Inspirational Teaching Strategies


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

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


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 practical classroom approaches to meet their needs in a mixed ability or ability based setting. The strategies will challenge and stretch every student. Delegates will leave the course with a host of new ideas they can use tomorrow with the minimum of teacher preparation time required.


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:
  • Identify suitably challenging pedagogies for your most-able students and learn how to tailor them to individual children
  • Explore and discuss practical strategies for stretching the highest achievers
  • Discuss ideas and strategies for embedding thinking skills into students’ learning
Course Outline:
Most Able Students in a Mixed Ability or Ability Setting

Ideas to stretch the most able in a mixed ability setting

A variety of pedagogies to challenge the most able

Stimulating higher order thinking skills properly – not just lip service.

Approaches to realistic differentiation that really means something.

Embedding Provision Across the Faculties

Ideas to enrich the curriculum

Strategies to promote creativity

Models to embed thinking skills

Lesson plans for the most able

Creating an Outstanding Provision

Enrichment activities to augment the curriculum

Raising the bar for the most able (and all)

Teacher expectations to the desired goals

Latest research on teaching the most able

Wendy Imperato

[email protected]

029 2071 1787


£180 + VAT (1:00 pm - 4:00 pm) BOOK NOW
Mary Chapman

[email protected]

+44 (0)29 2071 1787

“The day went very quickly due to the pace and delivery of the session. Having taught for 40 years I was pleasantly surprised that the INSET kept me engaged and inspired me to re-think ways of working with MAT students. I would definitely attend another INSET by Dave to enhance my PD even though I am in the latter stages of my teaching career!”

Teacher , Shrewsbury High School For Girls

“We have used Dragonfly before for courses for individuals and for a whole school speaker. We have really benefited this Friday to give us time to review our practice and think about how we more forward to really make a difference to our more able. Excellent delivery, great pace. Thank you!”

Deputy Headteacher , Shrewsbury High School for Girls

"Absolutely great course, really made me think about how to challenge the more able and provided lots of ideas to use in the classroom. Can't wait to use them."

Pupil Achievement Lead , Ravenswood

"Thought provoking and engaging. I really enjoyed and will definitely be bringing many of the concepts to my classroom. This will improve my practice."

Teacher , British Embassy School of Ankara

"This has to be the most engaging CPD I have ever attended. Enjoyed it very much and gained some great ideas."

Lead Practitioner Science , Goffs School

"Great course! Very refreshing. Provided me with easy hands on activities that can be used with any age group or subject."

KS1 Teacher , Cambridge International School, Moscow

"Fast paced, enjoyable and full of ideas that can actually be used."

Darren Mitchell , Bradfield College