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Vicky Crane
Independent consultant
Founder of ICT WAND

Vicky has over twenty years of teaching, leadership and consultancy experience in the education sector and understands the demands leaders face in running schools and forging ahead with a school improvement agenda.  She provides training and support for individuals and groups, designs and delivers bespoke training courses, and offers facilitation services to senior leadership teams. 

 

My mantra is about empowering colleagues and helping teachers and leaders to achieve professional growth.  I believe this is achieved through:

  • looking at issues through the lens of research and practice - one foot firmly placed in the theory and one foot in the practical;

  • encouraging colleagues to: ask questions, be analytical; and evaluate current practice;

  • supporting colleagues to acquire knowledge and develop a deep understanding of educational issues so they can take action with confidence and implement quality solutions;

  • supporting colleagues to think through issues, look at problems from a variety of perspectives, action plan and problem solve;

  • challenge and support in equal measure - high expectations and a continued commitment to collective excellence.

 

Those who gain the most from CPD are those who have an open mind, a desire for growth and a commitment to achieving their personal / school goals.

ONLINE CPD SCHOOL

For leaders and teachers and teaching assistants

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Fantastic whole school online reading CPD

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Subject Leadership

 

Design your own programme - delivered via live zoom sessions

Subject and phase leaders play a pivotal role in shaping the curriculum, supporting teachers to deliver high quality lessons, securing school improvement and working to ensure the school is effective on a day-to-day basis.  Pick modules to create your own course.  Work with Vicky to plan a programme of support that is right for your school (or for leaders across a number of schools).

You can also add in 1:1 sessions with leaders.

"I feel I have a clear vision and now know the steps I need to take next as a leader.  I feel inspired.  Thank you for all your support." 


"The resources really solidified the information and helped to drive all points home.  Vicky had some excellent advice and the examples really helped."

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Reading comprehension

 

Online learning course with zoom options

This is an exhilarating course that has received excellent feedback from schools.  Aimed at primary colleagues, this course helps colleagues to design and deliver effective whole-school reading.  This course ensures participants have the necessary expertise to deliver effective lessons and increase pupil success rates.

 

 

It covers: running effective whole class reading sessions; selecting texts to inspire; the ‘big 10’ reading comprehension strategies; practical activities that can be used with any book; questioning and improving book talk; exploring barriers to comprehension; reading aloud; and addressing the demands of the National Curriculum and tests. 

 

 

“Extremely useful.  The course is already having an impact on reading.” “I feel totally inspired and determined to improve reading.”  “Wow! Superb – brilliant ideas that I can use straight away in class.”   “Hi Vicky, I am absolutely thrilled with our end of KS2 reading data. Overall 93% of our pupils attained the expected standard in reading with 38% of our pupils working at the higher standard.  Over 20% increase on last year."

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Pupil Premium
 

Zoom day(s)

The day (or days) can be tailored to the needs of the school and matched to the experience and understanding of the leaders.

You may wish to structure the training to consider specific elements, e.g.

  • Practical actions English leaders can take to support disadvantaged pupils;

  • Practical actions Mathematics leaders can take to support disadvantaged pupils;

  • Typical barriers disadvantaged pupils experience;

  • High impact strategies schools can implement;

  • What is takes to be an effective leader for pupil premium;

  • Practical actions classroom teachers can take;

  • How to maximise the impact of trips, visits, experiences, etc.

Or drill down into specifics, e.g.

  • Disadvantaged pupils and reading

  • Disadvantaged pupils and writing

  • Disadvantaged pupils and foundation subjects

 

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Developing metacognition through a working party 
 

A blend of live zoom sessions and online learning

Turn theory into reality with this practical course that focuses on harnessing the advantages of metacognition. Select a group of colleagues in school (or across a number of schools) to work together across a year.  Participants will develop a deep and thorough understanding of metacognition which they will then be able to use every day in the classroom.  They will be aware of how to create a metacognitive learning environment and have practical tools and resources to aid the explicit development of metacognitive skills.  They will then be able to share their good practice with the rest of the school and lead on developments.

 

“Useful resources and excellent activities that I have been able to use in twilight training sessions in school.  Vicky is a very generous and engaging course leader.”  “Really practical resources.  Lots of activities to take back for immediate and long-term action.”

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Strategic leadership - planning for the year ahead
 

Facilitated thinking sessions via zoom

Would your SLT benefit from support to consider:

  • How to be strategic

  • How to identify priorities

  • How to map out the year ahead

  • Troubleshooting school development

I offer facilitated thinking sessions using zoom and online post-it note software (concept board).

Leave the day with copies of electronic boards that can be shared with others and used to create your SDP.

Please note that facilitated sessions can focus on a topic of your choice instead of the holistic whole school plan.

 

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Improving vocabulary, language, communication and sustained play - through an emphasis on books
 

Online mini course

Video training, case studies and advice is provided to help colleagues increase vocabulary, language and communication through a more strategic approach to using books linked to areas of provision.  This course enables leaders to increase the impact of provision on learning and improve pupil well-being through more accessible play.  The approach is particularly successful at supporting disadvantaged pupils, EAL pupils and pupils with communication delays.

Ideally, the EYFS leader completes the course and then leads twilights / training sessions for other colleagues in the school by utilising the video clips and downloadable resources.  Examples on linking books to small and large world construction, cars and transport, animal homes, kitchen & home corner, vets - although the principles can then applied to many different areas of provision / topics.

£60 for the EYFS leader who can then share the materials in the school team.  Or, get in touch for multiple colleagues to have their own account.

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EYFS Provision development programme
 

Package of live and online support

  • Submit a collection of photographs showing current provision.

  • 90-minute meeting with EYFS leader to discuss provision and action plan for any necessary improvements.  Summary of key points for EYFS leader and headteacher.

  • 90 minute twilight training session for EYFS colleagues tailored to the needs of the school with a focus on provision (usually 1 or 2 weeks later).

  • Access to online learning modules for the EYFS team.

  • Follow-up session approximately 12 weeks later for 1 hour with EYFS leader and the headteacher or SLT link.

  • Case study is produced by EYFS leader showing developments across the year.

Package: £695+VAT

Additional sessions can be added: e.g. 90 minute meeting or team training on development of writing; 90 minute meeting or team training on supporting disadvantaged learners; regular 1:1 sessions with EYFS leader; meetings with headteacher or SLT link.  

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Progression in writing : Non-fiction focus

 

Zoom and/or online learning course

This course is for primary teachers and leaders who want to build their expertise in teaching non-fiction writing.  The course unpicks each genre and ensures that teachers feel confident to pitch teaching at the right level for their year group and the needs of pupils in their class.  The course considers the building blocks of progress within each genre and seeks to ensure that genre knowledge feeds into writing lessons.  We want writing to be based on experiences, the wider curriculum and quality literature, but a good jumping off point and background knowledge is only part of the jigsaw.  An understanding of genre, appropriate sentence construction and writing techniques that match the purpose of writing are all important.  For some teachers, this course provides the missing link needed to bolster writing.

 

"Excellent course.  Really useful and practical.  Clear resources that will help with the sequencing of teaching.  Great ideas for sentence level work and different build-up activities."  "Exceeded expectations and excited to share with other staff."

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Handwriting Classroom Programme
 

Online materials

A classroom programme to enable teachers to easily implement 15-minute daily handwriting sessions.  Designed for teachers in Years 1 to 6 and based on the Debbie Hepplewhite handwriting style.  

Videos for all letters.

Videos for short words containing the target letter.

Extra videos for difficult letter formations.

Videos for 100 most common words.

Additional printable resources to support development.

The programme can be run in every classroom in the school.

Excellent value for money and based on research evidence about effective practice.

Focus: stamina, freeing up working memory / automaticity, presentation, confidence, improving writing outcomes.

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Progression in writing information texts
 

Online mini course

Purchasing this course (£120 including VAT) provides up to 10 colleagues in the same school with access to this mini course.  There is a common introduction followed by sections for EYFS, KS1, LKS2, UKS2.  Colleagues can access materials from any phase.  

Training video tutorials, guidance and advice, downloadable booklets, supporting classroom resources, assessment materials.  This course is a CPD course and is aimed therefore at stimulating professional discussion and supporting teachers to plan schemes of work.

"I really liked how many practical ideas and suggestions there were. I think there were loads of 'take aways' that staff could pick up and start doing - I liked the resources that span more than one year group idea too. It was also good to see real life examples of pupil work."

If you have more than 10 colleagues who need access to the course, get in touch for discounted rates.

You can purchase the course for your school from our online shop, direct from our teachable online school site or via invoice by emailing us.

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Courses are all delivered remotely.
 
Courses can be designed to suit your need across a range of teaching and leadership issues, from single events to year-long programmes.


“After the final session I cannot tell you how many staff burst through my door very inspired by the activities they had been part of. I am delighted by the way this programme has developed all my leaders and managers. I know it will have a lasting impact on everyone who has been a part of it which of course will translate to the continued success of our school. I cannot thank you enough for understanding what I needed to achieve and being able to inspire and engage at such a high level.” Headteacher in reference to a year-long leadership programme.


“Just a quick email to say a massive thank you for the training you did on Tuesday. I have had many positive comments about it and people have made a point of coming to tell me about some things they have tried or changed over the past few days...which is great so thanks very much.” Headteacher in reference to a full training day focusing on reading.

 

“Just to say a very big thank you for your work on Friday. I very much appreciated your direct approach and your hard work.  I know the day will move the school on in our marking and feedback and increase the impact on pupil progress.” Headteacher in relation to a marking and feedback review day.


“A massive success and I thank you for your first class training and organisation.” Headteacher in relation to a multi school event for over 90 teaching assistants.


“I appreciate everything you've been doing with EYFS and transition. Staff have spoken extremely highly about everything. Both EYFS and KS1 have had successful moderations with the authority, and transition strategies that were worked out with you are going extremely well. You've really helped with helping to move both these key stages forward, and have a really successful year. A real credit to all involved.”  Headteacher in relation to an EYFS / Year 1 writing project.