Dragonfly Training was delighted to return to Bolton School Girls' Division at the beginning of the New Year. Claire Grosvenor provided a very interesting and informative day of training on Cognitive Load Theory: The secrets to exam success revealed through best practice advice and clear explanation of the evidence.
Dragonfly's senior trainer, Alan Jervis delivered a comprehensive four day follow-on professional development programme to staff at Sir John Wilson School, Bangladesh. Covering topics from his previous visit, along with new teacher training and individual department lesson plans - this was once again a valuable visit and engaged all delegates.
Arnold House School kindly invited Dragonfly Training to provide an INSET at the beginning of the New Year. Dragonfly's trainer Julie Watson delivered an informative and engaging session to staff across the school with strategies that were relevant and could easily be implemented into the classroom.
Steve Garnett visited St George The British School of Catalunya early February and delivered a day of in-school professional development to whole school staff on: 'Changing Mindsets - A practical Application of Growth Mindset in the Classroom'. Delighted to be working with another NABBS school and to read that 100% of the staff would recommend Dragonfly!
Aaron Wilkes provided a highly engaging course ‘From Good to Great: Outstanding Secondary Teaching' at Halliford School. The Deputy Headteacher commented he would recommend the session highly to any school serious about raising the standard of teaching and learning in their lessons.100% of delegates recommended this training.
Dragonfly was delighted to be invited to Terra Nova School to provide a training session to Maximise your Effectiveness as a Teaching Assistant in a C21st Classroom. There was plenty of positive feedback from the TAs as they found the day informative and engaging. The course was pitched at just the right level and they have already used several of the ideas given.
Dave Taylor provided a highly engaging set of courses on: 'Practical Steps to High Quality Differentiation'; 'Improving Literacy Across the Curriculum (in Primary)' and two days on 'Teaching EAL in the Mainstream Classroom'. 100% of delegates recommended this training. Dave looks forward to returning to Bangkok very soon!
One of our most popular and long running courses 'Removing Low-Level Disruption to Improve Learning' was delivered by Dr Bethany Kelly at Novotel Hammersmith, London to a group of teachers from a diverse range of schools. The course was enjoyed by everyone and they all felt the strategies were very relevant to their students and could be used in their classrooms straight away.
New Year training for staff at St. George, The British School, located in Madrid. The school has classes from 2 to 18 years old. Dragonfly's senior trainer Alan Jervis delivered a fantastic one day course to staff across the school on 'Teaching EAL in the Mainstream Classroom - Content Language Integrated Learning' with overwhelming success.
Newly launched in January 2020! Highly skilled Dragonfly trainer, Jakob Werdelin delivered the first two days of this six-day modular ECIS Accredited 'Teaching Essentials' programme to eager staff at the New English School, Amman, Jordan. Post course feedback on the Foundation Level was better than we could have hoped for! The school is now keen to run this programme out for all their staff and not just those with less experience. Jakob returns in April to deliver the Intermediate Level and will complete the course in June with the Advanced Level.
Over the last few years, Dragonfly Training has provided training at Sir George Monoux College on many occasions. Recently they kindly invited two of our trainers to deliver workshops to provide staff with retention techniques, for a knowledge-rich curriculum and the diagnosis, feedback and improvement to move on with marking. The sessions were very interactive and engaging and teachers were able to leave with many ideas and strategies which they could easily embed into their practice.
Dragonfly were so pleased to be invited to Milton Keynes Prep School. Staff enjoyed a delightful Practical Steps to High-Quality Differentiation presentation by Julie Watson. Staff came away with plenty of ideas and practical activities based on excellent research.
Aldenham Prep School kindly invited Dragonfly Training to return for a second visit to provide an INSET to Stretch and Challenge their students. Staff found Peter Dawes excellent delivery of comprehensive material and ideas, very informative and relevant.
It came with great pleasure to provide two trainers for the prep and senior staff at Bournemouth Collegiate School. Staff enjoyed the active participation and clear delivery of the Inspirational Teaching Techniques and Using iPads in the Classroom training sessions. Staff came away with lots of ideas and plenty to think about going forward.
Over the last few years, Dragonfly Training has provided training at Ysgol Uwchradd Aberteifi on many occasions. It was with great pleasure that Dragonfly returned in September. Staff were delighted that Claire Grosvenor’s Inspirational Teaching Techniques course was packed with engaging ideas that they are keen to embed in their lessons.
Dragonfly Training were delighted to be invited back to Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf to provide our new course on Cognitive Load Theory (CLT): The secrets to exam success revealed through best practice advice and clear explanation of the evidence’. Staff enjoyed Steve Garnett’s energetic, well presented and excellent ideas, which were demonstrated clearly and effectively.
Dragonfly Training were delighted to be invited back to Jack Hunt School. Dave Taylor’s excellent session really engaged the staff, with strategies and techniques they could implement the very next day. The organiser invited a colleague along from another school who has already contacted Dragonfly to book for their September INSET day.
Wetherby School kindly invited Dragonfly Training to return for a second visit. The staff as before found the training excellent and enjoyed the practical strategies which the trainer delivered with real passion and understanding. Dragonfly is now looking forward to returning to the pre-prep school next month.
Dragonfly Training were delighted to be invited back to St John's College to provide a training session for their prep and senior school staff. The trainer’s positive outlook and clear, humorous and articulate style was enjoyed by all who attended. Recently St John’s College very kindly piloted our brand-new course ‘Supporting Your Child in their Exams: A Practical Workshop for Parents’ which was a huge success and attended by 120 parents.
Dragonfly have regularly sent trainers to this international and intercultural school. We are delighted that one of our skilled trainers was able to prepare a tailor made programme and deliver two days of professional development in August. This included 'An Evidence Based Approach to Raising Boys' Achievement' and 'Removing Low Level Disruption to Improve Learning'.
One of our expert trainers returned to the lovely St. Andrew's College, Dublin to provide two days of bespoke training to staff. Day one covered 'Developing a Long Term Plan' for all subject and classes and our trainer spent the day in consultation with each delegate. Day two focused on 'Assessment and Writing' specifically with teachers about year group skills and objectives.
Dragonfly sent a trainer in September 2019 to this private, mixed secular school in the beautiful region of Valencia, Spain to deliver 'The Big Four: Sustainably Improving the Quality of Teaching and Learning' to over fifty staff. The success of this professional development day is clear from the delegates comments in the clip provided.
Dragonfly were invited to bring out two of our expert trainers to train the Primary and Secondary staff separately at this wonderful International school in Dubai. Steve delivered 'From Good to Great: Outstanding Secondary Teaching', which was packed with ready-to-use strategies and resources. Whilst Julie inspired the primary staff with her session on 'Improving Classroom Performance'.
Dragonfly Training were delighted to be invited back to Dolphin School for the third time to provide whole school INSET training. As before, the staff found the Growth Mindset training informative and inspiring, with a good balance of theory and practical. Pepita’s effective activities provided staff with helpful tips and resources for practical use in the classroom.
Dragonfly were delighted to be invited back to Saint Ronan’s School for the fourth time to provide whole school INSET training. The popular course ‘Developing Questioning in The Classroom’ was quoted as being “Excellent, very engaging and useful. Lots of fun, practical activities with ideas to enjoy trying out”.
Dragonfly Training were pleased to be invited to St Helen's School to deliver training for their prep and senior school staff on “Memory Knowledge - retain revise repeat recall”. The staff were very engaged and found this highly practical training very useful and relevant to their classrooms.
Dragonfly were so pleased to be invited to Nord Anglia Shanghai as we have worked with several schools in the Nord Anglia group and offer them a loyalty scheme. They were looking for two very bespoke courses on " An Introduction to STEAM' and 'Music - A Gift for Life: Unlock the treasure chest of music for future generations', so our two expert trainers worked with them to create two courses that met their exact needs. The feedback from the STEAM course can be found below.
For our first visit to this beautiful school in Paris, the trainer worked very closely with the CPD organiser to create a very bespoke day. The course he delivered on 'Feedforward, Metacognitive Marking & Making Learning Stick: Sustaining Student Progress and Success' was. great success and met their exact requirements.
In August 2019 Dragonfly delivered six days of training by three trainers at The British International School of Ukraine. Every session was met with an overwhelmingly positive response and feedback from staff involved. The courses delivered were, 'Create and Inspire The Child-Centred Early Years' and 'Building Positive Relationships with Parents' by Melody Lowe, 'A Masterclass in Independent Learning' and 'Teaching EAL pupils in the Mainstream Classroom' by Dave Taylor, and a two day 'Developing Mindsets, Mindfulness and the Thinking Mind' by Paul Michael. The range of courses were each tailored to the schools specific needs and offer strategies that all areas of the school can benefit from.
Dragonfly Training were delighted to be invited back to the International School of Naples to create and deliver a bespoke course covering: 'Voice and Body Language, Behaviour Management, Teaching for Learning & Differentiation'. As before, the staff were very engaged and found this highly practical training very useful and relevant to their classrooms, where they follow the US standards-based curriculum preparing students for the High School Diploma.
Four days of training were delivered at The Ela Murray International School this July with resounding success. Marcus Cherrill, one of Dragonfly's most experienced trainers, delivered three courses; 'Raising the Bar', a two day course on 'Effective Middle Leadership' and finally, 'Outstanding Teaching Assistants. All of which were met with an excellent response from everyone involved due to the empowering and practical nature of all the courses that left staff with strategies to implement straight away..
Dragonfly delivered a very well received course, Moving Beyond Mindset: Using Cognitive Behaviour Coaching to Optimise Performance in the Classroom at Ysgol Y Grango. Staff enjoyed the practical strategies that hand themselves to everyday use in the classroom presented by one of Dragonfly's experienced trainers with a hands on and straightforward approach.
The popular course No Passengers Permitted: Bring an End to ‘Passive Learning’ was delivered by Dragonfly at Abbot's Hill School with great success including being quoted as 'one of the best INSET training sessions I have ever attended'.
Five days of venue based courses were presented in Bangkok and all five courses were well received and gathered extremely positive reviews from staff. The broad range of courses: - 'Stretch & Challenge Your Most Able Students', 'Growth Mindset: Recall & Sustained Achievement', 'Cutting Edge Marking & Feedback Strategies', 'Practical Steps to High Quality Differentiation', 'Priming the Engine: Effective Subject Leadership', all offer practical teaching methods that can be implemented into classrooms immediately, delivered by an experienced trainer in a way that is both informative and active.
A level 3 DSL training course was held for six schools in Bucharest equipping staff with essential safeguarding tools that can be implemented in schools straight away. Teachers were particularly impressed with the examples and specific strategies provided, in line with Dragonfly's practical approach to teaching and learning.
The Ultimate Guide to Voice & Body Language for Teachers course was presented to the New College School in Oxford who continued to be impressed by Dragonfly's 'experienced' trainers and teaching practises.
Dragonfly delivered a two day Behaviour Management Masterclass and a one day Increasing Engagement in Science course in Lagos which staff found relevant and practical while remaining interesting and enjoyable.
Dave Taylor inspired delegates at the GSA Conference with his workshops on Changing Culture: Preparing Students for High Performance in Knowledge-heavy Linear Exams
This March, we were delighted to be invited back to the NABSS annual conference to deliver seven workshops over a day and a half. Our trainers were made extremely welcome by the NANBSSteam and we thoroughly enjoyed meeting and working with the teachers from schools across Spain and their enthusiasm was contagious! Our seven trainers delivered hands-on and interactive workshops on a wide range of topics from improving classroom performance, to developing memory skills, to SEN provision, to teaching EAL students. In the sessions, the delegates had the chance to try out the resources and activities, so they left eager to put them into practice in their classrooms.....the very next day!
This was Dragonfly's second visit to Zambia, but Alan Jervis's first visit, so he was delighted by the warm welcome he received from staff at Lusaka International School and Baobab College, where he also worked wit their Middle leaders. At Lusaka International School, Alan provided a mixed programme for their own teachers and also for teachers who were invited from nearby schools, including one day on 'Differentiation and Assessment for Learning', one day on 'The Big Four: Sustainably Improving the Quality of Teaching and Learning' and a Two Day Middle Leaders' Programme.
This workshop on 'Raising Boys' Achievement' provided plenty of hands-on strategies and ready-to-use resources for staff, who left the session eager to out them into practice.
Dragonfly's experienced trainer Dave Taylor presented the 'Practical Steps to High-Quality Differentiation' course at Ibstock Place School this July to staff who 'thoroughly enjoyed' the courses hands-on approach to teaching and learning.
This was a very bespoke course on 'Developing Academic Writing in EAL Students' for teachers of the IB programme. Staff were delighted that this course was very practical and gave them useable and really effective strategies they could take into their classrooms the very next day to support their EAL students with their essay writing.
Dragonfly were delighted to be invited to The International School of Brunei - on our first visit to Brunei - for two days of training for all their staff on 'Spoon Feed No More: Improving Classroom Performance' and 'Improving Literacy in the Classroom'.
Dave Taylor was delighted to work with all the staff at Marlborough College on 'Teaching EAL in the Mainstream Classroom' at the start of their academic year and it was a great success. Coincidentally, just a few days later, Dave Taylor was training all the staff at Marlborough College in England!
Dragonfly sent out two trainers to this school and they delivered a very bespoke programme for courses for the teachers there. Our Primary and secondary trainers both covered Differentiation, Middle Leadership and Effective Transition for their whole staff and some sessions just for their Middle Leaders.
Marlborough requested a bespoke course on 'Stretching Your Middle Ground' which was devised by our trainer Dave Taylor to suit their exact needs. It was a great success and followed on, coincidentally, from a day of training on EAL and Differentiation' for all staff at their sister school in Malaysia!
Dragonfly were very excited to be invited to bring out four trainers to train all their staff from both Cambridge International School Moscow and CIS St Petersburg. The trainers received a wonderful welcome and were given the most generous hospitality, as well as some fascinating tours of Moscow. Dragonfly's workshop topics included: Engaging all Students; Student Centred Learning and Learning Habits; Developing Learning Through Talk; Maximising the Pupils' Role in their Learning; Making Fear Your Friend: How to Harness Stress and Manage Anxiety and a Masterclass for over 100 staff on Global Perspectives in Education.
Trainer Dave Taylor went to Ibstock Place School where the Removing Low Level Disruption to Improve Learning course he carried out was very well received.
Trainer Aaron Wilkes carried out the Behaviour Management Masterclass course in Ysgol Bro Dinefwr which was very successful and received a 100% 5* rating from those who attended.
Dragonfly were delighted to be invited to deliver eight training workshops for the NABBS annual conference in Seville on the 3rd and 4th of March 2018. Courses were provided for Early Years, Primary and Secondary teachers and leaders, and topics selected were: 'Create and Inspire: The Early Years Curriculum', 'The Practical Guide to Effective Differentiation', 'Never Mind the Mucky Hands: The Independent and Resilient Young Learner' and 'Outstanding Subject Leader' delivered by several trainers. Unfortunately due to snow and blizzards in the UK, only five out of eight trainers made it to Seville, however the team pulled together and were able to successfully train all those booked into the sessions and still receive excellent reviews!
Following several successful in-school training days in Gran Canaria, Steve Chapman delivered two days of venue-based CPD Training at a Hotel in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria on the 15th and 16th of March 2018. Delegates from several local schools attended Dragonfly's ever popular 'Spoon Feed No More: Improving Classroom Performance' and 'The WriteKey' courses. Both courses received a 100% 5 out of 5 rating in all categories from those attending, with one of the teachers describing her course as 'life changing'! Dragonfly will be back in June and November with six more courses!
Marcus Cherrill delivered a bespoke two day course on 21st Century Teaching and Learning at The British School of Nanjing this February 2018. Staff were delighted that the training provided them with really practical and effective strategies they could use straight away.
On the 18th of January, Dave Taylor delivered a two-part training session at Jarrow School for the course Retain, Revise, Recall, Repeat. Dave worked with Year 11 students in the afternoon 12.35-2.35, followed by a twilight session for staff from 2.45-4.45.
Dave Taylor delivered a course on Inspirational Teaching Strategies on the 3rd of January at Stantonbury School.
On 10th November we sent out two trainers to Hong Kong and Shanghai to two Nord Anglia schools. At Nord Anglia Hong Kong, Steve Garnett delivered training on 'Effective Marking & Feedback' and the teachers were delighted to have ready-to-use resources, as well as great ideas for marking that are both highly effective and less time-consuming. The SLT are looking at building in some of these marking and feedback strategies into their strategic plans. At Nord Anglia Shanghai, Marcus Cherrill delivered a day on 'The Big Four: Sustainably Improving the Quality of Teaching and Learning' for all their staff from Early Years through to Sixth form. Staff really enjoyed the fact that the course was so interactive and engaging.
Dave Taylor delivered our 'Stretch and Challenge Your Most Able Students' course on our first visit to this school and the day was a real success.
Dave Taylor delivered this bespoke half day session on 'Deeper Learning and Challenge', to fit in with the school's conference theme on 'Challenge for All'. We are delighted that they were left feeling inspired - as this is very much our mission!
This was our first visit to the small village primary school, Turvey Primary School, to deliver a session on 'Growth Mindsets: Real and Sustained Achievement'. Dave Taylor enjoyed working with the 15 staff and we look forward to hearing the results from implementing this training.
Francis Jones, our EAL expert, travelled out to Beijing for two days of training on 'Teaching EAL Pupils in the Mainstream Classroom - Content Language Integrated Learning'. He was delighted to return to Beijing two years after his previous visit when he delivered courses at the COBIS Conference there. Fran thoroughly enjoyed this trip and working with the staff and was very appreciative of the excellent hospitality he received!
Bethany Kelly delivered one of our most popular courses 'Effective Differentiation' to the staff of Shrewsbury High School. The 70 members of staff ranged from Early Years to Sixth Form teachers, so the training was tailored to provide relevant strategies and resources for all. Like many of our training days, this was booked by a member of SLT who had previously attended one of our venue-based courses and was keen to bring us to their school so all the staff could benefit.
We delivered our 'EAL in the Mainstream Classroom for Sixth Formers' course last September, with a follow-up course this year. We look forward to returning next January!
This was our fourth training day at Worksop College and Bethany Kelly delivered one of our trademark courses, 'The Big Four: Sustainably Improving the Quality of Teaching and Learning', with resources and techniques for teachers of all subjects and all ages. On our previous visits to the school, we have delivered 'Pressure Management and Resilience for Busy People' (in 2016), that offers practical strategies for dealing with the increasing pressures of the job; 'Teaching EAL in the Mainstream Classroom' and 'Effective Marking and Feedback' (in 2015). Our trainers always love working at this beautiful school.
Five trainers were invited to deliver five half-day workshops to staff from these two academies in Norfolk and staff could select their preferred course. This worked extremely well and enabled Dragonfly to provide a wide range of relevant courses all delivered in our trademark hands-on and engaging style. The five workshops offered to all staff were: Emotional Health and Wellbeing and How Teachers Can Support Students; Effective Differentiation; Teaching and Learning in KS5; SEN Training and Stretch & Challenge Your Most Able Students
Alan Jervis returned to Gran Canaria - and was delighted to find it was still sunny in October - to deliver our ever popular 'Stretch & Challenge Your Most Able Students' course at the British International School of Gran Canaria.
Steve Garnett delivered a one day course for their staff on 'Increasing Independence Through Active Learning'. Having sent several of their teachers on our Bangkok venue-based courses over the years, we were very pleased to be invited to their school to deliver to their whole staff. We have plans to return to Kuala Lumpur soon and will look forward to training up more teachers in this region.
In 2014 our trainer Francis Jones spent two days at Caxton College in Spain, delivering a course on 'Making Your Classroom an iPad Classroom.'. We were therefore delighted to be invited back to Caxton in June 2017 with two of our trainers, Steve Chapman and Peter Dawes, to deliver two of our flagship courses 'No Passengers Permitted: Bring an End to Passive Learning' and 'Effective Differentiation' to their whole staff.
Dragonfly have enjoyed a long and very fruitful relationship with Epsom College over the past four years. In 2013, 2015 and 2017, Epsom College UK have hosted a programme of four or five days of Dragonfly courses in their stunning school. They have also been sending many of their teachers on our venue-based courses in London since 2014. In 2016 they also agreed to host our first Independent Schools Conference for Headteachers and Deputy Heads, which they did in great style as always. So when Dr Murray Todd, the Deputy Head at Epsom College, moved out to Malaysia provide six days of training for teachers from Epsom College and other schools in the region. we look forward to our planned return.
On our first trip to Cambodia, Paul Michael was delighted to work with CIA's middle leaders and delivered our hugely successful two day Subject Leader programme. It was such a success that he was invited back to build on this training with their Middle Leaders the following year!
On our first visit to St Saviour's in Ikoyi, Nigeria, Francis Jones delivered a packed programme over three days, covering Creative Writing and How to Make Effective Use of the Interactive Whiteboard and iPads in the Classroom. Then we were delighted to be invited back two months later, when our MD Steve Chapman delivered a further three days of training, including his trademark course 'Spoon Feed No More: Improving Classroom Performance' as well as workshops on Marking, Assessment & Feedback. Both trainers enjoyed a warm welcome on their first visit to Nigeria. Our third visit was in 2018 and we are delighted to be returning in 2019.
Marcus Cherrill delivered a day on 'Effective Differentiation' at St George's School of Munich and impressed the teachers with his energetic approach and plenty of ready-to-use resources, ideas and apps.
Dragonfly were invited to Le Cheile Secondary School to deliver two days at the start of the academic year, so our trainer Aaron Wilkes worked with the staff on 'Independent Learning and Differentiation' and a month later Alan Jervis returned to the school to deliver a day's training on 'Assessment and Feedback' . Both days proved a resounding success and the Principal, Leona Harrington, reported that: “the impact of Dragonfly’s training was evident in every classroom I have visited over the past week. So many of the activities and ideas that the trainer presented are being used by teachers and enjoyed by students.”
Dineo Brittain-Dodd delivered a day on 'Emotional Health and Wellbeing' at Oakley College in Gran Canaria. The day was a great success and the staff loved the practical tips and strategies. The Principal was delighted with the training. On our previous trip to Gran Canaria Alan Jervis' course 'Creating Independent Learners' gained an impressive 100% 5 out of 5 rating in all categories! We look forward to returning to this lovely island.