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 inset courses are interactive and designed as a series of hands-on workshops sharing best practice, covering a wide range of skills, competencies and subjects. 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.
For ease of use we have categorised the Inset courses, as shown below.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We offer a range of CPD opportunities for aspiring school leaders. Our consultants in this field are all recent successful senior school managers from both the primary and secondary phases. We look at the role of middle and senior managers and how individual participants' skills and knowledge can be improved. This is supplemented with mentoring through the process of applying for a middle or senior management post, interview technique and strategies to improve participants' chances of promotion.
Prices for inset courses start at £200 (plus VAT) for one day up to £500 (plus VAT) for three days. These prices include refreshments and lunch. Please note cancellations made seven days or less prior to the course will carry a cancellation charge of £50 per participant to cover accrued costs.