Developing early literacy – using a research based approach to ensure all children learn the basics of reading. A practical workshop

  • What do students need to know in order to be able to read?
  • What does international research tell us about the most effective strategies?
  • What can I do in my classroom to ensure all students get the best possible chance to succeed in reading.

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Rethinking behaviour – what brain research is telling us about working with behaviour in the classroom

  • The development of self control – the ultimate behaviour control.
  • Using overt research-based strategies to counter bullying.
  • Getting positive – how reward and punishment impact on the brain and what it means for classroom practice.

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Building a Community of Respect

Respect is at the base of all cooperation and positive social interaction. It is the antithesis of bullying, graffiti, disruptive behaviour and violence.

  • How can we inspire students and staff to ‘Choose Respect’
  • A model for building Champions of Respect.
  • Examples of ‘Choosing Respect’ changing the culture of schools, business and community.

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Current findings of educational research

It seems that every year at least in education there is some new ‘fad’ that promises to dramatically improve learning or behaviour outcomes. The results of a massive review of the literature by a renowned academic show us:

  • How we can judge what works best
  • What works best at a school level
  • What works best at a class level.
  • What we can do that will make the most difference.

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Maximising the impact of Educational Assistants

  • How EAs can change long-term outcomes for students positively or negatively.
  • Practical strategies for EAs that will really make a difference.

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Skilling the Willing

  • How can we include the student with a disability as well as the gifted student in the same lesson?
  • How can we engage the student with processing difficulties, the student with family problems, students with poor English … in the same coursework.
  • What are some examples of cutting edge innovation in this area.

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The Whys and Hows of Inclusion

  • What are the historical, international, moral and empirical underpinnings of inclusion?
  • What exactly is meant by inclusion?
  • Physical, social and curricular inclusion. What works best and what does a teacher need to know? Practical ways to successfully include all students while maintaining academic goals for the class.

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In addition to these specific workshops, individual training can be designed to meet particular school requirements.

Solving any classroom problem in 15 minutes

  • When I have a problem in my classroom that is beyond me, what can I do?
  • How can we use the tiny amounts of time that we are all together in the staff room to collaborate to help each other?
  • How can we make sure that teachers don’t ‘go under’ with the very real pressures that modern teaching can present?

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