“It was informative, constructive and invaluable for me”

Melanie Westlake, Head of Science, Saint Felix School
  • Are you looking to develop collaborative learning 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 like to develop strategies to move pupils from concrete to abstract thinking?
  • Aiming to extend pupils social language into curriculum language?
  • Would you prefer to avoid ‘silly’ role plays or pointless group work to concentrate on the most effective collaborative learning 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. Collaborative or cooperative learning is the perfect solution to counter this drop-off in engagement.

Collaborative learning approaches have a positive impact, on average, and are a cost-effective approach for raising attainment.

EEF Toolkit

A collaborative 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 for Collaborative learning

  • What does the research of Hattie, Mercer and the EEF say – what’s effective/ what’s not and why?
  • Effective group sizes and organising pupils
  • Establishing a growth mindset and culture of collaborative learning
  • Tweaks to strategies to make your pupils work harder
  • Motivational triggers: getting the most from every lesson

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

  • Creating engaging 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

Collaborative learning: Developing your pupil’s exploratory talk & oracy

  • Deeper Questioning – ask better, deeper questions and expect the same from your pupils
  • Helpful “pupil talk” how to facilitate quality discussion
  • Scaffolding exploratory talk
  • Equip your pupils with the skills to answer each others questions
  • Deeper learning, enable pupils to challenge each other’s ideas

Collaborative and cooperative learning strategies to boost pupils independence & self regulation

  • Developing greater self awareness around learning
  • Establishing exactly what concepts your learners still do not understand to better target intervention
  • The role of peer- tutoring to improve memory and improve the use of metacognitive strategies
  • Help teachers plan for the language to support critical thinking
  • Developing peer to peer critiquing strategies


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