What’s the measure of good INSET training?


I realise that ‘good’ training can mean different things; it just depends who you ask.


Increasingly, schools are sharing the expertise of their own teachers; which is great and something that should be an integral part of any teacher’s CPD.


But when a school does want to buy training, what should be their main considerations? The cost? -  ‘free’ resources?  For some schools the choice of venue and any travel implications can be an important factor.


It is often the reputation of the trainer, their particular subject expertise and their style of delivery which prompts a head teacher or other senior leader to make the booking. Much of the education world is built on reputations: (some more deserved than others maybe?).


Surely though, any good quality training should have an impact far beyond the day of delivery?


Practical ideas, ‘take-away’ resources and what I call the ‘do-ability’ factor are what I’ve always considered the mark of a good training and I believe these most valued by teachers; without them, then the training is going nowhere beyond the day.


I don’t know about you, but I’ve been a delegate in many an ‘inspirational’ training session, that has entertained, been delivered with impeccable comic timing, but ultimately failed to empower those who have to face their class of 30 children (or more) the next day.


If a trainer hears ‘That was great, you are fabulous but I could never do what you do’ then they have failed utterly and miserably as far as I’m concerned.

That isn't good value.


Yes - the actual day should be spent with an enthusiastic trainer who really cares about all their delegates. They should want to pass on their knowledge and experience humbly and sincerely: to empower them and generously want to develop their colleagues’ professional practice. Their ultimate aim, of course, should be to have an impact on children’s learning.

It’s what is sometimes known as the ‘Learning Transfer’.


I believe that good quality training should make you THINK.

By that I mean provide some new knowledge and approaches to teaching that challenge your current practice. I would go so far to say your brain should hurt at bit if you’ve had a good training day.


It was these factors (and more) that have been kept at the forefront of our new training brochure. Come and have a look and see what you think.


Give us a call or email if you want to find out more:

Tel: 01604 491511

Email: info@thinkinghcild.org.uk



Front page training brochure (106x150)

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