Feedback from providers

Post-event feedback is always collected to:

  • help improve sessions for future delegates
  • help managers and future delegates understand the impact the sessions have had on others.

Click on the provider-drop down list to browse feedback by the providers that have commissioned the Centre for Creative Quality Improvement to provide support and/or training. Please feel free to contact any provider for a first-hand account of the impact these sessions have had. Whilst we cannot publish names or contact details, using a search engine to find the main reception number and asking for the Head of Quality should get you there in no time.

We are particularly interested to hear about the long-term impact this work has had on learning, so do please use the Provider Feedback forms available throughout this site to let us know what the sessions have meant to you.

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Assessment and the Art of Lazy Teaching

West Lancashire College

  • Change is in the air! I am definitely going to implement some of the strategies learnt in this session.
  • Purposeful, creative, engaging.
  • It helped me understand the importance of formative assessment and how these can be implemented simply within all sessions.
  • Really enjoyed the Community Challenge game and the chance to apply the strategies to given scenarios and discuss differing perspectives.
  • Caterpillar to a butterfly.
  • Attitude-shifting journey.

Differentiation in English and maths

Abingdon and Witney College

  • Spread creative wings even more!
  • Brilliantly delivered, many thanks.
  • It has given inspiration to start the journey.
  • It reminded me what differentiation is and how to hook learners in with creative ‘wow’ moments to begin a lesson.

Carlisle College

  • I have licked a sweet and it has fired my imagination!
  • It has enthused me for trying different learning approaches and creating alternative resources – and to giving them to students in advance of the lesson.
  • A train trundling through a tunnel into the light – picking up speed.
  • Stimulated alternative ideas for pre-topic learning.

 

Formula for Happiness

Hopwood Hall College

  • Remove limits and barriers from planning.
  • Roller coaster of discovery.
  • Got us to think big and creatively.
  • It was like learning ideas from our own brain.

Solihull College and University Centre

  • Very busy day. Hugely inspiring. Thinking of ideas without boundaries has enabled me to develop new strategies.
  • Blinding.
  • The moment the ship starts to slip down the launch slipway.
  • Andragogy. Re-designing and refreshing learning space.

Self-Assessment Strategy

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Stockport College

  • My 2 dimensional SAR glasses have been modified to 3D.
  • It has given me a totally different view and understanding, as if I am on the outside looking in.
  • The ‘Five Whys’ is a technique I’ll use from now on.
  • Very insightful. Great ideas.
  • The gate has been opened.

21st Century Pedagogy

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Abingdon and Witney College

  • Lots of Eureka moments and pennies dropping – everything made sense.
  • Opened my mind – again!
  • The three colours of learning outcomes – really tricky to do, but once done (investment) can transform what then happens with learners.

Blackburn with Darwin Borough Council

  • Mind is a whirlpool of fresh thoughts and ideas which need time to impact!

Blackpool Council

  • This was absolutely fascinating!!

Chesterfield College

  • Teaching an old dog new tricks!

Lancashire Adult Learning

  • I feel the session has enabled me to understand the importance of lesson strategy and how objectives should focus on ‘mind outcomes’ – therefore enabling learning to continue through curiosity – fuelling conversation for further lessons.

Leicestershire Adult Learning Service

  • A steam train – getting there in style!
  • Loved the idea of creating curiosity in my learners from the outset, encouraging them to learn outside the lesson.
  • Take your ‘weakness’ and turn it into your ‘best’!

New College Nottingham

  • I was on an island and a boat passed by and picked me up.
  • As a new tutor I struggle to develop lesson plans. This session has opened my eyes on teaching.
  • Cannot wait to try out lots of new ideas.

Northern College

  • Standing at a crossroads, thinking I instinctively know the best way to turn, and having someone point out a different route that I’ve not spotted before.

North Lindsey College

  • Insightful and now eager to complete LP (lesson plan) with more thought – using colour-coding to reorganise my LP.
  • (I need to) completely change the way I address lesson plans.

Solihull College and University Centre

  • Breath-taking.

Sussex Downs College

  • Having clear outcomes drives ideas.
  • Bubbling like Prosecco!
  • Avoid trap of equating ‘doing stuff’ to actually ‘learning’.

West Cheshire College

  • Excellent session. It was Bleak House, but we now have Great Expectations, and Tony is our Mutual Friend.
  • (It was like) waking up from a doze!!
  • I will read the web-based info again and again.

Perfect Induction Practice

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Lakes College

  • (I need to) redesign the induction process using a ‘zone experience’.
  • Please come back – we need more of these sessions.
  • Big ideas to put into action!
  • (I need to) completely rethink induction – big inter-department project between construction and engineering??

NESCOT

  • Unlike ‘footprints in the sand’, this will hopefully stay in my brain!
  • One of the first training courses that kept my interest throughout!
  • A twisting, green-slimy feeling of guilt and abject excitement.

Solihull College and University Centre

  • Happy, excited to change.
  • A fresh breeze let through a stuffy house. Really refreshing.
  • Jaded to Jazzed.
  • I feel empowered to take control of induction.

Grade 1 Leadership and Management

Birmingham Metropolitan College

  • Light at the end of the tunnel – move towards ungraded, developmental observations..

Kingston College

  • Like trudging through mud to a field of gold.

NESCOT

  • Tony was like a Cheshire cat; provoking curiosity and a desire to find a way out of the madness.
  • Inspired to be curious
  • Inspirational talk. The symptoms vs issues debate and implications was enlightening.
  • Lots of food for thought.
  • A bookshelf full of ideas.
  • Enlightening moment of clarity.

Tower Hamlets College

  • Inspirational and thought provoking.
  • I really loved this session, it will definitely impact on my life as an AP (advanced practitioner)/teacher.

Worcester College of Technology

  • Cow jumping over the moon.

GCSE English: avoiding Ofsted nightmares

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West Thames College

  • Always look towards outcomes, then build strategies towards that end.
  • A journey of new understanding.
  • I found it useful to see the assessment objectives for GCSE English and have the time to think about how drama can serve these objectives, and embed them in every class.
  • Shamazing!!
  • Changed my own mindset.
  • I enjoyed the session – very motivated.
  • It was delivered very professionally.
  • Enlightening.
  • Light at the end of the tunnel.
  • I thought we’d be talking about [GCSE English] exams. We actually talked about how to develop learners’ skills. I found this much more useful and inspiring – building skills for the future – skills students can use. It needs to be longer.
  • It was like being cocooned in a warm, pleasant sweatshirt.
  • Moved perspective.
  • Enjoyed the delivery style – matched my own.
  • Very useful in generating ideas of how to embed.
  • It was a great session.
  • Really interesting session – active and thought provoking.

Supercharged Evaluation Skills

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Blackburn with Darwin Adult Learning

  • Fantastic lecturer with a great sense of knowledge and understanding. His approach was very professional.

Blackpool Adult Community Learning

  • Scaffolding! Waterfall of information to be flowed throughout organisation.

Bracknell and Wokingham College

  • I found the big picture element of this session stimulating and will reflect upon this in days to come. Extremely relevant to my current college.

Bury College

  • Much better understanding of differentiation and stretch and challenge.

Canterbury College

  • It’s clear that staff have been inspired by the ideas presented and are going to make positive changes to their practice as a result.

Derby College

  • The session has helped the fog to lift after a long summer break.

EMFEC

  • I plan to develop a vocational thesaurus and adapt the induction process to culminate in a ‘zone experience’.

Framework Housing Association

  • As a facilitator, I feel I’m now moving into a first class train carriage from second.

Halton Borough Council

  • Work from desired impact backwards.

Highbury College

  • Good starting points and exercises that built up my understanding and encouraged me to think more creatively in terms of word colours and higher-order thinking skills.

Hopwood Hall College

  • I have been blown away by some of these lovely ideas. I am thinking in colour!!

Itchen College

  • Full-colour vocabulary – awesome.

Kingston College

  • Excellent day and hosts. It has made a huge positive impact.

Lancashire Adult Learning

  • A cacophony of rainbow adverbages that will initiate a colourful journey of language exploration throughout my teaching.

Leicester College

  • Changed my perception of differentiation. The most productive training event attended in a long while.

NESCOT

  • The pieces that were missing from the jigsaw puzzle have been found!

Newbubbles delegate, Portsmouth

  • Fantastic. Really keen to spend more time on these areas. First class.

New College Nottingham

  • Thinking beyond the straightjacket of my sector.
  • This is the best CPD session I have attended in at least 5 years – your facilitation style is brilliant!

Northern College

  • The ‘full colour’ writing is a brilliant way to enable students to understand what they need to do and how to do it.

North Lindsey College

  • Fast, furious and exciting.

North Nottinghamshire College

  • Epic.

Palmer’s College

  • Excellent!

Solihull college

  • Zeus’ thunderbolt.

Stockport Continuing Education Service

  • An exquisite and engaging journey across the room.

Sunderland College

  • I will be using the colour-coded sentences in order to get learners to create effective analytical sentences.

Sussex Downs College

  • Like discovering a chocolate cake in a box labelled ‘chore’.

Weston College 

  • I found the strategies presented to be useful for providing a framework to consider learners’ learning skills. It prompted me to think about a process that all staff can use.

West Cheshire College

  • Inspiring! 🙂 Though we practise these philosophies already within the area, the structure of how to approach it holistically will help immensely in the planning of curriculum.

West Lancashire College

  • Loved the activities – very engaging and made me work, but in a confident and supported environment.

West Nottinghamshire College

  • My head is spinning with ideas!
  • I need to develop learners’ ability to give their opinions and my higher-order questioning skills.

West Thames College

  • Tony was very knowledgeable and it was extremely enlightening to revisit differentiation and stretch & challenge. I now feel more equipped to ask higher-order questions.
  • I thoroughly enjoyed all the input and the professional approach.

Wirral Metropolitan college

  • An excellent example of how to scaffold to improve higher-order thinking skills.

Creative Learning Teams

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The Sheffield College

  • It was like wiping a window clean.
  • It gave me the confidence to talk about what I haven’t achieved and what I want to achieve.
  • Consider (lesson) timings more carefully and allow students a little more space to think before responding to questions.
  • Consider desired impacts before establishing strategies.
  • I was able to reflect on my current practice and now know areas to address. I thought it was a fantastic day

Workforce Training (NI)

  • Door-opening experience.
  • Use questions to encourage own learning. Don’t ‘direct’ feedback.
  • I will try to use coaching and prompting more in my lessons.
  • Picked up some really good teaching methods from the other tutors. Found it really interesting and challenging.
  • Saw things I would never have looked for in my lessons.
  • A very worthwhile exercise which can only improve the learning impact of the organisation.

West Cheshire College

  • Filled me with inspiration, helped me get out of a rut.
  • Can’t wait to deliver the next lesson.
  • Difficult at first, but the pieces of the puzzle eventually dropped into place.
  • Assessing impact and observing teachers in other areas was invaluable.
  • Made me look at each section of teaching and how it impacts on each learner.
  • (Must) consider impact more fully when writing learning outcomes and planning sessions.

Tricked out tutorials

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Blackburn with Darwin Adult Learning

  • I like the idea of helping learners to fly.

Blackpool Adult Community Learning

  • The difference between being locked on a rigid train track with a single destination and a scenic, pleasurable journey where the details on the way are just as important.

Bolton College

  •  A road map to outstanding.

City College Coventry

  • I really love the idea of differentiation I learnt today. I will apply it.
  • An eye opener on what we could do better.

Hills Road College

  • Highly stimulating.
  • Clarified the notion of considering the IMPACT that process can make and that all discussions and interviews should be conducted with positive change in mind.

Lancashire Adult Learning

  • Brilliant start and excellent examples.

Newbubbles (open event)

  • The use of data is especially interesting and something I will encourage colleagues to look at, as is the quality standard.
  • Inspired by leader’s passion for developing education.
  • Enlightened by Tony’s passion for the subject.

Newcastle College

  • Some fantastic guidance which is transferable within my role.
  • Your visit has been like a breath of fresh air, and because you come from Ofsted it was exactly your opinions people needed to hear!
  • It was like eating a sprout – I like sprouts, they are good for you, but not everyone gets them.

Northern College

  • I will create more space to develop the story/narrative, to develop the context of the tutorial.

Preston’s College

  • Mega lightbulb moment 🙂
  • Loved the session. Helped me to think about how to get my review process to be outstanding.

Solihull College

  • Insightful. I want to put these new skills into practice.
  • Our review paperwork is clearly not fit for purpose.

South Downs College

  • Another excellent session. I experienced another session which was led by Tony many years ago. One of the very few I have remembered!!
  • A candle being lit.

West Cheshire College

  • (We need to) standardise this practice throughout the college.

West Thames College

  • Target setting on its head.
  • I love the way Tony always turns things upside down and inside out and makes me think outside the box.

 

Service area self assessment

Grimsby Institute service-area teams

  • Buckets full of ideas.
  • Better understanding of the cogs in the wheel of self assessment.
  • Gave me a lot to think about, but very helpful.
  • Made me realise that there are many more things to consider.
  • Don’t write (about) symptoms – write issues!
  • I haven’t looked at self assessment in this format before. It helps me think and conclude differently.
  • Bit like an iceberg. Have realised SARs are just the bit we see on top and there is a lot to go on below the water level.
  • This was a great way of ‘building’ quality standards.
  • I will be more involved in self assessment in future.
  • Much better understanding of what is required now.

 

The RED System

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Birmingham Metropolitan College

  • You can teach an old dog new tricks.
  • It was hard and tiring, but definitely worth it.
  • Resetting the sails on a ship to chart new or forgotten waters, discovery or rediscovery.
  • Climbing out from under the microscope and looking down the lens yourself.

Halton Borough Council

  • Changed the direction of my thinking in terms of observation and impact on learning.
  • Holding a mirror up to habits I didn’t fully recognise I had developed.
  • I am now more aware of my propensity to offer advice and solutions that are not invited.
  • Having the paperwork to give a framework to any future improvements has been very helpful.

The Sheffield College

  • A really challenging, inspiring & enjoyable event, which will certainly impact my own practice. I hope the college moves forward with is as a whole.
  • Enlightening.
  • Eye opening. It helped me look at my teaching in a more objective way.
  • Confidence building and motivational to embrace change.

Workforce Training

  • I really understand what it is all about – impact on learners. Did they cross the carpet?
  • Real eye-opener.
  • The coaching on how to ask a question to a teacher to try and pry out the positive/negative impact on learning…
  • A change in perception of what it is to effectively observe. Rather than my opinion or judgement, a move to open discussion on how to improve, i.e. the observation is a means to facilitate discussion.

 

Learning motivation

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Newcastle Sixth Form College

  • An eye opening insight into what should have been done years ago.
  • It provided me with a major understanding of motivation techniques and how I can use them to improve.
  • Great applied examples.
  • Re-engaged in my teaching after Xmas break.
  • ‘Expandable foam’ – brain stretching!

Equality and diversity

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Canterbury College

  • You can teach an old dog new tricks
  • Broke the area down effectively and made it appear much more manageable
  • Good easy ways to embed E&D
  • Too short, but gave an insight into this vast area
  • Watching the sun rise
  • I will ensure questioning in the class is addressed by all staff
  • Really great info for me to take back and share with my team
  • It made me evaluate what we currently do in the section. made me think about questioning
  • Enlightening
  • Highly recommended for wider teaching team
  • Opening of the mind
  • Took some of the fear away

City College Brighton & Hove

  • Thought provoking. Just turned the binoculars around!!
  • Start with what I want to achieve BEFORE I plan what I will do!
  • Extremely useful, thank you
  • Mind expanding
  • Take time out to think before doing
  • Crossed the carpet, feeling different by the other side
  • Super empowering
  • Give learners the confidence and vocabulary to bring out their opinions
  • Interesting and daunting

Croydon College

  • It has changed my way of thinking about E&D
  • Good to have a session which is active and literally using the strategies which it is teaching
  • Enjoyable and engaging – will refer to Quality Standard in particular
  • A journey through the keyhole of insightfulness
  • A great variety of interesting activities
  • I will consider every aspect of how I deliver and how it impacts upon learners

Bespoke Quality System Training

Sparsholt College

  • The two days were nothing less than brilliant.
  • You have made a great impact upon the management team.

North Lancs Training Group

  • Tony was excellent, articulate, animated and knew his onions!
  • Feel more willing to identify and admit to areas for development, seeing this as positive.

NewVIc

  • Your consultation on SAR has helped the college move forward with its plans to overhaul its whole approach to self assessment.

New College Stamford

  • Excellent. Highly professional approach. Helpful constructive and perceptive feedback. Stimulating and engaging commentary on the way we were approaching the SAR and improvement strategies.

 

Safeguarding Inspection Training

North Lancs Training Group

  • I feel I now have the ability to evaluate our practices.

 

The Self-Assessment Flip

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Artswork

  • I feel my confidence and understanding has increased as a result.

Belfast Metropolitan College

  • I really got a lot out of your session and have been singing your praises to anyone who will listen.

Collage Arts

  • Light at end of tunnel.

Flexible Training

  • Recognise impact rather than ‘sell’ organisation.

Manley Summers

  • Really enjoyable day with lots of food for thought.

North Hertfordshire College

  • Huge impact.

Reading College

  • I want to do it all differently! I can’t wait to get started!

Sparsholt College

  • A great journey, full of excellent ideas. Excellent use of games.
  • The ‘however’ concept is fundamental.

 

Implementing Live Self Assessment (Quality Standard development)

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Business Advice Direct (national learndirect provider)

  • I just wanted to say thank you so much for the day. It’s certainly sent a buzz around the company and were planning Phase 2 of it at our next Regional Meetings.

Canterbury College (support staff)

  • Useful but scary.
  • It was inspiring and a chance to discuss how each member of the team will have an impact on students.

Harrow College

  • A mystery tour of an adventure island.
  • Thinking about the end goal and reverse engineering the actions.

MidKent College (Service Area staff)

  • A refreshing view of how to achieve my dream 😉

North Hertfordshire College

  • The best input we’ve had by miles!
  • Moving from black and white to Technicolor.

Sussex Downs College (phase 1)

  • Low aspirations can act like a lead balloon, weighing down achievements. For both staff and students to flourish, aspirational conditions need to be set in place to do so.
  • Time to break the mould!

Sussex Downs College (phase 2)

  • Stimulating, creative, sincere, pedantic, challenging, CREATIVE (pragmatic), open.
  • Creating a new culture and investing in the future.

Sussex Downs College (phase 2 – support staff)

  • Excited by the changes that we can make. Apprehensive about the journey of getting there, however, this does not diminish my enthusiasm!
  • I feel excited about re-evaluating inherited processes that we in our department always challenge. We are looking forward to the whole college being set in the mindset of change, and change for the better! And making it happen!

Sussex Downs College (phase 3)

  • Excellent stimulus material and a fantastic working environment. Challenging and enjoyable.

Workforce Training

  • Tested, challenged but enthused.
  • We feel that drawing this (quality standard) up ourselves rather than having it thrust upon us has given us much more understanding and a feeling of ownership
  • To have it (quality standard) in a working document is excellent.

Live Self Assessment

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Ashton-under-Lyne Sixth Form College

  • Very enjoyable – held a large group for a whole day – impressive.

Askham Bryan College

  • Excellent event, very inspiring.

Babcock International

  • How you have always done something may not always be right!

Belfast Metropolitan College

  • Plato’s cave

Bexley College

  • I finally understand self assessment which has never been correctly explained. I understand how and why.

Birmingham Metropolitan College

  • I have grown an extra finger on my hand.

Brighton, Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College

  • Thought I knew a lot about this, but it’s really challenged my thinking about planning for impact and end points.

Bryson Futureskills

  • I have gained a better insight into how to write an SAR. Very enjoyable.

Cambridge Regional College

  • Thoroughly enjoyed an outstanding session. 4 1/2 hours seemed like 30 mins!

Cheadle and Marple College

  • New perspective on old topic.

Collyer’s College

  • Keeping a firm grasp of the two pointers – ‘so what’ and ‘however’ – will help me to think more clearly.

Customized Training

  • Helped me think about the SER (SAR) in relation to impact on the learner.

Education & Training Inspectorate (Northern Ireland)

  • Greater understanding of the dynamics of self-evaluation and development planning.

Farnborough Sixth Form College

  • I am in your debt because I don’t think I’ve ever received so much reflected glory for staging yesterday and having so many people, even the cynics, fired up!

Federation of work-based learning providers, Northern Ireland

  • It helped me clarify the purpose of self evaluation and that quality is better than quantity.

Flexible Training

  • It made SAR more understandable.

Gloucester College

  • Everything was considered from a different angle and a new light was shed on issues.

Grimsby Institute

  • It was the opening first ascent on a rollercoaster leading to that tipping point when you shout ‘Wahey!’ and just ‘get it’ as you go over the top!

Harrow College

  • Hard work, but uplifting.

Huntingdonshire Regional College

  • Writing judgements which are objective: the practical session on this was excellent.

JTJ Workplace Solutions

  • A true light bulb moment.

Leicester Adult Skills and Learning Service

  • So much to reflect on! All was thought provoking and interesting.

NESCOT

  • Sunshine on a cloudy day.

New College Nottingham

  • Finally SAR writing seems worthwhile!

NewVIc

  • I have understood for the first time how to write an SAR.

Northern Ireland Careers Service

  • I am more aware of how using the right language can change the relevance of self assessment.

Northern Ireland learning and skills providers

  • Inspirational, provocative.

North Lindsey College

  • (Now) relooking at something we have felt confident at doing for years.

People 1st

  • Peeling back layers of bureaucracy to get to the kernel of the self-evaluation process.

Rotherham College

  • Light bulb moment regarding ‘Live Self Assessment’ vs. ‘historical self assessment’.

Rutledge Job Link

  • Simple, easy to understand model, this will be implemented in Rutledge as result of today’s sessions.

South Downs College

  • My SAR glasses were cleaned and polished (hell, the frames were changed too).

South Eastern Regional College, Northern Ireland

  • It was like my first day at SER [SAR] school – despite 10 years of experience.

SPS Training

  • Revisiting my entire SAR process to be an internal document as opposed to a PR activity for contract re-negotiations.

Sutton Community Academy

  • The creative way in which this subject was explored and the way it has a ‘real’ (rather than theoretical) application.

The Derbyshire Network

  • Very thought provoking – Lots of ideas to go away with!

The Oxford Partnership (Saudi Arabia)

  • The sessions were brilliantly delivered. Tony is extremely knowledgeable and his approach is sensitive and encouraging.

The Sheffield College

  • Lateral thinking – back to purpose. This was excellent!

Tresham College

  • Inspirational! I have a lot of work ahead of me rewriting our SAR!!

Wade Training

  • Excellent session.

Western Health & Social Care Trust

  • Will change how I operate.

Wrightbus (NI)

  • It will change the way I write. I did not realise I was so descriptive.

Data Springboard

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Ashton-under-Lyne Sixth Form College

  • It has made us all think about the experience we give to our students and how we can make it better. Inspiring!!!

Belfast Metropolitan College

  • Very thought provoking and unusually enjoyable.

Bexley College

  • Football analogy was great.

Blackburn College

  • Different and informative – I really enjoyed the day.

Cambridge Regional College

  • All staff should receive this training.

Canterbury College

  • Actually useful and practical.

Cheadle and Marple College

  • Made me consider issues from a different angle – will change my practice.

Gloucester College

  • This was brilliant, if we don’t have any other training this year I’d be happy to wait until Tony can return.

Itchen College

  • Eye opening!

Kendal College

  • Definitely will introduce volatile indicators to catch learners who are faltering earlier!

NESCOT

  • Valuable insight from a very experienced inspector and teacher.

New College Nottingham

  • Viewing data as indicators is great.

NewVIc

  • A superb session in terms of ideas and concepts.

North East Worcestershire College

  • Great to look at data without numbers.

Northern Ireland learning and skills providers

  • Like a chocolate bar. We took the wrapping off to get all the good stuff inside.

People 1st (Northern Ireland)

  • So much will now change.

Portsmouth College

  • Really enjoyable session and kept me curious!

Protocol skills

  • Opportunity to think outside the box.

Rutledge Job Link

  • Finally, breaking through barriers to deliver a session which speaks volumes over and above the general quality assistance received in the past.

South Downs College

  • Someone asked, on my return, whether the training session was good and I replied “Brilliant!” – then they asked what it was about and I was as surprised as they were when I replied “Data and SAR!”

South Leicestershire College

  • Thank you, an opportunity to shift culture and start change.

St. Vincent College

  • As a new curriculum manager, the ideas to inspire the dept. and new students are exciting.

Totton College

  • Congratulations for making data interesting!
  • This is embarrassingly simple and understandable.

Walsall College

  • I remain inspired by the workshop you ran.

Workforce Training Services

  • Tony’s enthusiasm for the subject was easy to soak up.

York College

  • Like stepping off the merry-go-round long enough to see what it could be like.

 Yorkshire Coast College

  • Leopards can change their spots and become interested in data.

 

Transformational Lesson Observation

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Abingdon and Witney College

  • Highly motivated and inspirational. It has been quite a while since I have felt inspired to ‘create a new culture’.

Abis Resources

  • It’s like plotting your way from a mysterious space into a demystified ground of pedagogical awareness.

Access Training (East Midlands) Ltd

  • From the ridiculous to the sublime!

Banbury and Bicester College

  • Today was stimulating because the ideas challenged much of my thinking.

Birmingham Metropolitan College

  • The cage door is open.

Burton and South Derbyshire College

  • This will significantly improve the effectiveness of my role as a coach.

Bracknell and Wokingham College

  • I have been anxious about giving “feedback” but have fewer concerns if I take this approach.

Bracknell Open Learning Centre

  • Extremely useful session which has allowed me to question the validity of our organisation’s OTL system.

Brooksby Melton College

  • Moved from my comfort zone to exploring different methods of judging learning and the impact of teaching.

Bury College

  • An awakening: what I’ve been doing wrong and what I need to do better.

Canterbury College

  • (From) Draconian to developmental.

Chesterfield College

  • The left-hand/right-hand system (for writing lesson-reflection notes) was great.

City of Bristol College

  • Challenging fixed ideas in a positive way.

Construction Gateway

  • Today I’m the apprentice!

Derby College

  • Gained an understanding of how ungraded observations could be implemented.

The Derbyshire Network

  • It was unmissable!

Doncaster College

  • Looking in a mirror.

E.Quality Training Ltd

  • More ‘reds under the bed’ than I first thought!

Goldsmiths Centre

  • A real eye-opener. I will be using this next year and feel more ready to set it up now.

Grimsby Institute

  • (We need a) cultural shift to support move to outstanding.

Halton Borough Council

  • A caterpillar emerging from its cocoon and transforming into a beautiful butterfly.

Hertford Regional College

  • Jimmy Choo moment.

Institute of Groundsmanship

  • Refreshing, enlightening, empowering

Knowsley Community College

  • Created an insight into how we need to move forward as a college.

Leeds College of Art

  • More aware of measuring and looking for impact rather than focusing on strategies used. I was exhausted by the end of the session.

Loughborough College

  • From a Margarita pizza to one with most of the toppings.

MSI Learning

  • The session helped me shift focus from activity to impact.

North Hertfordshire College

  • I’ve been observing for many years and have been involved in double observations as part of Ofsted inspections. Having a significant rethink now re my impact judgements.

North Warwickshire and Hinckley College

  • Inspirational – left me with a desire to make a positive change within the organisation.

Northern Regional College

  • I felt like a rocket launching into space.

NESCOT

  • The meerkats have landed.

Opps Developments

  • Insightful and inspiring.

Pathway Group

  • Greatly beneficial.

Pera Training

  • Follow the yellow brick road (without grades!).

Pro Action Herts

  • Has totally changed my perception.

Skills UK

  • Really understood the meaning of impact and its importance.

Solihull College and University Centre

  • The video observations were extremely useful.

South Leicestershire College

  • I am excited about the possibility of change.

SPS Training

  • Challenges my comfort zones.

Sheffield College

  • Thank you for enabling me to think differently.

Stockport College

  • Jumping through hoops? Gloves are off…

The Sixth Form College, Colchester

  • We need to establish a clear idea of the meaning of impact and ensure that all staff really understand this and plan lessons with this in mind.

Trainplus

  • It has challenged my thoughts on grading my tutors and assessors.

Tresham College

  • Develop a more safe environment to allow ‘learners’ to strongly believe that their ‘mistakes’ are treated as valuable learning experiences – then replace ‘learners’ with ‘staff’.

West Lancashire College

  • Longer – loved it.

Yorkshire Coast College

  • It made me focus more on the impact of the teaching and learning observed.

“Yes, were all individuals” Brian, 1979

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Belfast Metropolitan College

  • TED talk.

Canterbury College

  • Really enjoyable. Found Tony very knowledgeable with a lovely, calm way of delivering.

Carlisle College

  • It’s like analysing my golf swing and identifying some broken components.

Cheadle and Marple Sixth Form College

  • A creative Ofsted inspector – I didn’t know they existed!

Isle of Wight College

  • I can see coaching and Q&A in a completely new way.

Kendal College

  • I have learnt that I usually focus on my low achievers and have discovered methods of challenging my other students.

Newcastle College

  • Like a breath of fresh air – a great way to start the new year!

Northern Regional College (NI)

  • Rub out some of my thoughts on differentiation and rewrite.

North Hertfordshire College

  • Really enjoyed the participation and being included, even though I am not teaching staff.

Reading College

  • Mind blowing – blooming brilliant!

Sheffield College

  • I came in to see what individuals were eating and stayed to feast.

Trafford College

  • Very informative and made me want to change the way I deliver some of my units at level 3.

 

 

Wiki Wonderland

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Reading College

  • Great use of wikis.

Stroud College

  • A rich overview of new ideologies to learning.

 

 

Independent Learning

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Bellerby’s (Brighton)

  • I loved the idea that we are ‘choreographers’.

Bellerby’s (Cambridge)

  • Encouraging students to move beyond the cards they’ve been dealt.

Bellerby’s (London)

  • Climbing the upper reaches of a tree!

Bellerby’s (Oxford)

  • Very exciting and the time has flown too fast.

Blue Yonder

  • Curiosity didn’t kill the cat, it improved learning independently.

Canterbury College

  • I have had so many lights switched on!!

Cheadle and Marple Sixth Form College

  • Teaching and old dog new tricks.

Chesterfield College

  • A journey into the light.

Collyer’s (The College of Richard Collyer)

  • It helped challenge pre-conceived notions.

DBS Music

  • I thought this was the next dimension regarding the learning process.

Epping Forest College

  • Yes!! I am going to research different resources to use to generate curiosity to encourage learners to do independent work.

Farnborough College of Technology

  • Flowering.

Hertford Regional College

  • I will look at developing independency skills rather than just allowing students to work independently.

Lutterworth College

  • Curiosity engages learners.

Myerscough College

  • I thought I had reached the top of the mountain regarding learning strategies. Now I feel like I’ve plenty more climbing to do.

New College Nottingham

  • Zone idea – excellent.

Solihull College

  • You brought back memories of how I felt when I first began to teach.

Sussex Downs College

  • I feel like I’ve been given a parking permit after 3 years of parking on yellow lines!

Trafford College

  • A squeezed out, dried up dinosaur teacher that’s just been re-hydrated.

Tresham College

  • I feel like a caged animal whose cage door has been left open…

West Nottinghamshire College

  • From darkness to light.

West Thames College

  • By adapting this approach to learning at a college level, a lot of the bureaucracy could be eliminated.

HoT2 – Techniques for engaging learners

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Abis Resources

  • Inspiring, engaging.

Andover College

  • The lights are on! I am going to use my play-day session.

Belfast Metropolitan College

  • A wilted flower that’s just been given a drop of water.

Carlisle College

  • It has rejuvenated my love of teaching, there is a lot to take away from this. I will be working even more with my colleagues.

Gloucester College

  • 28 teaching methods really made me think!

Institute of Groundsmanship

  • Best aspect was the opportunity to develop lateral thinking ‘outside the box’ rather than accept mundane existing approaches.

Isle of Wight College

  • I needed this input to advance towards next year. My energy had been dissipated, but has been rekindled.

Northern Regional College (NI)

  • Being reborn after 25 years teaching.

North Hertfordshire College

  • Exciting session which I was fully engaged in. On reflection in the tea break, I realised I was ‘zoning’!

Reaseheath College

  • The zone experience was very useful.

Rinova

  • A very inspiring session and particularly enjoyable as it managed to address serious issues around creative delivery, but in a fun and engaging way.

Sparsholt College

  • Bumper cars of ideas.

Wakefield College

  • Inspirational

 

HoT Learning – The Hierarchy of Teaching & Learning

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Belfast Metropolitan College

  • Can’t wait to get started!

Gloucester College

  • This was brilliant, if we don’t have any other training this year I’d be happy to wait until Tony can return.

Havering College

  • Simply the best, most engaging and useful training I’ve had in nearly 15 years of teaching.

Hertford Regional College

  • I’m no longer in a coal mine with a box of matches.

Huntingdonshire Regional College

  • Like someone throwing me a very different but exciting new torch to illuminate the dark corridor I’ve wandered down.

Isle of Wight College

  • Fully understand what is needed in a grade 1 lesson.

Itchen College

  • A rollercoaster.

Kendal College

  • Space travel.

North East Worcestershire College

  • Like taking the stabilizers off your bike.

North Hertfordshire College

  • Everything becomes connected. Made me nervous/excited about continuing to develop my teaching and learning.

Northern Regional College

  • I would like to say how stimulating, informative and inspiring your CPD sessions were. You have even got an old cynic enthused.

People 1st (Northern Ireland)

  • From a spark to a flame.

Peterborough Regional College

  • I found this the most useful and helpful training/workshop the college has ever provided. Ofsted inspection? Bring it on!

Portsmouth College

  • A high-flying jet now going into outer-space!

Reading College

  • One of the most inspiring learning experiences in my life and I will undoubtedly change what I do and how I do it.

Reaseheath College

  • Totally made me realise the difference between grade 2 and grade 1!

Richard Taunton College

  • It helped me articulate what I thought was gut instinct and feeling.

South Leicestershire College

  • Prometheus unbound.

Sparsholt College

  • Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get!

Totton College

  • I came, I saw, I will get a grade 1!

Wakefield College

  • I will find it easier to articulate what an outstanding lesson consists of.

West Yorkshire Music Services

  • A reluctant child finding that they do like peas when they finally try them.

Assessment and the Art of Lazy Teaching

West Lancashire College

  • Change is in the air! I am definitely going to implement some of the strategies learnt in this session.
  • Purposeful, creative, engaging.
  • It helped me understand the importance of formative assessment and how these can be implemented simply within all sessions.
  • Really enjoyed the Community Challenge game and the chance to apply the strategies to given scenarios and discuss differing perspectives.
  • Caterpillar to a butterfly.
  • Attitude-shifting journey.

Differentiation in English and maths

Abingdon and Witney College

  • Spread creative wings even more!
  • Brilliantly delivered, many thanks.
  • It has given inspiration to start the journey.
  • It reminded me what differentiation is and how to hook learners in with creative ‘wow’ moments to begin a lesson.

Carlisle College

  • I have licked a sweet and it has fired my imagination!
  • It has enthused me for trying different learning approaches and creating alternative resources – and to giving them to students in advance of the lesson.
  • A train trundling through a tunnel into the light – picking up speed.
  • Stimulated alternative ideas for pre-topic learning.

 

Formula for Happiness

Hopwood Hall College

  • Remove limits and barriers from planning.
  • Roller coaster of discovery.
  • Got us to think big and creatively.
  • It was like learning ideas from our own brain.

Solihull College and University Centre

  • Very busy day. Hugely inspiring. Thinking of ideas without boundaries has enabled me to develop new strategies.
  • Blinding.
  • The moment the ship starts to slip down the launch slipway.
  • Andragogy. Re-designing and refreshing learning space.

Self-Assessment Strategy

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Stockport College

  • My 2 dimensional SAR glasses have been modified to 3D.
  • It has given me a totally different view and understanding, as if I am on the outside looking in.
  • The ‘Five Whys’ is a technique I’ll use from now on.
  • Very insightful. Great ideas.
  • The gate has been opened.

21st Century Pedagogy

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Abingdon and Witney College

  • Lots of Eureka moments and pennies dropping – everything made sense.
  • Opened my mind – again!
  • The three colours of learning outcomes – really tricky to do, but once done (investment) can transform what then happens with learners.

Blackburn with Darwin Borough Council

  • Mind is a whirlpool of fresh thoughts and ideas which need time to impact!

Blackpool Council

  • This was absolutely fascinating!!

Chesterfield College

  • Teaching an old dog new tricks!

Lancashire Adult Learning

  • I feel the session has enabled me to understand the importance of lesson strategy and how objectives should focus on ‘mind outcomes’ – therefore enabling learning to continue through curiosity – fuelling conversation for further lessons.

Leicestershire Adult Learning Service

  • A steam train – getting there in style!
  • Loved the idea of creating curiosity in my learners from the outset, encouraging them to learn outside the lesson.
  • Take your ‘weakness’ and turn it into your ‘best’!

New College Nottingham

  • I was on an island and a boat passed by and picked me up.
  • As a new tutor I struggle to develop lesson plans. This session has opened my eyes on teaching.
  • Cannot wait to try out lots of new ideas.

Northern College

  • Standing at a crossroads, thinking I instinctively know the best way to turn, and having someone point out a different route that I’ve not spotted before.

North Lindsey College

  • Insightful and now eager to complete LP (lesson plan) with more thought – using colour-coding to reorganise my LP.
  • (I need to) completely change the way I address lesson plans.

Solihull College and University Centre

  • Breath-taking.

Sussex Downs College

  • Having clear outcomes drives ideas.
  • Bubbling like Prosecco!
  • Avoid trap of equating ‘doing stuff’ to actually ‘learning’.

West Cheshire College

  • Excellent session. It was Bleak House, but we now have Great Expectations, and Tony is our Mutual Friend.
  • (It was like) waking up from a doze!!
  • I will read the web-based info again and again.