CPD Online Video Training

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Focus Video Hub- Online Video Training.

In response to school requests and the current budget crisis in schools, Focus took the decision earlier this year to offer filmed versions of a selection of our courses.
Teachers and heads have repeatedly described how supply teacher costs and reducing budges is impacting on teacher CPD. They are struggling to fund staff taking time out of teaching to go on courses.

When they do manage to find the money, these teachers and senior leaders often tell us how useful the course would have been for their colleagues (but they can’t afford to send them).

In response to this feedback, we took the decision to film several courses and offer these so staff can watch these together, or on their own at their convenience.

There are activities that take place during the courses, pauses for reflection, time for discussion and training notes that go alongside the videos (including the powerpoint in case you want to use some of the resources).

No, it’s not the same as being in the room at the actual course, but we hope it’s the next best thing. If you want to ask questions to the speaker, we can provide their email addresses and you can ask them direct. There is also a list included of publications or websites referred to throughout the course.

The Video Hub allows you to download the online video training onto your computer or server or stream them direct from our website (so no storage is required, just an internet connection).

We’ve had overwhelmingly positive feedback from teachers and heads and are delighted we can offer another solution to budget issues.

Improving Outcomes for All - Video Hub

This online video training is aimed at primary school leaders, putting much emphasis on leaders' role in directing learning and raising standards. The main principle running throughout this training is 'believing almost all pupils can attain the expected standard for their age'. It will put a great deal of focus on how to make intervention work for you by ensuring pupils are keeping up not catching up. In addition, it will consider how to improve outcomes for more able learners, ensuring higher percentages are attaining greater depth. It will look at these issues from Early Years through to Year 6.

The training will:

  • Emphasise the importance of creating a 'whole-school' ethos that embraces the principles that almost all pupils are capable of attaining the national expectations for their age;
  • Help you create a vision where intervention is about pupils keeping up not catching up;
  • Enable you to be relentless in your determination that no pupil will fall behind;
  • Provide you with practical principles which can be implemented almost immediately provided everyone is committed to it;
  • Help you ensure that all pupils are provided with every opportunity to ensure that they 'keep up' with the curriculum and meet or exceed the end of year expectations;

It will focus on aspects such as:

  • corrective teaching - ensuring rapid intervention when needed;
  • pre-teaching - looking at the practicalities;
  • introduce the principle of 'workwatch' - intense checking of a few pupils' books at the end of each day;
  • reviewing teacher assistants' role - using five-minute boxes approach;
  • effective marking and feedback - aimed at reducing teacher workload;
  • making greater use of working or learning walls.


  • The approach is underpinned by excellent summative assessment and tracking, effective planning and engaging parents as partners;
  • Help teachers to coach pupils to: plan their learning more effectively; monitor the learning, identifying key steps to keep on track; and, to evaluate their learning, recognising how they may have tackled the problem differently, etc.;
  • Focus on practical aspects, such as, what this may look like in an English lesson, a maths lesson and in the broader curriculum;
  • Provide you with a monitoring framework which focuses on the learning and not the teaching as a way to assess the quality of the provision in classrooms.
  • This training aims to delve deeply into the teaching and learning culture at school and academy level. It will make you take a realistic look at what makes teaching and learning great. It will focus very much on excellence and how to achieve it.

Developing Excellence in Maths and Science - Video Hub

Course Description
This online video training will provide science and maths subject leaders and coordinators with practical ideas, to enable them to improve standards in maths and science, developing and improving links with English and maths so that pupils develop an understanding of how their learning is meaningful and can be applied in context. This training will enable all subject leaders to ensure they can impact on standards, helping pupils reach the expected standards by the end of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, taking into account the renewed national emphasis on science from both the DfE and from Ofsted.

The training will address the following:

  • Best practice in maths and science: ensuring progression through each year group;
  • The application of maths in science;
  • Developing English through science and the importance of spoken language;
  • Assessment and monitoring standards.

The benefits of attending this training:

  • It will provide you with a clear understanding of how basic skills can be applied across core subjects;
  • It will enable you to monitor and evaluate the application of basic skills in your setting;
  • It will provide you with practical resources to use in school.
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