The course will provide practical insights into how good Sixth Forms work, the best way to support senior staff, the context of teamwork and effective ways to interact with students, staff and other stakeholders including parents. Effective sixth forms will have a clear vision, values and ethos and it is important that these are maintained and built upon. Sixth formers are key role models for younger students in schools and involving students alongside staff in reviewing and refining these via organisations such as school councils or pupil parliaments will help to develop a sense of ownership and strengthen relationships. Understanding how sixth forms work and more importantly how sixth form students operate is a key component for maximising their potential and educational outcomes. This practical training course provides Sixth Form Administrators (or those with administration duties within their Sixth Form provision) with the essential knowledge and skills to make a significant contribution to the success, character and efficiency of an effective Sixth Form in their school or college.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Sixth Form Administration Staff, PAs to Head of Sixth Form, Sixth Form Co-ordinators.
KEY LEARNING OBJECTIVES
The day will focus on:
Successful management of UCAS applications and the latest financial support for students
Effective planning of key 6th Form events:
Parents’ Evenings, Open Evenings and the 6th Form Ball
Providing outstanding support to the Head of 6th and 6th Form team
Preparing successfully for Ofsted
How to best support students and parents/carers
Successful communication with outside agencies
Helping to create an appropriate ethos and environment in the 6th Form
Effective management of the 6th Form office
Your own Personal Development
Martyn is currently Head of Education Outcomes for a large Local Authority. Having originally trained as a primary teacher, Martyn has been privileged to teach in primary, secondary and Further Education, working as both a Secondary Headteacher and senior leader in a number of settings. He has worked in both academies and LA schools and has a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of school leadership from curriculum development through to school business operations, community engagement, sixth form and governance. Martyn worked at a large Local Authority as a senior manager in the £300m Building Schools for the Future team and project managed 10 new school builds/refurbishments. He has been recognised as an open, honest, hands on leader who is able to get back to basics and make a difference. He is passionate about creating a positive step change in the education and life chances of young people and believes collaboration, partnership and teamwork is the key to success. Away from work he is an accomplished musician and maintains sanity as a musical director for amateur dramatics and choirs. He is married with two secondary age children.