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Thinking Skills

Thinking Maps

Memory Techniques

Multiple Intelligences

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The pages in this section (see list on left) show some of the more popular pupil workshops and staff training sessions that I conduct.


However, I am aware that a one-size-fits-all approach is unlikely to cater for the specific requirements of any particular school or organisation.  Hence, I will be pleased to discuss your particular training needs so that a programme of personalised learning can be tailored to suit your target audience.  These can be teachers, classroom assistants, parents, primary or secondary pupils, or a mix of all of these.



The interactive nature of most of my training sessions means that group size is best limited to a single class.  Nevertheless, this still leaves the possibility of working with two or more classes through the course of a single day, especially where the training involved is very specific.  However, occasionally it may be beneficial to work with larger groups and I am more than willing to discuss your ideas with you.  Please note that all sessions should be supervised by an appropriate number of school staff.



Over the years I have discovered that teachers are not interested in dry, academic theories - nor in new initiatives foisted on them by remote experts.  What they do appreciate are practical, tried and trusted, down to earth ideas they can put into practice in their own classrooms. 


Consequently, although my training sessions do include some theoretical underpinning, the over-arching emphasis is on the practical and the useable.  Much of what I demonstrate may be innovative, but it invariably strikes a chord with both new and experienced teachers.


I am happy to deliver full-day, half-day or twilight training sessions, as appropriate.



I am also available for consultancy on a variety of Learning & Teaching issues.  Previous projects have included:

  • Incorporating Thinking Skills into specific subject areas.

  • Learning styles and gender difference.

  • Advice on Gifted and Talented provision.

  • Investigating under-performance of Y11 pupils in specified subject areas.

  • KS1&2 pupils' aspirations survey.

  • Production of resource materials for distribution to parents.

  • Organising staff training conferences


Precise costs vary depending on the nature of the training requested and the number of participants involved, but are certainly not prohibitive. 


Typically, costs range from:

  • 200 for a half-day training session

  • 300 for pupil workshops

  • 300 - 500 for a full training day (depending on number of attendees)

Smaller primary schools may wish to arrange joint staff training events with other local or partnership schools.  This can be a very cost-effective way of training staff.  Such events can be particularly productive because they allow for cross-fertilisation of ideas between schools.


Alternatively, if you wish to organise an open-invitation training-event in your area, I would be pleased to discuss details.



Based primarily in the North East of England, I also travel to other UK destinations.  Travel expenses are charged separately.


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"Teaching is not a profession.  It's a passion."



"The mediocre teacher tells.  The good teacher explains.  The superior teacher demonstrates.  The great teacher inspires."

William Arthur Ward



"He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool for ever."

Chinese proverb

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