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Proposed date Wednesday, 24th November 2021

The Advanced Learning Partnership is delighted to announce that for the seventh successive year, we will be running our very successful Middle Leader’s Programme for aspiring Middle Leaders from February – May 2022.

This course will be delivered by Deputies, Assistant Headteachers and Advanced Learning Partnership Education Experts and comprises of:

• Four sessions covering the key qualities and skills an outstanding and successful middle leader needs to demonstrate. Please see below for dates, session titles and locations.

• The opportunity to be ‘buddied-up’ with an experienced Head of Department in a partner school.

This is an excellent opportunity for leadership development and networking with an experienced colleague in your specialist field. The sessions will be held as a mixture of online and face-to-face twilights starting at 4.30pm and finishing no later than 6.30pm.

If you would like to book this course or would like further information, please contact Nicola Nicolaou on The course costs £100 + VAT for all schools.



Thursday 3rd February 2022 - Effective Leadership - Anne MacDonald (Deputy Headteacher, QE Boys School) - Online

Wednesday 2nd March 2022 - Monitoring Performance - Jane Hart (Director of Teaching and Learning) - Watford Grammar School for Girls

Wednesday 30th March 2022 - Curriculum - James Wood (Deputy Headteacher)-  Hertswood Academy

Monday 25th April 2022 - Managing People: Mentoring and Coaching Staff -  Amanda Davighi (ALP Education Expert) - Dame Alice Owen’s School

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Proposed date Wednesday, 5th May 2021

This session will explore Instructional Coaching, looking at what it is and the success it can have in school.  The emphasis will be on Directional and Non-Directional coaching within our schools. This session is ideal for anyone interested in the power and impact of coaching within a school environment. 

For more information or to book a place, please contact Nicola Nicolaou on This will be an online session; an invitation code will be sent shortly before the meeting.

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Proposed date Wednesday, 9th December 2020

This session will explore the way neuro-linguistic programming (an approach aimed at enhancing the effectiveness of communication) facilitates learning in MFL. Specifically, the session will look at the way retrieval learning brings information to mind and improves learning, and will demonstrate techniques to incorporate this into teaching.

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Proposed date Thursday, 15th October 2020

Do you have teachers who would benefit from subject enhancement training in Physics?

The Advanced Learning Partnership are delighted to be hosting FREE subject specialism training in Physics, provided through the IOP’s teacher CPD programmes and starting in September 2020. This will be the sixth year that this successful course has been run.


The sessions will benefit:

  • Non-specialists who are either new to or would like support in teaching Physics
  • Biology and Chemistry teachers who already teach Physics but who would like additional support
  • Teachers who don’t yet teach Physics but would like to do so
  • Teachers returning to teaching after a career break who would now like to teach physics


Each participant will be surveyed before the start of the course to determine their current subject knowledge and as much as possible the programmes will be tailored to their needs.


Sessions usually run every 3 or 4 weeks, 4pm to 5.30pm and sessions for this term will operate as virtual ones. Participants can choose to attend KS3/GCSE sessions and/or A-Level sessions. KS3/GCSE sessions will be on Thursday afternoons and A-Level sessions on Tuesday afternoons. Topics are listed below - more dates will be confirmed nearer the time once the situation is clearer.



 GCSE and KS3 focused sessions
 Date Topic
 Thursday 15th October Forces
 Thursday 12th November Electricity 
 Thursday 26th November Nuclear Physics
 Thursday 10th December Motion
 Thursday pm 5  Waves
Thursday pm 6 Energy
Thursday pm 7 Magnetism
Thursday pm 8 Momentum & calculations
Full day in May Further topics & consolidation
Full day in May Further topics & consolidation
 A-Level focused sessions  
 Date  Topic
 Tuesday 3rd November  Electric Fields
 Tuesday 1st December  Nuclear Physics
 Tuesday pm 3  TBC
 Tuesday pm 4  TBC
  Full day in May  TBC



Over the last four years all participants have rated the course as very good or excellent, and one commented: "this course gave me lots of ideas to support and challenge students, especially with regards to differentiation and addressing misconceptions".


If you would like to book a place please email Nicola Nicolaou:


Would your science department benefit from free in-school support with physics?

Since September 2017 Dame Alice Owen’s School has been an IOP Lead School, leading CPD for a network of partner schools. We are able to support ten partner schools.


Partner schools receive termly visits to provide bespoke in-school support such as a twilight INSET for all science staff on teaching electricity or energy.


If you would like further information about becoming an IOP partner school, please email Simon Poliakoff:

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Proposed date Wednesday, 16th September 2020

The Advanced Learning Partnership is delighted to announce the fifth year of the Senior Leader’s Programme which follows on from the success of previous years. This course will be delivered by Headteachers of our Alliance schools and will prepare participants for the job of, and application to, a Senior Leadership Team.

This course comprises of six core modules.  Where possible, we hope to run the modules as twilight sessions at various Alliance schools, adhering to social distancing rules. However, some sessions will be held online instead.

In addition to the taught part of this course, participants will be expected to complete a small project, overseen by a member of their current Senior Leadership team. This should be a project which has clear outcomes and which allows them to showcase their school wide leadership skills. You will be asked to supply a draft title for your project, together with the name and role of your school mentor for your registration on this course to be completed.

The Senior Leadership Programme also includes a day where participants will be interviewed for a fictitious position as Assistant Headteacher. This process will include a number of realistic interview tasks as well as an interview conducted by current Alliance Headteachers. Thorough, individualised, feedback from this process will be provided.  


Session Date

Session Title



Location of Session


Thursday 15th  October 2020


Leadership and Management


Sylvia Tai




Headteacher of Watford Grammar School for Girls




Thursday 12th  November 2020



Applications to Senior Leadership


Ian Cooksey


Headteacher of Watford Grammar School for Boys






Financial management of a school


Hannah Nemko


Headteacher of Dame Alice Owen’s School



Dame Alice Owen’s School


Monday  11th  January 2021


Evaluating your school/area of responsibility and proving capacity to improve



Neil Enright


Headteacher of Queen Elizabeth’s Boys School


Queen Elizabeth’s Boys School




Interview Practice Day







23rd  February  2021



Performance management, team development and accountability


David Croston and Liz Grant


Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher of Chancellor’s School


Chancellor’s School


Monday 8th March 2021


Taking departments from good to outstanding



Dr Mel Lee


Deputy Headteacher of Yavneh College


Yavneh College




Project Presentations




Dame Alice Owen’s School



Sessions start at 4.30pm and will finish no later than 6.30pm. Places on this course are strictly limited and will be assigned on a first come first served basis. The course costs £300 plus VAT for Alliance schools and £350 plus VAT for non-Alliance schools.


If you would like to book this course or would like further information, please contact Nicola Nicolaou on


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