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First professional development courses launched

Published on 15/03/17

Some of the UK's leading education thinkers are coming to East Anglia as part of the Inspiration Trust's first programme of professional development training.

The dozen courses - aimed at teachers looking to hone their skills - cover general primary and secondary teaching as well as subject-specific focuses on maths, modern languages, and history.

Tutors involve well-known education thinkers including Daisy Christodoulou on assessmentDavid Didau on memory, David Thomas on maths, and Barry Smith on modern languages.

Most of the units are scheduled for afternoon sessions in Norwich or Thetford, and timed to minimise the impact on teaching and the school day. The programme begins in April and runs through to July.

The courses are part of a range of initiatives stemming from the designation of Hethersett Academy as a National Teaching School, which will see the Trust developing a range of training and support opportunities for educationalists in East Anglia.

Schools in Norfolk and north Suffolk qualify for discounted places, with priority booking for members of the Inspiration Teaching School Alliance.

Christine CounsellDirector of education Christine Counsell said: "We are delighted to have such a strong opening programme, with some of the most thought-provoking thinkers in education today.

"We have listened to the needs of local schools and teachers and I'm pleased we have been able to cover many of the core areas that they say are of interest, and we will continue to listen to that feedback as we plan future events."

The full details can be found on the Trust's website at - together with an online booking form.