Essential C21st Teaching Skills

We offer a wide range of practical, hands-on courses to help teachers be effective in the 21st Century. You no longer need to worry about “keeping up” with the latest teaching approaches, strategies and methodologies; we do that for you. Even better, we assess them, try them out in our own classroooms, and then develop courses for you and your teachers so you can learn the ones we deem best. All of these courses help make your teachers’ lives easier by providing high quality, engaging and practical training that delivers cutting-edge ideas, ready to use in the classroom.

​CUTTING-EDGE MARKING AND FEEDBACK STRATEGIES

Has your school had marking and feedback noted as an area for improvement by inspectors? Do you want to ensure that your systems and practise in marking and feedback are genuinely effective in improving the quality of pupils’ work? Do you want an understanding of what inspectors see as good practice in this area? (This includes new superb feedforward strategies) The course will demonstrate how to implement all of the above in a practic...

The realistic and practical guide to what does and does not work

NQTS AND RQTS: THE ULTIMATE SURVIVAL GUIDE

Do you want tried and tested strategies to help you get to grips with a ‘tricky’ class? Do you want some insights into managing your marking load? Do you want teaching ideas that show you how to support all pupils in making exceptional progress? So, someone has handed you a planner, you have your timetable and you know where you are teaching - now the fun starts! This course will fill in the rest. This inspiring course will provide...

Classroom strategies for all NQTS and recently qualified teachers

USING IPADS AND MOBILE DEVICES IN THE CLASSROOM

This course pairs together one of the leading innovators in education with the most creative and student-friendly device ever. The result: some of the most groundbreaking teacher training on the market. This course will deliver strategies for instant differentiation and provide access to the full range of learning styles, accelerated learning, top levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy and many more.  Many trainers who have jumped aboard the Apple...

Using technology efficiently, effectively and transformationally in any classroom

IMPROVING LITERACY ACROSS THE CURRICULUM (PRIMARY)

Improving levels of literacy amongst learners is one of the most important steps a teacher can take towards raising attainment in the classroom. To achieve the highest grade in an inspection there has to be evidence that students are developing crucial literacy skills, which will enable them to become confident individuals, lifelong learners and successful adults in the workplace.  ...

Literacy interventions for supporting underachievers with the Catch Up premium

ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING FOR THE NON-SPECIALIST TEACHER

This day provides an essential refresher course on numerous aspects of English grammar and is packed with tips and tricks to help you learn and teach the fundamental rules of language. The course is crammed with great ideas and resources, and is ideal for teachers who have to cover language classes - plus those who feel under-confident about how the language works: it is also ideal for those who merely wish to brush-up their knowledge. So if you'...

The course that gives you the confidence to teach English effectively

TEACHING EAL PUPILS IN THE MAINSTREAM CLASSROOM

Do you struggle to accommodate the needs of EAL pupils whilst also trying to teach native speakers in the mainstream classroom? Do you worry that time taken in helping EAL pupils is detrimental to native-speakers' progress? Would you like to know how to teach EAL pupils and native speakers at the same time, in exactly the same way? This course equips you with the knowledge to enable you to teach non-native and native English speakers the sam...

Improving language acquisition for EAL and mainstream pupils alike

MAKE YOUR CLASSROOM AN IPAD CLASSROOM

This workshop will explore practical ideas on how iPads can facilitate collaboration and foster creativity through personalised learning journeys and workflows and will develop the skills necessary to integrate iPads successfully into lessons and enhance learning outcomes. We will look at how the multi-modal device can help learners access higher order thinking skills, cater to multiple intelligences and create new ways of working, putting the le...

The totally practical guide to using iPads in the classroom

IPADS FOR SEN

This engaging, practical course will help teachers and learners unlock the potential of iPads and explore how they can be integrated seamlessly into the curriculum as teaching and learning tools to aid learners with SEN. It will also show you how the iPad can develop the individual needs of each SEN learner by addressing their specific needs as well as raising levels of confidence, self-esteem and curriculum standards. This course will provide yo...

Motivate, inspire and improve SEN learning with amazing teaching tools

METACOGNITION

This course will explore one of the most cited beneficial forms of impact in teaching, based on Educational Research - that of teaching students how to think. It will provide a theoretical structure behind metacognition, followed by lots of practical advice on how to embed metacognition in your lessons. It will also introduce for many the concept of High Mnemonic Teachers - those who actively teach memory skills.   Delegates will gain a fu...

Thinking about thinking

THE ULTIMATE SEN DAY

Understanding different types of Special Educational Needs can be both challenging and time-consuming. In order to get the best results, however, quality first teaching and effective interventions for students identified as SEN is crucial.   This course will demonstrate practical ways to provide both 'challenging' and 'accessible' learning opportunities for pupils with SEN. These will include pupils with autism, dyslexia and ADHD/A...

Autism, ADHD and Dyslexia demystified

HIGHLY EFFECTIVE DATA

In this course, delegates will use their own and sample data to ensure that they are able to effectively draw out information from raw figures, set appropriate and effective targets, use simple analysis tools to identify trends and make collecting and tracking data a simple procedure for all staff. The course will cover dealing with data from all phases and stages, and is ideal for Senior Leaders, and those who have a responsibility for collecti...

Making the most of your school statistics and data

THE PRACTICAL GUIDE TO MANAGING DIFFICULT PARENTS IN AN INDEPENDENT SCHOOL

Many of those who work in schools, support and secretarial as well as teaching, will have encountered a difficult situation with a parent at least once. Some parents can be very intimidating or even aggressive. Staff find themselves increasingly threatened by seemingly unreasonable parents. This has never been more prevalent than in Independent Schools, where parents are driven partly by the current concept of ‘consumer care’ embedded...

Reduce stress levels through a toolkit of highly effective tips

TEACHER AND PUPIL TECH TOP-UP - MOBILISING THE POWER OF TECHNOLOGY TO MAXIMISE PROGRESS

Have you ever felt that you are being asked to use IT just for the sake of it? Have you ever attended IT training sessions which went far too fast and where you soon lost the thread? Was time built in to allow for practice and were questions welcomed - or were you maybe left you too nervous to ask them in the first place?  This course will squarely redress that imbalance. It is aimed at what I believe to be the silent majority: those...

Re-discover the joy of educational IT!

CHANGING MINDSETS - A PRACTICAL APPLICATION OF GROWTH MINDSET IN THE CLASSROOM

Have you heard about Growth Mindset theory? Do you want to know why it’s one of the ‘hottest’ topics in education at the moment? Do you want to hear about the Top 5 teaching strategies that will embed a Growth Mindset in your pupils? Trying to nurture a growth mindset, improve concentration together with reducing stress and anxiety in pupils is becoming an increasingly important objective for schools. The Mindfulness Al...

Developing mindsets, mindfulness and the thinking mind

IMPLEMENTING THE DONALDSON REPORT IN THE CLASSROOM

Professor Donaldson’s recommendations call for radical changes that might seem daunting to a teacher population having to cope with constant change, but they also provide teachers with the opportunity to build a new curriculum for Wales which is fit for the 21st Century and beyond. Some of the more daunting implications include: End of Levels End of Key Stages Compulsory E-portfolios Pedagogical Changes Introduct...

What Does it All Mean in Terms of Day-to-Day Teaching in Real Classrooms?

BEING AN OUTSTANDING TEACHING ASSISTANT (TA)

The role of the TA has never been more important. With schools teaching increasingly diverse cohorts from an even wider range of contexts, ensuring that each student matters and is appropriately catered for is an essential focus for all educational institutions. This course focuses on developing your ability to deliver support and assistance that genuinely makes a difference to the learning and social outcomes for your students. The recent ETDA ...

Enhancing student learning through communication and collaboration

FEEDFORWARD NOT FEEDBACK

Are you focused on the past at the expense of the student’s future work? Are you frustrated to think that you are marking for your senior managers, parents and inspectors but not your students? Do you think that your Lesson Observations are simply seen like a box ticking exercise?   This workshop presents a highly effective holistic process that can transform classroom teaching as well as lesson observation....

A Pathway to Future-Focussed Success

COPING WITH DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS

Do you want to improve your leadership skills in the often challenging area of managing people? Have you been worried when faced with the prospect of having to deliver difficult information to colleagues? Do you want to improve the quality of communication within your department or team? Difficult conversations can be extremely challenging both professionally and personally, especially when working in schools can be so collegial.  This co...

Learn to Listen, Articulate and Construct Meaningful Dialogue that Yields Results

TEACHING EAL PUPILS IN THE MAINSTREAM CLASSROOM - CONTENT LANGUAGE INTEGRATED LEARNING

With more and more EAL students involved in mainstream education, many teachers are finding themselves confronting a familiar dilemma.   Run the class at the usual pace, and EAL students can miss out on vital information that is essential to their understanding of the subject/lesson. Making sure EAL students have understood, however - and waiting while some feed back answers in often slow and faltering English - can hold up the lesson, cau...

The course that gives you the confidence to teach English effectively

MAXIMISING YOUR EFFECTIVENESS AS A TEACHING ASSISTANT (TA) IN A C21ST CLASSROOM

Do you want to find out what the most effective TAs really do? Do you want to enhance your approaches to supporting pupils with Literacy and Numeracy issues? Do you want to attend a course full of realistic and practical ideas to help you do this? The Teaching Assistant can be a highly valued asset in the classroom. The key though is to identify what are and what aren’t the best value interventions the TA can make. This course will ...

Strategies to support and stimulate learning rather than spoon feed

THE WRITE STUFF: TOOLS, TIPS AND TECHNIQUES FOR IMPROVING LITERACY (PRIMARY)

The WriteKey is a whole new approach to the teaching of creative writing that really does unleash children’s imaginations. You will discover how to help pupils to start, shape and finish a story as well as raising their own expectations of what they can achieve. The WriteKey has already inspired hoards of children to obtain Level 6, many of whom hadn’t shown any interest in writing before. It also inspired Estyn, who rated the course ...

Tips and Techniques for Improving Literacy (Primary)

DEVELOPING LEARNING THROUGH TALK IN THE CLASSROOM

Do you need to improve not just what, but how your pupils learn? Do your pupils need to be able to ask and answer questions in much greater depth? Would you like to improve standards by creating a classroom culture that engages all pupils, across the curriculum? This course will focus on developing effective questioning from teachers and, just as importantly, highlight how to use pupil responses to accurately assess misconceptions and build on...

Moving Beyond Speaking and Listening

PREPARING FOR INSPECTION

Does your school need help in developing its readiness for inspection? Do you want a pair of outsiders hands to help, ‘Honest Stockbrokers’ eyes to guide and help and support with your staff? Do you want to know how to give yourself and your school the best chance of it going well?  Nothing sharpens the mind of a teacher quite like the prospect of a looming Inspection. There can be a tendency to panic, create too much unhelpfu...

Creating consistent consistency, flair and thus and excellence

MOVING BEYOND MINDSET: USING COGNITIVE BEHAVIOUR COACHING TO OPTIMISE PERFORMANCE IN THE CLASSROOM

Can Cognitive Behavioural Group-Coaching (CBC), frequently used on promising executives to increase leadership skills, be used with Secondary School students to optimise performance and reduce patterns of procrastination? The answer to that is yes, it can! CBC is an extremely effective and evidence-based method for reducing unhelpful perfectionism, procrastination and performance anxiety often seen in students, thus leading to enhanced performan...

Evidence-Based Practice to Optimise Performance in High-Achieving Students

ESCAPING THE CURSE OF THE TRIPLE-COLOURED PEN: BEST-PRACTICE MARKING & ASSESSMENT

In 335BC, Aristotle outlined his 'Three Unities of Tragedy':  'time', 'place' and 'action' In 2018, teachers are buckling under the pressure of the 'Three Unities'... of Marking: Time – countless hours spent ploughing through student workbooks, which could be spent diagnosing issues, planning impactful feedback and improving the student's work. Place – piles of student work appearing in the car, in the home, on the dining-ro...

Diagnosis, Feedback and Improvement - move on from marking

ATTACHMENT AWARENESS TRAINING

As a SENCO or Learning Support teacher, you are tasked with helping children and young people with emotional, behavioural and learning needs. You will know from experience that a growing number of children have an increasingly diverse range of needs. This course will support you in meeting those needs. For emotional and psychological good health, and as a platform for effective learning, children need to make secure attachments with the signific...

Improving student outcomes

PHONICS & SPELLING KS1 & KS2

Why aren’t we teaching phonics in KS2? Is Synthetic Phonics the only approach? Are we actually teaching children the skills of spelling? With the ever-increasing weighting of children’s spelling in national assessments, this event takes a look at the expectations, previous assessments and the way in which a whole school approach can ensure children are best supported to succeed. We recap the synthetic phonics phases and explore how...

Understanding the Building Blocks of Language

SAFEGUARDING

Is it time to refresh safeguarding training for your teaching and frontline staff? Are your school staff aware of current safeguarding requirements, including the revised guidance in ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education: DFE September 2018’? Do all your staff know how to spot signs of abuse, neglect, exploitation, FGM and other safeguarding concerns? Are you convinced that all staff know how and when to report and refer any concer...

Key Principles, Latest Guidance and Practical Advice

SAFEGUARDING - EVERYBODY'S RESPONSIBILITY

What do you really need to know to be effective? How can you ensure you meet all your compliance targets? What should you share with everyone? This course can be delivered as a fully accredited Level 3 course which enables the DSL to cascade the training to staff and ensure all elements of the safeguarding agenda are covered within your school. Safeguarding is how we can protect children, young people and vulnerable adults from abuse or negle...

A toolkit for designated leads (Advanced Level 3)

THE MISSING MIDDLE

Do you have a 'Missing Middle' of students who lack the motivation, self-regulation and resilience to achieve their full potential? Does a that’ll do attitude to work and study stop some of your students from maximising examination success? We all love to teach self-motivated, self-regulating students who thrive on knowledge and thirst for learning, but what do we do with the others? How do we engage the apathetic, inspire the laissez-fai...

Engaging and Inspiring the students who should do better

ALL IN A DAY’S WORK: TEACHING ASSISTANTS IN EARLY YEARS

Teaching assistants are vital to the success of any school. This is especially true in Early Years. Being a great assistant teacher (and not just an assistant to the teacher) requires knowledge, skill, hard work, patience and a constant smile. Based on the latest research, this course will help you to be successful in each of these areas – even the constant smile. On this hands-on, practical and fun day you will have the opportunity to: ...

Questions, Prompts and Thinking Aloud

COGNITIVE LOAD THEORY (CLT): THE SECRETS TO EXAM SUCCESS REVEALED THROUGH BEST PRACTICE ADVICE AND CLEAR EXPLANATION OF THE EVIDENCE

Cogitive Load Theory (CLT) has recently been described by Professor Dylan Wiliam as “… the single most important thing for teachers to know” and is rapidly becoming education’s next ‘Big Thing’. This is some claim, so it is right that teachers will want to know more about it and more importantly how they can adapt their classroom teaching to take it into account. This course will share what is involved in CLT...

Understanding is memory in disguise - D Willingham

MAKING IT STICK - RETENTION TECHNIQUES FOR A KNOWLEDGE-RICH CURRICULUM

Would you like your students to have an increased ability to recall, retain and apply the information they need for exam success? Do you want to develop resilience in your students and empower them with a range of retention strategies? Would you like to create a dynamic, active learning environment where all students are both engaged and challenged? This course will outline and exemplify a range of tried and tested techniques that will hel...

Effective, proven and engaging techniques that will give your students the tools to retain and recall the information they need to succeed

DIAGNOSIS, FEEDBACK AND MARKING: BEST-PRACTICE ASSESSMENT

In 335BC, Aristotle outlined his 'Three Unities of Tragedy':  'time', 'place' and 'action' In 2018, teachers are buckling under the pressure of the 'Three Unities'... of Marking: Time – countless hours spent ploughing through student workbooks, which could be spent diagnosing issues, planning impactful feedback and improving the student's work. Place – piles of student work appearing in the car, in the home, on the dining-ro...

Diagnosis, Feedback and Improvement - move on from marking

ART AND CREATIVITY IN PRIMARY & MIDDLE SCHOOLS (TWO DAY COURSE)

Over two days of exploration of creativity within the Primary classroom, this exciting course is guaranteed to be hands-on, practical and, above all, lot of fun. The course isn't about teaching you how to be an artist (though it will certainly help with your artistic skills), it is about helping you to develop creativity in children. Hosted in a vibrant art studio, you will be guided through a range of approaches, skills and techniques to help yo...

An exploration of creativity within the primary classroom and a deep dive into appropriate art projects

A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO SPACED LEARNING, DUAL CODING, MASTERY LEARNING, RETRIEVAL PRACTICES AND INTERLEAVING

Do you want to engage with some of the latest ideas for the classroom that have been proven to be highly effective? Would you like to try out some practical ideas that do not need hours of teacher preparation time, but harness the impact of these new ideas? Do you want to take back to your school a toolkit of best practice strategies that can be adapted to any subject and any age range?   You are sure to have an inspiring course, pa...

Real, practical teaching techniques, not buzzwords and theory

EFFECTIVE DIFFERENTIATION FOR THE 21ST CENTURY CLASSROOM - TWO DAY COURSE

Providing effective Differentiation continues to be a challenge for teachers in schools throughout the world and is often highlighted as an area for improvement in school inspection reports too. It is also true that many suggest it is actually impossible to differentiate effectively for all pupils!  However, by re-thinking what Differentiation really IS and by re-thinking what we DO in the classroom, it becomes possible to differentiate in a...

Re-think your whole approach to challenging all pupils

SECURING SUCCESS FOR EAL STUDENTS IN THE MAINSTREAM CLASSROOM - TWO DAY COURSE

Throughout international schools around the world, student cohorts are becoming increasingly diverse. We want our students from a dizzying variety of cultural, pedagogical and linguistic backgrounds to access curriculum aims and objectives with the same fluency and aspiration as native language proficient students. Not only is this possible, but there now exists a wealth of dependable strategies and materials to confidently secure such success. ...

Unlocking the potential of EAL students

ROSENSHINE’S PRINCIPLES OF INSTRUCTION: A PRACTICAL WORKSHOP PUTTING THEORY INTO PRACTICE

Did you know that Barak Roseshine’s Principles of Instruction has been described as ‘the best, most clear and comprehensive guide to evidence-informed practice?’ Would you like to attend a course that demonstrates what these 10 Principles would look like in a ‘real’ classroom? Would you like to attend a course delivered by one of the UK’s most experienced and trusted CPD providers? Many teachers are beco...

The 10 principles applied to your classroom

ACHIEVING CREATIVE CONFIDENCE AND DIGITAL PORTFOLIOS

“The jobs of the future are the ones that machines can’t do.” “If it’s based on rules or it can be precisely measured, it will be automated.” Graham Brown-Martin, 2017 Can you effectively integrate technology into the hands-on classroom? Technology, motivation, achievement - how to achieve creative confidence Can integrating physical art and digital creations expand pupil creativity? This innovative c...

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