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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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Tackling and Solving Reading and Spelling Problems at Key Stage 3

Course members will leave with a clear understanding of the range and causes of problems with reading and spelling for eleven to fourteen year olds. They will be given proven approaches for tackling them in the context of pupils' normal school work, as well as specific teaching techniques that have been shown to be effective with the most difficult problems.
These will include the needs of pupils assessed as dyslexic, and of pupils with English as an Additional Language. The course will also include techniques for strategic planning and evaluation.

Taking the Fear Out of Poetry


Poetry continues to be the genre which inspires the greatest fear and mistrust - amongst teachers as well as pupils. Concerns over form, interpretation and 'relevance' abound. This course aims to provide practical, tried and tested approaches to a selection of the central and possibly more challenging poets found on the specification (Chaucer, Shakespeare, Donne, Milton, Blake). Furthermore, it offers a methodology with which to explore verse at A-Level.

Teaching Assistants and EAL: Meeting the Demands of your Role Effectively supporting students learning English as an Additional Language

Primary & Early Years

The Teaching Assistant (TA) plays an essential role in the drive to raise standards in schools. In addition to the support provided for students with learning difficulties and disabilities, the TA may also be required to support groups of students for whom English is an additional language (EAL) both in whole class and small group teaching and learning situations. Those supporting EAL students are at the forefront of removing barriers to learning and inclusion.

The Dyslexic in the Classroom

Special Needs & Schools
This one-day course is designed to give teachers an opportunity to
identify and address the problems that pupils with this specific learning
difficulty encounter throughout the curriculum.
Topics covered include practical techniques on how to improve the
reading, spelling, handwriting, listening skills, memory and revision
techniques, examination skills, organisation and the homework of your
dyslexic students.

The New Head of English


This practical course supports delegates in identifying the strengths and weaknesses of their departments and offers suggestions on how to make improvements. It focuses on the role a Head of English plays in producing an effective department: Interpersonal skills; ways of supporting staff; keeping up to date with curriculum developments; time management and administrative efficiency are all explored.

Aims of the course are to:

The New OfSTED Framework: How to Achieve 'Outstanding' provision in English


Delegates who may be unfamiliar with the new OfSTED framework (Jan 2012) will find this course hugely informative with its focus uponthe revised set of characteristics for 'Outstanding' English provision. Delegates will be given the opportunity to explore and examine how different schools have achieved 'Outstanding' in their provision of English.

The New Specifications in AS & A2 English Literature: Comparing texts and managing the demands of planning, teaching and resourcing a 12 Texts Course

By the end of the course teachers will have developed strategies and resources for coping with the new challenges of English Literature specifications - which have moved markedly away from the old and familiar model. They will receive many practical suggestions for planning and teaching the new courses and feel confident about dealing with the comparison of texts, responding appropriately to the open-ended coursework requirements and have explained new ways of approaching Shakespeare.

The New Specifications in AS & A2 English Literature: Meeting the challenges for the Student and the Teacher

The new English specifications provide exciting opportunities for teachers to rethink and restructure their approaches to texts. In addition, however, there is a wider challenge to develop a Focused Learning Framework for the two years - which not only makes the best use of the freedom of choice in many of the specifications - but also provides a secure foundation for all students to benefit from the opportunities inherent in these new approaches.

Turning Goldfish into Elephants: The Power of Memory in the English Classroom

Have you ever wished your students could retain more easily what they learn? Do you, and they, become frustrated when they seem unable to remember what you taught them last lesson? Well, this is the course for you!

This course will enable delegates to develop a clearer understanding of what 'memory' is, how it functions, and how to encourage students to employ it more effectively both in everyday learning and in preparation for exams.

Using ICT to Help Pupils in English

Delegates will increase their confidence in using ICT in English lessons; they will use and understand a number of different practical applications of ICT to English which makes use of standard software. They will practise new ways of appreciating and analysing texts and experience fresh ideas to stimulate and support writing, with special attention to the motivation of boys.

Using Interactive Whiteboards Successfully in English

The aim of this course is to examine how Interactive Whiteboards can successfully be used to improve motivation and teaching and learning in your English lessons. This inset day will also demonstrate the best of the free and commercial resources available to English teachers - and help ensure that you and your pupils get the most from this powerful new resource.

Achievement & Enjoyment: Raising Academic Performance and Opening the World of Geography to More Students at AS and A2

This course will provide opportunities for geography teachers to develop their understanding and practice of teaching at AS and A2 with the specific intention of raising student attainment in geography. At the same time the day will provide strategies for raising student confidence, enjoyment and appreciation of the subject, with a view to encouraging more students to continue with their geographical studies.

Assessment for Learning in Geography

This course will investigate Assessment for Learning within the context of Geography. Delegates will explore and discuss how the principles of AfL impact upon geography teaching, and how its principles can enhance the learning experience for students.

A variety of forms of assessment will be analysed and a range of lessons will be collaboratively planned that reflect the principles of AfL.

Assessment in Geography

This course will focus on assessment of, and for, learning. Participants will learn what inspectors consider is good assessment practice and will investigate significant research findings. They will examine assessment at Key Stage 3 through activities designed to enhance familiarity with the Attainment Target. Participants will also have the opportunity to think about the range of data available to them and how best to monitor students’ progress. Key features of assessment for learning will be introduced and placed in a classroom context.

Assessment Strategies in Geography

The course will examine AfL and APP in Geography. Delegates attending this course will come away with the principles of AfL and APP and how it can enhance the learning experience for students in Geography.

The tutor will provide constructive advice on how to implement APP and strengthen the AfL strategy in Geography to have a direct impact on achievement and self esteem of students. Suzanne provides easy-to-implement advice on how to successfully manage APP and demonstrate best practice so far in Geography with the AfL strategy.

Boosting Student Take-up in Geography at Key Stage 4

This course seeks to give practical insight into ways to boost numbers in Key Stage 4 Geography. The day will provide opportunities to consider the current issues surrounding take up of Key stage 4 Geography at GCSE level.

Bringing Innovative Geography in to the Classroom: 11-18

This course aims to provide teachers with real insights into how to introduce innovative modern geographies into the classroom. As such the focus will be on subject content rather than classroom strategies and will act as an effective complement to government initiatives on literacy, numeracy and thinking skills. It will focus on ensuring that relevant, topical geographies can be introduced effectively in the classroom across the age and ability range.

Confidence Boosting Lesson Strategies for the Geography NQT

Sink or swim?

This often seems to be the case for a new teacher of geography in their first term(s) of teaching. An input of fresh ideas and problems shared could be just the tonic you need to revitalise your existing enthusiasm and help navigate the perils of the classroom.

This course is designed to give new teachers an opportunity to review past and present difficulties and boost confidence in the classroom to deliver the kind of geography lessons that your students will want to come back for.

Coursework and Fieldwork in Geography at GCSE and AS / A2

Guidance will be given about matching the topic and location to the examination specification and ensuring that the all-important assessment criteria can be met. This will include ideas for day, residential and independent fieldwork, together with practical suggestions for minimising the teacher workload involved.

D/C Barrier Busters for GCSE Geography

Each year Geography teachers reflect on their students who just missed a grade C against expectations. This course aims to reverse that situation and provide delegates with tried and proven strategies that are guaranteed to bring improvements to the grades of borderline students.

Ensuring Success in the new A Level Geography Specifications

The course will help you to improve the performance of your candidates at A Level. A seasoned practitioner will give you ideas and tips which have been proven to get the best results possible for your candidates, whilst reducing the administrative burden on you.
You will be given an awareness of the impact of the new exam specifications and how to plan your schemes of work and revision exercises for success.

Ensuring Success in the new GCSE Geography Specifications

The course will help you to improve the performance of your candidates at GCSE. A seasoned practitioner will give you ideas and tips which have been proven to get the best results possible for your candidates, whilst reducing the administrative burden on you.
You will be given an awareness of the impact of the new exam specifications and how to plan your schemes of work and revision exercises for success.

Geography for Non-specialist: Practical Classroom Strategies and Assessment

The course aims to provide opportunities for nonspecialist Geography teachers to develop their understanding and practice of teaching geography at Key Stage 3. The day will give the delegates confidence and skills to provide motivating and exciting lessons in Key Stage 3 Geography.

Geography for Non-Specialists: Practical Classroom Strategies

This course will provide opportunities for non-specialist teachers of Geography to understand more about the structure and style of the current and future Geography curriculum. It aims to support those teaching Geography by offering a range of strategies and practical hints that will help to create lessons that will engage and enthuse students.

Delegates will be guided towards a range of varied resources that will enable them to offer lessons that develop students’ enquiry skills and also allow them to develop independence in their learning.

Improving Performance in GCSE Geography C to A*

The course aims to provide opportunities for geography teachers to develop their understanding and practice of teaching at GCSE level with the specific intention of raising student attainment in Geography in preparation for the Higher-tiered paper. The day will provide teaching and learning strategies for raising examination performance of students at Key Stage 4 level aiming to improve their grade form C and above.


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