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CPD

Continuing Professional Development

Half Moon, in partnership with Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Education Service (THAMES), offers an annual programme of CPD for all school staff . We coordinate the Tower Hamlets Secondary Drama Forum and the new Tower Hamlets Primary Drama Forum.

We offer key sessions 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. Schools interested in the delivery of any of our menu of sessions at their own setting for a number of staff, please get in touch.

This year’s programme has now ended. Details of the 2022/23 programme will be announced soon.

Email Beccy, Head of Creative Learning, to find out more

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 this year included:

  • January – Mindfulness (online, half day)
  • February – Drama and Art (at Half Moon, full day)
  • March – Addressing Challenging Behaviour (online, half day)
  • March – Drama for PSHE (online, half day)
  • May – Communication and Inclusion (at Half Moon, full day)
  • May – Sensory Play (EYFS) (at Half Moon, full day)
  • Sessions from 2021 supported our Creative Recovery approach (online, half day)
Please contact us to express interest in any of these CPDs in the future
Download the 22/23 Schedule of CPD sessions

Live Online CPD Sessions, Spring 2022

  • CPD: Mindfulness for Recovery and Resilience
    When: Wednesday 19th January, 10am-12.30pm
    Where:
    On Zoom
    Who: All subject staff – Primary KS1/KS2
    This online course explores active drama and mindfulness activities to support children’s recovery and resilience as they navigate all the things happening in the world around them. The session is led by Tangled Feet, a Half Moon partner company, who have developed a specialist programme for primary schools that teaches techniques for children (and their teachers) to manage stress and develop confidence and communication.

    Feedback from teachers regarding this CPD include:

    • “This session has made me think about a possible mindfulness corner in the classroom, where children can go to regulate their emotions.”
    • “This session was presented well, engaging and packed with lots of interactive activities. I particularly enjoyed learning about and doing the relaxation activities.”

    As this session has now passed, if you are a member of staff from a Tower Hamlets school please contact us to access a recording of this session.

  • CPD: Creative Approaches to Addressing Challenging Behaviour
    When: Thursday 3rd March, 10am-12.30pm
    Where: On Zoom
    Who:
     All subject staff – Primary KS1/KS2
    This online course gives staff the tools to address challenging behaviour in young people through creative approaches in proactive and reactive strategies.

    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!”

    As this session has now passed, 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 PSHE
    When: Friday 18th March, 10am-12.30pm
    Where: On Zoom
    Who:
     All subject staff – Primary KS1/KS2
    This online course offers drama and creative activities for exploring a number of PSHE themes with classes, including transitions, staying safe online, dealing with bullying and building friendships. The session will equip staff with practical exercises to engage children in discussions around decision-making, communication and confidence. The course is open to all staff but may be best suited for those who work with KS2.

    Feedback from teachers regarding this CPD include:

    • “Half Moon provided an eye-opening course into how to educate young people about their online presence, getting them to consider if their online behaviour is different to real life. It was a very valuable day that gave a number of strategies and activities that I will take straight to school!”
    • “The drama activities will bring the learning to life and help me to engage all learners. On a personal level, I will be implementing a lot of what I learnt in my own home with my own children.”

    As this session has now passed, if you are a member of staff from a Tower Hamlets school please contact us to access a recording of this session.

In-Person CPD Sessions, Spring and Summer 2022

  • CPD: Drama in the Primary Classroom – Literacy through Visual Art
    When: Friday 4th February, 9.15am-3.15pm
    Where:
    Half Moon, 43 White Horse Road, E1 0ND
    Who: All subject staff – Primary KS1/KS2
    This in-person course explores dramatic techniques to enhance children’s imaginative responses to visual artwork for literacy. Focusing on storytelling and the teaching of literacy (developing characters; narrative structure; story extensions), the course uses the Gallery at Half Moon as its stimulus.

    Feedback from teachers regarding this CPD include:

    • “I really enjoyed the whole day – it was very useful as a creative toolkit to make learning more interesting – a way to encourage children’s natural activities. Creating a story from an observed picture and drawing into freeze frames were all great ways to stimulate children’s imaginations using a picture as a starting point.”
    • “I really stepped out of my comfort zone to take part in the activities but really enjoyed the whole experience.”

    As this session has not passed, please contact us if you would like to express interest in attending this session if it takes place again in the future or for details of any of our other sessions.

  • CPD: Drama for Communication and Inclusion
    When: Friday 6th May, 9.15am-3.15pm
    Where: Half Moon, 43 White Horse Road, E1 0ND
    Who:
     All subject staff – Primary KS1/KS2
    This in-person course works with staff on reflective practice and drama techniques to encourage non-verbal participation and communication in all its forms in the children with whom we work. The course also introduces participants to the Speech Bubbles methodology which uses small group drama work in an intervention for children displaying a communication need. Participants will learn how to use drama techniques to develop children’s expressive and non-verbal communication as well as receptive and attending skills. Participants will also explore drama methodologies for inclusive practice with SEND children.

    Feedback from teachers regarding this CPD include:

    • “I enjoyed learning about myself and others in the group. Putting myself into the shoes of a child to see how things we expect them to do can be challenging…. I will introduce more activities where there are no correct answers to promote communication.”
    • “A fantastic session to create an environment where all are comfortable to express themselves.”

    As this session has not passed, please contact us if you would like to express interest in attending this session if it takes place again in the future or for details of any of our other sessions.

  • CPD: Sensory Learning (EYFS)
    When: Friday 20th May, 9.15am-3.15pm
    Where: Half Moon, 43 White Horse Road, E1 0ND
    Who:
     All subject staff – Primary KS1/KS2
    This in-person course explores methods of creating sensory and immersive approaches to learning for early years that stimulates the imaginations of all learners. Participants will leave feeling confident to turn any topic, theme or story into innovative, inclusive and creative actions that link directly back to their classroom environment.

    Feedback from teachers regarding this CPD include:

    • “This CPD was really beneficial in getting me to think about how to enrich and improve my practice as a nursery teacher.”
    • “Delivered with boundless energy and enthusiasm and a very collaborative approach. I now have the knowledge to add sensory elements to my classroom.”

    As this session has not passed, please contact us if you would like to express interest in attending this session if it takes place again in the future or for details of any of our other sessions.

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.

More information about CPD with Half Moon