CPD for teachers

Embedding literacy at Stanmore College

“Working with Joanne this year has had a big impact on how we have embedded our top priority for CPD. With Joanne’s help we have developed a four step series of activities. First Joanne trained us and helped us design the steps and materials to implement our plan. Then our advanced practitioners delivered sessions that give staff some new knowledge and also led sessions where staff shared what they have already know and do on this topic. Joanne will now return and work with staff in workshops that give the staff time to develop the resources they will use with the learners in the classroom. This model is having a far greater impact than a single day with an external expert could have done.”

Nicola Conibear, Head of Quality, Stanmore College


Embedding Literacy CPD Training at Coleg Cambria, Wales

“The college has really valued Joanne Miles’ support in developing the skills of staff to embed literacy effectively. Joanne helped staff to understand their role in embedding skills and provided many useful techniques which staff from both vocational and A level contexts could apply in their teaching and learning. The training provided a sound foundation for us to build knowledge and skills and has helped us achieve our excellence for literacy in our recent Estyn inspection, November 2015”

Carys Davies, Director of Quality, Learning and Student Experience

Engaging learners to develop their English skills, ATL event at Doncaster College

“Very interactive and well delivered. I got some excellent ideas from this session”

“Fast paced, engaging and captivating session – I thoroughly enjoyed it”

“Huge amounts of very useful resources that will be effective in a real teaching situation”

“I think this session would be useful for vocational teams. Really useful ideas to take away. Thank you!”

“All the session was useful for me due to the fact that I currently don’t see English in the lesson content – NOW I DO!”

Developing Formative Assessment and Feedback Skills, Sector Training event

“It was very thorough and answered a lot of questions”

“Many practical tips and activities to take forward. Provided a recap and updating of knowledge for me”

“Tasks and activities prompted thoughtful and reflective discussions among a diverse group of individuals”

“There was clarity of range of methods – not necessarily over-burdening for the teacher!”

Stretch and challenge training at City and Islington College

“Your “application” / individual / pair group work activities really stretched and challenged the delegates and you basically practised what you preached. Just to clarify : the term “application” relates to stage 2 of the PAR model that Petty outlines in Evidence Based Teaching. I really liked the way you attended to individual / group needs!”

Active Learning Methods and Solution Focused Coaching approaches at St Francis Xavier Sixth Form College

“Joanne Miles, did an Inset day a few weeks ago for our ‘sharing good practice working party’ and CPD team on the Independent and Active Learner and Solution Focused Coaching. She is well worth getting in for a day; she listens carefully to what you want out of the day, asks questions you hadn’t thought of, and adapts her materials to suit.

Joanne – the impact of your training and development work is immediate; you get people talking and reignite their passion for teaching and learning. The ripple effect is impressive – the learning clusters were set up immediately after the training with two people who had been trained by you, leading each cluster. ‘Try something new’ was the theme for the initial sharing of good practice, and most tried one of the activities you had introduced them to/reminded them of, during training. Thanks again, I look forward to working with you again”

Sector Training Event on Embedding English

“Best training I have been to. Thank you. I would like a follow up because it was so inspiring”

“This course is fab for ground level staff and would be good for staff who train staff.
Practical ideas to take back to the classroom”

“I found the practical approach and expertise of Joanne beneficial”

LeSoCo training day on stretch and challenge

“It was MEGA practical and I got lots of ideas I can actually use class”

“Framed in the real context of FE being difficult”

“Good mixture of input from facilitator and our ideas”

“Practical demonstrations of activities that can be used- I loved the way Joanne modelled what we could do”

“Feeling I can improve without too much extra work”

“Reminding me to differentiate my questioning”

“Lively and thought-provoking”

Sector Training Event on stretch and challenge

“The training was great. I have come away with plenty of things I could develop for our CPD”

“Thanks very much – we had a really good day, with lots of ideas and reinforcement of what works etc.  I shared some ideas in a meeting this morning.  It went well”

“It was a very interesting session with lots of good ideas to share

“I really enjoyed the day and took a lot from it.  I will be using the group/roles activity in a staff CPD activity next week!”

“I really enjoyed my day and found it all very useful indeed.  Thank you for sending all the resources, they are going to come in very handy!  We have internal observations next week so I may incorporate some of the tips and ideas into some of my lessons”

Session on assessment for learning methods at New College Durham

“I felt that the assessment workshop provided an excellent range of strategies and methods in considering assessment for learning. Watching how you facilitated the session integrating some of the strategies mentioned really encouraged me to take try out the methods for myself. The related research that was also provided endorsed the strategies given and defined the reasoning behind why assessment for learning should occur”

“The training day with Joanne Miles was very inspiring, exciting and was such an informative and engaging session. I came to the gathering with good knowledge of assessment –however after the training with Joanne I felt motivated and confident that I was actually doing something right within teaching and learning and gained new knowledge and ideas that I can develop further in the future months. I felt that Joanne captured the audience and to be totally honest I was enthralled, the session was engaging –informative, inspiring and I would recommend Joanne Miles to other colleges”

Session on effective questioning techniques, New College Durham

“An excellent, practical training session. Thought it was going to be ‘dry’ but was engaging”

“Interactive and varied. Thoroughly enjoyable and enlightening”

“Used the questioning techniques within the delivery to illustrate effectiveness”

“A well pitched session in which there was plenty of interaction between lecturers, on the subject matter”

Session on stretch and challenge for learners, Sparsholt College

“This was a really useful CPD session, I left the day with a range of strategies that I could use in the class room to stretch and challenge all learners”

“Extremely inspiring.  So refreshing to have a trainer practise what she was preaching.  I have tried some of the activities in my own teaching and it received favourable feedback from the students, namely the snowball activity”

“Unpicking what stretch & challenge is through examples, practice and modelling was very helpful & affirming”

“Varied pace, everyone participated – no passive learning here!

“Useful and interesting. I gained a clearer understanding of stretch & challenge & how to take it forward”


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