Creative and practical approaches for schools
Jane delivers outstanding consultancy, advice and training for primary and secondary schools. Drawing on over 25 years' experience - as teacher, leader, consultant and school governor - she prides herself on a warm and practical approach which supports colleagues in creative and manageable ways. Jane is also an experienced Philosophy for Children trainer, and has written numerous student and teacher text books.
Jane brings over twenty-five years' experience to her work as an education consultant and trainer. She's been a classroom teacher, an Advanced Skills Teacher, a head of department, a school governor and an education advisor. She now delivers support and training directly to schools and in her other roles with ITT providers, governor services and as an associate trainer for the National Association for Able Children in Education. Teachers value working with Jane, whether in a one-off training session or over time, because their practice moves on and makes a real impact on pupils' engagement, enjoyment and success.
An experienced Philosophy for Children tutor, Jane also writes regularly for Oxford University Press. She has been the Chair of Governors at a local school for 10 years and is currently studying creative writing.
Jane Branson Learning specialises in tailored and flexible training and advice. Following discussions with school leaders, we'll agree a programme and timeline for the improvements you want, whether it's a half-day's planning support, a twilight training session, or a comprehensive package of teacher or curriculum development over several terms. Below is a list of work recently carried out with schools - but if what you want isn't here, just ask!
"What an amazing morning we had with Jane. We managed to plan a whole term’s worth of English - very collaborative and everybody contributing. She has such a great way at thinking ‘globally’ about a text and giving the children lots of writing opportunities. I feel that it was really beneficial for us all to have the chance to work with her. Now we have all had her input we should be able to sustain this type of planning for coming terms. I know it will have a lasting effect for the children."
Year 4 Teacher, East Sussex
Teacher development through lesson study
Talk for writing
Teaching embedded grammar
Philosophy for Children
Literacy across the curriculum
Reading into writing
Senior leader support
Mastery in English
Creative writing masterclasses
Subject knowledge refresher courses
Exam and test support
Improving independent learning
Reviewing governance and governor training
Coaching and mentoring
Assessment for learning that works
Lesson and unit planning
Developing active learning
Teaching poetry KS1-KS5
Preparing for unseen texts
Philosophy for Children
PfC improves oracy, literacy, social confidence and thinking skills. With a clear methodology that allows all learners to become confident philosophical enquirers, this is a highly effective and enjoyable route to higher standards across the curriculum - research has highlighted the all-round benefits, especially for children in groups vulnerable to underachievement. Jane is a experienced PfC trainer with a proven track record of leading whole-school PfC training and implementation in all phases.
PfC has really reinforced our culture of being a 'thinking school.' Jane's training is fantastic. It turned what seemed like quite a daunting subject into one of the most popular lessons with staff and children. Teachers feel confident and empowered. It moved us swiftly from the pedagogical through to how to have a classroom of philosophers. It's allowed us to talk about some really challenging ideas in a safe and respectful environment and has helped our children to develop a far more thoughtful and rich vocabulary.
Harbour Nursery and Primary School
Governor training and support for whole governing bodies,
on your school site and at governors' convenience
Whether you need a full review of governance or a one-off individual training session, Jane will bring a range of expertise to your governing board development. She's been a chair, a parent governor, a co-opted governor and a governor trainer. Make contact to discuss your governors' needs.
Jane's Shakespeare Workshops can be tailored to any play and are suitable for classes in key stages 2 - 5. Full of intereaction and fun, each 1 - 2 hour session will be planned to complement your classroom input, offering:
Building on children's class study of Romeo and Juliet, Jane led a fantastic drama-based session with our Year 5s which had them all enthusiastically participating. She used a variety of different techniques to engage all the children with re-telling the story and showing their understanding of plot and character. She taught us some stage combat techniques and every child was eager to participate and work collaboratively to show their understanding. What more could you ask than children wanting to read another Shakespeare play and looking forward to learning more about him at secondary school? An excellent workshop.
Year 5 Class Teacher
Celebrate National Writing Day 2019
and honour the life and work of writer and illustrator
Judith Kerr (1923 – 2019)
This competition is now closed.
Altogether I received 65 entries from KS1 children and 73 from KS2 children, from eight schools across Brighton and East Sussex. It was a delight to read all the entries - I laughed, gasped and felt moved by the children's writing. Please find below some information about the winning entries.
Runner up - £10 National Book Token
Downs Junior KS2 pupil - a review of when Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit
As the only non-fiction entry and the only entry focusing on When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, this writing stood out. The pupil explained her views and opinions clearly, and demonstrated her understanding of the book as well as its context. I loved the way that she personalised her comments and included references to other reading.
Runner up - £10 National Book Token
St Pauls CE Academy KS2 pupil - an original Mog story
This story's references to the Mog character showed the pupil's reading of the original stories, and a new and interesting character was introduced in the form of the 'feisty boy' Mylo! The story was well developed and contained some really effective language choices ('thick hazelnut fur' and 'ocean blue eyes' - wow!), great vocabulary and striking details, such as the international setting and the food!
Runner up - £10 National Book Token
Peasmarsh KS2 pupil - an original story based on The Tiger Who Came To Tea and The Pied Piper
This story was a wonderful mix of Judith Kerr influences and Pied Piper references, and it made me laugh out loud when the rats listed their very particular cheesy choices and called out their gorgonzola chant! There were also some really effective language choices in the story - Peter's 'curly hair and crutches', for example.
Overall Winner - £20 National Book Token and £100 for the school to spend at The Book Nook in Hove
Bodiam KS1 pupil - a poem based on The Tiger Who Came To Tea
This well-composed poem took great care with language choices ('black pepper stripes' - wow!) and combined reminders of the original story (the cup of tea and tiger treats) with wonderful original touches, such as tree-climbing and premium chicken! I also loved the generosity of the poem, especially the kindness and thoughtfulness of the last line.
Thank you so much for your brilliant staff meeting on reading into writing. The impact you have had on staff is immediate - I didn't walk past a teacher yesterday without a mention of how much they have taken either from the planning or staff session. I'll be in touch to discuss next steps, once the recent CPD is embedded.
English lead, St Andrew's C of E PriMary
'Wow! What an inspirational day, with so many practical ideas to take into the classroom. I loved the emphasis on 'purpose' of writing.'
'A really interactive session - great resources.'
'Fantastic text ideas and grammar and spelling actitvities.'
'Brilliant ideas for developing a reading climate.'
'Every aspect was very useful - fantastic input on all areas of English.'
Trainee teachers, East Sussex School centred itt programme
Thank you very, very much for your valuable contributions to our literacy across the curriculum day. You are an absolute mine of expertise and information and we so value everything you do with us; I've never had a session with you I didn't enjoy and there have been quite a few now! All of your sessions were exactly what we had wanted and were really very well received. I shall certainly recommend them as great CPD to other secondary schools.
School Leader, Uckfield college
I attended your course on Engaging Boys and I just wanted to say how great it was and how I am already beginning to think of how I can incorporate the amazing strategies you spoke about. I loved the ideas for children's narrative writing and all the great stimuli you used.
NQT, St Nicolas and St Mary CE Primary
Thank you for the session you ran with Year 11. The resources and planning were exceptional and the students responded very well. This is a difficult time of year for students and teachers, so your input was particularly important in encouraging a group of bright students to achieve more highly in English Literature.
Subject Leader, Beacon Academy
Jane’s spelling workshop was one of those ‘lightbulb’ moments for me. As an experienced teacher, and one who has never had any trouble spelling, prior to the training I had limited strategies to offer pupils who were struggling. However, the strategies that Jane taught us suddenly enabled me to support so many other pupils. Once I’d passed this on to the pupils, they quickly took on the responsibility for their own learning and started to find strategies of their own. Dare I say, they even enjoyed it! Thank you Jane, spelling lessons will be a lot more enjoyable in future!
Year 6 Teacher, Chyngton Primary School
We have used Jane Branson in a range of ways: with children, staff, at INSET days, for lesson study and twilights, to introduce the Reading Toolkit, develop staff skills in GPaS, and to link writing to high quality texts. Jane has always been very well-prepared and we have found that our standards have improved as a result of her input which always has clarity and is highly practical. The lesson study sessions were particularly powerful involving staff from different age ranges in planning a lesson together with Jane and then co-delivering with her the next day. A well-organised and inspirational consultant.
Headteacher, St Marks C of E Primary, Hadlow Down
Thank you for your kind support and input. We both knew exactly what you were saying and felt we knew all of this... but somewhere along the way, we have lost those skills due to the demands placed upon us. We are so very grateful to you for sharing your passion and enthusiasm with us. It was infectious! As a result, tomorrow's planned lesson has incorporated many of your inference strategies and we will be looking to incorporate many of your ideas in the coming term.
Year 5 Teacher, Shinewater Primary, Eastbourne
We benefitted greatly from Jane's support and guidance over a two year period. We focused on an Integrated English approach and through Jane's clear direction, staff are now able to recognise opportunities to combine both reading and writing based around a class text. The improved impact on quality of teaching and learning is visible as children respond enthusiastically. The additional bonus has been the ongoing "drop-in surgery" approach, giving staff opportunity for ongoing mentoring as they gain confidence with a new way of working.
Deputy headteacher, Guestling Bradshaw CE Primary
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