West Midlands Schools INSET Day

Jan 8, 2018 by

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Date & Time
Monday 08 January 2018
9:00am - 4:00pm

Birchfield Independent Girls School
30 Beacon Hill
B6 6JU

Ticket Information
Prices start from £0.00
125 spaces available

 WM Schools INSET Day 08.01.2018


Delegates can select one workshop from the list below. Please click on the workshop title to see course overview and trainer bio.


A. Practical Classroom Strategies

Course Leader: Mark Salter

Aimed at: Primary and secondary teachers, SENCOs and leaders

All learners need to find work difficult. Otherwise they are not learning and progressing. (All learners should grapple with content – Ofsted 2015)

Effective teachers address a wide range of factors to enable all of their learners to progress appropriately. Often skilful application of these will both facilitate stretch as well as engaging those that face learning challenges.

This course explores a range of practical strategies and techniques that can be drawn upon to facilitate progress for all. Whilst, the content of the course is based on research, educational theory, and years of teaching experience, Mark Salter is ‘all about simplicity’ and delivers in a practical, interactive and engaging way. You will leave the session with ideas that you can use straight away with your classes.

  • To explore features of outstanding teaching and learning
  • To engage in some practical strategies that promote active learning
  • To reflect on how today’s learning can move our classroom practice forwards

Mark Salter worked for over 20 years as a Physical Education Teacher in Nottinghamshire. This included leading three Secondary Departments and as part of a Senior Management Team. For much of this time he led training and CPD activities for the Advisory and Inspection Service (AIS)across all educational phases, ultimately joining the AIS as a Teaching and Learning Consultant in 2003 working in all subjects.

Since leaving full time teaching Mark has worked as a Local Authority Consultant and then as an Independent Trainer and Consultant both in education and in business. He has operated across England, and in Wales and Scotland. He recently extended his remit to work as an International Associate for Creative Education in Malta and for Dragonfly Training in Turkey and Jersey. 

Mark is also an Osiris Education Outstanding Intervention Licensed Trainer, a Validated British Council Core Skills Trainer, and temporary Physical Education Adviser to the Cooperative Academy Trust.

Mark’s mantra is ‘all about simplicity’ and whilst all of his training is based on sound educational theory and research all sessions are extremely practical and interactive. Attendees leave Mark’s courses with strategies and activities that they can use immediately back in school.


B. Teaching an Outstanding Secondary Lesson (Day 2)

Course Leader: Steve Burnage

Aimed at: Secondary teachers and leaders

This is day two of the workshop (Day 1 was on 25 September 2017)  and offers a wide range of practical and active strategies exploring the essential features of outstanding lessons. Closely examining Ofsted’s expectations for outstanding learning and teaching, participants will learn to appreciate what good and outstanding learning, teaching and progress should look like. Expected outcomes include understanding of Ofsted’s criteria for outstanding lessons, discovering exciting new teaching and learning activities, planning effective schemes of work and individual lessons and exploring effective techniques for questioning, assessment for learning and feedback, differentiation and group work. Through an engaging mix of presentation, video, group discussion and activities and independent school based projects supported by email and Skype, participants will leave this training with sound knowledge, innovative ideas and plenty of inspiration to take their teaching to outstanding levels

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.


C. Auditing Your Safeguarding

Course Leader: Matt Sparling

Aimed at: Primary and secondary teachers and leaders

This course will cover the following areas:

  • GENERAL SAFEGUARDING UPDATE – Roles and expectations for safeguarding in schools.
  • LEGISLATION – Key Legislation that Safeguarding Leads should be aware of.
  • AUDITING YOUR SAFEGUARDING – What to look out for and how to do it.
  • KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE IN EDUCATION 2016 – Ensuring all your staff know about KCSIE is crucial, this session highlights what they need to know.
  • SINGLE CENTRAL RECORD – Issues around the SCR and an example of one.
  • SPECIFIC CONCERNS – NEGLECT, PREVENT, CSE – Updated information on these key areas
  • SERIOUS CASE REVIEWS AND INFORMATION SHARING – Learning from Serious Case reviews and other significant events.

Matt Sparling is the founder and director of MJS Safeguarding Ltd, providing bespoke training and support for practitioners in the children’s workforce particularly school staff. He is also the Chair of Governors at an Outstanding primary school in the Midlands and has over 20 years work experience in the education and public sector, offering exceptional knowledge in the safeguarding arena.


D. Grammar and Creativity in Literacy (Primary)

Course Leader: Zebulnisa Butt

Aimed at: Primary teachers and leaders

This workshop consists of analysing creative methods of teaching grammar in the primary section. It starts by looking at how creativity is adapted to engage learners within this age group. The workshop aims to evaluate how creativity is used to engage learners and create a more receptive environment to teach grammar. It also gives participants the opportunity to interact with the strategies and evaluate how effective these are.

Zebulnisa Butt is a qualified teacher and independent education consultant with many years of experience in teaching and advising secondary and primary schools. She is fully accredited by the society of educational experts (SEC) and has adopted a holistic approach towards teaching and learning based on her experience of working with children and young people, drawing on aspects of changing the way things are perceived to achieve practical outcomes.

Zebulnisa has also worked as an education officer for Oldham Council, supporting schools to implement effective education plans and delivered training to leading schools as part of the local authority agenda of improving education standards across the Oldham borough. She has also supported parents with behaviour management techniques (derived from Webster Stratton and triple p) and later qualified as a CBT practitioner with psychotherapy fundamentals.


E. Assessment for Learning

Course Leader: Sajjid Sarwar

Aimed at: Primary and secondary teachers and leaders

Mohammad Sajjid Sarwar is the former head of a maintained junior school in Birmingham, having been in the role for 3 years. He 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 on coaching, staff development and management.


F. Effective Lesson Observation Skills

Course Leader: Akhmed Hussain

Aimed at: Primary and secondary teachers and leaders

Effective lesson observation is a key requirement of evaluating the quality of teaching and learning in schools. This workshop is delivered in two sessions:

Session 1 will focus on understanding the criteria for judging the quality of teaching and learning, and developing observation and note-taking skills. Attendees will watch short DVD clips and will have opportunities to develop their own lesson evaluations, as well as sharing colleagues and HMI evaluations of the lessons observed. A toolkit and resource materials for effective lesson observation will be provided.

Session 2 will focus on developing the skills and confidence to provide effective feedback after lesson observation. Through presentation, DVD and role-plays, attendees will gain a clear understanding of the characteristics of effective feedback, and have explored the skills needed to provide effective feedback.

Akhmed Hussain is the Headteacher of KD Grammar School for Boys in Manchester. He has substantial leadership experience in mainstream schools as Deputy Headteacher, covering a period of 14 years. Most recently, he has just completed three years as Deputy Headteacher (Achievement and Curriculum) at a large state 11-18 Secondary School that has just achieved its highest ever GCSE and A level results. Akhmed has a BSC Hons in Chemistry, PGCE, NPQH and has completed the NCSL Headteacher Internship programme.



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Booking terms and conditions:

  • Bookings are only confirmed when AMS 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 membership and have no outstanding payments due. For more information about membership please click here.
  • Organisations who are not eligible for AMS membership (i.e. not a registered full-time day school with an Islamic ethos) can purchase a Service Pack and attend AMS 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 will refund the full amount.



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