(40a) ISQAM Level 1 West/West Midlands Cluster: Day 1 training for participants (Crowne Plaza Hotel, Birmingham, 9 October 2018)

This course is for:
Delegates taking part in the Independent Schools’ Qualification in Academic Management (ISQAM) Level 1 programme in the West/West Midlands cluster.


The Independent Schools’ Qualification in Management (ISQAM) is designed for Heads of Academic Departments (HoDs) and aspiring HoDs in schools of The Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) and The Girls’ School Association (GSA).

Please view the ISQAM briefing document for more information about the programme.

To book a place, please register yourself onto both the Day 1 and Day 2 training events for this cluster as shown below, and ensure that your mentor is booked onto one of the mentor training sessions:

West/West Midlands Cluster

Day 1 (Crowne Plaza, Birmingham City Centre, 09/10/2018) - click the register button above

Day 2 (Trent College, Nottingham, 06/03/2019)

ISQAM Level 1 mentor training

Mentors are welcome to attend either event:

Amba Marble Arch, London (24/09/2018)

Novotel London City South (20/11/2018)


09:15 – 09:30

Arrival, registration and coffee

09:30 – 09.50

Welcome and introductions

Phil Rowbotham – UCL/Institute of Education

Introduction to the ISQAM programme

  • Aims and programme structure
  • Coursework requirements
  • Next steps

09:50 – 12:30

(Break at 11:10)

Module 1: Improving learning through effective lesson observation and feedback

Phil Rowbotham – UCL / Institute of Education

To explore and clarify:

  • what effective learning and teaching looks like
  • the purposes of observing lessons
  • how a narrative approach to lesson observations can enhance post lesson dialogue

To further develop skills in:

  • evaluating teaching and learning and (with reference to Module 2)
  • using a coaching approach for post-lesson dialogues


12:30 – 13:20


13:20 – 16:20

(Break at 15:00)

Module 2: Coaching to support colleagues and address challenging conversations

Phil Rowbotham, Institute of Education

This session is designed to introduce the process and practice of coaching.

It will enable you to explore how coaching can equip you as leaders to:

  • support colleagues, improve staff performance and influence classroom practice
  • enable you to be proactive and confident in having the ‘challenging’ conversation


16:20 – 16:30

Learning capture, wrap up, evaluations and depart

 Please see the ISQAM Level 1 Portfolio for details of the Module 1 and 2 school-based and assessment activities.