The New Year fired up with fizz as teaching staff from the University of Chichester Academy Trust’s five primary phase academies got together at Berewood Primary School on Monday, 5th January 2015 for a Trust-wide INSET day, with a stimulating range of workshops led by staff from the University’s Institute of Education.  

130 teachers, teaching assistants and leadership teams from host school Berewood Primary, Flying Bull Academy, Frogmore Junior School, Kingsham Primary School and Fernhurst Primary School were welcomed by CAT Chief Executive Officer, Sue Samson and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Chichester, Professor Clive Behagg. In his opening comments Professor Behagg highlighted the connection between the work of CAT and the University’s deep-rooted desire to raise individual and community aspirations and enable economic regeneration through education.

A wide range of activities ran during the day with a focus on the primary curriculum. Workshop leaders introduced strategies for the effective teaching of Grammar and Punctuation, Phonics and Spelling and Developing Confident Mathematicians. Further sessions explored the teaching of Science and History in the new National Curriculum and there were options on Dialogic Teaching, Understanding Working Memory and supporting children in building healthy relationships, as well as a session specifically for TAs on improving pupil metacognition skills through dialogue.

Sue Samson said, 'It was a great way to start 2015 and an inspiring day for everyone who participated. The workshops were excellent and there were opportunities for staff to share experiences from across our academies and with University colleagues. Lunchtime conversations were full of ideas for future activity in our schools.'

The event was organised by Jane Evans, Head of School Partnerships, and the workshops were facilitated by Glenn Stone, Carole Bignell, Rebecca Webb, Wayne Stallard, Linda Cooper, Sue Sheach, Sam Parkes and Chris Blanshard from the University of Chichester's Institute of Education.