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Nicci was very warm, welcoming and enthusiastic about the content she delivered

Nicci was very warm, welcoming and enthusiastic about the content she delivered during the MADE training for some of our Year 9 and 10 students on working through and setting their Goals and Aspirations. She welcomed questions and had prizes for everyone that volunteered answers which kept students engaged throughout. It was a pleasure to see her speak to our students as she had examples from her life and others to show students the end results of putting what she was teaching them into practice. I've since passed on some of the booklets to my colleagues as I genuinely believe the content is very suitable for everyone including teachers! And I hope to use them myself as soon as possible. -

Dr C Njoku - Teacher of Mathematics & STEM Lead - Co-op Academy North Manchester
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Students were excited to find out that Rob was coming back

I was in the sessions yesterday and really enjoyed them too. Students were excited to find out that Rob was coming back to do another workshop with them as they loved the Aspirations workshop on Futures Friday. They said his personality is great and the sessions were informative and fun. From my point of view as a teacher, I realised that we don't always spend enough time explaining how to use the revision techniques and often make assumptions i.e that students know what to highlight when highlighting key points in texts. I also think that we as teachers need to spend more time explaining how/why these methods work so that students buy into them and are willing to give them a try. Rob reads the students really well, he praises students who need to engage in the session better and learns and uses their names really quickly. He uses humour and speaks to as many of the students as he can during the sessions. I think they all feel like they know him now. Some comments from my year 11 form: "I think the sessions were really helpful. I learned new techniques for revision that I haven't thought of before." "Rob's sessions were enjoyable and definitely not boring. He brought personality and humour to them." "He really interacted with the group instead of just talking"

Kelly Maden - CEIAG Leader - Walney School - Cumbria
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The content of the workshop was excellent

Joe was excellent, really engaging and interactive and he worked well with all the students. The content of the workshop was excellent, it included really practical ways of revising and remembering information and key facts. A number of the students have said how useful they found the workshop and they feel it will really help with their revision.

Julie Hilliker - Business and Enterprise Manager - The Appleton School - Essex
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The sessions were excellent due to his calm manner and interaction

The Rapid Revision sessions have received some great feedback especially from our year 11 boys who have spoken with their teachers about the different techniques Joe showed them and how they feel more positive as they revise for their mocks later this month. Joe’s delivery of the sessions were excellent due to his calm manner and interaction with the students. He explained the different techniques clearly and in an engaging way. The setting for the workshops wasn’t ideal as we were a little cramped to say the least however this did not detract from the message that Joe was getting across. I would certainly look to doing the sessions again in the future and also the ones where parents can be involved. A great success!

Maria Griffiths - Careers Coordinator - St Thomas More High School - Essex
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The boys took a real shine to him

It was fabulous. Rob really engaged the boys from the outset not only with the materials that he used but also with his own energetic style and delivery (he reminded me of me, which is a compliment in itself). The fact that the class is made up of 26 boys, some of whom are the most challenging in the school, meant that the day could have been a real challenge for some teachers. However, Rob’s professionalism, energy, drive and motivation absolutely shone through. The boys took a real shine to him and have asked if they can work with him again-a sign that he made a real impression on them. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, Rob, and Lucy from Staffs Uni for giving us this opportunity to work with your company. Thanks again, Dave and the boys.

Dave Walsh - Ormiston Meridian Academy - Stoke-on-Trent
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Great value for money in comparison to what else is out there

We thought the day was excellent and great value for money in comparison to what else is out there. Rob was a fantastic trainer who engaged with the students and, even though he had only just met them, seamlessly understood their needs and engaged with them effortlessly. The materials and ideas presented to the students were well packaged and will prove highly useful for the year groups' revision strategies. We look forward to working with you in the future.

Mike Horton - Assistant Headteacher - North Bromsgrove High School & Sixth Form - Worcestershire
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He delivered the sessions in such a fun way

We were delighted to be able to run the 2 workshops to fairly small groups of our year 10 Next Steps targeted students today. The trainer, James Sherwood was lively, engaging and really approachable. He delivered the session in such a fun way; the students were focussed and I loved the way they all eventually went away with pens and highlighters to help motivate further study. The workshop media used and worksheet were good quality – I liked the layout of the sheet with the different tasks to complete. It was great to have a different person – not their usual teachers, to tell the students that they do need to study hard to achieve success and get them to think about how to make study more effective and use their time wisely – e.g. by prioritising tasks while still having a work flow to the day with breaks. As the audience were targeted students by Next Steps, many of whom qualify for the Pupil Premium due to deprivation, I thought the section exploring the potential barriers and distractions to their study present at home worked really well. As a Science teacher, I enjoyed the examples based on biology and chemistry and the session did keep their attention for the whole 2 hours. Many thanks to Next Steps South West for facilitating these sessions and to James for the excellent workshops. Thanks again – we would never have had funding available for this if it wasn’t for Next Steps!

Davina Bray - Science Teacher (NCOP Contact) - Torpoint Community College - Cornwall
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If only you could reach every school in the land!

What was so inspiring about Sander's approach to learning, was that he was challenging the 'learned helplessness' so many students hold in this run up to exams. Especially, if they believe their efforts will have little effect on the level they find themselves at now - having come to the end of 11 years in education! However, Sander turned that all on its head today by completely changing this mindset! By simply assuring them that by the end of the session they WILL memorise a vast set of information in a short amount of time, he started to sew the first seeds of a new found confidence in their own ability. He backed that up with several memory strategies and POW! the entire room was alive throwing the information back at him. Varying the tone and sound of his delivery and more importantly nurturing that new found confidence with positivity, encouragement, value and fun, he had every student engaged. By the end of the session he had proved and had them believe, that if they can learn this new way to focus, not only these forthcoming exams but all future learning is now well within their reach! If only you could reach every school in the land! So impressed!

Clare Williamson - Educational Consultant - Isle of Wight
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Strategies which will make their revision far more effective

I would like to just feedback on the revision session which happened yesterday with our year 11s. Firstly, the quality of the resources were excellent: engaging and purposeful. The idea of sending students away with their own pen and highlighter also worked well - they love having little gifts like this! The content of the session was pitched exactly right for our students, all of them walked out of the session with at least a couple more ideas and strategies to apply to their own independent learning, strategies which will make their revision far more effective. Lastly, and in my opinion most importantly, the trainer (Rob Snell) was fantastic. From start to finish he engaged all of the students through his delivery of the material and his passion for these revision strategies. It is always difficult at this time of year convincing class teachers to let year 11 miss some of their curriculum time, but I have feedback to all of them this morning how useful this was.

Nicola Daniels - Lead Practitioner - Cansfield High School - Wigan
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Year 11 students feel more confident they know “how” to revise

Once again Sander proved very engaging and pitched each of the student, staff and parental workshops perfectly. Our Year 11 students feel more confident they know "how" to revise and have evidenced improvement in the quality of their revision material. Parents who attended reported feeling more confident they understand what effective revision looks like at home and teaching staff have increased the range of strategies they are able to integrate into their lessons. Most valuable, thank you!!

Martin Byrne - Year 11 Leader - Winston Churchill Sports College - Surrey
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