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Teachers’ and Advisers’ CPD Week

9 - 13 July 2018

At Essex, we want to invest in the next generation of students to better prepare them for future university study.

We recognise that teachers are an important part of this preparation and so we’re committed to investing in your continuing professional development wherever we can. As part of this, we run a free Teachers’ and Advisers’ CPD Week with an event each day to cover a specific topic.

Join us this year between 9 - 13 July for these exciting CPD opportunities:

  • Monday 9 July: Mental Health in Schools

    Mental health issues in schools are a growing concern, with teaching professionals increasingly encountering the impact they have on their students.

    In this training session delivered by South East and Central Essex Mind, you'll learn to recognise the signs and symptoms of mental ill health, as well as gaining an understanding of mental health diagnoses and a basic understanding of treatments. The course will also cover the causes behind mental health concerns, the influence of language in mental health, and explore suicide and self-harm.

    You'll develop ways of approaching someone - be it a student or a colleague - who struggles with their mental health, and leave with a greater knowledge of local service providers who can support those with mental health difficulties.

    South East and Central Essex Mind

    South East and Central Essex Mind is one of over 130 local Mind Associations, which comprise the Mind network.

    They are committed to delivering high quality mental health services, to raising awareness of mental health and reducing the stigma attached to mental ill health. Their range of training courses act as an introduction to mental health, as well as to the support that is available.

  • Tuesday 10 July: Essex Language Conference for Teachers

    Join us for the ninth Essex Languages Conference for Teachers from our Department of Languages and Linguistics - a day of engaging lectures, workshops and networking designed to leave you inspired about language teaching!

    Whether you teach languages in a primary school, secondary school or college, whether you're a subject leader or just starting out as a newly qualified teacher, the ELCT offers the chance to hear the latest updates from our Languages and Linguistics academics.

    You'll meet and work alongside teaching professionals from across the region in a relaxed and informal setting, and end the day feeling even more excited to get back into the classroom!

    Lectures and workshops include:

    • 'The ups and downs of language proficiency': Professor Monika Schmid
    • 'Reviving language proficiency': Dr Yuni Kim
    • 'Speech monitoring in language production - the effect of anxiety': Dr Nan Zhao
    • 'Teaching with heart and soul': Dr Christina Gkonou
    • 'Podcasts: making speaking fun - a practical workshop': Emma Hopper
    • 'Confidently using literature in language teaching: Teachers' perceptions and students' voices': Dr Neophytos Mitsigkas
    • 'Why bilingualism matters and goes beyond knowing two languages': Dr Coralie Herve
    • 'Round Table for primary language teachers': Professor Florence Myles and Dr Angela Tellier

    Attendees will also receive a Certificate of Attendance for their professional development record.


  • Wednesday 11 July: Supporting your Students through the HE Journey

    Are you responsible for guiding your students through the university application process?

    Join us for this one-day CPD opportunity, designed to leave you ready to implement a range of practical techniques to make your students' applications more effective - and your life easier!

    You'll hear from staff and students here at the University of Essex as well as Student Finance England, who between them will cover a range of insightful topics, including:

    • Key Developments in Higher Education
    • Updates in Student Finance
    • Practical tips for reference writing
    • Degree-Level Apprenticeships: What are they and what do you need to know?
    • The Personal Statement - and how to help your students write one!
    • Study Abroad - alternative options for students

    Whether you're new to supporting students in their university applications or whether you've been doing it for a while, you're sure to leave with new information, practical tips to try and greater confidence in guiding your students through this crucial time.


  • Thursday 12 July: Teaching Students with Autism and ADHD

    Join us for this one-day training event, where Annie Clements from Autism & ADHD will provide expert insight into understanding and overcoming the additional challenges that teaching students with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and ADHD can create.

    Annie is returning following last year's very successful training event at our Teacher CPD Week. She looks forward to refreshing your understanding of autism and ADHD, as well as introducing new ideas on how to work alongside families living with ASD.

    Session 1: How is our understanding of ASD changing?

    Look at the science behind ASD, learn how it can be identified and explore the challenges it brings to both the student and the teacher

    Session 2: How autism and ADHD show up in the classroom

    Peel back the issues in the classroom and develop strategies that will enable students to access the curriculum and exams.

    Session 3: What are the issues for this particular age group?

    Explore how ASD and ADHD impact young people during their teenage years in relationships, decision making and transition, and how we can best support them to succeed.

    Session 4: Dealing with conflict between teachers and families living with ASD and ADHD

    Learn about the reality of living with a young person with ASD or ADHD and the roles we all have in supporting families. This session explores the challenges for both the professional and the parent and how change needs to happen on both sides to create positive outcomes for all involved.


  • Thursday 12 July: Engaging and Motivating Boys in Art and Design

    A three-part presentation and participative workshop to explore the issues that contribute to the underachievement and poor levels of engagement, predominantly of boys. The presentation will be supported by research data and analysis, feedback from teachers, Ofsted HMI and NSEAD. Guidance and activities will develop teachers' understanding of these issues before exploring strategies and approaches teachers can use to address these issues within their own departments.

    The speakers will include:

    Ged Gast - Education Consultant

    Ged is a freelance art and design and school improvement Consultant. He works in creativity, visual literacy, critical thinking, thinking skills, pedagogies for improving learning and teaching. He is currently a Trade Union Adviser and is also a Past President of NSEAD and a member of the Expert Subject Advisory Group for art and design education.

    He was an Ofsted Inspector from 1992 until 2014 and is PQSI qualified. He has written extensively for art and design teachers for 30 years, including the National Strategy art & design Assessment for Learning guidance, the Leading in Learning visual literacy resources and subject materials for QCDA and NSEAD.


  • Friday 13 July: Workload, Work-Life and Resilience: A Positive and Practical Toolkit

    As demands on teachers grow, it can be increasingly difficult to manage an extensive workload and achieve that all-important work-life balance.

    Join Chartered Psychologist Mike Culley as he explores these crucial issues and provides practical, takeaway strategies you can begin implementing immediately - each one designed to develop your efficiency and avoid burnout and stress.

    Using Positive Psychology, Mike will also help you think about ways to develop your resilience and build a positive approach to your workload - skills you can also pass on to your students.

    These valuable tools will leave you with a refreshed attitude to your work, a reinvigorated approach to your teaching and ready to embrace an enhanced work-life balance.

    About Mike Culley

    Mike is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist who specialises in training, coaching and using applied psychology with individuals and organisations. His work is particularly relevant to educational professionals, and he has provided training on behalf of the ATL, among others.