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.
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'.
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.
Dragonfly tailored one of our most popular courses to create: 'No Passengers Permitted: Engaging all Learners in a Primary Classroom' specifically for staff at Dolphin School, to suit their exact needs. The course left staff enthused with the new ideas and strategies. Dragonfly are delighted to have been invited to deliver four separate training courses at Dolphin School since January 2018.
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.