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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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How Science Works: Socio-economic Biology in the New Specifications

The "How Science Works" sections of the new GCSE specifications introduce a raft of topical biological issues which have not been covered in any depth in previous specifications.
This CPD day will outline important aspects of the new content to ensure that delegates are familiar with the new material and leave the course feeling confident in their ability to teach it effectively. Source material for use with GCSE classes will be suggested, along with strategies for covering the material thoroughly in the time available.

How to be a Highly Effective Science Technician and support School/College Improvement

Delegates will leave this course understanding what constitutes best practice in their field of work. They will be given ideas to expand their role to more effectively support "Outstanding" science teaching in the laboratory.

The course will introduce tried-and-tested strategies for managing student behaviour both inside the lab and around the school or college. Advice on taking a more pro-active role in their own professional development to help cope with the significant changes to science teaching that are to come in the near future, will also be offered.

Imaginative Teaching Strategies and Creative Classroom Ideas: Delivering Grade 1 GCSE or IGCSE Biology Lessons

The aim of this course is to give you practical ideas and new imaginative strategies for producing outstanding lesson in GCSE or IGCSE Biology that are enjoyable, stimulating, motivating and that meet the needs of different learners. The course will also address issues prompted by the specifications such as making difficult concepts easier for students to grasp and incorporating 'How Science Works'.

INSPIREscience: Key Stage Three

This highly-practical day will be a mixture of presentation and 'hands-on', and will provide a unique, engaging and stimulating approach to teaching scientific knowledge and enquiry. the day will also promote and develop the use of creative thinking in science, higher order scientific enquiry and process skills - including problem solving and reasoning. The emphasis of the day is placed on fun, novel (and even mysterious and magical ways) of presenting scientifitc concepts and investigations.

Inspiring and 'Attention Grabbing' Practical Science Teaching for Your Reluctant KS3 Pupils!

The outcome of this lively, inspiring and highly-practical day will be that delegates will feel confident and empowered to deliver engaging and enriched science teaching to their KS3 pupils, especially those normally difficult to engage and inspire.

Key Issues for Teachers Looking for Their First Promotion Within the Science Department

Taking on your first post of responsibility can be daunting. You need a clear understanding of what you are getting yourself into and some equally clear ideas about what you will do once in post. This course helps you to improve your application and prepare for interview. It focuses on the key issues for the Second in Department and offers practical advice on carrying out the role. It will also provide tried and tested strategies for improving pupil behaviour and raising standards of achievement.

Key Issues for Teachers Preparing to Become Second in Science

To give clear advice on building a CV and letter of application that will have impact; to help prepare delegates for interview; to give guidance on carrying out the key functions of a Second in Science; to discuss strategies for supporting more effective teaching and more successful learning; to offer tried and tested strategies for raising standards of pupil achievement and examination performance.

Key Stage 3 Biology: Innovative Approaches to Teaching the New Programme of Study

The new KS3 programme of study for science includes more of an emphasis on the Scientific Process and Developing Scientific Skills, and provides less prescription of content. Together these changes should result in greater flexibility for teachers and learners in science, enabling them to better contribute to the forward looking 'big picture' of the secondary curriculum.

Leading & Managing a Dynamic Science Department

This intensive course is a must for all middle managers in Science. The day will develop the essential leadership and management skills needed for building schools for the future.

From effectively handing difficult situations and conflict to long term issues, such as school or departmental improvement, this course covers it all. At a time when many innovations are being made in Science, time will be spent evaluating the implications of New Specifications in Science at KS3 & 5, as well as appropriate preparation for inspection.

Management Skills for Technicians

This course will help delegates develop a real understanding of established techniques in communication, negotiation, and working as part of a team. The speaker will also introduce attendees to simple, but powerful, self and time-management tips that can be put to use straight away.

Moving your Biology Lessons from Good to Outstanding

The aim of this course is to give you practical ideas and strategies for producing outstanding lessons that are enjoyable, stimulating, motivating and that meet the needs of different learners.

This course will also address issues prompted by the specifications such as making difficult concepts easier for students to grasp, incorporating "How Science Works" & "Assessment for Learning" and preparing the Most Able students.

New Roles and Responsibilities for Year Leaders and Tutors under the new OFSTED 2012 Framework

This course has been designed for aspiring and existing Heads of Year wishing to embrace the 'new' contexts of working in schools. It will provide participants with the confidence and solutions to meet the changing need of a year leader. It will address the skills essential to support and manage change and bring coherance to the role. It will focus on this issues of quality assurance, leadership styles, managing colleagues, monitoring student progress, formative assessment, and the new role of the Year Leader.

Outstanding A level Physics

A Level Physics is perceived as the most difficult subject by many students. This course explores why students find it difficult and strategies for improving their confidence and ability.

Neil will take delegates through techniques and ideas for increasing students conceptual understanding as well as improving their results. Useful online support and ICT resources will be explored and delegates will leave with a wealth of new ideas.

Physics for Non-Specialists: Practical Strategies and Engaging Lessons

This course aims to give confidence in the delivery of the Physics aspects of the curriculum. It will address common misconceptions and will include a large proportion of practical advice on demonstrations, experiments and analogies.

It will also address the needs of the most able students and offer practical strategies to extend them.


This highly-practical day will be a mixture of presentation and 'hands-on', and will provide a unique, engaging and stimulating approach to teaching scientific knowledge and enquiry. The day will also promote and develop the use of creative thinking in science, higher order scientific enquiry and process skills, including problem solving and reasoning in Key Stages 1 and 2. The emphasis of the day is placed on fun, novel and even mysterious and magical ways of presenting scientific concepts and investigations.

Promoting Personalised Learning in your department/year group to develop high levels of pupils resilience, confidence and independence

In the best schools in the country, excellent classroom practice has already established a pedagogy and culture of personalised teaching and learning - OFSTED This approach leads to pupils who are motivated to learn; manage their own learning; and will reflect on their earning. These attributes enable pupils to become successful learners and provide insight into their learning achievements that will enhance motivation to continue learning.

Science Activities to Engage and Stimulate Pupils with SEN

The course will provide delegates with a wealth of simple, but engaging, practical science activities that can be used straight away in the classroom. These innovative experiments will particularly focus on key aspects of the 'Materials and Physical Processes' aspect of the National Curriculum.

The Lighthouse handbook accompanying this course contains approximately 100 pages of innovative experiments and activities, many of which are in addition to those explored during the day.

Science for Pupils with SEN in Mainstream and Special Schools

This interactive, practical training will demonstrate innovative techniques to structure the practical teaching of basic (but fundamental) scientific principles. Alan will provide you with motivational strategies for teaching pupils with special educational needs. The course will focus on strategies for teaching pupils operating at and below levels 1-4 and should prove relevant for staff working in both secondary and special schools.

Science Technicians: Making the Job Easier through Enhanced Communication Skills

Technicians in schools have to juggle a heavy workload whilst being asked to fulfill other roles for a variety of people. This course was requested by technicians attending the successful "Management Skills for Technicians" CPD day and aims to make life easier both for technicians and those that work around them - helping ease stress for all.

This interactive course is based around communication and time management skills, so the technician feels more in control of their workload and more relaxed (thus becoming more effective).

Self-Evaluation for Heads of Science

This wide-ranging course provides guidance on effective monitoring and evaluation in the teaching of science and demonstrates how this can bring real benefits into the classroom. It aims to improve attainment by enhancing pupils' learning and increasing the effectiveness of teaching . This will be particularly useful with regard to the new OFSTED framework.

Supporting the non-specialist Physics Teacher at KS3

The course will encourage you to construct your own theoretical and practical base for teaching the physics concepts at Key Stage 3 by offering you an opportunity to test your own knowledge and understanding though engaging with practically-based investigative scenarios, concept mapping exercises, and supportive resources.

Surviving your First Year as a Science Teacher

At its best, teaching is the best job in the world. It combines high levels of intellectual challenge, the exercising of complex interpersonal skills, rewarding public service and a high degree of professional autonomy. However, the first years can be intensely challenging while you develop the repertoire of practices needed to manage pupils' learning competently. This course distils 24 years' successful teaching experience and provides delegates with tried and tested practical ideas and strategies for becoming a more effective practitioner more quickly.

Teaching Post 16 Biology: Innovative Techniques and Resources

Aspects of different Post 16 biology courses AS & A2 will be incorporated in this course. This course will develop skills which can be used to generate enthusiasm and make learning easier for Biology at a more Advanced Level. It will explore the ways in which people learn and base the development and consolidation of their understanding on present knowledge. It will provide strategies by which learners can take responsibility, provide interpretations and link ideas.

The Ultimate Post NQT Science Course

You have survived your NQT year, now it is time to consolidate and develop into the teacher you want to be. Learn strategies from an AST who spent the last nine years of teaching in challenging schools and still teaches difficult classes. Beware of those who have read books to become an expert. Neil works for the IOP, NCSL and is a triple science consultant.

Topics in Practical A Level Physics

Many teachers, finding themselves teaching A level Physics for the first time, worry about the practical as well as the more unfamiliar theoretical aspects of the courses, especially if they are not Physics specialists. This course will provide experience of common experiments and demonstrations as well as the theory behind those experiments and concentrates on topics that many teachers find particularly difficult to convey to their students.


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