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FAQ

Our most frequently asked questions

What is the structure of a typical student-focused delivery day?

A typical delivery day consists of 4-5 hours of 1 and/or 2-hour workshops followed by a staff overview session. Parent sessions can also be added to the day.

How long are the student workshops?

Our main suite of student workshops are each two hours in length, though we can be slightly flexible. Our ‘Power Hour’ workshops are one hour in length. The bonus staff overview session lasts approximately 30 minutes with the extended twilight session lasting an hour.

Are the timings of the sessions flexible?

We understand that every school timetable is different. Each workshop can be slightly shortened or extended to fit your logistical requirements.

Where will the workshops take place?

Our workshops generally take place in a school hall, raked auditorium, conference suite or study centre. A stage or raised platform is useful for the trainer to address large groups. Sports halls are generally not the most effective spaces for workshops due to the poor acoustics.

How many students do you work with in each session?

We can work with numbers ranging from 5 – 80 students in each session, dependent on the venue. If you are planning group sizes of more than 100, then please call us for advice. If you are planning a whole-year intervention, we would recommend splitting the group into smaller groups. We can help you plan how to separate the groups most effectively.

What resources will the students receive?

During the sessions, each student will complete a full-colour, A3/A4 sized worksheet which, when completed, will become a review poster which the students can stick on their bedroom wall or keep for later reference. All students who come to the sessions will receive a STABILO Point88 fineliner which they can use to complete the worksheets and keep.

If we only have one hour available, do you run shorter sessions?

Yes. Our POWER HOUR workshops have been designed as bite-sized training sessions, fitting perfectly within an hour slot . Call the office and together we can design a programme to fit your requirements.

How should the students be seated?

To facilitate the best possible sessions, we ask for students to be seated around tables in a café style with 4-8 students on each table. This will allow students to benefit the most from the collaborative discussions and exercises.

Do you evaluate the workshops?

Yes, both quantitatively and qualitatively. We will provide you and your colleagues with a feedback report containing both student and staff statistics and comments from the day. This will be sent to you within days of each live training event.

I understand that you also provide parents evenings. Can I add one to the day?

Yes, we like to work with as many parents as possible as we believe that their input is extremely beneficial to a child’s academic success. There is a small additional charge for these events. Please call the office for details.

Can the staff overview session happen at a different time?

Yes, we are happy to deliver the staff session any time during the day at your convenience.

How should my staff be involved?

It is of great benefit to the students when staff are actively participating in the workshops. To facilitate the best possible sessions, please encourage your staff to engage in the exercises, assist students during the group activities and promote positive behaviour throughout the workshop.

We recommend one teacher for every 30 students.

Can I speak to a local school that has used your services?

Absolutely, we work with hundreds of schools, academies, colleges and universities every year and are happy to put you in touch with partner schools in your area. Please contact the office for more information.

How do I book my training?

Simply call or email Roz Pearce-Gray, our account manager, to discuss your requirements. We will check our availability and find a suitable date. Once agreed, a booking form will be sent to you for completion and return.

When do I pay for the training?

You will be sent an invoice seven days prior to the event. The payment is due within seven days of the delivery date.

Do you have something I can use to promote the day to my students and staff?

Yes, we have created a series of ‘Pre-Event Videos’ for our workshops. These videos are designed to provide insight to students and staff on what to expect on the day of delivery. They can also be used as part of a social media or online newsletter strategy informing parents of their child’s planned involvement.

Do you cater for partially sighted students?

Yes. We can supply the relevant worksheets (in pdf format) in advance of any live delivery so that you can enlarge the worksheet if necessary. Our powerpoint slides have been designed to act as visual prompts and therefore do not contain large amounts of text which the students are expected to read. We would however recommend that any partially sighted students are sat near to the front and close to the trainer. Please identify those students to the trainer before the sessions begin.

What if we have large numbers of students with SEN or EAL?

We have worked in many different schools and with a huge variety of students. On the whole, students with mild SEN welcome the dynamic and interactive nature of the sessions and benefit from them greatly. If you have students who are slightly uncomfortable with a change from their regular timetable, then we welcome LSAs to sit with their students and support them. We do not recommend grouping your SEN students all together on one table. If you have a high percentage of students with SEN or EAL, then you might want to consider dedicated sessions. Please call us to discuss your specific needs.

Can I contact you outside normal school hours?

Yes. We understand that for many educators, organising training and impact days may be done in the evenings or weekends. Call our freephone number or contact us by email to arrange a discussion outside normal working hours.

Call us on 0800 2707660 to discuss your requirements.

Talk to our Training Advisor!

Some said it was the best session they had ever had at Walton! Praise indeed – as we know students can be the harshest critics!

Jane Etherington, Head of Sixth Form, Walton Academy

The workshop was so beneficial and useful for me and my son, who will be using the techniques at home and me in my work!

Parent, Cardinal Newman Catholic High School

It made me realise the fun and helpful nature of revision. Absolute perfection.

Year 11 student, Huntcliffe School

You people are AWESOME. Staff and student feedback was very positive. Your facilitator was excellent, the session was very useful and well led is what I was told…and if my people are happy…I’m happy

Jude Roberts - Assistant Principal- Head of Sixth Form - Ark Academy St Alban's - Birmingham,

The day was fantastic from start to finish and truly inspirational.

Helen Bracher, Coordinator - Winston Churchill Sports College

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