This exciting selection of courses aims to bring you the latest research, strategies and methods to challenge staff and students in all aspects of their continued learning.

Just Great Teaching

Exploring the Latest Research on Teaching

In this course attendees reconnect with what makes quality teaching and learning. It explores what research says works and what makes little or no impact.

Each year this course changes as we endeavour to reflect the latest research in quality teaching and learning from around the world. This course is sure to challenge the key pillars of your approach to quality teaching and learning.

Let us know the key areas in your development plans and we can target them during the course.

Next Level Differentiation

The Latest Strategies and Methods

This course focuses on practical strategies and methods to ensure all students are stretched, challenged and ultimately developing as learners.

Key areas that will be explored:

  • Shaking things up in the classroom to capture the learner’s attention.
  • Catering to all levels of ability.

Educators are guaranteed to leave this session with lots of easy-to-use strategies for use in their classrooms.

Marking for Improvement

The Latest Strategies and Methods

This course will explore how to give meaningful feedback that is understood by your students and, more importantly, easy for them to act upon.

As well as considering the most successful approaches in Assessment for Learning (AFL), including effective oral feedback and questioning, this course explores the latest approaches to marking and considers the importance of closing the gap in learning at the point of feedback and challenge.

As well as practical strategies and approaches, this course will examine real examples of student work and marking. The key objective of the course is to reduce the burden of assessment for the educator and at the same time increase the impact for the learner.

Metacognition and Self-regulated Learning

Getting Students Working Independently

In this course educators will be provided with the tools, processes and resources they need to effectively empower their students to take control of their own learning and thinking.

Key areas that will be explored:

  • Making Learning Visible (MLV)
  • Strengthening memory
  • Habits of mind
  • Mediated Learning Experience (MLE)
  • Effective questioning and Infusion.
Targeted Mentoring Training

Supporting Attitudinal and Motivational Change

This two-day course will explore the attitudinal and motivational barriers faced by many underperforming students. It will provide educators with the knowledge, skills and evidence-based structure they need to support and guide these learners to success.

This programme has been acknowledged in school reports by the Education and Training Inspectorate of Northern Ireland (ETINI) as having an impact on the learning outcomes of underperforming pupils.

Key areas that will be explored:

  • Managing structured mentoring sessions.
  • Building rapport and strong relationships with pupils conducive to mentoring.
  • Diagnosing individual student’s barriers to learning.
  • Managing interventions to overcome barriers to learning.
  • Gathering and using information to track individual student’s progress.

Session numbers are restricted to twenty. All attendees will receive a comprehensive resource pack with all course materials and support resources for mentoring sessions.

Targeted Questioning

Exploring Effective Questioning

This course will examine the most often used teaching and assessment method: questioning. We will explore different approaches to questioning and consider how we can ensure the questions we ask fully support and challenge students.

Key areas that will be explored:

  • Levels of questioning for different purposes: why question?
  • Using Bloom’s Taxonomy as a structure which provides progression and challenge.
  • Realising the potential of questioning as a powerful cognitive support for the learner (links with thinking).
  • Contexts and opportunities that arise across the curriculum.
  • Student questioning: when, why and how to manage?
  • Links with language enhancement.