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Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Lifelong learning sessions

Half Moon, in partnership with Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Education Service (THAMES), offers an annual programme of FREE Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for all schools, colleges, nurseries and children’s centres staff (teachers, TAs, Learning Mentors etc.) in Tower Hamlets.

We offer key sessions online and in-person throughout the year, delivered by theatre and drama professionals. We also create bespoke packages for schools keen to have sessions delivered in their settings for all their staff. If your school is interested in the delivery of any of our available CPD sessions at their own setting for a number of staff, please get in touch.

A limited number of spaces for teachers working outside Tower Hamlets are also available. Course fees for non-Tower Hamlets teachers are £90+VAT (full day) or £45+VAT (half day). Discounts available for PGCE students. Please contact us for further details.

Explore our in-person, online and recorded CPD Sessions

“These CPD days are always informative, imaginative, stimulating and fun. I’m so glad to have Half Moon in Tower Hamlets.”

Contact us via cpd@halfmoon.org.uk or 020 7709 8903 to book a place on a CPDs or to enquire about a CPD in your school. Alternatively, fill in the online form at the bottom of the page. 

Our sessions aim to:

  • Extend the quality and breadth of drama being used within the core curriculum, as distinct subject delivery and as a tool for cross-curricular work or effective classroom management.
  • Address school development plans by providing specific training for teachers as identified in on-going appraisal within the performance review process.

Sessions in 2024 include:

  • February: Keeping Children Safe Online (In-person, half day)
  • March: Delivering the Relationships Education Curriculum (In-person, half day)
  • March: Creative Play for EYFS (In-person, full day)
  • May: Challenging Behaviour  KS3 (Online, half day)
  • June: Challenging Behaviour KS1/KS2 (Online, half day)

In-Person CPD Sessions

  • CPD: Creative Approaches to Keeping Children Safe Online  
    When: Thursday 8 February 2024, 1.30-4.30pm
    Where:
    Half Moon, 43 White Horse Road, E1 0ND
    Who: All subject staff – KS2

    This course recognises that our young people are growing up in an increasingly digital world, exposing them to both the opportunities and risks of the online world, and allows the participants to consider the positive impact of good decision-making vs potential harmful outcomes.

    Half Moon will provide drama and creative activities for children to think critically about the online world.

    Contact Androulla via androulla@halfmoon.org.uk or 020 7709 8903 to book a place on a CPDs or to enquire about a CPD in your school. Alternatively, fill in the online form at the bottom of the page. 

  • CPD: Creative Approaches to Delivering the Relationships Education Curriculum 
    When:
    Thursday 7 March, 1.30-4.30pm
    Where: Half Moon, 43 White Horse Road, E1 0ND
    Who:
     All subject staff – Primary KS1/KS2

    This course
    explores creative ways to teach about topics such as positive relationships, boundaries, and personal safety. As of 2020, it is compulsory for all schools to teach the Relationships Education Curriculum. The session will look at how to create a cohesive classroom and enable children to feel able to share and talk about difficult things. This course would be particularly useful for teachers who want to develop an increased confidence for delivering RE in their classrooms. 
     

    Contact Androulla via androulla@halfmoon.org.uk or 020 7709 8903 to book a place on a CPDs or to enquire about a CPD in your school. Alternatively, fill in the online form at the bottom of the page. 

  • CPD: Creative Approaches to Creative Play for EYFS 
    When:
    Thursday 21 March 2024, 9.30am-3pm
    Where: Half Moon, 43 White Horse Road, E1 0ND
    Who:
     All subject staff – Primary KS1/KS2

    This course provides creative approaches to working with early years groups which includes the planning and preparation of creative play sessions using movement, drama, storytelling, sensory engagement and music. 

    Contact Androulla via androulla@halfmoon.org.uk or 020 7709 8903 to book a place on a CPDs or to enquire about a CPD in your school. Alternatively, fill in the online form at the bottom of the page. 

Online CPD Sessions

  • CPD: Creative Approaches to Challenging Behaviour  (KS3)
    When: Thursday 16 May 2024, 4-5.30pm
    Where:
    On Zoom
    Who: All subject staff – KS3

    This course explores positive behaviour management, exploring proactive and reactive strategies and permits time to reflect on our own practice and to share experiences and get inspired by others.  

    Contact Androulla via androulla@halfmoon.org.uk or 020 7709 8903 to book a place on a CPDs or to enquire about a CPD in your school. Alternatively, fill in the online form at the bottom of the page. 

  • CPD: Creative Approaches to Challenging Behaviour  (KS1/2)
    When:
    Thursday 20 June 2024, 4-5.30pm
    Where: On Zoom
    Who:
     All subject staff – Primary KS1/KS2

    This course explores positive behaviour management, exploring proactive and reactive strategies and permits time to reflect on our own practice and to share experiences and get inspired by others.  

    Feedback from teachers regarding this CPD include:

    • “This session has taught me how to use my body to express how I feel and what I want from the children.”
    • “I will now approach challenging behaviour in a creative way. I have learned that less is more in terms of my words.”
    • “This was so active and informative. I have so many ideas to use tomorrow!”

    Contact Androulla via androulla@halfmoon.org.uk or 020 7709 8903 to book a place on a CPDs or to enquire about a CPD in your school. Alternatively, fill in the online form at the bottom of the page. 

Recorded Online CPD Sessions

  • CPD: Drama for Communication and Inclusion
    Time: 
    2 hour recording
    Who: All subject staff – Primary KS1/KS2
    This course worked with school staff on drama techniques to encourage participation and communication in all its forms in the children with whom we work. Participants were empowered to use drama activities to develop children’s expressive and non-verbal communication as well as receptive and attending skills.

    Creative Recovery Programme:

    This CPD session is one of two which are a springboard for our Creative Recovery Programme for your classes. Interested in talking to us about how you can use your Catch-up Funding to buy in a bespoke programme that uses drama to focus on emotional literacy, self-regulation and movement over a series of weekly sessions? Please contact us.

    Feedback from teachers regarding our Communication and Inclusion CPDs include:

    • “A fantastic lesson to create an environment where all are comfortable to express themselves. I will be implementing a lot of ideas in class to support children’s language and interaction. Everything was so interactive and relevant.”
    • “Practical, insightful, and low pressure.”

    If you are a member of staff from a Tower Hamlets school please contact us to access a recording of this session.

  • CPD: Drama for Recovery and Cohesion
    Time: 2 hour recording
    Who: All subject staff – Primary KS1/KS2
    This course helped school staff develop the use of drama as a tool to improve classroom communication and cohesion, bringing children back together through practical and creative teaching practices. This included the use of drama to manage challenging behaviour.

    Creative Recovery Programme:

    This CPD session is one of two which are a springboard for our Creative Recovery Programme for your classes. Interested in talking to us about how you can use your Catch-up Funding to buy in a bespoke programme that uses drama to focus on emotional literacy, self-regulation and movement over a series of weekly sessions? Please contact us.

    Feedback from teachers regarding our Classroom Cohesion focused CPDs include:

    • “The examples of how to use drama as a tool in a classroom have been very exciting and practical. It made me more confident to include activities like these and not to be afraid to do so because of behaviour, for example.”
    • “I came away with great exercises to add to my teacher toolkit that can be adapted for any age group.”

    If you are a member of staff from a Tower Hamlets school please contact us to access a recording of this session.

Teacher Forums

Half Moon also coordinates the Tower Hamlets Secondary Drama Forum and the new Tower Hamlets Primary Drama Forum, which are an opportunity for teachers to come together to support one another and share practice.

Secondary Drama Forum Primary Drama Forum

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