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Professional Learning Sessions

Join these sessions for the price of £50 per session (£25 for each additional attendee from the same school) or £40 per session (£20 for each additional attendee from the same school) for LSTSA Members and Strategic Partners. Participants can sign up for 2018-19 by completing this form.

Endless possibilities: a focus on gender equality

Date/time: TBC

Venue: Ann Bernadt Nursery, 29 Chandler Way, London SE15 6DT

This session will support schools to become more aware of gender stereotypes so that children embrace ‘difference’ from a young age. Participants will hear about good practice from Sweden on gender possibilities, and LBGTQ accredited nurseries, and the Mayor of London ‘gender equality award’ which is to be rolled out next year.

Reading development

Date/times: Friday 1 February 2019, 12:30-15:30

Aimed at: Senior and middle leaders

Venue: Redriff Primary School, Salter Rd, Rotherhithe, London SE16 5LQ. The session will be hosted by Charlotte Heath, Head of School and Sarah Cook, Literacy Lead

Through the Accelerated Reader programme, Redriff Primary have been able to create individualised reading programmes for all children based on their ability, track reading habits and appropriate book choices, and provide children with individual feedback for how to improve. All of which have contributed to closing the gaps.

During this session, participants will be given an introduction to Accelerated Reader, take part in a guided learning walk (when they will have the opportunity to speak to children about their reading), hear how the programme has motivated and enthused some of their most reluctant readers, and hear how ultimately it has impacted on the school’s reading data.

Reading for pleasure, reading for life

Date: Wednesday 27 February 2019, 16:00-17:30

Venue: Brunswick Park Primary School, Picton St, Camberwell, London SE5 7QH

In a time where children are swiftly reduced from learners to statistics on a league table and their eyes are glued to a screen, how can we - as educators - ensure that reading goes beyond tests and apps? Through exploring our own relationships with books, our reading education and formal examinations, we will aim to generate a shared, whole school vision of what it means to read for pleasure.

By the end of the session, you will have a clear idea of what reading for pleasure means for your school and will have developed strategies for cultivating this culture amongst staff, pupils and parents and carers.

There is no bad weather only bad clothing

Date/time: Monday 11 March 2019, 13:30-15:30

Venue: Ann Bernadt Nursery, 29 Chandler Way, London SE15 6DT

Participants in this session will discuss strategies to develop the outside environment to offer a wide range of open ended activities, including creating ‘getting ready’ stations with outdoor clothing to support the children’s freedom to explore outside. Participants will explore good practice from Sweden.

Understanding the link between behaviour and communication in your classroom

Date: Thursday 28 March 2019, 16:00-17:30

Venue: Cherry Garden Special School (new location), 41 Bellenden Road, London SE15 5BB

Research in young offender institutes has found that well over half of inmates have speech, language and communication needs. Surely, it cannot be a coincidence that these young people who have developed extreme behavioural problems also suffered from communication difficulties – what can we do to start changing this now in our classrooms? Develop your skills to understand the underlying reasons for challenging behaviours and leave with a set of tools that can be implemented in your classroom to improve pupil outcomes.

With the experience of supporting pupils within a special educational setting as well as a mainstream classroom, this session will give you the confidence to implement new strategies in your classroom.

The magic of Reggio Emilia

Date/time: Monday 29 April 2019,13:30-15:30

Venue: Nell Gwynn Nursery School, Meeting House Lane, London SE15 2TT

This session will showcase the Reggio Emilia Approach and the theory of Loris Malaguzzi. There will be an opportunity to produce an action plan to begin to implement some small changes in resourcing, philosophy and environment within participants’ own schools.

Bridging the gap between primary and secondary English


  1. Friday 24 May 2019, 13:00-16:00

  2. Friday 7 June 2019, 13:00-16:00

Venue: Bacon’s College, Timber Pond Rd, Rotherhithe, London SE16 6AT

Increasingly, due to the raised demands at KS3, children in Year 7, including those with scaled scores over 110, struggle to access the KS3 curriculum in English. This session is aimed at Year 6 teachers and is designed to explore ways to use the post SATs part of the summer term to bridge the gap. During this session, teachers will be given the opportunity to work with secondary and primary trained colleagues in order to design a programme of study, which will enable pupils to make a smoother transition to secondary school and make a more successful start to their next phase of learning.