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We’ve had another fantastic day of workshops

We’ve had another fantastic day of workshops with Rob; many thanks for all of your help with the organisation with this. Looking forward to receiving the impact report; Rob really made the girls think and the staff attached to the sessions were extremely pleased with how everything went. Thanks again,

Claire Middlehurst - Assistant Headteacher - Hodge Hill School for Girls - Birmingham
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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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Joe’s delivery was excellent

It was an excellent day, the variety of different workshops on offer engaged all of our Year 11 pupils. Joe's delivery was excellent he made each of the different workshops, fun, engaging and informative ensuring all pupils interacted and came away from the sessions having learnt new skills. We would definitely look to have MADE training back in to deliver to our pupils in the future

Matthew Troote - Head of Year 11 - Mary Immaculate High School - Cardiff
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I really can’t praise him highly enough.

The feedback was excellent from the students and especially the parents. James was an absolute star throughout the day, even dealing with the technical conundrum when the power went! I hope he got home OK!? The students today have been discussing it in PD and it has proved a valuable starting point in getting them thinking forward and to their exams and one we can keep referencing. I really can't praise him highly enough. I've copied an email form a parent below so you can get a sample of feedback but there was a lot of verbal praise too last night.

James Nathan - Assistant Headteacher - Neston High School - Cheshire
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Rob was brilliant and the delivery was excellent

The girls have really enjoyed the sessions; Rob was brilliant and the delivery was excellent. The verbal feedback I have had from the pupils has been very positive and they now have a lot more ideas about revision techniques which may work for them; it will be interesting to see the impact report from yourselves. All in all, a very positive start to Year 11! Many thanks for all your help with setting this up!

Claire Middlehurst - Assistant Head Teacher - Hodge Hill Girls' School - Birmingham
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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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Danny is an asset to your organisation

The Exams made Easy sessions were fantastic and Danny is an asset to your organisation – it was refreshing to have someone delivering this type of workshop who was enthusiastic and motivating. All of our students came out of the session with confidence and motivation to apply the strategies instantly. We are hoping to book him up to work with some other year groups in the future.

Steph Stables - Post-16 Progress Leader & MAKE HAPPEN NCOP Co-ord - Shoeburyness High School
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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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Really engaged the students

The workshop was very well delivered by Sander and really engaged the students. The soft skills taught in the session were easily transferable to their current studies and all the students felt they could use these going forward. I felt Stepping Up was an excellent alternative to introducing students to different study skills.

Melissa Finch – Institutional Outreach Officer - Next Steps South West - Devon
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The timing was excellent and the sessions had a clear narrative

I attended 3 of the sessions, including the Parents event in the evening. The response from the students was overwhelmingly positive. I was impressed by all aspects, especially the pace and the level of the sessions. The examination revision sessions was particularly well received as many of the students had just come out of their recent A level mocks and a little uncertain about how to progress with regards to the next stage and preparation for the actual exams. The sessions gave good and practical strategies, which the students can take on board and I have already seen some using these within their studies. The timing was excellent and the sessions had a clear narrative, which enabled students to take on new ideas and approaches. The short tasks were excellent as they enabled students to see that they worked and was within their capability.

Peter Jones - Head of Faculty - John Warner School - Herts
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