“It was informative, constructive and invaluable for me”

Melanie Westlake, Head of Science, Saint Felix School
  • Are there aspects of teaching and learning which you would like to develop?
  • Are your staff aiming to be outstanding teachers?
  • Are you looking to develop strategies with staff to actively engage their pupils?
  • Do you want to improve the motivation and attainment of all pupils through proven principles?
  • Would you prefer to avoid ‘silly’ role plays or pointless group work to concentrate on the most effective techniques?

The most recent ISI and Ofsted frameworks require a certain style of teaching to achieve the highest levels. The pupils, their abilities, attributes, attitudes to learning and inevitably their levels of progress are the most important deciding factors. As schools we should be challenging pupils, developing their learning skills.

Research has shown that audience attention in teacher -led lessons begins to wane every 10-20 minutes. Active learning is the perfect solution to counter this drop-off in engagement

“Active learning promotes recall and deeper understanding of material, as students are engaging with the content rather than simply listening to it.”

Jess Gifkins, Research Fellow, Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect

An active approach to learning allows students to develop these essential skills for life-long learning.  To remain masters of our craft, it’s important that we, as teachers, keep learning and evaluating on our own practice. This course provides just that opportunity for practitioners, providing strategies, practical advice and actionable pedagogies.

Benefits of this INSET:

  • Actively engage with innovative teaching methods
  • Opportunity to be in the position of the learner and utilise innovative ideas
  • Consider a wealth of learning tools that makes students more responsible for their own learning
  • Improve your ability to develop communication and thinking skills in your students.

You may also be interested in our INSET courses on Metacognition – click here

 INSET Outline

Creating the perfect learning climate in which students are actively or experientially involved in the learning process 

  • What does the research of Hattie and the EEF say – what’s effective/ what’s not and why?
  • What is the role of technology in the classroom?
  • Effective grouping
  • Establishing a growth mindset and culture of active learning
  • Tweaks to strategies to make your pupils work harder
  • Motivational triggers: getting the most from every lesson

Planning for Active learning throughout the curriculum: a toolkit for middle leaders

  • Creating “active schemes of work”
  • Outcome focussed planning
  • Strategies to reduce teacher talk in lessons
  • Monitoring implementation and effectiveness
  • Tools that teachers can use easily to judge progress
  • Evidence for Inspectors

Active learning: Developing your pupil’s enquiry, decision- making and problem solving skills

  • Deeper Questioning – ask better, deeper questions and expect the same from your pupils
  • Deeper learning – challenge pupils of all levels of ability
  • Equip your pupils with the skills to answer their own questions
  • Establishing exactly what concepts your learners still do not understand to better target intervention

Active, collaborative and cooperative learning strategies for your pupils

  • Helpful “pupil talk” how to facilitate quality discussion
  • The role of peer- tutoring to improve memory and improve the use of metacognitive strategies
  • Developing peer to peer critiquing strategies


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