Noctua School Alliance

Following the recent announcement by the Secretary of State for Education, Noctua School Alliance has taken the decision to cancel face-to-face training until we feel it is safe to do so to ensure maximum staffing levels in schools during these unprecedented times. We are pleased to offer your schools remote training sessions. To book a place, click on the training tab.
All our training is based on the most up to date evidence informed research.

Member Area

Leadership and Management

CourseTelling Your Story – Strategic Vision for School Leaders
Led byAdrian Gray, MA (Cantab) National and International Consultant
DetailsTraining for senior leaders in improving your ability to give a clear and convincing analysis of your school’s journey

Over the last few years we have helped dozens of headteachers to develop a more convincing analysis of their school’s journey and to communicate it to others.
Our experience was that many heads were reticent to explain their own impact, or it was not clear because their communication about improvement was not based on convincing evidence.

This course looks at how you can develop a simple approach so that governors, other leaders and staff can all share the same understanding of the school’s development – achieved by you having your own impressive ‘state of the nation’ perspective.
TimingsThursday 18th November 20212pm-3.30pm£60.00
BookingClick here to book your place
CourseHigh Quality School Development Planning for School Leaders
Led byAdrian Gray, MA (Cantab) National and International Consultant
DetailsA fundamental skill for school leaders

There is a consistent, nationally-recognised way of doing development planning – yet this approach is almost never used in schools. Despite development planning being an essential of good management, few school leaders have ever done any training about it.

In just over one hour of training using Zoom or Teams, we can provide all the fundamentals you need – including how to correctly plan using priorities, objectives, success criteria and actions. Included in this, we provide a FREE planning template that is very simple yet will revolutionise how you design and use your plan.

We have already trained hundreds of school leaders in this and a typical response has been –‘the most useful training I have ever had.’

The training is based on standard approaches used in industry and Government; it might be revolutionary for some schools, but it is normal best practice elsewhere.
TimingsMonday 6th December 20212pm-3.30pm£60.00
BookingClick here to book your place
CourseMonitoring Your Subject Through Work Scrutiny
Led byAdrian Gray, MA (Cantab) National and International Consultant
DetailsIdeal for new or developing subject leaders
Subject leaders often have limited time to monitor practice in the classroom, so effective use of other techniques is

This short one-hour training session looks at improving your practice in using work scrutiny to follow up and investigate areas of interest or to monitor performance against key indicators.

It will be illustrated with ‘real life’ examples in a range of subjects
TimingsThursday 24th March 20222pm-3pm£60.00
BookingClick here to book your place
CourseMonitoring Your Subject Through Pupil Voice
Led byAdrian Gray, MA (Cantab) National and International Consultant.
DetailsThis course for new and developing subject leaders

‘Pupil Voice’ activities are often done in schools but are rarely used effectively as part of a co-ordinated monitoring and self-evaluation programme for subjects.

With the new need to evaluate the impact of the curriculum, they are now an essential component in any drive to improve and yet too often ‘pupil voice’ work merely results in anecdotal information.

This course for new and developing subject leaders looks at how it can be best used as a component in a strategically planned range of monitoring activities. This is a one-hour course focused on yielding specific improvements in practice.
TimingsThursday 5th May 20222pm-3pm£60.00
BookingClick here to book your place
CourseDeputy Headteacher Programme
Led byExperienced Serving Headteachers
DetailsA positive, collaborative problem-solving opportunity that will develop your leadership and coaching skills.

The three, two hour facilitated sessions will address challenges commonly faced by deputy headteachers.

Each session comprises a focused input and a structured open forum in which group members will be able to set the agenda and share their experiences, suggestions, ideas and questions.

This is a positive, collaborative problem solving opportunity using group coaching activities that you can also use back in school with your leadership teams.

Topics covered will include:
• Leading Change
• Making Lesson Observation Developmental
• Having challenging conversations / Dealing with conflict
• Developing staff
• Stepping up

A unique, password protected link will be sent to you shortly before the start time.
The session will not be recorded and will be locked 10 minutes after the start time.
Please ensure beforehand that you can use Zoom from the location, on the network and using the machine that you will be using for the session.
TimingsDecember, January & March 20229.30am-11.30am£200 per delegate
BookingClick here to book your place