Inspirational Teaching Strategies

All our teaching courses are designed to transform the classroom into a dynamic learning environment. Your students will be more engaged in their lessons. Your teachers, once more, will enjoy being at the helm and will be motivated to get creative and try out new strategies; strategies that they know will work. As our courses are interactive and hands-on, the delegates are able try out the lesson ideas and resources for themselves. This is essential to experience the impact of each approach and to be able to understand how, and where, best to incorporate them into their own daily teaching.

CREATING EFFECTIVE EXAM-READY LEARNERS

Shifting the emphasis of learning towards students becoming more independent and more willing to work harder than their teacher is never going to be easy.  But this course will attempt to aid the process by going through the stages needed to be successful. It will be tailored to your requirements on the day and will be hands-on and interactive.We will explore the very nature of motivation and how to improve it. We will look at why students l...

Transforming the way students learn, progress and achieve

PRACTICAL STEPS TO HIGH-QUALITY DIFFERENTIATION

Do you want to know what ‘adaptive teaching’ is and how it could revolutionise your approach to differentiation? Do you want to know how to implement classroom-based strategies that challenge and support all pupils? Do you want to see differentiation as integral to quality teaching rather than a ‘bolt on’ gesture? There is no question that differentiation as an issue crops up time and again as an area requiring continu...

Re-think your whole approach to challenging all pupils

STRETCH AND CHALLENGE YOUR MOST ABLE STUDENTS

Do you want more ways to stretch your most able students in the classroom? Would you like a treasure chest of strategies, tailored to your subject, that are low on preparation time, but very effective? Would you prefer a more modern approach to teaching the more able based upon flair and creativity rather than form filling and ticking boxes? In addition to examining issues of provision for your most able students, this course will explore prac...

Providing successful strategies for engaging with the more able rather than simply identifying them

CUTTING EDGE AFL TECHNIQUES TO RAISE ACADEMIC STANDARDS

It may be time to review your current assessment for learning practices in order to ensure they are as effective as possible. This course will present a complete, up-to-date system of assessment for learning and explain how to embed it into all teaching and learning.Key features of this workshop include the importance of teacher–student dialogue, having a toolkit of marking strategies and understanding an evolving AfL system as the student ...

Identifying and embracing the latest and most effective AfL strategies

RAISING THE ATTAINMENT OF LOW ACHIEVERS (FSM AND NON-FSM PUPILS)

Lower achievers can be a joy to teach, but can also be frustrating in their lack of retention or with the behavioural problems they can present. We will cover strategies to deal with the very nature of motivation and how to improve it, understanding why students learn to be dependent and how we can transform our practice to account for the needs of these learners.Evidence suggests that the single biggest difference between the lower achievers and...

Work smarter, not harder, to get the unmotivated on track

SPOON FEED NO MORE - IMPROVING CLASSROOM PERFORMANCE

Do you feel that your classroom is often a place where pupils come to watch you work? Do you feel that too many of your pupils take the easy way out and always demand your help? Do you want a return to good old-fashioned teaching instead of tick-lists and buzzwords?   If you are looking for buzzwords, jargon and excuses for underachievement, please move on. If you are looking for a truly inspirational course that's been proven to deliver...

Remove pupil dependency by teaching with creativity and flair

THE BIG FOUR: SUSTAINABLY IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF TEACHING AND LEARNING

How confident are you that the questioning skills of both teachers and pupils are as strong as they could be? Has improving feedback been raised as an area for improvement in a recent school inspection? Do you want to do more to improve the quality of your pupils’ thinking skills to ensure that they are truly independent learners? The ‘Big Four’ (questioning, feedback, independence and challenge) are the main-stay of outstand...

The practical guide to developing questioning skills, effective feedback, student independence and ensuring greater challenge

THE NON-TICK BOX GUIDE TO OUTSTANDING TEACHING

Are you preparing for a forthcoming Performance Management Lesson Observation? Do you want to check that you are on the right lines? Do you want a course that will demonstrate what Outstanding lessons look like? This updated course features easy-to-apply ideas for busy teachers who want practical and proven teaching strategies guaranteed to impress any observer. Manageable, high-impact ideas that work across all key stages and ability ranges w...

Add flair and inspiration not dullness and perspiration to your teaching

SPOON FEED NO MORE – IMPROVING CLASSROOM PERFORMANCE IN PRIMARY

A totally practical demonstration of the teaching strategies that yield the best results.   Based upon the highly acclaimed book 'Spoon Feed No More' by Steve Chapman, Steve Garnett & Alan Jervis, this 100% practical course is delivered in the unique hands-on Dragonfly way that all three personally developed. The emphasis will be on presenting exciting yet academically rigorous teaching strategies that have been proven to work, and get...

If you want to stretch and challenge your pupils without running yourself into the ground, please join us!

A MASTER CLASS IN INDEPENDENT LEARNING

Shifting the emphasis of learning towards students becoming more independent and more willing to work harder than their teacher is never going to be easy.  But this course will attempt to aid the process by going through the stages needed to be successful. It will be tailored to your requirements on the day and will be hands-on and interactive. We will explore the very nature of motivation and how to improve it. We will look at why students...

Transforming the way students learn, progress and achieve

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...

Thinking about thinking

FROM GOOD TO GREAT: OUTSTANDING SECONDARY TEACHING

This course provides a treasure chest full of realistic lesson ideas that can be tailored to fit your teaching. This is a totally practical workshop dedicated to outstanding teaching strategies. The course will visit best practice from Literacy Strategy, Active Learning, Enquiry Based Learning, Assessment for Learning, Dynamic Learning and Thinking Skills. The course will provide ideas for most scenarios of learning. It will include mysteries to...

A variety of powerful approaches to learning that can be implemented with the minimum of teacher preparation time

20 INSPIRATIONAL TEACHING TECHNIQUES

This workshop concentrates on strategies to improve the teaching and learning of primary school children. The course will focus on both iPad supported learning and outstanding lessons without tablet technology. Details of some powerful apps to stretch and challenge will be demonstrated. Delegates will engage with some active learning techniques to improve primary aged student’s motivation and boost learning. This course is suitable for both...

High impact ideas you can use tomorrow

CREATIVITY AND LEARNING (EARLY YEARS)

This course is for Early Years practitioners who want to develop their passion for child centered learning where children will thrive and make progress.  If you firmly believe that early education should hold inquiry, exploration and hands on experiences at its heart this is for you.  Is your vision for your setting that your pupils should be confident and self-motivated who will be ready to access the next stage of their learning? ...

Developing learning potential through creativity

CREATE & INSPIRE: THE CHILD-CENTRED EARLY YEARS CURRICULUM

This course is for Early Years practitioners who want to develop their passion for child centred learning where children will thrive and make progress. If you firmly believe that early education should hold inquiry, exploration and hands on experiences at its heart this is for you. Is your vision for your setting that your pupils should be confident and self-motivated who will be ready to access the next stage of their learning? Join us to explor...

Developing learning potential through creativity

AWE & WONDER: THE EARLY YEARS CLASSROOM

Do you want the inspiration to create the moments that make children sigh with happiness? Are you looking for inspiration for your setting? Do you yearn to hear more of the excited babble of happy children immersed in learning? Would a host of practical ideas empower you to plan for your children and leave Google behind? This exciting course is rich in practical ideas that you can use to inspire your children the very next day. It cove...

Keeping learning personal and reaching our goals

NEVER MIND THE MUCKY HANDS: THE RESILIENT AND INDEPENDENT YOUNG LEARNER

The buzz words of today are challenge, resilience, growth mind set, forward thinking…. But who prepared us for this? Who equipped us with the skills we use to not survive but thrive    Did anyone teach you time management skills?  How to plan your day? How to work with others in the professional environment?  How old were you when you were taught how to listen, how to attend to another person?  If we look at t...

The sensational new primary course specially designed to meet all the emotional health criteria

NO PASSENGERS PERMITTED: BRING AN END TO ‘PASSIVE LEARNING’

Would you like to create a dynamic, active learning environment where all students are both engaged and extended? Do you want to develop resilient students who work equally well independently or collaboratively? Has an inspection team ever commented that the teachers, rather than your students, are doing most of the work in lessons?   The lessons that have that ‘X factor’ are ones in which the students are not passive classr...

Creating the ‘X Factor’ through students doing the work themselves!

PREPARING YOUR STUDENTS FOR EXCEPTIONAL EXAM PERFORMANCE AT GCSE & A LEVEL

Can your students retain the huge amount of information they need to succeed in their new-style 'knowledge exams'? Is your school adapting teaching strategies and revision practices to ensure students recall that information in high-stakes exams? Do you want a range of immediately implementable strategies which guarantee improved performance in 'knowledge exams'?   This course, for teachers and leaders at all levels, explains the scien...

Practical retention, retrieval and revision strategies

CONSISTENTLY EXCELLENT: THE TOOLS & HABITS OF OUTSTANDING TEACHERS

This course will share the habits, techniques and tools which lead to consistently excellent classroom practice.  We will identify what excellent pedagogy is and how it can be habitually attained, without additional workload. We will examine which routines you should have in place in your classroom to enhance learning, and to improve the wellbeing of you and the children. You will learn how to create productively fun learning ...

The tools, habits and practices of 'excellent' teachers

MAXIMISING PUPIL INDEPENDENCE (EARLY YEARS AND KEY STAGE 1)

The techniques shared on this day are designed to have maximum effect from minimum teacher input and many are easily applicable to the widest range of subject areas and age groups. If you are looking for sustained improvements in the quality of learning in your classroom and, subsequently, student progress over time look no further. This course is aimed at teachers who want to promote a class full of independent thinkers.  A student body tha...

Mastering the curriculum to meet the needs of your children

‘NO PASSENGERS PERMITTED’: ENGAGING ALL LEARNERS IN A PRIMARY CLASSROOM

Would you like to create a dynamic, active learning environment where all students are both engaged and extended? Do you want to develop resilient students who work equally well independently or collaboratively? Has an inspection team ever commented that the teachers, rather than your students, are doing most of the work in lessons? The lessons that have that ‘X Factor’ are ones in which the students are not passive classroom pass...

Creating the ‘X Factor’ Through Students Doing the Work Themselves

THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO THE APPLICATION OF MASTERY ASSESSMENT TO PRIMARY AGED STUDENTS

Do you want to understand how to use mastery assessment with your primary school children?   Do you want to see how to link successful teaching strategies to the mastery methodology? Would you like to see the mastery approach applied to different curricular areas? Do you want to know how to apply differentiation to mastery assessment?   The National Curriculum now identifies the depth of learning for primary aged students as a key ...

A practical workshop on the depth of learning across the curriculum

UPBEAT - AN INTRODUCTION TO CONDUCTING CHOIRS, ENSEMBLES AND ORCHESTRAS

Most musicians don't start off with an intention to conduct, but many find themselves called upon to step up onto the rostrum. This course, led by the conductor and researcher, Chris Gayford, will equip you with the essential skills you need. Chris has over 30 years' experience, working with professional and amateur musicians and running conducting courses. He's studied with some of the world's leading teachers and developed his own unique method...

The sensational new course delivered by one of the UK’s top conductors, Christopher Gayford

EARLY YEARS – PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE IN ACTION

This course will celebrate the core philosophy of Early Years. By focusing on the Characteristics of Learning we will explore the daily provision in your setting.  We will explore effective continuous provision and planning and investigate how to develop the role of the adult helping to make your setting rich in purposeful talk....

Keeping learning personal and reaching our goals

AN EVIDENCE-INFORMED APPROACH TO TEACHING: A PROFESSOR'S GUIDE

Do you want to turn educational research into actual classroom reality?  Do you need evidence, to help you make better decisions about major innovations in your school? Are you aiming to add challenge and make teaching more effective? Do you want to develop your understanding of the major issues in education today? For too long, schools have been victims of ideas that do not work: Brain Gym, Learning Styles, The C...

What really works: the truthful guide to using educational research

21ST CENTURY EDUCATION: THE INCLUSIVE CLASSROOM

Top British Independent Schools and leading International schools the world over now all recognise the need for inclusive classrooms and effectively differentiated lessons.  This ground-breaking course will engage with proven strategies that will help teachers differentiate their lessons. You will consider ideas to stretch and challenge the more able and support SEND students. What’s more these strategies can be modified for any subje...

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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

AWE AND WONDER IN THE EARLY YEARS CLASSROOM - TWO DAY COURSE

Do you want the inspiration to create the moments that make children sigh with happiness? Are you looking for inspiration and best practice from different countries? Do you yearn to hear more of the excited babble of happy children immersed in learning? Would a host of practical ideas empower you to inspire your children and parents and leave Google behind? This exciting and inspirational course will give you a cornucopia of practical i...

Keeping learning personal and reaching our goals

THE REALIST’S GUIDE TO BRINGING FLAIR, CREATIVITY AND CHALLENGE TO ALL IN KEY STAGE 2

Are you interested in adding more stretch, challenge and creativity to your classes in KS2 Do you want ideas and pedagogy that can be utilised the very next day in a classroom with next to no cost in terms of time or money?  Do you want your staff to actually participate in a training day that they will actually enjoy? Delivered by our very own MD Steve Chapman - who was awarded Sector Leading Practice by ESTYN for his work in Literacy ...

Equip yourselves with exactly what the present inspectorate want with simple, easy to implement ideas to increase attainment AND enjoyment.

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