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In School/College INSET

If you are looking for a course to run onsite at your school or college, we have over 800 to chose from. These are all quality assured courses we have successfully run in the recent past.  They have been delivered exclusively by trusted trainers that consistently receive great feedback.  98% of attendees state they would recommend our courses on their evaluation forms.

To narrow down the list of courses to only those in your chosen subject, simply click below on the area of expertise most applicable to you or your colleagues. Otherwise you will be scrolling all 800 teacher training days in alphabetical order!  If you're planning a Whole School INSET day, our unrivalled range of learning and teaching, pastoral care, behaviour, leadership and Special Educational Needs programmes may well prove of interest.

Once you find a course of interest (or if you already know the INSET topic you would like to run) click on the contact form link on this page, including prospective dates, and we will happily check availability for you.  We are offering a 20% discount on all INSET speakers booked in June and July.  This applies even if you are planning ahead for the next academic year.

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Dealing with Difficult Visitors and Other Unexpected Tricky Situations

Administrators & Office Staff
As a member of the admininistration staff dealing with parents, visitors, outside agencies etc, you will sometimes find yourself facing a difficult situation for which you are not prepared. You may be presented with unexpected hostility or criticism, or an emotional outburst, or refusal to listen, or aggressive demands. These encounters can leave you feeling upset and undermined.

Here is an opportunity to learn some skills and strategies which will help you to manage these difficult encounters with confidence.

Essential Skills for School & College Reception Staff

Administrators & Office Staff
People at the front line of any organisation often feel they are not given the support and credit for the role they fulfil.
This course will emphasise the critical nature of this key job. It will increase personal confidence as well as developing skills. It aims to get under the skin of positive thinking and enhance delegates' potential to act in a professional and positive way as the public face of the school to parents, visitors and anyone contacting the school.

Leading & Managing the Office Team

Administrators & Office Staff
As the manager of a team in the school office you make a vital contribution to the smooth running and success of the whole institution. You are required to show administrative, personal and managerial skills in a pressurised and busy environment and to meet increased demands from every area of the school or college community. This course will encourage you to develop some of the skills which are essential to the successful management of other people.

Personal Effectiveness for Office Professionals

Administrators & Office Staff
Administrative staff are crucial to the effective functioning of schools and colleges. This course will help you to develop some of the personal skills that will enhance your professionalism and enable you to deal confidently with demanding people and challenging situations.

You will have the opportunity to practise assertive behaviour and clear communication - as well as learning some stress management techniques to help you to stay calm under pressure.

Presenting for the Terrified

Administrators & Office Staff
During this very practical day delegates gradually build their confidence and ability in the art of presenting, in a safe and supportive context. Confidence is increased and anxiety reduced as participants identify the practices which can make them an excellent presenter. There will be the opportunity on the course to try out a variety of strategies to find their own ‘best fit’.

Stressed! I'm not stressed I'm too busy to be stressed!

Administrators & Office Staff
Schools and colleges can be very stressful environments in which to work. A large number of administrators leaving educational environments do so because they are too stressed to continue. We all need some stress in our lives, that stress is termed as good stress. This one-day course will examine good and bad stress and will help the delegates identify their stressors. Proven, effective strategies for stress reduction and stress release will be given, so that delegates will feel more in control of their working lives and be able to work more effectively.

'Your' New GCSE Art & Design Courses

These are exciting times in education, changes in GCSE Art and Design courses give every art department an opportunity to review and evaluate what they do and to develop future courses that are "fit for purpose" for the 21st century teenager. Departments need to take ownership of their courses using the assessment objectives creatively and objectively.

21st Century Art Craft and Design: Engaging with Contemporary Art Craft and Design in the Classroom, to Enhance Teaching and Learning at all Levels

We live in a fast moving age in the 21st century. Traditional notions of Art and Design evolve and change to reflect this…..but, in some secondary schools the art curriculum is rooted in the past and is not delivering teaching and learning experiences relevant to the teenager of today. This course is for those teachers who want to move forward and looks at ways that we can engage with contemporary practice in the classroom.

An Introduction to Adobe After Effects

On completion of this Introduction course to After Effects CS3 Professional, delegates will have a good working knowledge of and feel confident in using After Effects in their Schools or Colleges.

They will be able to, or be working towards, designing from scratch or jump-start projects from hundreds of fully customizable presets and templates—all from within a streamlined interface.

An Introduction to Aboriginal Art

MAny teachers are developing teaching scemes about aboriginal art but often feel restricted in what they do because of limited knoledge or understanding of the backgroung to the work. This course helps you to avoid falling back on stereotypes by enriching your own understanding of the historical and contemporary contexts in which the work has been made. All deligates will receive a substantial course folder of materials providing historical and contemporary background information.

An Introduction to Digital Video Editing with Adobe Premiere Pro

The course is designed to introduce delegates to the package and by the end of the day participants will be able to competently navigate the interface and understand what many of the tools can do. Delegates will know how to use Adobe Premiere Pro to optimise video for multimedia purposes as well as how to manipulate a video sequence by adding effects and transitions.

An Introduction to English Watercolour Painting in Secondary Schools

The course is designed to help the individual (Teacher and then student) to 'work without fear of failure' once they have mastered the traditional techniques involved.

Art in the Community: Added Value

This course is designed to help colleagues make the most of their community. The local environment can be a rich source of stimulus for students, but it is sometimes difficult to tap into. Ted, whose department won The Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2002 for their work in the community, will show through real examples, practical workshops and discussion how this can be achieved. Suitable for all art department staff teaching Years 9-13.

BTEC First in Art & Design: How to Make it Work Well in Your School

By the end of this course you will be able to plan all aspects your course from induction to FMP (Final Major Project). You will have developed skills in planning relevant assignments which will involve the wider creative community.

This course has great potential to Raise Attainment within Art & Design.

Challenging Gifted & Talented Students in Art & Design

The course will help art teachers identify gifted and talented pupils in their subject and help them make the most of both departmental and external resources to ensure that all their pupils are sufficiently stretched and inspired.

Talent can be difficult to measure and test accurately and the tutor will offer guidance on how best to achieve this. Delegates will also benefit from a practical session on how to write assignments that differentiate between the average pupil and the Gifted and Talented student and yet satisfy both.

Creating an Exciting Art, Craft and Design Curriculum Which will engage and Stimulate Boys at KS 3&4

Despite the successes of Art and Design as a curriculum subject there is a real concern with the underachievement of boys, especially at KS4. There are also concerns at decreasing numbers of boys who continue with the subject after KS3. This course will bring together research and practice which shows how the gap between boys and girls can be closed.

Creating Schemes of Work for a 21st Century Art, Craft and Design Curriculum

This will be a very practical course, using your own laptops, and working individually and collaboratively to create exciting schemes of work fit for a 21st Art Craft and Design curriculum. You will also learn how contemporary art craft and design can motivate pupils and have a real connection to their own world and culture. You will learn how to utilise the internet and free software and resources to create fantastic and effective image banks and resources, which will motivate your pupils and lead to improved engagement and attainment.

Creative Use of ICT in Art & Design to enhance Teaching and Learning

This hands-on course will explore ideas around "self" and collage / montage together with an examination of useful web content. Delegates use the skills learned to prepare Power Point presentations as a classroom resource, exploring the use of hyperlinks and sound files. Teachers will also learn how to use fragments of digital images and scanned objects to create personal statements - and will explore ideas about popular culture and imagery in Artworks.

Developing Exciting, Relevant Assignments and Sharing Good Practice in Art, Craft and Design at Key Stage 3

This course addresses the lack of support given to developing KS3 Art, Craft and Design. It will help you make sense of the levels and show how they can be used to improve continuity and progression at KS4.

It offers the opportunity to develop relevant assignments based on the Programme of Study. It will also give delegates a chance to network, share good practice and informally standardise work.

Fabric: Innovative Approaches for AS & A2 Design

After spending the day in a hands-on workshop, delegates will have a mixture of samples of Batik and Shibori. Each will understand how the technique is created, how to push the idea and best ways to teach their students.

Image Manipulation with Adobe Photoshop

The course is designed to introduce you to the package and by the end of it, participants will be able to competently navigate the interface and understand what many of the tools can do. Delegates will know how to use Photoshop to optimise graphics for print or multimedia purposes and how to manipulate tone and colour in images or highlight particular areas in an image for the best effect.

Individual Approaches to Art & Design

To work out the most exciting way to plan a themed approach to the teaching of Art & Design. The seminar will explore ways of choosing a successful theme and work out strategies for enabling the class to work with a range of ideas and in different materials, simultaneously. Ways of supporting the project with Human Resources and Artists and Cultural References will also be explored.

Learning in an inclusive classroom: Art, Craft & Design for Special Needs Students at KS 3 & 4

We all now operate in an 'inclusive' situation, but are all our learners equally involved and engaged? What are the implications to other learners when those with "special" needs are included or disengaged? How can we plan for and manage Art and Design within an inclusive classroom?

This course will aim to resolve these issues and raise further questions and solutions to effectively raise attainment in Art and Design and utilise the "special" in special needs.

Making Sketchbooks an integral part of the Art and Design Curriculum

The emphasis on process in the assessment of Art and Design means that the sketchbook is a key way of recording ideas and processes. A sketchbook also encourages reflection and personal growth which is very important in the current educational climate which recognises the need for students to deal with their emotional well being in learning.

This course will review the role of the sketchpad, look at examples from all key stages, and move into the 21st century by considering how digital portfolios and sketchbooks can be used alongside more traditional formats.

Making the Most of Sketchbooks and Work Journals

The course will examine and illustrate how workbooks can be used as effective and accessible vehicles in the delivery of Art at both KS3 and GCSE level, whilst actively supporting the national strategies for literacy and numeracy.


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