Medway & Kent Primary Hub

Fortis Trust has partnered with The PTI (formerly The Prince’s Teaching Institute) to provide schools in Medway and Kent with an opportunity to join our PTI Primary Hub. Fortis Trust believes that educational excellence is developed through strong partnerships. The PTI Hub will provide an opportunity for schools to network, collaborate and innovate in line with the aims and beliefs of The PTI.

The PTI, believe all children, regardless of background or ability, are entitled to a rich educational experience, delivered by passionate and knowledgeable teachers. Supporting teachers to develop specialist subject knowledge, enhance their subject pedagogy and deliver exceptional lessons. This is delivered through three key features unique to The PTI:

  1. Subject knowledge expert input from leading academics and well-renowned speakers
  2. Subject pedagogy workshops delivered by practicing teacher leaders
  3. Subject networks networking and creative collaborations to bring back to school

Upcoming CPD

Day 1 | English | Unlocking Reading

Tuesday 17th October 2023

Immerse yourself in the world of books and join us for an English CPD day. Be inspired by our team of experts as they guide you through strategies to help support readers and early readers, take part in a hands on workshop and join together in a creative collaboration.

Day 2 | English | Writing

Tuesday 23rd January 2024

Come along and join us for our second English CPD day focussing on Writing. During the day we will look at strategies to help support children to build resilience in their writing and spark their curiosity.

Day 3 | Science-Geography

Thursday 23rd May 2024

Bring the outdoors in and don’t miss out on our Science-Geography CPD day where we will be exploring challenging and enriching materials and activities that can be used back in the classroom.

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Virtual Hubs

As a member of the Medway & Kent Hub, you also get access to a series of three online virtual hub days. The virtual twilight sessions take place online from 15.45 to 17.30, with a distinguished speaker, followed by stimulating discussion. This year the series will be focussing on all things Maths! Don’t miss out:

Virtual Day 1: Maths | Atomisation

Thursday 5th October 2023

Virtual Day 2: Maths | Automacity

Thursday 8th February 2024

Virtual Day 3: Maths | Successful Mathematicians

Thursday 13th June 2024

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What do CPD Days look like?

Each day will be structured around three key aspects:

    • An expert lecture from a keynote speaker sourced by the PTI, to enhance subject knowledge and provide inspiration for the classroom.
    • A subject pedagogy workshop to develop effective teaching and learning delivered by a PTI Teacher Leader (an experienced, practicing teacher).
    • A creative collaboration session to produce resources to use back in school in order to strengthen local network, share workload and ensure impact beyond the day.

An example programme: 

    • Welcome & introductions
    • Welcome members as they arrive 
    • Keynote speaker
    • Break
    • Subject pedagogy session led by a PTI Teacher Leader
    • Lunch
    • Creative collaboration session & agreement for follow up
    • Plenary & evaluations

After the day

Headteachers of each school within the Hub will be asked to complete an impact summary report after each Hub day. Attendees will also need to upload / share an example outcome from the day. This may take the form of a resource created, a scheme of work, etc dependent upon the focus of the day. 

At the School Leadership Day

Benefit from the PTI’s wider network, celebrate the work achieved and share best practice. During a round table discussion, you will be asked to share the work undertaken within your Hub and comment on the impact and next steps.

How to achieve the PTI Mark

There are four steps towards achieving the PTI Primary Hub Leadership Mark for each school

    • The school must send at least one teacher to each of the three CPD days.
    • Teachers representing each school must upload resources inspired by the Hub days throughout the academic year.
    • Headteachers of each Hub school must complete a short impact summary after each day.
    • The Hub must be represented at the School Leadership Day by at least one headteacher (maximum of four) including the Hub Lead and be prepared to share the journey and the impact of Hub membership with other colleagues across the national network.

In 2022-23:

24 bespoke Hub days across the country, led by experts such as The Migration Museum, Beccy Earnshaw, D&T Association, James Slimmings and Paula Owens.

The National Virtual Hub theme this year has been phonics and early reading. In 2023-24, The PTI will focus on Maths.

The PTI found that on average across all Hub days:

  • 67% of participants increased their confidence in teaching a specific topic after attending a Hub day
  • 98% found the day a valuable experience
  • 97% agree their attendance will have a positive impact on their pupils back in school

The PTI have also seen a huge increase in participants and speakers contributing to their bank of resources on the PTI Staffroom, with over 700 new resources created in 2022 – 23. The PTI have over 200 Primary schools (and growing!) in The PTI Hub network and there are plenty of opportunities to share tips, ideas, and best practice at The PTI’s three Virtual Hubs, The PTI’s annual School Leadership Programme Day and Primary Leadership Residential.

Some comments from recent PTI Hub days include:

“I have come away with useful knowledge and some new ideas to implement in the classroom.”

“A fascinating and useful exploration of the most effective methods for developing literacy.”

“There are lots of skills and activities I will take back to implement in school”

 

“The topics discussed were examined in an insightful and purposeful way

 

“The session was well paced and engaging

 

 

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Refer a Peer Opportunity

We have had to increase the cost of Hub membership to £400 per school for the 2024-2025 academic year; reflecting the rising costs of venue hire, refreshments, etc.

To try and make this as cost-effective for schools, we are introducing a Refer a Peer Opportunity.  If you refer a Headteacher and they sign their school up and join the hub, we will give both schools a £25 discount as a thank you.

The more members we have the more we can spread the cost, please do share this opportunity with Head Teacher Peers across Medway and Kent.

If you have been referred, then please indicate the person and their school/provision on our sign-up form.

For more information on how to join the Medway & Kent PTI Primary Hub, led by Fortis Trust, please contact:

Marie Sweetlove, CEO  & PTI Development Partner

Phone: 01634 683 990

Email: marie.sweetlove@fotistrust.co.uk

Or complete our online form, which can be found by clicking here: Medway & Kent PTI Primary Hub Sign Up Form

Find out more about the work of The PTI on their website: https://www.ptieducation.org/