Subject Knowledge INSET

subject knowledge

Knowledgeable and dynamic – Katie King, Assistant HOD, Dragon School

Knowledge – rich curriculum

Teachers , especially in Secondary schools often cite subject-based CPD as more effective than generic training, as they can see a direct effect on their own teaching and therefore the attainment of the classes that they teach; certainly teachers enjoy training within their subject discipline and there are certainly instances where there would be little point in doing generic training – in areas such as exam technique for example.

Ofsted 2019

Subject knowledge CPD is becoming more important as many schools move towards a ‘knowledge rich’ curriculum under the new Ofsted framework.

“Teachers should have to prove their subject knowledge is up-to-date at regular intervals to maintain their qualified status”

Professor Daniel Muijs , Ofsted, Head of Research

Research also shows that strong subject knowledge contributes significantly to outstanding teaching pedagogy. Teacher credibility ( the belief and trust pupils have for their teacher) scores and effect size of 0.9 in Hattie’s Visible Learning which is (almost) equivalent to a two grade leap in GCSE grades!

Our subject specific courses are delivered by experts in their field with insight, depth and passion. They are designed to help your in-service teachers update or develop their current subject knowledge or to train to teach other specialist subjects. As a departmental or whole school training event they give an invaluable opportunity to foster expertise and academic rigour.

“It was exceptionally useful, highly relevant & personalised to our school.  I cannot recommend highly enough!”

Dr Dawn Casserly, Headteacher, St. Paul’s School for Girls

Our subject-specific courses can cover changes in exam expectations, support teachers delivering in a subject area they are less familiar with and provide a range of strategies and approaches to bring a subject to life.

Why choose Subject Knowledge training for Teachers?

Our subject knowledge  courses will help your teachers:

  • Gain a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject and associated specialist pedagogy
  • Develop critical reflection skills
  • Acquire some of the tools to become an outstanding teacher
  • Gain confidence in teaching their chosen subject
  • Get experience of action research and evaluating impact on pupil progress to help with career progression
  • Discover innovative ideas, techniques and activities to use in the classroom

A selection of our subject enriching courses are listed below but if you can’t find the area you are looking for use our enquiry form and we can source a lead practitioner to meet your needs.

“I really appreciated how organic the delivery was”

Shelley Chapman, Head of Teaching & Learning, The Marist School

Subject Knowledge Courses

Chemistry INSET

INSET : Challenging able Chemistry students to reach their true potential

“It was exceptionally useful, highly relevant & personalised to our school. Our Chemistry teachers found the opportunity to work with someone of such pragmatic experience invaluable. I cannot recommend highly…

Knowledge Rich Curriculum

INSET: Developing a Knowledge Rich Curriculum in Science

“Really engaging tutor who clearly knew his stuff” Sadia Mirza, HOD, Dr Challoners High School • Do you know what the changes that Ofsted are proposing?• How articulate are you…

metacognition in STEM

INSET: Metacognition in STEM / Science / Maths Teaching

“Left inspired!” Kim Carmichael, Head of Science, Longcroft School Train your pupils to think for themselves • Do your pupils prefer recalling information to “real” thinking? • Are you fed-up…

oustanding maths

Secondary INSET : Outstanding Maths Teaching 2020

“Superbly clear, inspiring, and backed by outstanding subject knowledge.”Tom Bowley, Millfield School, Head of Maths Subject Specific Pedagogy for Ofsted 2020 Subject knowledge CPD is becoming more important as many…

INSET : Improving Literacy across the Curriculum

‘Really helpful – lots of ideas regarding whole school literacy, as well as in department. An excellent understanding / knowledge of how the Ofsted framework will impact schools – thank…

Science INSET: Outstanding Implementation in Science

‘Schools need to raise pupils’ aspirations and enjoyment of science and ensure that they nurture the talents of our potential young scientists of the future.’Ofsted Report ‘Success in Science’ Are…

Science INSET : Challenging the most able pupils in Science

“Impactful , positive & inspiring – highly recommended “ Jenny Carruthers HOD , Cleeve School Mixing chemicals, testing circuits and experimenting with all manner of creepy-crawlies are just some of…

Eyfs computing

EYFS INSET : Computing and Coding in EYFS & Pre Prep

Are you unclear on where to start with the computing curriculum, or would like ideas on how to bring computing to life? Would you like to secure your own understanding…


Primary INSET : Engaging Boys with Reading & Writing

Highly engaging and motivated the staff Rochelle Thompson, Deputy Head, Kings School   New Ofsted focus for 2019   16th January 2019, Ofsted published their new proposed inspection framework with…

Primary maths

Primary INSET : Challenging More Able Pupils in Maths

I feel particularly inspired. Unlike many courses, this felt achievable. Alison Tanner, Year 5/6 Teacher Cameley Primary School What are the barriers for the more-able mathematician and for the teachers?…


Primary INSET : Teaching Art like a Specialist

Too often the misconception that people are either born with artistic ability or not is able to permeate into our schools. Teachers also feel less confident in delivering the art curriculum because they feel they are not ‘artists’.

This course aims to put these unhelpful views to bed and give teachers the confidence they need to deliver art with passion and enthusiasm and help bring out the artist in all their pupils.


Primary INSET : Bringing the Primary Computing Curriculum to life

This course is designed to bring computing to life in your school. It presents a full understanding of the computing concepts and knowledge required to confidently deliver the curriculum. It covers the key concepts, ways to bring the subject to life and where to find essential resources to engage and inspire pupils across the primary age range.

Most able biology

Secondary INSET : A/A* Strategies for Biology A level

Challenging able Biology students to reach their true potential “Really worthwhile and applicable, felt like I was actually learning something!” Jack White-Foy, Dulwich College Does your Biology teaching really stretch…

Biology INSET

Secondary INSET : Raising Attainment in Biology A level

“Left inspired!” Kim Carmichael, Head of Science, Longcroft School Improving the performance of lower attaining A level Biology students How do you make the new Biology specifications more accessible to…