CPD & INSET

DIY Excellent INSET

Why would you do this?

Let’s face it, as educators, we are great at engaging learners in the business of teaching and learning. However, we are not always as good at training each other and taking care of our own professional development. So, your staff development budget might stretch to one “Star Speaker” per year, but what about the other 4 INSET days that we are supposed to fill with high quality training and inputs for our colleagues? From personal experience this amazing resource can be frittered away because although we are wonderful teachers we are sometimes rubbish at delivering our own training!

What will we do?

String game

You will be introduced to some exciting and well-proven training techniques that have either been developed ourselves or learnt from other trainers from across Europe.  We want to help you turn your staff members from “hostages” or “holiday-makers” at INSET to become active and willing participants. Have you heard of Open Space Technology? Do you know how you might use the Goldfish Bowl? How good are you at managing your staff’s mood and energy in INSET? What can you do to engage even the most dyed-in–the-wool, time-serving member of the “Awkward Squad”? All this and more…

How will we do it?

  • We will want to meet with you and design a programme that will fit the needs of your organisation/school/business/networks.
  • This is not training that every member of staff needs to take part in, just those who have some responsibility to deliver CPD & INSET to other staff. We will work in groups of up to 20 members of staff from different organisations.
  • We want active members of the training group. It simply works best like that. This being the case, participants will be given small tasks to prepare before the training takes place and be expected to commit to completing them.
  • We believe firmly in experiential learning, so our commitment is to provide you with the right experiences to learn from and the space to reflect on the learning gained from the experience.
  • We will also give each participant a resource pack to help you remember and use the best bits!

How will it fit in to what you already do?

What we want to do is equip you with the techniques to make your CPD/INSET training fantastic no matter what new challenges your organisation might face, or the latest schemes dreamt up in the tortured minds of the new Education Secretary, OFSTED or the Ghost of Michael Gove! This is about HOW to do great training, not about choosing the content.

Becoming Even More Effective Staff Members 

Why would you do this?

A school year is a bit like running a marathon. As it progresses we are still committed to the young people and pupils, and still wanting what’s best for the school. However, the truth is, we just lose effectiveness like a marathon runner who hits “The Wall”. This training gives you and your staff a tried and tested method of working that provides a sustainable sense of focus, purpose, and increased effectiveness whilst staying kind and authentic to ourselves.

What will we do?

We will be exploring and will be using a system based on the American educator, author, & businessman, Steven Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”. There are 4 parts to the training:

  • Where am I coming from?
  • How can I improve my personal effectiveness?
  • How can I perform better with others?
  • Staying kind and authentic to myself

How will we do it?

We will set up a series of workshops for you and your staff to visit. They will be very interactive, reflecting our belief in the effectiveness of experiential learning, so be warned, this is not a spectator sport! We can tailor the course to fit with your requirements. As a minimum we would need a full day to cover all the 4 areas listed above, but ideally we would like to offer two full days of training so that everyone gets a chance to really engage with the programme. These can be consecutive days, and they can be spread across the academic year. Participants will be provided with a resource pack at the end of the training so can they refer back, making the training sustainable once it finishes.

How will it fit in to what you do?

Habits are interesting things: they are the behaviours we do without really thinking about them. The main aim here is to replace less effective habits with better ways of organising our lives and solving problems. At its most basic this might result in a better work-life balance for individual members of staff. At the other end of the spectrum of results, it provides an opportunity to make the ethos of your organisation or school even better.

Becoming Even More Effective Pupils & Students.

Why would you do this?

All that we believe about being effective staff members also applies to your pupils, only more so! We believe that this material should be shared with pupils on day 1 of primary school, just because it’s a fantastic way of organising life so that you can get the most out of it. Great habits in thinking, established over years, will affect positive outcomes in just about every aspect of school life including:

  • Attendance & punctuality
  • Behaviour
  • Study skills & independent learning
  • Relationships with parents, staff and peers
  • Exam results

What will we do?

Pupils will be using a system based on the American educator, author, & businessman, Steven Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”. There are 4 parts to the training:

  • Where am I coming from?
  • How can I improve my personal effectiveness?
  • How can I perform better with others?
  • Staying kind and authentic to myself

The structure of the course is the same as for the INSET, the materials, however, will be adapted depending on the age group we are working with.

How will we do it?

We propose three methods of delivering this material to your pupils:

  1. We can train the staff and then they can deliver it to the students
  2. We can attend school over a number of sessions and deliver to students directly
  3. A mixture of 1 & 2. We train the staff in our methods, equipping them to deliver it in the future

How will it fit in to what you do?

Habits are interesting things: they are the behaviours we do without consciously being aware of them. The main aim here is to replace ineffective habits with better ways of organising our lives and solving problems. At its most basic this might result in a better work-life balance for individual pupils and students. At the other end of the spectrum of results, it provides an opportunity to make the ethos of your organisation or school even better.

Increasing the Resilience and Wellbeing of Your Staff

Why would you do this?

Do you want yourself and your staff to have even better relationships with the students and each other? Would you like to be even more resilient in what they do? Would you like your staff to be even more in control over themselves and their working environment? Is stress and burnout something you want to avoid? Do you wish your staff had fewer “bad days” and bad days that were even less bad? Do you want to reduce feelings of powerlessness and being overwhelmed in your workplace?

If you can answer “Yes” to any/all of these questions, this training will help you and your staff.

What will we do?

You will have a day working on simple, easy to use and effective techniques to boost staff wellbeing and resilience. The material we will use is adapted from Positive Psychology, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Life-Coaching.

How will we do it?

The training will normally last at least a day, although we can adapt it to half-days and twilight sessions. The techniques will be demonstrated and then staff will have the chance to try them out for themselves working in small groups or pairs. Each staff member will be given a copy of the material to help them to remember, practice and become confident in their use: We make our training sustainable so that staff will get even more than a wonderful experience on the day.

How will it fit in with what you do?

We know that moods and emotions can be contagious, especially when working directly with other people. If you can accept this idea, then all you can apply it to your team: if they look after their own resilience and wellbeing they are more likely to look after the people they work with.