Below are some examples of feedback from delegates who have attended the TLN spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development CPD.
The Schools Linking Programme provides a coherent structure and resources for promoting a positive school ethos by helping our children explore their identity, celebrate their diversity and develop a meaningful dialogue with other children in Stockport. This was recognised by Ofsted in our recent inspection in February 2017.
David Marshall, Headteacher of Cale Green Primary School, Stockport.
The reason we chose TLN as a provider was because we heard excellent feedback from another Oldham Head, who had attended the SMSC development workshop previously. We definitely were not disappointed. We have run the programme twice. Each workshop has reached maximum capacity and feedback has been excellent regarding both delivery and resources. It is the first time ever on the evaluation form that we have had two participants scoring 5+! We will definitely be using TLN again.
Teaching School Strategic Lead, Schools with Schools, Kingfisher Community Special School
Another thought-provoking training session from TLN, a good balance of activities, anecdotes, resources and Ofsted information.
Local Authority Advisor, Stockport
Have gained huge knowledge in how to support a school to develop SMSC within all areas of school life.
Local Authority Advisor, Milton Keynes
Valuable and informative, content delivered with real pace. Thanks!
Deputy Headteacher, Primary School
This is one of the best courses that I have attended in a long time! The resources are most valuable and the presentation was excellent! Time flew!
Headteacher, Secondary School, London
The course was fantastic. It gave me, a non-teacher, a really good understanding of SMSC development.
Director, Head Up CIC
Excellent delivery by very enthusiastic practitioners.
Outreach Support Teacher
Previously unsure what our SMSC development requirements were but now clear and inspired to start embedding this learning into lessons.
Education and Skills Manager, Bradford YMCA
Saved me lots of time as the resources and ideas fitted perfectly within our linking work. I look forward to continuing the training next year.
Primary School Teacher, Bolton
Gained a much clearer understanding of SMSC development across the curriculum.
Primary School Teacher, Bradford
A great confidence builder and really good for looking at new emphasis in Ofsted terms but also clear connections with other agendas.
Local Authority Advisor, Derby
Many thanks! Even more fantastic than last time!
SMSC Lead, Primary School, Gloucestershire
A wealth of information and advice on how to put SMSC into practice.
Teacher of Religious Studies, Secondary School, Leicester
Brilliant for preparing for Ofsted, everything addressed. Best course I have ever attended!
Primary School Teacher, Gloucestershire
The best course I have attended in a very long time – really useful and lots of ideas and resources to take away.
Headteacher, Primary School, Gloucestershire
Superb resources and explanations from tutors.
Co-ordinator of English, Secondary School, Wakefield
Thanks to the content of this course staff will have a greater understanding of what SMSC looks like, and have practical ideas to support it in lessons.
Sue Hobson, Feversham Primary, Bradford
You have given me lots of ideas and re-energised me to lead the school forward on this area.
Dan Burns, Headteacher, Oxenhope Primary School, Keighley
A really good day. Broad range of activities. Current and up-to-date information and guidance. Felt able and confident enough to ask questions. A brilliant, informative and empowering day.
Sarah Burton, Wibsey Primary School, Bradford
We will now be able to celebrate what we are already doing for SMSC and identify gaps together.
June Cooke, Headteacher, Ightham Primary School, Kent
This course will enable me to support others to develop their understanding of SMSC.
Jodie Palmer, Holmbush Primary School, West Sussex
This course helped define guidance with inspirational ideas connecting curriculum areas. Thanks for a really positive day when so much is currently doom and gloom!
Michael Merriman, Rednock School, Gloucestershire
This course will have an impact on whole school through helping with CPD and sharing with staff the importance of SMSC to school life. Thought-provoking, useful and detailed.
Jayne Bradley, Fairfield Park Lower School, Hertfordshire
All aspects of the day were well organised and structured, there was a good balance of theory and activity.
Jenny Stone, Headteacher, Fairfield Park Lower School, Hertfordshire
Thinking about SMSC? Think no further. This course met all our Worth Valley Learning Network objectives. Informative, practical, high-quality, tried-and-tested resources rooted in the classroom get you ready for that Ofsted!
Janet Parkinson, Headteacher and Chair of Worth Valley Learning Network
The most useful piece of training I’ve been on for a long time because you are speaking from practical experience.
Anna Longhawn, Leeds Fieldhead Carr Primary
This course has given me a clear idea of where I need to go next. I now feel clear on Ofsted expectations. Encouraging knowing I am on the right lines and now feeling more able to prioritise.
Martha Fairclough, Bedford High School
Put my mind to rest! Great to come away from a course feeling we are already doing OK but comfortable in how to move forward.
Pippa Langston, The King’s School, Pontefract
Thank you for developing my personal knowledge and giving me ideas which will have an impact on my teaching.
Caroline Jessop, Allerton Primary School
I have a clear understanding of SMSC and how this fits in with the changes to Ofsted inspections. I also feel confident to drive SMSC within the school in the future.
Steve Banks, The King’s School, Pontefract
So much fantastic information that I just want to go back to school now and share the whole day with staff. They made such a scary element of the Ofsted framework an exciting adventure.
Halina Rooney, Sudbury Primary School, Brent
Far beyond expectations – thank you so much. I feel overwhelmed but inspired by the impact SMSC can have on our children and school.
Babita Khialani, Portway Primay School, Newham
Good foundations set at the start of the day, with lots of useful examples and really helpful practical activities. Great to be able to take frameworks, books and resources away.
Liz Bowes, Outreach Coordinator, NEAD, Nofolk
The staff knowledge is amazing and the session covered everything using a variety of activities and information. The resources were excellent and ongoing support was offered. This has been the best CPD I have ever attended!
Rachel Williams, The Academy, Selsey
I would like to reiterate what I said on the day. Absolutely brilliant course run by two exceptionally enthusiastic, knowledgeable individuals. I’m pretty modest in my praise most of the time but it was terrific!!!
Patrick Barrett, The Eastwood Academy, Leigh-on-Sea
I would just like to thank you for running this course. It was absolutely outstanding, and the information surpassed all of our expectations. It was extremely well delivered, and the information packs and handouts will be very useful in delivering effective insets in school. I was particularly impressed at how both the presenters shared real-life experiences (and not squirreled them away so that their own schools look good) and the amount of knowledge and understanding they both shared on SMSC. I came away confident in presenting an inset in school myself.
Halina Rooney, Sudbury Primary School, Brent