Behaviour for Learning


Online Course
About this course

All our workshops are constantly updated to reflect the current - and ever-changing - circumstances in all schools relating to Covid-19.


  • What can be done to address the general widening of achievement gaps caused by the pandemic?
  • Which classroom strategies are most effective specifically for disadvantaged boys?
  • How do we support mental health within the context of subject learning?


According to the DfE, the coronavirus outbreak may cause the attainment gap for disadvantaged children to widen by as much as 75%. Also, the Mental Health Foundation warns that schools are likely to face a spike in demand for support from “hidden children” who have become vulnerable as a result of the crisis. There is no doubt that within this mushrooming vulnerable group, those worst affected will be boys whose underperformance compared to girls was already a factor prior to the pandemic.


This unique course distils years of experienced best-practice from hundreds of teachers during an original Strategic School Improvement Funding project to close gender gaps in maths. The £450K SSIF project is firmly founded on the research evidence found in the DfE-promoted Sutton Trust-EEF Toolkit and has surpassed expectations in terms of measurable outcomes. (Download the full analysis from

This fully re-engineered online version will be presented by the lead training designer and has been expanded to cover all subjects and key stages. All strategies may be deployed at the teacher’s discretion at relevant points in the lesson stream and may last as little as one minute. There is no need to remove children for interventions, nor to change materials or lesson plans.


All our 3-hour online workshops include: 
  • practical classroom-ready ideas and resources
  • small group size to facilitate interaction and full engagement
  • group/pair work and discussion with the tutor
  • pdf of the course booklet 


Course Outcomes:
  •  Understand the rationales and the evidence behind the selected approaches (EEF & Sutton Trust)
  •  Master activities to close achievement gaps in general, and gender gaps in particular
  •  Facilitate inclusiveness and resilience through equal participation and individual accountability
  •  Easily embed high-impact concepts, such as metacognition and oracy, at every opportunity
  •  Apply the course content to your unique situation, curriculum and teaching style
Course Outline:
Session 1: Context and basics

 Closing gaps: The history and context of the Strategic School Improvement Fund project

 The rationales and the evidence behind the selected approaches from the EEF Toolkit

 Understanding and running inclusive activities in the lesson

Session 2: Attainment in the inclusive lesson

 Rapid recall & effective revision – mastering the building blocks of learning

 The role of direct instruction and modelling in small steps – ‘no child left behind’

 Creating context and forming schemata – filling the inherited knowledge gaps

 Using activities as guided practice w. intense scaffolding – joint construction before independent work

Session 3: Raising the game

 Embedding metacognition and self-regulation

 Building mindsets and mental health – resilience and creativity through structured peer learning

 Applied subject vocabulary

 Higher order thinking, sharing, explaining and negotiating

Wendy Imperato

[email protected]

029 2071 1787
Mary Chapman

[email protected]

+44 (0)29 2071 1787