West Midlands Schools INSET Day

Jan 9, 2017 by

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Date & Time
Monday 09 January 2017
9:00am - 4:00pm

Birchfield Independent Girls School
30 Beacon Hill
B6 6JU

Ticket Information
Prices start from £0.00
193 spaces available



The programme for this INSET Day has been designed with the needs of schools in the West Midlands in mind.

The agenda can be downloaded by clicking here.




Delegates can select one workshop from the following.

A. Talk for Writing

Course Leader: Sue Cove

Talk for Writing, developed by Pie Corbett and supported by Julia Strong, enables children to imitate the key language they need for a particular topic orally before they try reading and analysing it. Through fun activities that help them rehearse the tune of the language they need, followed by shared writing to show them how to craft their writing, children are helped to write in the same style. Schools that have adopted the approach have not only increased their children’s progress but have found that children and teachers alike love it. It is powerful because it is based on the principles of how children learn and enables children to imitate the language they need for a particular topic orally before reading and analysing it and then writing their own version.

Aimed at: Primary school teachers and leaders

Sue Cove is an experienced and knowledgeable Primary Literacy and Early Years Consultant who provides training throughout the country to schools, consortiums and local authorities. As a Senior Consultant with the National Strategies she has been supporting the implementation of Talk for Writing since 2008. Sue also works with individual schools to deliver bespoke consultancy to Staff, Subject Leaders and Senior Management Teams.

Since attending the original Talk for Writing training with Pie Corbett as a Senior Primary National Strategy Consultant and Communication, Language and Literacy Development (CLLD) Consultant Sue has been a passionate advocate of the approach. Using a mixture of informative, reflective and practical activities she is excited to disseminate the key messages from Talk for Writing to develop quality first teaching and learning and improve outcomes for children.

B. Creativity in the Classroom -FULLY BOOKED-

Course Leader: Tushar Imdad-ul-Haque Bhuiya

The pressures to get through the curriculum and exam preparation can easily stifle creativity in the classroom. And yet creativity is essential for outstanding teaching and learning to take place. This INSET will look at how creativity can transform all aspects of your lesson. Incorporating exciting ideas gleaned from his recent experience of working at an outstanding National Support School, Tushar’s highly interactive workshop will cover:

  • The relationship between creativity and outstanding teaching
  • How to share learning objectives in a creative way
  • Creativity that doesn’t require ICT or expensive resources
  • How to plan lessons creatively
  • Starter, main lesson and plenary ideas
  • Creative questioning
  • Kegan strategies used by outstanding state schools
  • Group work that fosters independence and collaborative thinking
  • Lots and lots of practical, creative ideas to take away!

Through an engaging mix of presentation, video, group discussion and thought-provoking activities, participants will leave this training with sound knowledge, innovative ideas and plenty of inspiration to take their teaching to outstanding levels.

Aimed at: Primary and Secondary teachers and leaders

Tushar Imdad-ul-Haque Bhuiya is the director and lead instructor for Sheikhspeare Services which provides training for schools and specialises in English tuition. A founding director of Manara Academy, Leicester, Tushar’s management roles have focussed on teacher observations, NQT induction, mentoring and CPD. Since 2014, Tushar has been a popular trainer for AMS UK delivering INSETs in three regions. His consistently outstanding evaluations have led to regular  invitations to train hundreds of teachers at Muslim schools across the country and online. One of the few qualified Muslim male English teachers in the UK, he has worked for primary and secondary Muslim schools in Leicester since 2006 serving in roles as varied as assistant head, staff governor and Islamic Studies coordinator.

Tushar was recently recruited and worked for Leicester’s only National Support School, the Ofsted-outstanding Babington Community College, where he further developed his teaching skills in an outstanding English department. He is a GCSE examiner for both Edexcel and AQA.

C. Behaviour Management -FULLY BOOKED-

Course Leader: Sajjid Sarwar

This training will offer practical guidance on positive behaviour management which will assist the teacher in the establishment of a classroom atmosphere conducive to behaviour for learning. The training will include classroom strategies for managing challenging behaviour and discuss the importance of interpersonal skills and effective adult support.

Aimed at: Primary and Secondary teachers and leaders

Mohammad Sajjid Sarwar is the current head of a maintained junior school in Birmingham, having been in the role for 3 years. He has developed and implemented new data systems within the school as well as consulting Muslim schools on life without levels. Previously, Sajjid was the in the secondary sector for 15 years, including roles such as head of department head and deputy headteacher of a state-funded Muslim school. He has delivered a whole host of workshops for AMS UK on coaching, staff development and management.

D. Being an Effective School Administrator

Course Leader: Steve Burnage

This workshop, specifically designed to help school administrators maximise productivity, looks at ways to improve time management, customer service and communication as well as other administrative duties such as minute-taking and handling complaints so attendees will know what is required to offer a professional service on behalf of their school. The session has been organised into four sub-sections:

  • Understanding your customers
  • Working effectively with others
  • The job we do
  • You and your team

Aimed at: Primary and Secondary school administrators

Steve Burnage is an experienced INSET Leader who has spent more than 25 years supporting high-quality learning and teaching in schools. He has held senior management positions in inner city, urban and rural secondary schools including time as a Head Teacher of an inner city comprehensive school. Steve is an experienced leader of teacher and leadership appraisal and has delivered performance management training to primary & secondary schools and academies throughout the UK, Europe and the Middle East. Steve has also supported Chairs of Governors in Headteacher appraisal processes through the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

Steve is sought after as an expert practitioner, consultant and trainer who delivers training and consultancy in primary and secondary schools, colleges, academies and conference venues throughout the UK, Europe and the Middle East for insetcourses.com.

E. 21st Century British Muslim

Course Leader: Jakob Werdelin

This course provides Muslim faith schools with a series of guided enquiry exercises for KS2-4 with cross-cultural historical and social literacy to proactively deal with requirements in relation to PSHE, Citizenship and SMSC. It explores themes such as positive contributions to British and Western society of the Islamic World and vice versa, two-way negative stereotyping, current and future “British Muslim” identity, distinguishing culture from religion, and safe enquiry into potential conflict areas between Islamic and British Values.

Perhaps most importantly, this course explores ways to facilitate pupils’ meta-reflection on learning and higher level thinking skills, to facilitate engagement, responsibility and authentic identity formation. Debating, listening and other core social skills, as well as tools for assessment, are fully integrated into the exercises.

All course modules are facilitated through structural Cooperative Learning, which not only ensures easily accessible Ofsted-compliant student-centred learning, but is also judged the most cost-effective approach in relation to Pupil Premium by the Sutton Trust’s most recent report. Please see werdelin.co.uk for links and details.

Aimed at: Primary and Secondary

Jakob Werdelin is a private consultant, providing teacher training workshops, coaching, research and development to educational institutions working towards effective collaborative classrooms and community building. He has held sessions and seminars at University of East Anglia, Institute of Education and University of Edinburgh on Cooperative Learning and RE and related CPD to schools in Norfolk and the Midlands. Jakob has also worked with the Muslim Faculty of Advanced Studies in Norwich conducting research on the adoption of new didactic methods and the opportunities these offer for personal empowerment of Muslim students in the context of modern education.

You can find more information about Jakob by clicking here.

F. Dealing With Students and Mental Health Issues

Course Leader: Tahar Khan

This training will help teachers to have a greater understanding of mental health issues relating to children and adolescence. It will explore their understanding and provide them with practical tools on how to deal with children and adolescents experiencing mental health issues. We will explore risk and resilience factors, mental health classifications and disorder management.

Aimed at: Secondary teachers and leaders

Tahar Khan has over 22 years of social work experiences across a variety of child development, child mental health, child protection, training and social work roles, I am an action- oriented, results focused professional. Having sound foundations in Social and Behavioral psychology, fused with excellent interpersonal communication skills, I have successfully delivered training for high-profile entities including the United Nations, US Air force, UAE airline, Health Care facilities and UK Government.

To book tickets for this event, please use the form below and click on ‘Submit Booking’


Confirm your booking before this date to receive a discount. Later bookings will be at the full rate.

Booking terms and conditions:

  • Bookings are only confirmed when AMS UK has received a booking form and payment.
  • Early bird and group discounts only apply when payment has been received before the deadline.
  • All workshops have a limited capacity – once reached, no further bookings can be taken for that workshop. If, on the day, spaces become available due to cancellations, delegates may request to attend this workshop during registration.
  • Member discounts apply to schools who have paid their subscription for AMS UK membership and have no outstanding payments due. For more information about membership please click here.
  • Organisations who are not eligible for AMS UK membership (i.e. not a registered full-time day school with an Islamic ethos) can purchase a Service Pack and attend AMS UK events at member rates as well as enjoy a host of other benefits. Alternatively, you may attend the event as a non-member.


  • Bookings cancelled 29 days or more before the event date will be refunded in full.
  • Bookings cancelled 15 to 28 days before the event date will be refunded minus a £10.00 charge per ticket to cover administration costs.
  • Bookings cancelled 8 to 14 days before the event date be refunded minus a £20.00 charge per ticket to cover administration costs.
  • Bookings cancelled 7 days or less before the event date will not be refunded.
  • In the event workshops are cancelled, AMS UK will refund the full amount.



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