaching working collaboratively with Chris Ogden (English) to offer creative curriculum projects, innovative learning continuous professional development and events for pupils.
Chris has been successfully leading and advising schools on all aspects of English and quality first teaching from EYFS to year 6 for the past thirteen years. This support has resulted in improved Ofsted outcomes for schools. Using the latest research, he writes and delivers specific English training which focuses on developing subject knowledge and effective pedagogical approaches. He also supports schools identifying how reading (including phonics), writing and grammar can be applied to a range of subjects as well as improving test scores in SATs.
Chris provides schools with information on emerging national and local trends in English.
He is a strategic partner in Click4Teaching working collaboratively with Kate Burton (mathematics) to offer innovative creative learning contexts and approaches delivered through continuous professional development and Roadshow events for children.
Chris also works for Ofsted as an inspector.
Spectra Inclusion Support Team offers personalised support and advice for children and young people with needs related to the autism spectrum, social interaction and communication difficulties, speech and language difficulties, challenging behaviour, anxiety and low self-esteem.
Our team continues to grow and develop since initially being established as Spectra Autism Inclusion Service Ltd in the Spring of 2013.
Our high-quality service is a social enterprise and is available for schools and other organisations in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and vicinity. A wide range of support services can be provided including direct intervention, staff support and training. Spectra also delivers a range of training courses at St Peter’s learning Centre in Wem.
Best Practice Network
Best Practice Network is one of the UK’s largest providers of training, development and support for education professionals.
We share the desire of every practitioner that every child, regardless of their background, should benefit from an excellent education.
We do this by working in close partnership with practising education professionals to develop and deliver high-quality CPD and qualifications that help school leaders, early years practitioners, business managers, support staff and SENCOs be the best they can be and transform the lives of children and young people.
Our comprehensive range of programmes includes the government-approved National Professional Qualifications for school leaders, Early Years Initial Teacher Training and the National Award for SEN Coordination (NASENCO).
NCCE TeachComputing Midlands West Hub
The NCCE exists to ensure that all pupils in England have a world-class computing education, and to this end we aim to provide teachers with the knowledge, skills and understanding to be able and confident to deliver Computing and Computer Science. We do this through online and face-to-face courses and sessions, and through self-paced materials that lead to certified qualifications and accreditation. As well as a range of core courses we can create bespoke courses according to demand and local need. Courses are supported by a generous bursary – always useful for school budgets!
Our first point of contact with a school is usually to complete a 30-minute Needs Analysis, after which we prepare a suggested Action Plan with a selection of points to follow. If we discover similar needs in a locality we can arrange a bespoke face-to-face or remote course to meet local demand. Your kind offer of the use of meeting spaces at St. Peters and Woodfield Infants will be ideal for holding courses in Shropshire to raise the impact of computing education.
Richard Smith- Amazing ICT
An Educational ICT Consultant who set up his own company, AmazingICT, following a career in teaching and LA consultancy. This has included work as a school improvement adviser, ICT Mark assessor, a DfE accredited consultant for schools and four years of leading a team of consultants supporting the appropriate use of ICT in 60 schools. Richard works in 8 schools each week delivering Computing, coding, E-safety and technology lessons.
Richard runs Primary and Secondary Computing Network meetings for the University Centre Shrewsbury.
He is a STEM Learning Associate Facilitator delivering courses for the new National Centre for Computing Education and has recently written a blog post on this. He is a Computing at School Community Leader (CAS). In June ‘19 one of his teams came 2nd in the Young Coders Competition.
In 2019 he was made a facilitator for STEM Learning & the National Centre for Computing Education.
He leads on writing Computing materials for Cornerstones Education (in over 2000 Schools).