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Professional development courses for teachers

The Inspiration Teaching School Alliance offers a broad range of continuing professional development courses for teachers and school leaders.

Our courses are led by some of the country's leading educational thinkers, bringing fresh perspectives to East Anglia.

We aim to make our courses as accessible as possible and offer substantial discounts for schools in Norfolk and north Suffolk. Our alliance partners receive priority booking and further discounts on places for their staff.

About our professional development courses for teachers

Our courses are led by some of the best-known and well-regarded education thinkers from around the UK together with the alliance's own locally-based experts.

Courses generally run in the late afternoon, fitting into twilight CPD slots and offering flexibility for teachers and leaders to attend with minimal disruption to school duties.

Most courses are held at the Inspiration Curriculum Centre, The Hewett Academy, 256 Hall Road, Norwich, NR1 2PW. Free car parking is available on site; please note access is from Hall Road and not from the main academy entrance.

If you have any questions about our courses, please contact or call 01603 733447.

Upcoming professional development courses

Date Course Tutor(s) Location

October 10, 2017 and November 27, 2017 (two-part course)

Towards a model of senior curriculum leadership

Christine Counsell and Summer Turner


December 12, 2017 What does teaching and learning look like in a ‘knowledge-rich’ secondary lesson? Heather Fearn and Tim Mullis Thetford
January 10, 2018 and January 31, 2018 (two-part course) Towards a model of senior curriculum leadership Christine Counsell and Summer Turner Norwich
January 15, 2018

Religious education and philosophy for the novice

Dr Richard Kueh Thetford
January 18, 2018 Powerful knowledge, disciplines and subjects in secondary schools: a course for senior curriculum leaders Christine Counsell, Dr Richard Kueh, and Tim Mullis Norwich
January 23, 2018 Comparative judgement: what is it, how does it work and how can it transform assessment? Daisy Christodoulou Norwich
January 25, 2018 Exceeding your GCSE English targets through knowledge rich teaching Dr Anthony Radice and Summer Turner Norwich
February 5, 2018 Revision: building, implementing and monitoring effective strategies which harness knowledge for rapid school improvement Dr Anthony Radice and Steve Mastin Norwich
February 26, 2018 and March 22, 2018 (two-part course) Research-centred teaching: the teacher as researcher Lucy Austin and Dr Richard Kueh Norwich
February 28, 2018 The role of subject-based communities of practice in improving subject teaching in secondary schools Christine Counsell and Michael Fordham Norwich
March 8, 2018 Implications of memory research for teaching Kristopher Boulton Norwich
March 12, 2018 Getting beyond teaching through genre in primary education: integrating genre-based teaching for writing into subject areas Dr Anthony Radice, Steve Mastin, and Sarah Buckley Norwich
March 15, 2018 Effective teaching and learning in science Lucy Austin and Tim Mullis Norwich
April 26, 2018 Direct instruction and grammar: How to deliver Expressive Writing Dr Anthony Radice Norwich
May 9, 2018 Inclusion, literacy and knowledge: Tackling disadvantage in secondaries through a knowledge-rich approach Christine Counsell and Summer Turner Norwich
June 14, 2018

The crucial role of RE in the knowledge-rich curriculum

Dr Richard Kueh Thetford

Coming soon

We have exciting plans for our courses in 2018 and beyond. Watch this space for information about future courses - here are some to look forward to:

Term Courses

Spring 2018

Teaching and assessing to fluency - with Dr Anthony Radice

Revision: Building, implementing, and monitoring effective strategies which harness knowledge for rapid school improvement - with Steve Mastin and Dr Anthony Radice

Building subject-based communities of practice - with Christine Counsell and Michael Fordham

Behaviour: How can applied behaviour analysis improve learning and behaviour in our classrooms? - with James Murphy

SEND: Using empirical evidence to design and run effective interventions - with James Murphy

Summer 2018

What does an 'entitlement curriculum' look like for low attainers? - with Lucy Austin and Summer Turner

Booking and charges

Places can be booked online via our ticketing partner Eventbrite. Click the course name in the listings above for full details and to book instantly.

Unless otherwise stated on the booking page, sessions will be charged per person at the following rates:

Standard course rates



Full course rate



50% discounted rate for schools in Norfolk and north Suffolk:
use the ANGLIA promotion code when booking



Priority rate for Inspiration Teaching School Alliance partners:
check with your school for your promotion code



Discounted rates are available for trainee teachers - please email for details.

If you can't make a course you've booked, we're happy for a colleague to attend instead. If you have to cancel, we will charge a £25 administration fee if we are notified more than 14 days before the course date; cancellations closer to the course will be charged at the full course cost.