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At Collis Primary School, we place high importance on the professional development of all staff.  It is a process of continuing learning, which takes account of the school’s priorities, national initiatives and the needs and interests of individual members of staff.  As a National Support School we have a high level of expertise that we have utilized in planning our current CPD programme.




Collis School provides many different training opportunities including school-based training, training provided by external providers, visits to other schools and sharing good practice by working alongside other colleagues.


Future Training at Collis (see attachment)


Andy Griffith (Outstanding Teaching)

Tuesday 5th September 2017 (all day training)


Sir John Jones (Motivational Speaker)

Wednesday 3rd January 2018 (9.30am - 12.30pm)


James Nottingham (Creator of the Learning Pit - Author of Challenge Learning)

Tuesday 4th September 2018 (all day training)


Kevin Hogston - Teaching, Learning and Well-Being Treasure Chest

Thursday 12th October 2017 (1.00pm - 4.00pm)


Fiona McRobbie SEN advisor, Kevin Hogston and Jane Way - 'Best Practice:  Enhancing the Use of Teaching Assistants'

Thursday 19th October 2017 (1.00pm - 4.00pm)

January 2017


Great Learners and Philosophy for Children P4C - Will Ord


On Tuesday, 3rd January Will Ord delivered an incredible training day for Collis staff. We were joined by two primary schools Fern Hill (Kingston) and Bishop Gilpin (Merton). It was a great opportunity for the three schools to work together collaboratively and share ideas about how we can motivate and inspire children through different approaches to teaching and learning. 



Will Ord talked about the following themes: What is a great learner? What skills, attitudes and dispositions do children need to succeed in school & in life? What can teachers do to build great learning in their classrooms? He explored many practical strategies for developing confidence, independence, engagement, risk taking, thinking skills, good dialogue, reflection & memory in both the staff and classroom.

Will Ord has trained teachers in over a thousand primary & secondary schools all over the UK during the last 11 years. He also works abroad and has learned a lot from his training in South Korea, Thailand, Bahrain, Norway, Dubai, Colombia, Mexico, China, America, Ghana, India and Sri Lanka. Will has also given keynote speeches at national and international conferences on many aspects of teaching & learning, school development, and education in the 21st century.


If you would like to find out more about Will Ord’s approaches, please visit his website: http://thinkingeducation.co.uk/home


September 2016


Building Learning Power - Guy Claxton


On Tuesday, 6th September Guy Claxton delivered a thought provoking training day for Collis staff.  We were joined by two primary schools Fern Hill (Kingston) and Bishop Gilpin (Merton).    It was a great opportunity for the three schools to work together collaboratively and share ideas about how we can motivate and inspire children through different approaches to teaching and learning.  



Guy Claxton is Emeritus Professor at Winchester University and a visiting Professor at King’s College London.  He is a renowned cognitive scientist who writes and lectures about building positive learning habits and attitudes. 


The day centered on Guy Claxton’s Building Learning Power.  Guy talked about key learning dispositions which enable children to become more confident, independent and thoughtful learners. 


Children should not be limited by ‘ability’, their capacity to learn should be developed by teaching them how to learn and by nurturing key skills and attitudes.  These skills include perseverance, mental agility, resourcefulness, independence and the ability to apply learning.  


Inspired by these principles and the practical ideas given, the three schools spent time together discussing how we can cultivate these important learning habits and skills.  If you would like to find out more about Guy Claxton’s approaches, please visit his website:  http://www.guyclaxton.net/



February 2016


Another Kind of Education - John McCarthy


John McCarthy provided an inspirational talk for staff and associates of the school on 23rd February 2016.  As one of our parents, we are used to seeing John on a day-to-day basis at drop-off time or at school events.  This is a far cry from his experiences between April 1986 and August 1991 when John endured nearly two thousand days in captivity, after being taken hostage in the Lebanon. 



John told the story of how he was captured and the long difficult years he spent, initially, in solitary confinement and, subsequently, sharing a cell with Brian Keenan.  The experiences and the conditions they suffered were desperate but, out of this, a strong friendship and support for one another emerged.  Humour played a large part in helping them to survive times when the future seemed hopeless. 


When asked how he got through over five years in captivity, John simply says that he, 'Just survived'.  However, his courage and determination seemed extraordinary to the audience. 


There are many lessons about relationships, strengthen and the human spirit that we took away from this moving talk and will remember for a long time to come. 


If you would like to find out more about John, follow the link here:  http://www.johnmccarthytalks.co.uk/

January 2016


Creative Writing - Steve Bowkett


Steve Bowkett led an excellent training day at Collis on 4th January 2016.  Staff from Fern Hill Primary School in Kingston joined us for the day.  This provided an opportunity for both schools to share ideas and experiences.


Steve Bowkett taught English in Leicestershire for 18 years.  He is now a full time writer, storyteller and education consultant.  His particular interest is in using cognitive thinking skills and encouraging children to use and develop their imaginations.



The day was packed with ideas.  A range of writing games designed to motivate children to write was explored.  Activities involving wordplay developed children’s love of language, including how to use nonsense words creatively. The importance of developing children’s observational skills and encouraging them to notice details was also highlighted.


Staff from both schools came away from the day inspired with many different ideas for developing children’s writing.


The link to Steve Bowkett’s website is here