Learning to Learn Resources - Training Providers
The following are some starting points for teachers to investigate the training they would like to bring into their schools. EdufundUK have not evaluated and do not specifically endorse any of these suppliers or courses. This list is far from extensive and teachers are encouraged to carry out their own research. We would love to hear about any great training you have had so we can add to our lists – please contact us on our contact form.
Who For: Teachers and Senior Leaders
Subject(s): KS1-5: Thinking Skills
Cost: FREE membership of the Thinking Schools Network (TSN) until January 2021
- Thinking Matters trains educators to use a pedagogy which enables students to master a range of thinking skills, intelligent learning behaviours and metacognitive tools.
- The current free membership of the TSN gives many benefits such as free cognitive classroom resources (primary/secondary subject specific lesson plans and materials) to help embed thinking skills, a half-day consultancy session, conferences and discounts on CPD services and products.
- There are currently free webinars on using metacognitive tools (e.g. habits of mind and thinking frames) to help with the recovery curriculum and motivating staff for the return in September.
- (Not Free) They offer a “Core Approach” (6 days training over c3years) for a school to gain Thinking School accreditation (by Exeter University) and bespoke CPD based on elements of the Core Approach. The Core Approach is a substantial, whole school commitment of time and resources – this free TSN membership might be a good way to see if their methods would benefit your school.
- Six modules to teach pupils thinking skills: Attention, Organisation, Interaction, Creativity, Information and Action
- Extensive notes, activities and videos for CoRT 1-4 - all FREE
- Hosted on the Learning Partnership's site which has other (inexpensive) learning tools to explore
- From their website: “We specialise in realising the potential behind Growth Mindset, Metacognition and stress management strategies and as a result improve motivation, learning, confidence and performance in our clients. “
- They have a wide range of school presentations and also deliver CPD workshops and sessions for parents. Examples of the topics they cover include: Motivation.
- Inner Drive's educational blog is extensive and has lots of links to research, further reading and their own resources relevant to the topic.
- They also have a wide range of free resources including guides to E.L. topics like What are the Best Ways to Revise, info-graphics posters, videos for assemblies and learning research summaries on a wide range of topics such as memory, teenager self-control and parents and grades.
Watford Grammar School for Boys recently won the Edufund Major Award for Effective Learning. A major part of their year-long Effective Learning programme of activities is a series of sessions from Inner Drive and use of their textbooks. Their feedback so far includes:
“It has been brilliant! Staff, students and parents have all given very positive feedback on the sessions. Staff now feel they have more understanding about what 'resilient learner' means and have been given concrete examples and ideas of how they can encourage their students to be learners and what are some of the key drivers in terms of student motivation.”
- One or two presenters go into schools to motivate teachers and pupils and lead a variety of workshops
- Workshops include: I Am Amazing - KS3, GCSE Champions - KS4, Exam Ready - KS4, Champion Mindset KS5, Growth Mindset (ALL) and Study Skills (KS4 & KS5)
Townsend C of E School were awarded an EdufundUK grant for the GCSE Champions seminar for all of their Y11. Here’s some feedback from the school:
“A difficult one to measure but the workshop was very engaging/motivating for the students. The presenters were excellent. As a school we got good results so I guess there must have been some positive impact.“
- They have just (Nov '19) started to put up a series of short, informal "exam-ready" videos.
For Lockdown: Fix Up are now delivering a range of virtual assemblies that will help children navigate this transition stage in a healthy way. Some of the topics they cover in these assemblies include: How to Overcome Trauma, How to build a Resilience, Dealing with Negative Emotions and How to reset your goals for the future.
- Owned and run by a Chartered Psychologist with a PhD from the Institute of Education, Glia Learning explains and then applies the science of how we learn to secondary and primary pupils. They use highly interactive workshops with fun and engaging activities.
- Workshops include: Exam Preparation, Stress Management, Time Management, Mentor Training (for teachers and pupils), The Art of Preparation and Transitioning from Primary to Secondary Schools.
- They can also provide a mentoring and coaching service.
- Offers a wide range of one-day workshops from Key Stages 1 through 5 as well as CPD and longer term learning packages.
- Courses include study skills, memory techniques, growth mindset, motivation, closing the SEND gap, well-being and speaking with confidence.
- Run by an experienced consultant and trainer specializing in delivering INSET on many aspects of effective learning.
- Courses include: Challenge 10 Toolkit, Effective Teaching and Learning, Thinking Skills, Raising Boys' Achievement, Gifted and Talented Provision, Learning Styles and School Transition
- A good website with masses of free resources and free membership.
- Just one of several sites where you can search for an author by name or genre etc.
- Authors offer talks, workshops, readings etc. and can often be booked for a half or full day.
- Steve Bowkett: A good choice for combining writing creativity and techniques with accelerated learning skills. Steve has had well over 70 fiction and non-fiction books published and offers INSET as well as pupil workshops. (Self-interest Declaration: Gareth Mottram of EdufundUK is currently working with Steve Bowkett on an educational book).
- A great hub website for workshops in all subjects.
- Fully searchable with an effective filter system based on subject area and location.
- PiXL (Partners in Excellence) is a partnership of over 3,000 primary and secondary schools, sixth forms and providers of alternative education. Membership is divided into education phases and special schools.
- Membership benefits vary across phases but generally include (amongst many others):
- Up to 4 associate visits and 5/6 national conferences a year plus a network of specialist support.
- Resources (inc. interactive and video and app.) for various subjects.
- Test materials, Question Level Analysis (QLA) and an online data tracker.
- The PiXL Primary Edge: a unique opportunity to recognise the importance of character development for all pupils, including wellbeing materials and A Mind to be Kind and life skills.
- “A vast array” of benefits and discounts offered by their commercial partners.
- 2019/20 Primary membership fees are: £2675 (over 125 pupils) and £1960 (under 125 pupils) and £3375 for secondary membership (without 6th form)