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High Level Seminars at Our Centres

As educational professionals it is important that we continue to engage with research and the theories and practices which challenge and lead our thinking about learning and development – and in our seminar programme you will find opportunities to do just that. This year we are delighted to welcome to our Centres highly respected academic leaders who will lead thought provoking seminars providing real insight into the key concepts of affecting 20thCentury Learners.

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Transformative Thinking Masterclass

Well-being & Involvement: A Whole School Approach One Day Spring $200.00

Well-being & Involvement: A Whole School Approach

Course description

The Leuven Scales of Well-being and Involvement have become widely recognised within the education sector as an essential framework to ensure that children’s needs – especially emotional and cognitive – are being met by provision. With children’s emotional and mental health remaining so high on the national agenda – gaining a clear understanding of how to address these issues is more
significant than ever.

In this thought provoking and inspiring seminar, Professor dr. Ferre Laevers will explore how this approach can be extended to ensure its effective use in the early years and through into primary – and how these tools can be used to identify and overcome barriers to effective learning.


  • Understand how Well-being and Involvement are critical to lifelong learning and development
  • Hear first-hand from the developer of the Leuven Scales
  • Gain a deeper understanding of how to successfully monitor Well-being and Involvement
Course type One Day Course
Led by Professor dr. Ferre Laevers
Price $261.60 (exc. VAT)
Audience Headteachers, Senior Leaders, Teachers
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Wednesday 13th March, 9.30am – 3.30pm Book Now
London Centre
Monday 11th March, 9.30am – 3.30pm Book Now
It’s Harder to Concentrate: How to Support & Challenge 21st Century Learners One Day Summer $200.00

It’s Harder to Concentrate: How to Support & Challenge 21st Century Learners

Course description

Over the past 10-15 years, research in neuroscience and psychology has uncovered a trove of valuable information about how children’s brains develop. The picture that has emerged is not simply that children’s brains are immature versions of adult’s brains, but rather one of difference: a child’s brain differs in certain key ways from an adult’s brain. This makes them better at some key things than adults are – a child learns language, for example, far faster than an adult. But it also means that there are some things that children find particularly hard in comparison with adults.

In this talk Dr Sam Wass, a developmental psychologist from Channel 4’s The Secret Life of 4- and 5-Year-Olds, presents research scientific research into brain development in children – in typical children, and in particular, those who have had especially hard early life experiences. He concentrates on two areas that are particularly important. In part 1 he talks about concentration and learning; in part 2 he talks about understanding and managing emotions. He concludes with a discussion of how we can use this new knowledge and understanding to change how we interact with children.


  • Exploration around neuroscientific and psychologic issues impacting children’s brain development
  • Discussion surrounding key differences in children’s brain development
  • A deeper understanding of modern day issues that affect children’s concertation
  • A look at managing emotions and how adults can support this
Course type One Day Course
Led by Dr Sam Wass
Price $261.60 (exc. VAT)
Audience Headteachers, Senior Leaders, Teachers
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Friday 10th May, 9.30am – 3.30pm Book Now
London Centre
Wednesday 8th May, 9.30am – 3.30pm Book Now
The Caring & Daring Practitioner One Day Summer $200.00

The Caring & Daring Practitioner

Course description

This session will focus on how early years practitioners need to both ‘care’ and ‘dare’ young children to promote an optimal learning and wellbeing environment.  It considers the notions of self-regulation, executive function, the ‘zone of tolerable stress’ and the idea of a ‘secure base classroom’, as well as how early years practitioners might operate within this ‘zone’.

Reference is made to research and neuroscientific evidence which identifies the role of two key neurobiological systems – the stress response system and the social engagement system – which play an integral role in enabling children to focus and sustain their attention on the academic and social demands of the EYFS.  Relevant links are also made to well-known practices such as sustained shared thinking and the characteristics of effective learning, as well as the different roles practitioners need to play in supporting learning and wellbeing.


  • Practical strategies to facilitate young children’s well-being and progress
  • A clearer understanding of the role of the neurological systems on development
  • Understand the critical importance of self-managing feelings, emotions and impulses
Course type One Day Course
Led by Janet Rose
Price $261.60 (exc. VAT)
Audience Headteachers, Senior Leaders, Teachers
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Thursday 6th June, 9.30am – 3.30pm Book Now
Londong Centre
Friday 7th June, 9.30am – 3.30pm Book Now

Action Research

Developing an Action Research Project Four Day Autumn $550.00

Developing an Action Research Project

Course description

Getting involved in research as an individual practitioner can be highly rewarding but becoming actively involved as a leader takes it to a different level. This project creates the transformative prospect of staff becoming part of a learning community, investigating the causes of everyday challenges and putting strategies in place to achieve improvements. Join these Action Research communities of practice to inspire thinking, challenge practice and provoke innovation.

Day One: Learning how to be a researcher
This first session includes an introduction to Action Research as a cyclic, participative, qualitative and reflective research method. Delegates will consider the action research cycle of plan, act, observe, reflect and explore how the method is emergent and responsive to questions of practice in their own schools.
The session facilitates delegates to choose a focus of their study and plan their own enquiry back in school. The day also includes an overview of the ethical responsibilities of undertaking action research.

Days Two & Three: Challenging Thinking and Honing Skills
These two sessions provide the opportunity to work in small groups, supported by the course tutor to hone the research approach, discuss progress and think about the act/observe stage of the process.  There will be opportunities to reflect on any barriers and limitations within the research project and to think about next steps.

Day Four: Reflecting on Learning and Embedding Action Research
The concluding day is facilitated for delegates to share their analysis, consider the implications of their findings and reflect on their individual learning.  Day four of the project also offers opportunities for sharing the research undertaken with colleagues in an oral/poster presentation communicating the outcomes and impact.
Opportunities for sharing the research in the public domain via websites and professional conferences will also be explored.


  • Engage in enquiry with Early Excellence consultants, exploring and building an evidence base for effective practice
  • Develop criticality and reflexive thinking on subjects pertinent to your personal and professional interests
  • Research an area of practice or provision with a responsive method which offers the opportunity to generate real change in your school/setting
  • Become part of a research community leading the development of evidenced based practice
Course type Four Day Course
Led by Julie Fisher
Price $719.40 (exc. VAT)
Audience Headteachers, Senior Leaders, Teachers
Venue, Date & Time
Northern Centre
Day 1: Wednesday 3rd October, 9.30am – 3.30pm Book Now
Day 2: Friday 25th January, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Day 3: Friday 29th March, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Day 4: Friday 21st June, 9.30am – 3.30pm
London Centre
Day 1: Tuesday 16th October, 9.30am – 3.30pm Book Now
Day 2: Friday 18th January, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Day 3: Wednesday 20th March, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Day 4: Friday 14th June, 9.30am – 3.30pm