Friday, October 24, 2008

Professional Development Workshops & Socials for Teachers in London

I'm flying to London next weekend to catch up with our teachers, visit schools, run workshops & hold the first Classroom Canada social of this academic year. I thought you might like to see what kinds of Professional Development Workshops for Teachers are available, and take a sneak peak at our social event.

Professional Development Workshops for Classroom Canada Teachers

Tuesday, November 4th, 6:15-7:30pm

Survival Guide for Primary Teachers with Victoria Westcott

This free workshop will provide primary teachers with the basics to succeed in London - literacy hour, numeracy hour & behaviour management! The workshop is limited to 20 teachers, so be sure to reserve your space now.

Wednesday, November 5th, 6:15-7:30pm

Survival Guide for Secondary Teachers with Sophie Walker

This free workshop will provide secondary teachers with everything they need to know to be successful in London schools. The main focus will be on behaviour management and how to get schools to love you & want you back again and again and how to get them to offer you long term positions. Read Sophie's bio below.

Thursday, November 6th, 6:15-7:30pm

An Introduction to SEN Teaching with Sophie Walker

Also a free workshop! Sophie will cover the basics of teaching in Special Educational Needs and help primary & secondary teachers succeed in all areas of SEN teaching. This workshop is limited to 20 teachers - reserve your place now! It's a very popular session and will fill up fast. Read Sophie's bio below.

Friday, November 7th, 4:30pm - 9:00pm

Classroom Canada London Scavenger Hunt & Social

The much anticipated event is almost here!

We have AMAZING PRIZES, including a Hamper of Canadian Goodies from the Canada Shop, and Travel Vouchers from Top Deck Travel (YES! A free trip anyone?) and more coming. Top Deck has just confirmed that they will be giving a 250 pound voucher to the winning team. Wow!

The event starts at 4:30pm in Covent Garden (exact location TBA). We'll start with organizing into teams of 5-6 people. If you already have your team planned, that's fine. If you don't, we'll get it sorted when everyone's arrived so everyone has a team.

A representative from Top Deck will be on hand to discuss travel plans for the Winter break and offer you some pretty amazing options for travels for your year ahead.


Sophie Walker's Bio
We are so pleased that Sophie Walker will be running the Secondary & Sen workshops.

Sophie Walker came to London for a year nearly ten years ago. She left her native Melbourne where she taught English and Drama at a boys Catholic School, holding the position of Head of the Performing Arts Department for two years.

Sophie left to travel and look for new educational experiences. She started out working in London as a supply teacher, through Classroom, teaching the subjects she was trained in to secondary pupils. Two of her long term placements were a 'fresh start' school in Hammersmith and an about to be 'fresh start' school in Hillingdon.

While doing this she lived on friends floors and for a while moved house once a year!

Sophie has experienced day to day supply and long term positions and has also worked as a Hearing Support Teacher for an inner city Borough. She ran a centre for excluded pupils for two years dealing with a variety of emotional behavioural needs. She also worked for Classroom as a consultant in the SEN Section.

Sophie now works as an Advisory Support Teacher for a London Borough, her focus is supporting pupils who have a diagnosis of Autism and are between the ages of 3 and 7. She has recently started her Masters of Education.

Sophie's wide range of experience means that she is in a great position to pass on a wealth of information about surviving (and enjoying) your first year in London.

Victoria Westcott's Bio Just click the link for my bio.

If you're not in London with Classroom Canada, but want to learn more about teaching in London, check out the Guide to Teaching in London: A Survival Guide for Canadians. You can also apply for jobs starting in January through

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