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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

TEACHER TECH TOP-UP

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!

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

RETAIN. REVISE. RECALL. REPEAT

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...

What every teacher needs to know about memory, practise and revision for ‘Knowledge-exams’

CHALLENGING MORE ABLE PUPILS IN ENGLISH

Do you want to challenge your students effectively throughout KS3 and KS4, and prepare them to achieve the highest possible grades/marks? Do you want to prevent your brightest students becoming bored or frustrated? (Something that should never happen in English) Has your department been asked to focus on stretching the potentially high achievers? This course demonstrates how specific approaches and strategies can be used in the classroom with ...

Stretching your brightness students to fulfil their true potential

THE COMPUTING CURRICULUM ACCORDING TO SCRATCH THE CAT

This course, designed for KS1 and 2 teachers, unlocks the full potential of Scratch, an essential stepping-stone for teaching computing. Scratch is ideal for education. It’s free, supported by a vast community of educators and has a 'low floor and a high ceiling', meaning it can accommodate your most resistant and your most able learners. The course is practical and hands-on from the start and you'll be learning the fundamentals of comput...

Make a powerful ally in delivering the computing curriculum in the form of a programmable orange cat!

AWE AND WONDER IN THE ENGLISH CLASSROOM

Are your English lessons too 'safe' to inspire students, achieve the highest grades and instil a lifelong love of literature and language? Are you so anxious about accountability and the new 9-1 exams that you take too many 'easy options' with texts and approaches? Are you looking to bring the awe and wonder back into your English curriculum and create the buzz that comes from being 'the beating heart of the school'? English is the most inven...

'Making English the beating heart of your school and inspiring students with the wondrous possibilities of the English curriculum'

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

TEACH PROGRAMMING FOR KEY STAGE 3 COMPUTING

This course is ideally suited to those with little or no prior experience of text-based programming. It is designed to equip and prepare teachers of ICT/computing and middle leaders with the confidence, inspiration and motivation they need to introduce and develop Python as a text-based programming language in their school’s Computing curriculum.  As well as providing you with a whole host of high quality resources, Alan will focus a g...

A beginner’s course for teachers new to programming and/or Python

HOW TO BE AN OUTSTANDING SUBJECT LEADER

Do you want rigorous and effective systems of monitoring and evaluation? Do you want proven strategies for maintaining long-term progress in your department? Do you want real world answers to the everyday questions that all subject leaders face? Leading a subject area effectively is one of the most important elements in securing high quality teaching and learning in all schools. By focusing on your role as a leader of learning, this course wil...

Lead, manage and inspire your colleagues to achieve outstanding levels of performance 10th consecutive year for this globally recognised course

TEACH PROGRAMMING FOR GCSE COMPUTING

This course is ideally suited to those who already have a basic understanding of text-based programming with Python and those who attended our introduction courses. It is designed to equip and prepare teachers of ICT/computing and middle leaders with the confidence, inspiration and motivation they need to develop Python as a programming language in their school’s Computing curriculum for GCSE Computer Science. This course has been up...

An intermediate course for teachers with some previous experience of teaching programming and/or Python

​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

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

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

REMOVING LOW-LEVEL DISRUPTION TO IMPROVE LEARNING

Is low level disruption frustrating your students’ progress? Are you fed up that your teaching time being lost to dealing with student ‘off task’ behaviour? Are you disillusioned with a ‘one size fits all’ approach to behaviour management? Low-level disruption is the bane of the school teacher’s working life. This course will offer realistic solutions that have been proven to work for keeping students on tas...

One size doesn’t fit all

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

HOW TO BE AN EFFECTIVE PASTORAL LEADER

Are you looking for practical solutions to the problems faced by pastoral leaders every day? Would you like to explore your leadership style and understand how to use it effectively? Would you like tips on approaching difficult conversations with parents, students or parents? Leadership, vision, support, good communication, running effective meetings, having difficult conversations and managing change for the better forms the focus of this wor...

A practical workshop for aspiring pastoral leaders or those already in post

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

WHAT MAKES AN 'OUTSTANDING' HISTORY LESSON... AND HOW CLOSE ARE YOU?

Do you want your history students to be fully engaged, totally committed to the cause and are making lots of progress? Do you want lessons where students (and teachers) enjoy the time shared together? Do you want to create these sorts of lessons consistently? This course will explore what is required to deliver top quality lessons – consistently and over time - that achieve the sort of lesson feedback that all teachers strive for. It w...

Creating that ‘buzz’ in History

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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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

AN EVIDENCE-BASED APPROACH TO RAISING BOYS’ ACHIEVEMENT

Do your girls have a higher ‘value added’ when compared to your boys’ achievement? Would you like a ‘treasure trove’ of proven, boy friendly teaching ideas that are low on preparation time? Would you value an opportunity to reflect on how to adapt these ideas to your way of teaching? The course will describe how to plan, implement and embed a boy-friendly culture into your lessons.  The ideas are low on teach...

Forget the myths, embrace the evidence and let’s take this problem on!

EFFECTIVE DIFFERENTIATION FOR MFL

Do you want all of the students in your languages classroom to be engaged every lesson? Are all of your students making progress during your lessons, and able to see how they have improved? Is planning differentiation sometimes a chore and an add-on, rather than a central strand of the success criteria?      Differentiation is at the very heart of effective teaching and learning in languages. Even in mixed ability settings all...

Quick and easy planning for motivated mixed ability language

PRACTICAL GUIDE TO MANAGING DIFFICULT PARENTS

Have you a small number of parents who can sometimes be difficult? Do you want to ensure that relationships with parents are as harmonious as possible? Would you like to develop strategies for dealing with conflict and awkward situations? 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 ...

A down to earth guide to building positive relationships with parents

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

CREATING INDEPENDENT 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

PREPARING FOR A SENIOR ROLE IN A SMALL INDEPENDENT SCHOOL

Are you ready to take on the challenge of a senior role in a small school? Do you want to develop your personal skills in dealing with others in a close school community? Would you like to develop strategies for balancing a demanding workload? This course is a must for anyone aspiring to a leadership role in a small school, whether it be a Preparatory School, Senior or all-through.  Small schools bring real challenges, not least because...

Practical tips to become an effective Senior Leader in a school where delegation can be difficult

PREPARING FOR DEPUTY HEADSHIP IN AN INDEPENDENT SCHOOL

Are you ready to apply for a Deputy Headship in an Independent School? What are the strengths you’ll bring to the role? and What will you need to do differently? This course is a must for any aspiring deputy head.  Deputy headship is one of the most multi-faceted roles in any industry, not just education.  To be effective you need through preparation and training, which this course will provide.    Not only will ...

Practical tips to become an effective Deputy Head

‘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

BEHAVIOUR MANAGEMENT MASTERCLASS

What are the approaches to behaviour management that really work? Why are checklists critical to effective behaviour management within an individual classroom? What practices should be avoided? This innovative course contains straight-talking, myth-busting, back-to-basics, step-by-step common sense from start to finish. It is a no-holds-barred look at why lessons go wrong and what we can do about it today. Expect an honest appraisal of the str...

A toolkit of outstanding behaviour management for busy teachers everywhere

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!

BRINGING FLAIR, PASSION AND, ABOVE ALL - RESULTS INTO PRIMARY MATHS

Are you fed up of humdrum lessons? Do you feel lost under the confetti of paper around your classroom? Do you resent being tied to the photocopier: are you confused by the different pages in the workbooks the children need and are you thrown by the matrix at the front of the teacher’s book? Do you want to teach with your own inspiring ideas instead? Would a host of practical teaching ideas empower you to leave Google searches behind? Thi...

Leave behind ‘more of the same’ and get ready to change the game!

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