As the newest member of TT Education, having previously studied English Language and worked as a teaching assistant in KS1, it was both exciting and insightful to have the opportunity to attend one of our latest Raising Attainment in Writing courses, led by David Maytham, at the Crowne Plaza in Manchester. I would love to share my experience, from an almost outsider’s perspective, to help provide an accurate account of the course for anyone potentially considering attending.
After navigating my way through Manchester city centre, I found the delightful venue and was greeted with coffee and tea refreshments. The venue was very appealing, the staff were friendly and helpful and directed me to the Smithfield conference room just down the corridor. The room was light, airy and air conditioned, which after my University days, I now know is crucial in helping maintain concentration. So a great start.
The session started on time at 9am and I was instantly engaged. It was great to meet and sit among the attending teachers from various schools and see their enthusiasm and response throughout. The problems were identified and limitations were recognised and the session focused on solutions from the very offset. From the beginning, there was a balance between theory, practical discussion and interactive games. I found this focus on gamification very engaging and the response in the room was uplifting; not only were the theories and examples given, but we were also involved in various games throughout the duration of the day to demonstrate their use in the classroom.
I was so involved in David’s presentation of the course that lunchtime completely crept up on us, which was a nice surprise. The food was lovely, great quality and there was something for everyone, with a variation of yummy desserts… always a bonus. Feeling fully refreshed, we continued with the training and were given lots of practical resources. The day was crammed full of information and the teachers were brimming with enthusiasm by the end of the session. It was lovely to see and experience the training, which resulted in lots of positive feedback:
“It has been fun and engaging with a great pace.”
“Well paced, enjoyable day learning how to improve the quality of my teaching and make learning fun!”
“This course was inspiring and I will be speaking to my headteacher about implementing these methods in the classroom!”
It was great to meet so many passionate teachers who are making a real difference in children’s lives.
Published on 29 February 2016