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

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

THE ULTIMATE SEN DAY

Understanding different types of Special Educational Needs (Learning & Living differences as I like to call them) can be both challenging and time consuming. Getting the teaching, learning and support 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, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, dysphasia, ADHD/ADD and e...

A toolkit of practical and highly effective SEN strategies for the classroom

HIGHLY EFFECTIVE DATA - FOR PRIMARY SCHOOLS

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 traditional NC levels, as well as some of the replacement formats available, such as Mastery categories. This course is ideal f...

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!

GROWTH MINDSETS: REAL AND SUSTAINED ACHIEVEMENT

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?

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

MAXIMISING YOUR EFFECTIVENESS AS A TA IN A C21ST CLASSROOM

Do you want to find out what the most effective TA’s 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 cours...

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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, causing res...

The course that gives you the confidence to teach English effectively

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

EFFECTIVE WORKING RELATIONSHIPS IN THE CLASSROOM

Teaching Assistants (TAs) have a significant role to play in a child's progress at school. They often bring a range of additional skills and expertise to the classroom and making effective use of these can raise outcomes beyond 'outstanding'. Eash session will be hands-on with frequent opportunities for discussion and idea sharing. Strategies described are proven to be effective, sustainable and improve productivity and working practic...

How to maximise the skills of your teaching assistants.

KS1 MATHS WITHOUT WORKSHEETS

Mathematics without a worksheet! In an education world led by data, target setting and evidence it is very easy for busy teachers to fall back on worksheets in Maths to prove they have covered mathematical topics.  This course aims to outline how children learn, how maths can be a practical fun subject and how worksheets can be used at the end of a topic to assess understanding but only then. ...

Using the latest research to promote deeper learning and mastery

MOVING BEYOND MINDSET

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 to reduce unhelpful perfectionism, procrastination and performance anxiety often seen in students, leading to enhanced performance and w...

Evidence-based practice to optimise performance in high-achieving students

DIAGNOSIS, FEEDBACK AND IMPROVEMENT: WHAT ELITE SPORTS CAN TELL SCHOOLS ABOUT THE PRECISION AND IMPACT OF TEACHER 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...

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