Training and Events

All training and events mentioned on the VSB run by East Sussex County Council can be found below. 

June 2023

The East Sussex Way Part 2

The East Sussex Way Part 2 Event is due to take place on Wednesday 28 June 2023 between 12.30pm - 3.30pm at Wellshurst, Hellingly, East Sussex BN27 4ED. Lunch will be available from 12.30pm and tea will be served at 3.30pm.  The East Sussex Way: good practice in oracy, reading and vocabulary was produced last year by a group of East Sussex primary and secondary teachers. The publication has won local and national interest. This event on 28th June will launch a follow-up publication of case studies, all those attending will receive a copy. Event Agenda:

  • Welcome, introductions and context
  • Guest speaker: Jane Harris, CEO of Speech and Language UK
  • Case study presentations and discussions by East Sussex

For more information on booking please email Kerry.

Scam Awareness Education Presentation from East Sussex Trading Standards

East Sussex Trading Standards are looking to visit Year 5 pupils to provide Scams Awareness Education. This presentation provides knowledge and advice on staying safe from scams and also provides advice on doorstep callers, rogue traders and online safety, followed by a short quiz and Q&A session.

The pupils can take the quiz and answers home, to try it out with their family and friends. The session takes around 45 minutes including time for discussion & questions. Please email for further information and to book.

Sustainability Forum

06 June 2023, 4pm-4.30pm - Online, free

Children’s Services are developing a strategy with education settings to help schools reduce their impact on climate change.

We aim to create a forum for sustainability leads within education settings. We are hosting our first session on 06 June at 4.00-4.30. It’s an interactive session where we will provide details about the strategy and ask your views on how you would like to use the forum.

Please share this session with any staff or governor that has responsibility for sustainability or a general interest in the area.

RE Conference

07 June 2023 - Online, free

If you have booked to attend the original April date via Claire Rivers, you do not need to re-book. A new Zoom link will be issued.

Programme of the day:

  • Session 1: What does good practice in religion and worldviews look like in our schools today? 6 practical ideas for syllabus planning in action in relation to 4-11 RE
  • Session 2: Leading RE effectively: planning, subject knowledge, teacher confidence –practical ways forward. Examples of dynamic creative and thoughtful RE for 4-11's on Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Jewish people
  • Session 3: Six practical ideas for quality thinking strategies in relation to writing, concept learning and progress
  • Session 4: Inspirational RE for every pupil: an ambitious curriculum for respect for all.

Excellent discounts on key resource packages for the RE syllabus will be available; please come prepared to order.

Online Safety Event

13 June 2023, 9.30am - Online, free

Schools ICT have teamed up with the SWGfL to offer a free event, open to East Sussex and Brighton school staff who work with young people. The virtual event includes the latest research, legislation, technology, tools and resources. Book your place.

South East Dance Teacher's Network

16 June 2023, 4.30pm-6.30pm - The Dance Space 

Find out about The Dance Space, and what South East Dance can offer schools. Enjoy networking with your peers over cakes and wine and meet Stopgap Dance Company talking about Artificial Things, a compulsory part of GCSE Dance. 

Find out about South East Dance 

Find out about Stopgap Dance

Talk for Writing Conference

16 June 2023, 9.15am - 3.15pm - Pashley Down Infant School, £95 per person

Pie Corbett and Talk for Writing consultant Jamie Thomas, will lead a full day of training, aimed at English Leaders, SLT and teaching staff.

Over the past two academic years Pashley Infant School, alongside six other local Eastbourne schools, have taken part in a series of online training sessions with Jamie. As part of the day each of these schools will offer a practical workshop to showcase one aspect that has made a real difference to accelerating writing in their school.

Schools involved in this project are Gildredge House, Hankham Primary School, Pashley Infant School, Polegate Primary School, St John's Meads Primary School, Stone Cross Primary School and Willingdon Primary School.

Booking information.

East Sussex Primary Music Network

26 June 2023, 2pm-4pm - Little Common School, free

Create Music is working with ESCC to support the Primary Music Network. Our next meeting will be on Monday 26 June, 2–4pm, at Little Common School, Bexhill-on-sea. It will focus on writing School Music Development Plans led by Dr Alison Daubney, and update on the local response to the National Plan for Music Education.  The session is open to all primary & special school teachers, register here.

The East Sussex Way - Part Two

28 June 2023, 12.30pm-3.30pm - Wellshurst, free

The East Sussex Way: good practice in oracy, reading and vocabulary was produced last year by a group of East Sussex primary and secondary teachers. The publication has won local and national interest.

This event will launch a follow-up publication of case studies; all those attending will receive a copy.


  1. Welcome, introductions and context
  2. Guest speaker: Jane Harris, CEO of Speech and Language UK
  3. Case study presentations and discussions by East Sussex teachers
  4. Roy Blatchford: cultural capital, language, and great classrooms
  5. Next steps in the county from Jane Branson

If you would like to attend, please email Kerry Bennett 

Secondary Music Conference: Powering up an Inclusive Music Curriculum

29 June 2023, 8.45am-3.45pm - University of Sussex (Falmer Campus), free to Sussex schools

Free to attend for secondary music teachers working in East Sussex, West Sussex and Brighton & Hove.

Keynotes and workshops have been designed in response to feedback from local secondary schools regarding need and will focus on curriculum, inclusion, the National Plan for Music Education, and achieving greater collective impact through partnership working. Find out more and register. 

July 2023

Therapeutic Thinking (for Senior Managers)

04-06 July 2023 - Online

East Sussex Country Council is offering our final Therapeutic Thinking Training for this year on the 04 to 06 July. Please complete an application form and return to the Therapeutic Thinking team if you would like to sign up. Please note that this date falls onto Transition days in schools, so, if you are signing up please ensure you are able to complete all three days of the training in full.

You will find everything you need to know on czone. Please contact your ESBAS behaviour adviser or Therapeutic Thinking with any questions.

One Voice Festival of Singing 2023

03,04 and 05 July 2023, 4.30pm-6.30pm - various locations

Create Music, the Music Hub, would like to invite Primary and Special School choirs to take part in One Voice (previously The Big Sing) – a celebration of singing this December. The project is delivered in partnership with Glyndebourne and will include performances at Glyndebourne, The Brighton Centre and De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill.

The One Voice teacher launch events will be:   

  • Monday 3 July, 4.30-6.30pm: Glyndebourne (for schools performing at Glyndebourne)   
  • Wednesday 5 July, 4.30pm-6.30pm: Sound Rooms, Brighton (for schools performing at Brighton Centre)  
  • Thursday 6 July, 4.30pm-6.30pm: De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill (for schools performing at De La Warr Pavilion) 

Find out more contact or register

East Sussex SEND Strategy – Breakfast Briefings

05 or 12 July, 8am-9am - free via Microsoft Teams

The East Sussex SEND Strategy was published in November 2022 and sets out our ambition and priorities for how we will work with partners to support children and young people with SEND, and their families, to achieve the best possible outcomes in life. The Strategy is multi-agency and partners, including the local authority, health, social care and schools and settings are all involved in supporting its delivery through an Implementation Plan. A SEND Strategy Governance Board monitors the delivery and the impact of the strategy.

Schools play an incredibly important role in meeting the needs of children with SEND on a daily basis, our Strategy includes actions that individual schools are taking alongside area wide system changes that together will improve provision and support.

Nathan Caine, Head of Education: SEN and Safeguarding and Jessica Stubbings, Head of Education: Participation and Planning are holding two breakfast briefings for schools to provide an update on delivery on the Strategy and to share more information on how we are working collaboratively with schools to meet the needs of children with SEND. To book a place on these briefings please email

Secondary RE Conference

22 July 2023, 9am-3pm - Chailey School, free

The East Sussex Secondary RE Conference will be held on 22 July 2023, 9am-3.30pm at Chailey School, Lewes.

It will include free CPD, supported by East Sussex SACRE with sessions on:

  • GCSE Better Thinking, Better Writing
  • Peaceful and purposeful discussion in RE: handling controversial issues
  • ‘Ways of knowing’: using disciplinary approaches in RE
  • Hindu subject knowledge for KS3.

To register visit the NATRE website. Contact

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