Training modules

As a member you have access to all of the training modules we produce and there is no limit on the number of times you can view each one. Most training modules contain activities or downloadable resources which you’re encouraged to engage with, so having access to a pen and paper would be useful. 

Do check out our future training modules, so you can plan them into your staff meetings or professional development programme. 

Memory and LearningSubject LeadershipTeaching Strategies

Memory and Learning

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Memory and Long-Term Learning

This training module provides an overview of how thinking works and its relationship between working memory and long-term memory. Through practical activities we will explore the relationship between prior knowledge and problem solving. Using research from Daniel Willingham, Robert Bjork and Barak Rosenshine we will apply the principles of memory storage and retrieval to the primary classroom. This training module is suitable for teachers, teaching assistants and SENCOs and the session will last 50-60 minutes.

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Cognitive Load Theory in the Classroom

Professor Dylan Wiliam describes cognitive load theory as “… the single most important thing for teachers to know”. During this training module we will explain why that is and how we can help pupils deepen their understanding and retain information. We will explain the three types of cognitive load and how to use this information when creating resources and delivering lessons. This training module is suitable for teachers, teaching assistants and SENCOs and will take 50-60 minutes to complete.

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Why Metacognition Matters

In this training module we will reflect on our own metacognitive skills and then apply this knowledge in the context of primary school pupils. You will understand the importance of subject knowledge in metacognition, and we will share specific strategies you could apply immediately in the classroom to help pupils develop metacognition and self-regulated learning. This training module is suitable for teachers, teaching assistants and SENCOs and the session will last 45-55 minutes.

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Subject Leadership

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Subject Leadership: Roles and Responsibilities

In this training module we shall explore the roles and responsibilities of subject leaders. Using an audit, you will be given the opportunity to identify your strengths and areas for development pertaining to your role as a subject leader. This will lead to you being able to create an action plan to address your areas for development, importantly, share your strengths with colleagues. This training module would be valuable for new and experienced subject leaders and it will take 50-60 minutes to complete

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Subject Leadership: monitoring techniques

In this training module we explain how the school improvement process works and where monitoring sits within the cycle. We share a number of strategies for monitoring, focus on the techniques for work sampling, discussions with teachers and pupils as well as lesson drop-ins. We recommend this training module for subject leaders, middle and senior leaders. This module contains a number of activities and you might want to set aside 50-60 minutes to complete it.

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Teaching Strategies

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Scaffolding Learning

We begin this training module exploring the difference between scaffolding and differentiation, then delving into the principles of scaffolding. We share a range of scaffolding tools and techniques as well as including specific examples for ways they can be used with pupils in a primary school setting. We recommend this training module for teachers, teaching assistants and SENCOs. This module contains a number of activities and you might want to set aside approximately 45-50 minutes to complete it.

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Explicit, Teacher-Led Instruction

In this training module we explain and demonstrate the strategy of explicit, teacher-led instruction. The research indicates that this is the best method to use when teaching pupils brand new material, strategies or concepts. It is also beneficial for pupils who are struggling to understand a concept. We recommend this training module for teachers, teaching assistants, sports coaches and SENCOs. This module contains a number of activities and you might want to set aside 1 hour to complete it.

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Retrieval Practice

In this training module we explore the principles of retrieval practice which relate to educational research and cognitive science. We share a number of retrieval strategies including specific examples for ways they can be used with pupils of different ages in a primary school setting. We recommend this training module for teachers, teaching assistants and SENCOs. This module contains a number of activities and you might want to set aside 50-60 minutes to complete it.

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Future training modules