Think Learn Challenge (TLC) passionately believes that all learners have the right to success. We strive to deliver the highest quality advice, consultancy, training, research and classroom materials. All our key messages and methodologies are based solely on sound educational research with proven success. Over the past five years, TLC have worked with governments to develop policy, authored high-quality classroom curricular and materials and delivered training to thousands of teachers both in the UK and internationally. We have worked with many high-profile researchers such as Profs Carol McGuinness, the late Philip Adey, Mary James, John Gardiner and Dylan Wiliam.
All of our bespoke courses are interactive and designed as a series of hands-on workshops sharing best practice, covering a wide range of skills, competencies and subjects. They are planned with school managers prior to delivery to give practical and valuable support throughout your school. Our training ranges in length from twilights to three days and are delivered across Wales in the most relevant language for that location. All materials are available bilingually and are freely available to participants electronically for use in school.
Here are some examples of the type of bespoke packages we can offer:
Our consultants have many years’ experience in the development and implementation of formative and summative assessment, this includes a wide range of strategies used within Assessment for Learning and standardisation of assessment to a national level. Assessment for Learning is an essential part of classroom practice and is proven to improve learner outcomes, as highlighted in the Donaldson Report (2015). Examples of previous Assessment based courses include:
Assessment for Learning – practical strategies for use in the classroom – a one-day course to help improve learners’ outcomes through motivational and engaging assessment for learning strategies.
Effective marking – saving time improving outcomes – a one-day course to help to improve learners’ performance through effective marking strategies.
Next steps to improve learner performance through formative assessment - a two-day course for all classroom practitioners, to help to improve learners’ literacy and numeracy skills through formative assessment and assessment for learning strategies.
Digital literacy is a high priority in Wales, especially with the implementation of the Donaldson Report (2015) and the Digital Competence Framework (2016). Many teachers feel ill-equipped to deal with its challenges. Our consultants have a thorough understanding of the issues and challenges that schools face with implementing the DCF and incorporating Digital Literacy into their classrooms. After successfully delivery a three-year training programme on behalf of the British Council on Digital Literacy, our consultants will use their expertise to deliver practical school-based advice and training on how to use digital media effectively and safely to improve lesson quality.
The Donaldson Report (2015) highlighted the need for all learning to focus on the four purposes, utilising the 12 pedological principles. Over the years we have delivered many courses focusing on these purposes and principles including a 3-year training programme on behalf of the British Council specifically on the pedological principle of Critical Thinking and Problem Solving. Examples of other courses we have delivered include:
Resilient, independent and reflective learners - a one day course for all classroom practitioners to help turn around the ‘spoon-feeding’ tidal wave and turn your class into engaged and motivated lifelong learners.
Curiosity for Inquiry – how to approach learning from an inquirer’s point of view – a one-day course to help you to approach your curriculum content with a focus on nurturing the sense of wonder all children possess and developing deeper engagement with learning.
With the new Curriculum currently in development, schools are keen to develop more cross-curricular approaches to learning. TLC has a huge range of experience working with various subjects in developing cross-curricular learning plans and classroom tasks. Some examples of previous training focusing on cross-curricular themes include:
Connecting Learning – how to help learners make connections across the Curriculum – a one-day course focusing on how to break down the barriers between subject areas by developing meaningful and engaging cross-curricular learning experiences.
A perfect fit – Science and Technology – available as a one or a two-day course, for all classroom practitioners of science and/or technology in primary and secondary schools, to help teachers to deliver science and technology in a holistic and rounded way.
Planning cross-curricular themes in KS2 - a one day course for practitioners in primary schools, to help develop cross-curricular plans and interesting opportunities to teach literacy and numeracy skills.
TLC, in partnership with Tinopolis, was privileged to be involved with supporting the introduction of the LNF and produced the initial mainstream Guidance under contract to the Welsh Government. Our expert consultants fully understand the challenges and opportunities its implementation presents and will share their extensive knowledge and understanding with you through bespoke training. We pride ourselves in our understanding of best practice in planning for and delivering the LNF, progression through it and formative and summative assessment of learners’ literacy and numeracy skills. Examples of previous bespoke training sessions include:
The LNF focused on Numeracy - a one day course for all classroom practitioners focused on embedding numeracy into everyday teaching.
The LNF focused on Literacy - a one day course for all classroom practitioners focused on embedding literacy into everyday teaching.
Next steps to improve learner performance through formative assessment - a two-day course for all classroom practitioners, to help you to improve learners’ literacy and numeracy skills through formative assessment and assessment for learning strategies.
Enhancing learning in science - for teachers of science to review the best ways to implement the LNF through curriculum planning, lesson planning, formative assessment, next steps and cross-curricular working.
We have a wide range of highly knowledgeable and experienced subject specialist facilitators. All have had whole school responsibility and have successfully taught their subject for many years. Many work within Awarding Organisations (AOs) for GCSE and/or A level or are Regulators of AOs for Ofqual and/or Qualifications Wales. Therefore, they are ideally placed to understand current issues within their field. All of our specialists are strong and engaging facilitators who believe passionately that all children deserve success. Currently, we offer subject-specific inset in science, STEM, geography, modern foreign languages, music, English and Welsh second language from Foundation Phase, KS2, KS3 and post-16. Many of our subject-specific courses also focus on best practice in implementing the LNF within that subject area. Examples of our previous subject specific courses include:
A perfect fit – Science and Technology – available as a one or a two-day course, for all classroom practitioners of science and/or technology in primary and secondary schools, to help you to deliver science and technology in a holistic and rounded way.
Music and the LNF – a one day course for teachers of music (Key Stages 2 and 3). The course will clarify and review which parts of the LNF are relevant to music; how to use the LNF to improve learner outcomes in music; how to design rich tasks to help learners make progress through the LNF and cross-curricular assessment of literacy and numeracy.
Developing skills for the new GCSE in Modern Foreign Languages – a one-day course for secondary MFL teachers to consider the new GCSE in MFL including the key changes and the skills learners need to develop in order to maximise their achievement and engage them in their learning.
We all recognise that teaching is ineffective if behaviour is not managed correctly. Our consultants will lead teachers through practical positive behaviour management strategies that can simply be employed to ensure learning success. An example of a previous behaviour management course includes:
Classroom Management – Creating a Positive Learning Environment – a one day course that covers a range of techniques that will help you to refine your classroom management skills using a workshop based approach.
All bespoke support is available as twilight or full day sessions, and will be tailored to your individual requirements from our expert consultants:
Planned with managers prior to delivery - to give practical and valuable support in embedding the LNF throughout your school
Prices from £350 + VAT per twilight session and £900 + VAT per full day session, with reductions for multiple sessions.
For further information or to book, please contact us.