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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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Multiple Place Discounts Available on Autumn & Spring 2018/19 CPD

  • Spend £200 (exc. VAT) on CPD and receive 5% off
    Use code: 200cpd5
  • Spend £400 (exc. VAT) on CPD and receive 10% off
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  • Spend £600 (exc. VAT) on CPD and receive 15% off
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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

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 leader takes it to a different level. This 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 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