Inspirational Teaching Strategies


From Pastoral Care to Improved Pedagogy
About this course

Supporting the Engagement of Adolescents in the Classroom

As teachers, we know what engagement in the classroom looks like. Our students know what it feels like to be engaged in their learning. But, according to research, and as with so many things, students and teachers don’t agree on what results in engagement.

Teachers think engagement come from pedagogy, curriculum, appropriate streaming/setting and from challenge.  Students say they are more likely to be engaged when they feel safe, listened to, valued and respected – and critically, at school and at home.For young people to achieve their potential, they need to feel a sense of belonging, connectedness, identification and relatedness to their peers, teachers, to the school overall and with their lives in general. If you are trying everything in your pedagogical repertoire but still have disengaged learners in your classroom, perhaps this explains the mismatch.

This course is designed for teachers who want to expand their knowledge and skills beyond the chalkface– by enhancing and developing pastoral relationships we can improve pedagogy. The course will give you a deeper insight into the reasons why adolescents might not be engaging in the classroom, how much of an influence you can have on mitigating out-of-school factors and how to build relationships with those hard to reach students, bringing about powerful change, (re)engagement and improved student outcomes.

Course Outcomes:
  • Acquire a thorough insight into the effects neurological changes are having on your students
  • Develop your understanding of how the early years and home environment influences classroom learning and behaviour
  • Explore the three dimensions of disengagement and how to stop one cascading in to another
  • Develop solution-focused intervention strategies, and find out how to implement them
  • Gain new ideas and solutions which can be immediately implement in your classroom
Wendy Imperato

029 2071 1787
Mary Chapman

+44 (0)29 2071 1787



“Great training, not only did Steve teach me about engagement but he engaged me and motivated me with the information delivered. Informative, useful and realistic teaching and learning ideas that actually work. He was very knowledgeable. Loved it.”

NQT , Abbey Hill Academy