For Teachers

D.I.E. Hard Teaching:  A simple, evidence based approach that leads to brilliant learning.

D.I.E. Hard teaching is a simple approach to great teaching that is based on the work of John Hattie. D.I.E stands for Diagnosis, Intervention and Evaluation, and can be used to form the basis for all teaching sessions in all contexts. This simple approach sets teachers free from fear of Ofsted and observations, enabling them to do their best for their learners by focusing on what really matters.  This session provides ideas and strategies to put DIE hard teaching into practice – tomorrow!

Outstanding inductions – creating the perfect ‘Gold Standard’

Great inductions set the scene and tone for your learners’ journey with you, and it is essential to get them absolutely right. This session will help you to create and implement an outstanding induction experience that will inspire and motivate learners,  help them to understand the skills that they need to develop and why, take responsibility and ownership for their own progress, and begin to develop the crucial skills and capabilities that they will need to survive and thrive – not only on your course, but during their lives.  By the end of the session, you will have produced an induction ‘gold standard’ that will provide you with a clear line of sight to what your learners need to learn and achieve during induction.

Improving attendance and punctuality

If learners are to make the most out of their learning, they will need to attend regularly, and on time. This of course applies to the rest of their lives too.  This session will enable staff to identify strategies and approaches to prevent and deal with poor attendance and punctuality by getting to the root cause of issues, and making appropriate interventions – that may mean significant changes in practice.  They will identify positive actions, approaches and strategies to use in their teaching and learning, and with individual learners. In most cases, a whole organisational approach is needed, and it is crucial that managers are involved in this too.

and understand the difference between cause and symptom.Have identified strategies and approaches to prevent poor attendance and punctuality

  • Have discussed and evaluated practical strategies to deal with poor attendance and punctuality
  • Identified actions, approaches and strategies to try out with learners

Improving learner motivation?

Many staff are concerned about learner motivation, and rightly so, as this has a huge impact on their learning and success. This session explores learner motivation from a unique perspective, and provides staff with tools to analyse and identify the causes of low motivation.  Staff will identify how aspects of their teaching may contribute to or prevent disengagement, identify the early signs and causes of learner disengagement, and know how to respond to these. They will also develop new approaches to planning learning , based on developing important learner habits and capabilities.

Developing Equality  and Diversity in teaching, learning and assessment

E&D is often seen as something that needs to be done to tick a box, or to satisfy inspectors, but this should not be  the case.  Real equalities training is exciting, provocative and certainly not based on ’embedding E&D in every session’, (a sure way to lose motivation!)  This exciting session debunks some of the myths around E&D in teaching and learning,  and helps teachers find ways of developing their learner’s skills and understanding of equalities through challenging debate, and inclusive approaches to teaching.

Ensuring learners make great progress in every single lesson

For learning to be truly outstanding, learners need to make great, visible progress in every single lesson and develop the skills needed for lifelong learning. This session includes a wealth of practical ideas to help you to do just that.

You will identify the type of progress your learners need to make (skills, knowledge, attitudes etc.), during lessons and over time, experience and evaluate a range of practical strategies that make the quality and extent of learning visible in lessons, and develop learners’ ability to evaluate and improve their own learning

Developing expert and independent learners

This session provides staff with highly effective tools and strategies that help students to develop the skills to work and learn independently – a key employability asset. It includes how to plan, structure, monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of independent learning strategies, and enables staff to identify and explicitly teach the skills that learners need to be truly independent learners

Outstanding learning

This session aims to demystify outstanding learning, and provide participants with a good level of awareness of what constitutes outstanding learning that they are able to apply to their practice. It links directly to the revised current common inspection framework, and will enable teachers, managers, observers and advanced practitioners to plan and achieve outstanding learning for all their students, providing a rich menu of strategies and ideas to support the key principles.

Putting the thrill into theory lessons

(particularly the dry stuff)

This session provides teachers with a range of tools, techniques and strategies for making potentially dull theory topics exciting and engaging ( for you and them!) Learn how to create the ‘Meerkat’ moment and stimulate interest, curiosity and excitement in all theory lessons.

Outstanding workplace learning

This session aims to demystify outstanding workplace learning, and provide participants with a good level of awareness of what constitutes outstanding learning that they are able to apply to their practice. It links directly to the current common inspection framework, and will enable staff to plan and achieve outstanding learning for all their students following the workshop. This session focuses on workplace learning, and includes the ingredients for outstanding learning in all areas such as employer involvement, progress reviews, assessment and feedback.

Brilliant progress reviews (workplace learning)

This session focuses on one of the most crucial aspects of workplace learning – the progress review. Great progress reviews effectively draw together the varied strands of a learners programme, enabling learners to take responsibility for their own learning, and make exceptional progress in all aspects of their learning. The session links strongly to the revised common inspection framework from September 2015, and will enable participants to identify the key features of outstanding progress reviews, and develop the skills and strategies to needed to deliver them

Developing growth mindsets

This session will dramatically change the way that staff think about learner potential and progress. It will provide them with an understanding of the power and impact of developing ‘growth’ mindsets, along with practical strategies to do this with their learners.

Developing a growth mindset means that learners develop skills such as persistence, resilience, motivation. They become confident, creative problem solvers and develop a love of learning that provides them with the basis for success in years to come and the skills to thrive and flourish in the 21st century.

Collaborative learning that delivers results

Many teachers use group work as a way of actively engaging learners. This session provides teachers with creative and exciting ways to make the most of collaborative learning so that learners make and demonstrate great progress, not only in their technical knowledge, but in a wide range of personal, social, academic and employability skills

Feedback and marking that lead to exceptional progress

Effective feedback is crucial to great learning, as it closes the gap between where students are and where they need to be. This session focuses on how to provide high quality written and verbal feedback that enables learners to make great progress, visibly improve their learning, and develop the skills of self-correction and improvement.

Practical stretch and challenge (made simple, a new approach)

This session takes a radically different approach to stretch and challenge, making it much easier and simpler for participants to effectively inspire,stretch and challenge all learners, of all levels and abilities, ensuring great success for all. It also equips them with practical, tried and tested strategies that really work, and explores all the different ways that we need to stretch and challenge learners, including their development of wider personal, social and employability skills.

Brilliant questioning for outstanding learning

Great questioning is at the heart of effective teaching, learning and assessment, and, when used well, has the power to create outstanding learning experiences.
This session will provide you with practical strategies to transform your use of questioning, enabling you to challenge and support all learners, making progress and learning visible to all.

On target for success (beyond SMART)

Target setting is a key aspect of great learning – in progress reviews, one-to-one meetings, ILP’s and personal tutorials. This session provides participants with the tools to help their learners to effectively set, monitor and evaluate targets, ensuring that they are meaningful, and have a positive impact on progress. This session goes beyond ‘SMART’ target setting (which can have an adverse impact for some), and includes the use of courageous goals and challenging coaching to really help learners excel and succeed.

Assessment AS Learning: strategies for using great formative assessment to drive learning.

Great formative assessment turns good teaching into outstanding learning. Assessment AS Learning takes this a step further by making learners responsible participants in the whole learning process, who understand how they are learning as well as what they are learning, and use this information to improve.  This ensures learning that takes place in our lessons, progress reviews and other learning events is visible and that all involved have a good understanding of not only what is being learnt, but how and why, and what to do with what we are finding out. This helps learners develop valuable learning to learn skills, take ownership of their learning and truly reveals the real progress that learners are making in their learning.

Breaking the cycle of bullying

This session enables participants to identify and respond effectively to bullying , and, how to intervene effectively to prevent and respond to bullying behaviours. Crucially, it provides teachers and tutors with a range of practical methods and resources to teach learners about bullying and harassment, enabling them to recognise bullying behaviour in themselves and others, and respond in a way that protects themselves and others.

Outstanding personal tutoring

This focuses on the one-to-one personal tutorial, and helps participants recognise how tutorial provision contributes to the achievement of outstanding teaching, learning and assessment, and to develop skills and approaches to personal tutoring to ensure learners are inspired, motivated and able to reach their potential. Participants will gain practical tools and strategies to use during one-to-one tutorials to develop resilient, confident and independent learners.

Positive behaviour management

(behaviour for learning)

Developing great habits that lead to effective behaviour for learning takes time, determination and practice, but the rewards are well worth it. When your learners become resilient, confident, self-managers who can work independently and take responsibility for their own learning, their chances of rewarding and successful lives increase hugely, and learning is likely to be outstanding.

This session explores the what, why and how of learner behaviour, and provides you with effective strategies to use to prevent, stop and deal with difficult learner behaviour, including aggression. Delegates also receive a great behaviour management toolkit.

Motivational dialogue

Motivational dialogue is a powerful tool that helps people change behaviour and make positive choices about the action that they take. This approach helps learners take responsibility for their learning and lives. Participants will develop expertise to engage learners through the use of a range of motivational dialogue skills and techniques which can be applied in a range of settings, including tutorials.