Positively MAD Feedback

Super Speed Study Skills
26.09.2017
Brecon High School (Secondary School)
Brecon High School
Both courses, the Super Study Skills, Exambusters and Teacher/Parent twilight sessions were very well received and Shenaz was great! The pupils/parents found the sessions extremely beneficial and have gone away with many strategies. Shenaz was great, the pupils warmed to her friendly and enthusiastic personality.
Geraint Roberts
Progress & Guidance Manager
Exam Busters
19.09.2017
Hartsdown Academy (Secondary School)
Hartsdown Academy
The course was really useful with providing the students a range of study skills and revision tips. The brain breaks were great to allow students to focus back on the information. Many students commented on how useful these ideas would be especially if used in classes as well. Lisa was very professional and the sessions ran really well. The parent’s session was very helpful and the parents that attended were pleased with the information.
Charlotte Rigden
Head of Year 11
Exam Busters
08.09.2017
New Hall School (Secondary School)
New Hall School
Students found the skills and tips useful and the presentation engaging. The session was received as positive and a motivating 'welcome back' start to the new year.
Emma Westwood
Exam Busters
Resilience Workshop
07.09.2017
Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls (Secondary School)
Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls
Both courses were very intensive, detailed with lots of good strategies to help combat anxiety, develop resilience and to introduce different methods of revising. 2 very good enjoyable sessions. The Upper 6 in particular enjoyed Rachel’s workshop and felt she communicated very well with the girls
Rama Davies
Assistant Head & Head of 6th Form
Bridging the Gap
06.09.2017
Alsop High School (Secondary School)
Alsop High School
An absolutely fantastic session delivered by Shenaz. Both the staff and students that attended were delighted by the pace, energy and enthusiasm that Shenaz put into the sessions for both years. The students found the workshop extremely useful and we have actually seen a massive difference in the students’ attitude towards learning already in these first days of Sixth Form. We really hope that we can use your services soon to carry on guiding and encouraging our students! Great organization and delivery overall; we could not fault anything!
Lupe Rangel
Teacher
Bridging the Gap
05.09.2017
Stockport Grammar School (Secondary School)
Stockport Grammar School
Thank you for taking the time to visit our school on Tuesday. Jackie, Rachel and I were very happy with both sessions; which will help ensure our Fifth and Sixth formers will be able to make strong starts to the new academic year. Thank you also for forwarding supporting resources, which will help us with our continuing guidance given to the pupils. They have fed back positively to all of us in recent days. Jackie and I would be very happy to work with you again in the future.
David Stone
Head of Sixth Form
Bridging the Gap
05.09.2017
Parkstone Grammar School (Secondary School)
Parkstone Grammar School
Natalie delivered the sessions with endless enthusiasm and professionalism. The students were positive about the day and everything ran very smoothly.
Paul Collis
Head of 6th form
Bridging the Gap
05.09.2017
Westcliff High School for Girls (Secondary School)
Westcliff High School for Girls
Enthusiastic presenter - helpful for research.
Barry Hayton
Head of 6th form
Resilience Workshop
04.09.2017
West Acton Primary School (Primary School)
West Acton Primary School
The course was just the right balance of useful information, fun games and great ideas that can be implemented in the classroom. Most importantly it helped all of us to think about how resilient we really are and what we can do to look after our own mental health. Everyone loved Rachel and found her extremely engaging and inspiring. We could feel her passion for what she was doing and it inspired most of us to take serious action to start taking better care of our mental health and wellbeing. After all, how can we look after our students mental health if we don’t know how to look after our own. We will be looking into how we can make use of the Big Top model with the children.
Emma Appelby
Headteacher
Bridging the Gap
30.08.2017
Oldham Hulme Grammar School (Secondary School)
Oldham Hulme Grammar School
Steve is an energetic presenter and has a good rapport with the students. The mind map activity was particularly powerful as it was interactive and effective - good choice of topic aswell.
Hannah Plews
Academic Mentor Sixth Form
Exam Busters
12.07.2017
Maiden Erlegh School (Secondary School)
Maiden Erlegh School
Lots of different strategies provided for students to take away and use for their revision ready for their exams. The content gave the students a variety of creative ways that hopefully all of them will use at some point in preparation. Rachel worked really well with the students. Everything ran very smoothly and the structure of the presentation was good. Rachel gave lots of little breaks for discussions and on the spot practical elements to keep the students focused. At some moments there were smalls groups of students unfocused but Rachel dealt with the situation very well to bring them back round.
Steven Bryant
Teacher
Resilience Workshop
07.07.2017
Prescot School (Secondary School)
Prescot School

The Resilience INSET Day was an excellent course and staff were energized and motivated by the training. Kim was a first rate trainer who judged the mood of the staff well and ensured that the day met their needs. The resources provided were spot on and supported Kim’s delivery well. I would not hesitate to recommend this training to anyone. The day was well organized and passed really quickly. Momentum was kept up throughout the day and I can honestly say staff enjoyed every minute.

Virginia Farmery
Assistant Head
Positively MAD
06.07.2017
Kings International College (Secondary School)
Kings International College
We thoroughly enjoyed the two sessions which were delivered here at Kings.It was a really hot day but students were engaged and focused. They were able to take away with them several top tips to help them prepare more for the new curriculum and the demands of 100% examination. A great day. Both presenters were engaging and enthusiastic. I am sure that we will use Positively Mad again in the future. Please say a special thank you to Jay and Natalie for such a positive and inspiring day
Jo Quinn
Deputy Head
Mastering Student Motivation
27.06.2017
University of Birmingham (Secondary School)
University of Birmingham
Rachel’s delivery was excellent, and engaged the students. The materials were a good combination of teaching and practical activities and the content was interesting. Student evaluation of the event was very positive. Thank you Rachel.
Andy Collins
Outreach Officer
Resilience Workshop
20.06.2017
James Hamilton Academy (Secondary School)
James Hamilton Academy
• Information was well suited to age group and there was good variation of tasks and stimuli • Content was relevant and interesting • Messages were very positive about how to deal with tough situations, how to be respectful and determined through life • Pupils were engaged for the whole period, listening and participating in equal measure. This was particularly highlighted when pupils were taught how to count to 10 in Japenese – whole cohort were out of their seats and taking part • Presenter was very engaging, funny and used lots of personal experiences to put points across • Presenter interacted well with pupils and the pupils responded well to her • Presenter was enthusiastic and positive • Pupils were engaged and responded well • Shenaz was a high energy, inspirational person who appeared to get the pupils fully engaged in activities. She made learning easy and enjoyable an I’m sure was contributing to pupils’ positive approach • Shenaz had a great rapport with the pupils and they responded well to her
Lesley Millar
Deputy Head
Resilience Workshop
08.06.2017
Roe Green Infant School (Primary School)
Roe Green Infant School
The staff really enjoyed the training and were inspired by Kim, she was full of energy and had frequent, short brain gym exercise for everyone to follow, which kept us all alert and motivated. Her presentation and delivery was impeccable and really informative, we all gained a good insight into how to make mind maps a key tool for learning in different areas of the curriculum.
Mrs Marina Aziz
Assistant Head
Exam Busters
08.06.2017
King's School, Winchester (Secondary School)
King's School, Winchester
Many thanks to Jay for the Exam Busters sessions provided on Thursday 8th June. The content was excellent and pupils really enjoyed the session. We have received lots of positive feedback on the practical tips suggested and the overall confidence developed as a result of the session. I will be recommending you to the Head of Year 10 for next year to run a similar session in the summer term for their year group.
Emily Souter
Deputy Head of Year 10
Super Speed Study Skills
26.05.2017
Heathfield Community School (Secondary School)
Heathfield Community School
Working with Positively Mad was a a very positive experience indeed. Jay was fantastic and the students (and staff) absolutely loved the Study skills workshop he did. So much so that we would like to look at rebooking the workshop. The Resilience work Jay did was also great and he captivated his audience, even though it was Friday afternoon of the last day of term! The booking process was extremely easy and all communication was clear and queries dealt with speed and efficiency, even though it was a last minute booking. We would not hesitate to recommend your services.
Natasha Rand
SLT - Enterprise & Careers
Exam Busters
05.05.2017
Park View Community School (Secondary School)
Park View Community School
Appropriate mixture of revision strategies plus endorsement of learning behaviours and student welfare. Can be pitched to meet the type of students and their responses. Shenaz very quickly establishes positive relationships, engages students and puts them at ease. Shenaz uses what she has learned about our school to make her presentation match our style, values and students. Staff respond well and are included in the sessions memorable for students.
Claire Heslop
Assistant Headteacher
Positively MAD
03.05.2017
Uxbridge College (Secondary School)
Uxbridge College
Thank you Natalie for your sessions over the last two days. We hope you felt welcomed by the staff and students here. We are still in total awe of your energy and enthusiasm.
Bianca Fanciullacci
Teacher
Super Speed Study Skills
03.05.2017
Kings School Grantham (Secondary School)
Kings School Grantham
Thanks again for delivering the workshops yesterday. I've had lots of positive feedback from parents and students. Hope to see you again for our workshops next year.
Justin Dixon
Deputy Head
Super Speed Study Skills
04.04.2017
Holyhead School (Secondary School)
Holyhead School
Shenaz really understood our students (within seconds) and tailored her session brilliantly. It was exactly what our students needed and staff were so motivated that they created tools the same evening. Thank you.
Lorna Owen
Teacher
Super Speed Study Skills
03.04.2017
Ysgol Emrys Ap Iwan (Secondary School)
Ysgol Emrys Ap Iwan
Superb. Shenaz is a really well received presenter and the material that she delivered was exactly what we were looking for. Hopefully we can build on the strategies that she has given our learners as they prepare for summer exams.
Michael Williams
Assistant Headteacher
Exam Busters
31.03.2017
Abbeyfield School, Northampton (Secondary School)
Abbeyfield School, Northampton
The course was excellent and the students responded extremely well. I heard only positive comments about the day from the students. The examples of the different strategies they could use were excellent and the way they were employed during the day really demonstrated to the students how they could help them learn. I think the students will remember the main facts about the “Life of Muhammed Ali” for a long time. The way length of the session was exactly right and it fit well in to our school day. Jay led the sessions well and dealt with the students in a mature and respectful way. The way he added real life examples into the session and then finished the session with the importance of gaining qualifications was exactly what some of our students needed to hear.
Paul House
Assistant Principal
Super Speed Study Skills
24.03.2017
Ysgol Maes Garmon (Secondary School)
Ysgol Maes Garmon
Thanks again for such a brilliant performance, and for giving our kids the confidence and the skills they needed in order to revise effectively for their exams. They've all used your techniques during their preparation.
Bryn Jones
Teacher
Positively MAD
23.03.2017
The Bromfords School and Sixth Form College (Secondary School)
The Bromfords School and Sixth Form College
The course content was very good, relative for the year 11 students.
Beck Clout
Year 11 Leader
Super Speed Study Skills
21.03.2017
St Richard Gwyn Catholic High School (Secondary School)
St Richard Gwyn Catholic High School
Both pupils and parents were positive about the training they’d received and lots of staff are now also keen to use the techniques they learnt. Shenaz and Lisa were both absolutely delightful and couldn’t have been more helpful or flexible in accommodating our timings and exact needs.
Katherine Garratt-Smith
Curriculum Leader of Science & More Able and Talented Co-ordinator
Mastering Student Motivation
17.03.2017
Ysgol Brynrefail (Secondary School)
Ysgol Brynrefail
Really good ideas. Great that we were given explanations why the ideas could work for us. Many from Years 10 and 11 felt that they would definitely use the study ideas. The presenter/workshop leader was effective because she was enthusiastic and funny (students’ comments). A really good day Shenaz was bubbly, enthusiastic and had a good rapport with the students. She was able to keep the more difficult students engaged and involved which was very positive.
Arwyn Williams
Deputy Headteacher
Exam Busters
15.03.2017
East Barnet School (Secondary School)
East Barnet School
I thought it was great. The students seemed very enthusiastic and a number were still reciting the story Jay taught them the following day. Everything ran smoothly, very pleased.
Andy Iordanou
Assistant Headteacher
Exam Busters
14.03.2017
Stratford School Academy (Secondary School)
Stratford School Academy
Natalie was fantastic and the feedback from staff and pupils was hugely positive. It was a great day and our pupils gained a great deal.
Jack Watkinson
Head of House
Exam Busters
09.03.2017
Emrys Ip Iwan (Secondary School)
Emrys Ip Iwan

High impact, tailored specifically to our needs, a bespoke service – something I haven’t experienced form other service providers. The sessions were well catered for the different levels of learners, really liked how the techniques were then put into practice for subjects the learners are studying. Shenaz was vibrant and positive and enthusiastic, a large number of learners felt the event was valuable.

Anya Edgeley-Davies
Year 10 Pastoral Leader
Exam Busters
08.03.2017
Ysgol Clywedog (Secondary School)
Ysgol Clywedog
Fantastic resource which will help all our pupils. Very well presented.
Matt Vickery
Headteacher
Exam Busters
06.03.2017
Caldicot School (Secondary School)
Caldicot School
Once again the exam buster session was the perfect Launchpad for our revision programme with Year 11 pupils which started yesterday. The majority of pupils found the session very beneficial and helpful, and feedback has been positive. Steve returned to our school for the second time and despite a difficult crowd during the first session, won them over with his energy and enthusiasm. Would have Steve back in an instant and would highly recommend.
Mr Rob Downs
Enrichment Co-ordinator
Exam Busters
20.02.2017
The Beaconsfield School (Secondary School)
The Beaconsfield School
Great course, the students really enjoyed the day and felt they gained a lot from it. Fast paced which kept student engagement high. Presenter Jay was fantastic, managed the students really well even those who maybe weren’t quite so engaged at the start of the day. Really worthwhile day, we did some Pre and Post questionnaires for our students. We asked them to rate their knowledge before and after the course, Got it and Owned it were the top two ratings.
Cindy Henley
Deputy Headteacher
Exam Busters
16.02.2017
The Halifax Academy (Secondary School)
The Halifax Academy
Shenaz was great – lots of energy and able to connect with the students.
Giles Stephenson
Assistant Headteacher
Exam Busters
08.02.2017
Pleckgate High School (Secondary School)
Pleckgate High School
Shenaz was very flexible and was able to adapt the courses towards different subjects. The students gained some practical and useful skills that they can use across different subjects, it was very helpful to link the strategies to GCSEPod. The students were really positive, enthusiastic and every single one of them participated in each session. A big thank you to Shenaz. Shenaz was an excellent presenter, she was organised and communicated with the students really well.
Aishling McGinty
Deputy Headteacher
Mastering Student Motivation
06.02.2017
Ysgol Bro Hyddgen (Secondary School)
Ysgol Bro Hyddgen

Excellent. All aspects of the course were beneficial and the feedback from all participants was excellent. Shenaz was amazing at motivating and engaging the students. A very worthwhile experience for the students and for the teachers who attended the sessions.

Miss Anwen Pughe Jones
Deputy Headteacher
Exam Busters
02.02.2017
Park View Community School (Secondary School)
Park View Community School

Shenaz is engaging, has a good understanding of our students and pitches the content and pace well. We like that the course touches on a wide range of aspects for our students – eg revision skills, but more holistic things such as their welfare and how to prepare psychologically for the exams. Shenaz is now a popular figure within school with both students and teachers. Such a positive figure with students.

Mrs C Heslop
Assistant Headteacher
Super Speed Study Skills
01.02.2017
Wootton Upper School (Secondary School)
Wootton Upper School

I felt that the course was well pitched between activities and lecture speaking. Practical strategies were given that have enabled students to extend their repertoire of study skills. Rachel was great in adapting to our timing constraints and she was extremely professional throughout.

Dawn Bolam
Assistant Principal
Exam Busters
31.01.2017
Kings' School, Winchester (Secondary School)
Kings' School, Winchester
Very helpful. All of the pupils surveyed said they would recommend it to younger pupils and that they found it informative. Straightforward and easy to run.
Chris Marwood
Head of Year 11
Resilience Workshop
26.01.2017
Hampton Junior School (Primary School)
Hampton Junior School
Course was well run and well-resourced and the message was clearly delivered to the children. Leader was lovely and very approachable, really engaged the children and helped them to easily understand a challenging topic.
Rose Clare
Administrator
Creative Approaches to Learning
26.01.2017
St Agnes C.E. Primary School (Primary School)
St Agnes C.E. Primary School

The course was highly attuned to the needs of the children and demonstrated the learning capacity, skills and attitudes to learning clearly and in a highly engaging way. Tools were shared which pupils could access regardless of ability, language, skills or age.

These are the comments of one Year 5 teacher who was in the CA2L session – Links were constantly made to areas of the brain and how ‘we’ use our brains in and out of class. Also emphasis was made towards the children making an active choice(s) to be pro-active with their learning eg not to sit with friends in class, taking their coat off before entering the classroom, wearing the school uniform, leaving break times for chatting and working at home without lots of distractions from technical devices.

The usefulness of a course is its application and useability – the morning session staff had, by the afternoon incorporated the ‘map’ in their session and pupils take their coats off ‘ready to learn’ before entering their class. Therefore a highly successful day was had.

Shoab Uddin
Deputy Headteacher
Resilience Workshop
25.01.2017
Anglesey Primary School (Primary School)
Anglesey Primary School
Last week we had a great day with Shenaz around Resilience. It was superb for both pupils and staff. We will certainly be booking future sessions and have several actions to pursue, leading from the work done with Shenaz.
Lynn Houston
Assistant Headteacher
Mindwise Workshops
25.01.2017
Bewdley Primary School (Primary School)
Bewdley Primary School
Thank you for such a positive experience during our Mindwise workshops. Kim was an amazing presenter and everyone really enjoyed themselves. It was really great. The children were so engaged and enthusiastic during the sessions and the strategies seemed to really work. The staff training was also enjoyable and thought-provoking. Strategies for use in the lead up and during the actual SAT’s test were very useful.
Sam Page
Lower KS2 Teacher
Exam Busters
24.01.2017
Brecon High School (Secondary School)
Brecon High School
Kim was fantastic, the parents, pupils and staff warmed to her enthusiastic personality. The feedback was all very positive regarding the Twilight session. They found the presentation very informative and learnt useful learning techniques. It was a very successful evening.
Geraint Roberts
Progress and Guidance Manager Year 10
Exam Busters
17.01.2017
Haven High Academy (Secondary School)
Haven High Academy
Fun, inspirational and well worth the cost. Our students enjoyed the sessions, they have not only told me this, but they have gone to many teachers and told them how much they enjoyed the day.
Tracey Broadbridge
Head of Year11
Resilience Workshop
12.01.2017
Chalkwell Hall School (Primary School)
Chalkwell Hall School
The children were engaged for the whole session, we found the meditation and writing lists of ‘how to be more grown up’ the most useful and hope by using these in school and at home that they will have an impact. Rachel was brilliant, the children were really engaged and this morning were still talking about the workshop. Some children even asked their parents to write down things they have had a go at on their own at home to show their teacher. Thank you!
Abigail Bradford
Headteacher
Exam Busters
09.01.2017
Red House Academy (Secondary School)
Red House Academy
Absolutely brilliant! Students have learned a lot and will hopefully start now to put all the strategies into use. Shenaz is fantastic - she had a long day yesterday and was still captivating our small band of parents at 6.30 last night. She is such as asset to your organization.
Veronica Preston
Interventions Director
Hooks, Lines & Thinkers - Science
05.01.2017
Newport High School (Secondary School)
Newport High School
Engaging for all learners. It was good that is was subject based and not generic as the learners could apply the strategies to the topics they are currently revising. Learners really enjoyed the session and were able to identify the techniques that they can use themselves. Jay was enthusiastic and was able to create an excellent learning environment which allowed all learners to engage with the session.
Dr. S. Andrews
Team Leader of Science
Mastering Student Motivation
03.01.2017
The Ramsey Academy (Secondary School)
The Ramsey Academy
An excellent day, which enthused the students and covered a range of topics. The timing of the day was perfect for us, as it kick started the New Year and countdown to the GCSE exams. Jay was engaging and related well to the students.
Rob James
Headteacher
Positively MAD
03.01.2017
Short Wood Primary School (Primary School)
Short Wood Primary School
The day was well planned, delivered well with good pace. The time for reflection – workshopping the workshop was useful, enabling colleagues to discuss their application in class. The balance between the theory and more academic understanding and the practical application/strategies was a strength of the day.
Gail Butele
Deputy Headteacher
Goal Mapping
06.12.2016
John Hampden Grammar School (Secondary School)
John Hampden Grammar School
Excellent delivery of the courses – presenters were full of energy and engaging to the pupils. Pupils (76%) said it was useful and that they would recommend it to the next year 11 year group. Well-structured and run.
Susanna Venn
Head of Year 11
Exam Busters
01.12.2016
John Whitgift Academy (Secondary School)
John Whitgift Academy
Highly motivational and engaging. Shenaz is an outstanding practitioner and a huge asset to your team. The students were engaged throughout and enjoyed the session with her.
Clare Glaves
Vice Principal
Super Speed Study Skills
18.11.2016
Bishop Challoner Catholic School (Secondary School)
Bishop Challoner Catholic School
Please thank Jay for all his time and energy and skills last Friday. So far 96.9% of year 10 students said that that they would recommend the workshop.
Teresa Cripps
Teacher
Exam Busters
18.11.2016
Baines School (Secondary School)
Baines School
We are regular users of your presenters and this year was to the usual high standard. Steve was engaging and interesting – he delivered a useful and relevant session and we were particularly impressed that he has included the physics equations as requested by one of our staff! 100% positive.
Carol Robinson
Deputy Head
Mastering Student Motivation
17.11.2016
The Ferrers School (Secondary School)
The Ferrers School
Well planned, informed and a good blend between exam skills, revision strategies, resilience and motivation. Fantastic interaction with students, creating a positive learning environment. Shenaz,Thank you so much for the fantastic day that you ran on Thursday, we were really pleased and I know that the students enjoyed themselves and would have got lots from your energetic style and brilliant strategies. We will be looking at further intervention following the mock exams.
Kate Hill
Head of year 11
Bridging the Gap
16.11.2016
Camborne Science and International Academy (Secondary School)
Camborne Science and International Academy
The Bridging the Gap session: very well received by students. Tutor feedback was that it was extremely useful.The Motivation session: very well received by students. “surprised at how good it was” “I was dreading it but the advice actually helped us.”Delighted by the two sessions and the student feedback. Sophie came across extremely well to both teachers and students. In fact Sophie was exceptional
John Ross
Director of KS5
Exam Busters
16.11.2016
Ellesmere College (Secondary School)
Ellesmere College
Excellent! The course delivered all I wanted from it. Shenaz was superb and adjusted her delivery to suit the pupils whilst still being able to deliver all the content. Just what we needed, and the discussion it provoked has been very useful for future planning.
Nikki Martin-Jones
Secretary
Mastering Student Motivation
10.11.2016
St Georges Academy (Secondary School)
St Georges Academy
Excellent- the course really delivered what we were looking for. Resources were very good as was the presenter. The students were very engaged and enjoyed the whole course. Many commented that they had gotten a lot from the material they looked at and were hoping that it will help them with their exams.
Jaime Williams
KS4 coordinator
Positively MAD
10.11.2016
Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf (Secondary School)
Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf
The course is a very good one that our pupils engage with year after year. It is full of good ideas and is delivered brilliantly.Sophie as always was outstanding. So enthusiastic and the pupils loved her. Delivers the information brilliantly each year.
Siwan Lloyd
Acting Head of Yr 8
Super Speed Study Skills
09.11.2016
The Canterbury Academy (Secondary School)
The Canterbury Academy
We have had this course delivered for a few years now and keep inviting you back. The content is spot on in terms of what the students need in order to achieve their best. Those students that engage with the activities gain a lot of insight in to techniques to use in an environment which is fun and interactive.Thank you so much for the work Natalie did with our students across the 2 days of being here. Year 10 were especially engaged. Lots of students have commented on how they will be using the techniques they learnt.
Natalie Bonneywell
Senior Head Of Learning
Employable You
02.11.2016
Jo Richardson Community School (Secondary School)
Jo Richardson Community School
Love Employable You – really good to show the students how important the soft skills are and how they can reduce the chances of failure by prepping and planning. Particularly good for yr13 as their thoughts are turning to long term employment/ University interviews.Mark is an excellent presenter who gets the delivery spot on for the students. He is adaptive and responsive which helps to overcome initial shyness or alternately bullish behavior! Really like having the two sessions, especially following up from yr12 with Employable You for yr13
Sue Campbell
Deputy Director of Sixth Form
Exam Busters
02.11.2016
Bolton Muslim Girls School (Secondary School)
Bolton Muslim Girls School
Students and staff alike were enthused. As always the mind map stole the show. Tips about memory where valued and the relaxation techniques were appreciated. The presenter was full of energy and wisdom. They established an excellent relationship with students, staff and parents too with all stakeholders really valuing the inspiration they received on the day. A worthwhile day. The school was buzzing with excitement and energy with students and staff feeling charged up to prepare well for exams.
Kulsum Vali
Acting Deputy Headteacher
Bridging the Gap
01.11.2016
Bassaleg Comprehensive School (Secondary School)
Bassaleg Comprehensive School
We thought the course was extremely informative and a great learning tool. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the day and the teachers and pupils thought Sophie was very entertaining and knowledgeable, she is a great advocate for your company. You should be very proud.
Josephine Wheatley
School Support Officer - 6th Form
Catch Up with Numeracy
21.10.2016
Ryburn Valley High School (Secondary School)
Ryburn Valley High School
Students enjoyed the course and feedback from staff was very positive. Presentation by Shenaz was excellent – she’s an asset to you.
Carol Evans
Assistant Headteacher
Super Speed Study Skills
18.10.2016
Huntcliff School (Secondary School)
Huntcliff School
Thank you for such a fantastic experience. Steve was amazing and we will be in touch about future events!
Phillip Clayton
Assistant Headteacher
Exam Busters
14.10.2016
Chadwell Heath Academy (Secondary School)
Chadwell Heath Academy
The Exam buster course was very useful to the year group. It gave a detailed insight into revision skills and exam best practice. Both sessions were engaging. Jay did a great job!
Beatrice Oguntayo
Head of Year 11
Mastering Student Motivation
12.10.2016
Gyfun Aberaeron (Secondary School)
Gyfun Aberaeron

The feedback for the day has been overwhelmingly positive – from parents, staff and pupils. Following the course, Year 11 pupils have already drafted a first timetable this morning so are on track to continue with the enthusiasm and ideas shared by Shenaz during the day. We have seen that the ‘Positively MAD’ days have a noticeable effect on pupils. It plays an important part in our school calendar and provision for pupils and helps to inspire and motivate students as well as give them some practical tools that can be used in class and at home immediately.

Owain Jones
Headteacher
Super Speed Study Skills
06.10.2016
Gad's Hill School (Secondary School)
Gad's Hill School
Both sessions with Jay went very well and all pupils were engaged. I thought the content of both courses were tailored to the relevant year groups’ needs. Amazingly lots of my LS Pupils could still remember all the detail about Muhammed Ali’s life on Friday afternoon! Both sessions ran smoothly and were timed well. Pupils knew what was expected of them. A variety of tools were used to maintain their interest.
Sharon Thompson
SENIOR SCHOOL LEARNING SUPPORT COORDINATOR
Super Speed Study Skills
03.10.2016
Westbourne House School (Secondary School)
Westbourne House School
Thank you so much for coming to Westbourne for the day on Monday. Your sessions were really well received by students and teachers. I loved the comments that I had from pupils. “She was not mad, it was brilliant” - year 7 “The story technique really worked, I think I might try it myself” !!! - year 8 “It was really good fun and it was amazing that we could learn 140 things in one day” - year 7
Barbara Langford
Director of Studies
Exam Busters
29.09.2016
St Anne's Catholic School (Secondary School)
St Anne's Catholic School
The exam busters course was really engaging/ fast paced and gave the students lots of revision tools. They now need to learn to apply these to their subject areas. The motivational hour was also really good and I know the students really enjoyed the personal anecdotes shared by Jay. I had a meeting with a disengaged student and her mother the following morning and Jay’s motivational session was brought up. The student went home on the evening of the session and spoke to her mum about this; this is especially impressive as they have a poor relationship currently. So far she has really changed her attitude in school due to this. I doubt she is the only one, so thank you! It was a great day which was enjoyed by all of our students. Jay did a brilliant job completing 5 hours of sessions with our girls. I look forward to seeing him back at St Anne’s next year!
Rachel Stringfellow
Head of Year 11
Goal Mapping
28.09.2016
Ysgol Gyfun Garth Olwg (Secondary School)
Ysgol Gyfun Garth Olwg

Thanks for a great day Really appreciate you being so willing to help us out with such little notice Steve really fab entertaining 137 year 11 pupils for 3 hours!

Mairwen Price
Head of Year
Bridging the Gap
28.09.2016
The Godolphin School (Secondary School)
The Godolphin School
I am delighted that Sophie was able to come and deliver both the Bridging the Gap and the Motivation courses to our students at Godolphin. The content of the course was excellent – very relevant, meaningful and practical. Sophie’s delivery was exceptionally good. She was undoubtedly in charge of her material and the room! She chose examples and references that our students could relate to, and kept their attention throughout. She was amazingly good at drawing their attention, dealing with individuals when needed and challenging the groups to make the most of their time at school. Extremely useful.
Bethan Ferguson
Assistant Head of 6th Form
Super Speed Study Skills
27.09.2016
Brecon High School (Secondary School)
Brecon High School
The Super Study Skills, Exambusters and Teacher/Parent twilight sessions were great. The pupils found the sessions very beneficial and have gone away with many strategies to help them with their learning. Sophie was great, the pupils warmed to her friendly and enthusiastic personality.
Geraint Roberts
Progress and Guidance Manager Year 10
Bridging the Gap
26.09.2016
Ash Hill Academy (Secondary School)
Ash Hill Academy
The course was suitable for the students. This is set up to give students the skills needed to improve in their studies Shenaz was excellent, as usual! You have a really great members of staff here. The students reacted really well to her delivery and her personality is perfect for our students. I look forward to working with her again in the future.
Glenn Blackett
Head of 6th Form
Creative Approaches to Learning
22.09.2016
St Christophers CE High School (Secondary School)
St Christophers CE High School

Hi Shenaz, I have some feedback from the last session for you: The Creative Approaches to Learning session was an enjoyable and educational experience for our year 7 pupils. The event was delivered over two sessions with approximately one hundred pupils in each. Shenaz was energetic and engaging throughout as the pupils got to grips with memory techniques and organisational skills. The staff were very complimentary about the content and pace of the delivery with many looking forward to seeing the benefits of these sessions carried through to the classroom. The behaviour of over 200 pupils was excellent, which shows the level of commitment from Shenaz to engage and earn the respect of the pupils. Cheers, Ryan

Ryan O'Doherty
Senior Teacher
Exam Busters
20.09.2016
Oak Bank School (Secondary School)
Oak Bank School
- Really good short, sharp bursts of information/strategies to keep students on their toes. - Jay’s manner with the students is exactly what they needed and were still talking about what they could remember about Muhamad Ali this morning in school. - The students enjoyed the experience. - Jay was very organized and adapted Exam Busters to suit Yr11 from the Yr10 session.
Laura Hann
Head of Year 10
Bridging the Gap
13.09.2016
Open Academy (Secondary School)
Open Academy
The bridging the gap course was extremely engaging and useful for the students. It had a good balance of interaction and theory. Really positive feedback from the students. Rachel was excellent, very engaging and well planned for the day. I would highly recommend her as a presenter.
Sarah Steele
Director of Sixth Form
Exam Busters
13.09.2016
Heworth Grange (Secondary School)
Heworth Grange
Thoroughly enjoyed by all students. They saw it as enjoyable, but very relevent Steve the presenter was excellent in both delivery and energy! Resource sheet used by students was great – they did just about the right amount of written work to back up what was being said. Set the scene well for the year for both groups of students. Provided students with some excellent tools for revision/ independent learning. Students were WOW’d by how much they could remember – proof that it worked!
Sue Hamilton
Deputy Head
Mastering Student Motivation
09.09.2016
Altrincham College (Secondary School)
Altrincham College
Very engaging and easy for the students to relate to. Fun and dynamic the students should have got a lot out of it Shenaz was very motivational and gave the students really valuable tools to take away and use in their studies.
Lindsay Paterson
Head of 6th Form
Bridging the Gap
09.09.2016
Charles Darwin School (Secondary School)
Charles Darwin School

It was really good. The pupils were permanently engaged and the presenter changed pace and kept them on their toes. The tips were useful and perhaps the later techniques were more specific to the older age group. We enjoyed it and it was very useful.

Jill Green
Assistant Headteacher
Crash Course in Accelerated Learning
07.09.2016
Queen Elizabeth II High School (Secondary School)
Queen Elizabeth II High School

As always, Shenaz was fantastic. The INSETT session for staff was extremely well received - a great way to start the year, motivate staff and get them really thinking of practical ways we can adapt teaching and learning to raise boys achievement. Staff feedback from this session was entirely positive. The student workshops for KS4 & KS5 were equally well received with all students gaining a great deal from the experience. - Thank you very much.

Jason Coole
Head of 6th Form
Bridging the Gap
06.09.2016
Halesowen College (Secondary School)
Halesowen College
Hello Positively Mad Team, I just wanted to say thank you for an excellent session delivered to our new A level students by Rachel Munns yesterday morning. She was brilliant and very patient with a lot of students on a very warm day at a busy college. We had excellent feedback from the students who really enjoyed the session and picked up lots of tips to help them make the transition from school. I discussed with Rachel an interest in an exam revision technquies session before Christmas and she will follow this up with you. Kind regards,
Louise Craddock
Faculty Director - A Levels
Bridging the Gap
05.09.2016
Cross & Passion College (Secondary School)
Cross & Passion College
The course was excellent – Shenaz who was the presenter had a brilliant way of delivering the session. She built up a great rapport with the pupils. Our Year 14 pupils got a lot out of the session – they are into their final year of study and were able to see the real benefit of the independent work Our Year 13’s – were slightly different – they are just about to begin their post 16 studies and as a result the idea of independent study was new to them, plus they didn’t have the same level of maturity as the Year 14 pupils. In saying that they still got benefit from the course They are a number of things that the teachers even benefitted from – and in the future we might look at something related to our Junior pupils in relation to study skills. Our main issue is our budget and if we can afford to bring someone over. – overall excellent session. Very worthwhile.
Joseph Cassidy
Head of 6th Form
Super Speed Study Skills
05.09.2016
Kesteven and Grantham School (Secondary School)
Kesteven and Grantham School
This course is perfect for students starting their GCSE studies. It reinforces what teachers say to the students but also introduces different techniques and proves to them that it works. This is the third consecutive year we have used positively mad as an induction to year 10 and we will use you again. Excellent. Rachel was enthusiastic and confident in her delivery and adaptable to the reaction of our students. It’s a lot to squeeze into a 2 and a half hours but this helps to keep the students engaged and interested in what they are being told. Thank you
Tracey Doig
Head of Year 10
Bridging the Gap
01.09.2016
South Essex College (Secondary School)
South Essex College
The course was well structured with interesting activities. The presenter really brought the activities to life with her style of delivery and ‘stage presence’. Our students were engaged and contributed well. The day ran very smoothly, and students seemed happy with the event. As said before, I cannot praise the presenter enough. She was excellent!!
Sade Ansah
Student Manager
Creative Approaches to Learning
30.08.2016
St Thomas CofE Primary School (Primary School)
St Thomas CofE Primary School
It was exactly what the children needed for the day in order to prepare themselves for their return to year six Each child was catered for as they learned more learning approaches to help them with their memory and techniques to increase productivity from the children.
Estelle Duffy
Pupil Mentor TA
Catch Up with Numeracy
23.08.2016
St Simon Stock Catholic School (Secondary School)
St Simon Stock Catholic School
We chose the numeracy and mind mapping workshops which worked very well with the group of students we had and the timetable for the day. All students were engaged and participated in the sessions. Kim was an excellent leader and trainer and her enthusiasm kept everyone going on a very hot day. Kim was flexible in her timings and this meant that students and staff were able to work together easily to ensure the day was a success. Kim recapped all the things the students should have learnt by the end of the sessions and all of them were shouting out the answers demonstrating that the techniques work and that the students had listened and learned well.
Leah Goldson
SENCo
Super Speed Study Skills
09.06.2016
St Julie's Catholic High School (Secondary School)
St Julie's Catholic High School
Steve was very good lots of energy and dealt with the pupils well The content was well focused and geared towards our needs Pupils were very positive about the session and some stated that ‘ now I know how to revise’ The pupils enjoyed the session and got a lot from it. Thank you
Cairine Corrigan
Progress Leader KS3 Team
Creative Approaches to Learning
26.05.2016
Dallington CE Primary (Primary School)
Dallington CE Primary
I booked you based on seeing you 14 years ago, I was not let down – it was still as amazing as I remembered. The content was perfect it covered basic ideas but also how they could apply it to their daily life. You took ‘boring’ elements like the order of the planets and made it exciting, fun and achievable. It covered some very high level elements and topics but made it child friendly and accessible to all. The whole day was fantastic. Kim had endless energy that she used to captivate, enthuse and educate the children. Kim’s approach and personality made the children sit up and listen the content of the course made them (hopefully) learn new techniques to become better learners.
Paul Cox
Head of school
Crash Course in Accelerated Learning
05.05.2016
St Mary RC Primary School (Primary School)
St Mary RC Primary School
Staff were delighted with the fun and interactive nature of the day. Key premises and strategies for making a difference in pupils’ ability to learn and make progress were delivered in an inspiring and enlightening way. All present said they thoroughly enjoyed the INSET provided by Shenaz and gained a great deal from it. The day was well run and well organised.
Janet McKinlay
Head Teacher
Exam Busters
22.04.2016
Rossington All Saints Academy (Secondary School)
Rossington All Saints Academy
Another great session delivered by Shenaz! Shenaz offers a bespoke package so that our students really do get the best use of her time tailored the areas they need the most help in. Shenaz is a lively and energetic force to be reckoned with who keeps our students on their toes and remembering her hints, tips and strategies. Would definitely recommend to any school thinking of booking!
Nikki Waite
Associate Assistant Principal
Mastering Student Motivation
21.04.2016
Broadoak School (Secondary School)
Broadoak School
Hi Jay, Thank you so much for the work you did with our children last Thursday. With all activities similar to yours it can be hard to measure the effects and even justify the time off timetable. In this case I truly feel that the children benefitted immensely from your inspirational and thought provoking sessions and that the time out of lessons was extremely well justified. Our year 10 cohort are a tough bunch and you kept them thinking and concentrating for a full day. More importantly the feedback that we have had from the pupils has been extremely positive with many pupils stating that they have already used the strategies in their studies. Thanks again, Fraser
Fraser Mackintosh
Director of Sport
Creative Approaches to Learning
12.04.2016
Laycock Primary School (Primary School)
Laycock Primary School

"I was amazed to see children putting their new found strategies into place straight away. They have a visibly positive reaction when they grasped something new" Year 5/6 teacher "The children left the workshop absolutely buzzing with positivity! They are now armed with strategies and "catchphrases" to take them through moments of academic doubt and uncertainty. Coming as it did a few weeks before SATs, it couldn't have been better timed or more welcome!" Janet Webster Deputy Head/SENCo/Year 5/6 teacher.

Janet Webster
Deputy Head
Hooks, Lines & Thinkers - Maths
12.04.2016
Madani Girls School (Secondary School)
Madani Girls School
I thought the content and the delivery was superb. Rachel kept them engaged and eager to learn more about the different aspects of Numeracy. We had some students who were quite reluctant at first but soon got into the session and were taking part. I also noticed that Rachel was aware that there were different year groups and ability ranges in the room. She would ask questions and challenge accordingly, making the students feel at ease with the rest of the group. Overall, I thought it was great that students went away with skills such as applying mathematics in their daily life and great techniques to use when multiplying, dividing etc.
Sumeya Bhikhu
Deputy Head
Crash Course in Accelerated Learning
11.04.2016
Old Colwyn Jnr School (Primary School)
Old Colwyn Jnr School
Sophie’s presentation was excellent. It was very engaging from the first minute to the last and was equally inspiring to our senior members of staff and our PGCE students on placement with us. The course was very well structured and engaged everyone for every minute of the 4 x 1hour workshops. Everything covered was extremely relevant, current and useful to all staff including TAs and ALN support staff. The course has reinvigorated our whole staff – many thanks.
David Wynne
Assistant Headteacher
Creative Approaches to Learning
08.04.2016
St Thomas Church of England (Primary School)
St Thomas Church of England
Shenaz was really amazing, she got down to a level with the children right from the start. Her behaviour management was impeccable and the children really understood everything she had to say. They have remembered everything she taught them and I have tested them today.
Estelle Duffy
Pupil Mentor
Super Speed Study Skills
17.03.2016
Ysgol Gyfun Llanhari (Secondary School)
Ysgol Gyfun Llanhari
Lively and enthusiastic presentations (Sophie was great). The learners gained a range of skills to help them with their exam prep. Wholly suitable for the target audience. Pupils enjoyed taking part and were very positive when giving feedback to their tutors at the end of the school day. Excellent. Pitched the sessions suitably and developed a good rapport with the learners.
Steve Wilshaw
Head of 6th Form
Super Speed Study Skills
15.03.2016
Corby Technical School (Secondary School)
Corby Technical School
Really good sessions, engaging and eye opening in terms of how easy it is to use some of the skills. Some very simple ways of showing the students how they can use these techniques. Most students I have spoken to about it both enjoyed it and got a lot out of it. I have overheard students discussing the session today both in tutor time and at lunchtime. Very energetic, very positive, good humour and engaged the students well for the majority of the session. Spoke to the students using language that engaged them.
Sarah Glass
PA to the Principal
Mastering Student Motivation
15.03.2016
Chantry Academy (Secondary School)
Chantry Academy
The course content was great. I was really impressed at how the students were able to use the information given to them at the beginning and then recall it all several hours later. The skills taught will prove very beneficial to our students and also to staff in school, skills we can build on in the weeks to come. There was a lot of information delivered over the course of the day but not too much for the students to take it all in. Jay, our presenter, was excellent. He quickly got the measure of our students and identified and built relationships with the few who may have become disengaged with the seminar. He was lively and entertaining – all the students are talking about him today. A great session overall, thanks very much!
Jordane Abbott
Head of Year 11
Goal Mapping
11.03.2016
St Edmunds CE Girls School (Secondary School)
St Edmunds CE Girls School
Hi Sophie I just wanted to say a huge thankyou for your delivery of Friday’s workshops. I am so sorry that I was tied up in organising The Election in a Day for the majority of the day and so could only pop in for a few minutes. However, what I saw was brilliant; relevant, engaging, dynamic and very worthwhile. I have spoken to a few of the girls and they have said how much they enjoyed the day and how useful it was; now they’ll have no excuses to not get straight As in their GCSEs! The two staff who were in with you have also told me how great the day was. I will most definitely be asking you to come back in again. Thankyou again Sophie, you really are one of the best facilitators I have used. Amanda
Amanda Sluman
Gifted & Talented Co-Ordinator
Exam Busters
10.03.2016
CORPUS CHRISTI HIGH SCHOOL (Secondary School)
CORPUS CHRISTI HIGH SCHOOL
Positively Fab!!! Sophie and Steve were both first class presenters who kept the children listening, interested and motivated throughout. The content was absolutely relevant. All pupils were enthused and inspired, and the feedback has been, without exception, positive It was easy to book and everything went swimmingly.
Barbara Mullins
PA to the Headteacher
Exam Busters
09.03.2016
Coppice Performing Arts School (Secondary School)
Coppice Performing Arts School
Students found it very useful and had an amazing afternoon it was linked to the Mornings events so pupil wanted to be there. Student’s found Rachel every approachable and were engaged for the whole session. Thanks you for the great ideas and motivation the students to play an active role in their own revision. The Year 11 pupils comprehensively enjoyed the experience and came away with a collection of real learning strategies that help them with their exams.
Harmail Khela
Assistant Headteacher
Exam Busters
07.03.2016
Harlington (Secondary School)
Harlington
I was a parent that went to one of your workshops. I wanted to thank you once more not only for helping me understand more to help my son's but to thank you for guiding them today. Carry on the good work, I only wish you were around when I was at school, I believe it would have made a difference.
Mrs Donna Briggs
Parent
Super Speed Study Skills
04.03.2016
Portland Place School (Secondary School)
Portland Place School
Both Natalie and mark were very professional and well prepared. The pupils were engaged and focused. The pacing was just right. The explanations were well chosen – especially the Mohammed Ali story as its currently in the news but our generation of pupil swill not be familiar with his story. A successful day both the Thur and the Fri. We will look to have the team back next session Thanks.
Elayn ONeill
Deputy Head
Super Speed Study Skills
01.03.2016
Tolworth Girls’ School & Sixth Form (Secondary School)
Tolworth Girls’ School & Sixth Form
The course was incredibly useful – the girls took away numerous skills and ideas which suit every different type of learner. Natalie was full of energy and even the usually disengaged students (some of which were determined to not be interested!) became engaged. She has a fantastic command of the room and was approachable and totally un-phased by the volume of students (220 in total).
Eleanor Cooke
Head of Year 10
Mastering Student Motivation
29.02.2016
Red House Academy (Secondary School)
Red House Academy
Unfortunately I didn’t get to attend the course but feedback from colleagues was all very positive – they thought Shenaz was brilliant and she had as much impact on them as she did on the kids. They thought her behavior management was outstanding! Excellent from start to finish – not just Shenaz (who impressed everyone) but the whole origination was efficient and like clockwork. I’ve been really impressed.
Veronica Preston
Interventions Director
Goal Mapping
24.02.2016
Yscol Bro Hyddgen (Secondary School)
Yscol Bro Hyddgen
The courses were both very beneficial, and Shenaz took the time to adapt these to our requirements. Shenaz was a knowledgeable and enthusiastic presenter who was very well received by the pupils and staff. She adapted the afternoon session to fit in with our requirements and all pupils present enjoyed this session and were all very positive about the benefits reaped from having attended. Everyone who was present have shown confidence in applying the strategies shared. Many thanks. The parents session although with very few attendees was also very thoroughly and purposefully done.
Anwen Pughe Jones
Deputy Headteacher
Mind Mapping
17.02.2016
Colston Girls School (Secondary School)
Colston Girls School
• A range of strategies were covered that were appropriate for all students. • Mind mapping activity was excellent and something that we will be continuing to focus on in school. • Pace was good – The girls enjoyed the Brain gym activities throughout the day. • Jay was an excellent presenter. He also had a ‘good measure’ of the girls and held their attention throughout. He worked hard! • 1 Hour workshops may have been enough for some students. • The Goal Mapping workshop was pitched appropriately for our PP/Low Prior Attaining students and I felt it provided an excellent opportunity to build the girls’ confidence, resilience and self-belief. This is something we can continue with throughout the year. • This is the second time we have used Positively Mad and I feel the girls really benefit from the workshops.
Kirsty Lawrence
Academic Leader
Creative Approaches to Learning
12.02.2016
Great Leighs Primary (Primary School)
Great Leighs Primary
Our staff had a very good training session from Shenaz on Friday February 12 th . She had a very vibrant and engaging presentation style and gave us five learning techniques to enhance memory. She had very good interpersonal skills and made the day fun and very interactive. The communication with Positively Mad was excellent. We are now going to use these techniques to enhance learning in school. We gained a lot from the training. So far we have shared the techniques with our children and parents.
Janis Waters
Head Teacher
Exam Busters
11.02.2016
The St Lawrence Academy (Secondary School)
The St Lawrence Academy
Hi Steve, I would just like to take the opportunity to thank you once again for such a fantastic and inspiring couple of workshops yesterday with our Year 11 students. The activities and ideas were so engaging and valuable to our cohort. They are all still buzzing about the day, which is fantastic to see. I now have 125 experts on the life story of Muhammed Ali too!! It was a genuine pleasure to meet you and I really appreciate your support yesterday with our students. I will certainly recommend you to fellow colleagues in the future. Any resources you can share will also be greatly appreciated. Kind regards, Ryan Oates
Ryan Oates
Year 11 Achievement Team Leader and Teacher of PE
Creative Approaches to Learning
10.02.2016
Hind Leys College (Secondary School)
Hind Leys College
Very well delivered, plenty of energy and lots of interaction with students which helped them to engage with new (and not so new) ideas in an exciting way Very positive feedback from students. Staff very happy with range of ideas that were introduced and provided consolidation of what we do…
Cathy McMahon
Assistant Principal, Teaching, Learning and Assessment
Exam Busters
10.02.2016
Focus - Linton Park School (Secondary School)
Focus - Linton Park School
It was an excellent day. Students and parents were buzzing for days after your presentation and I am still getting them telling me facts about Muhammed Ali!
Helen Hart
Head Teacher
Super Speed Study Skills
09.02.2016
Ysgol Friars (Secondary School)
Ysgol Friars
Useful and practical study skills. Sophie energized and well informed as last year. Students responded well during the parent evening that followed the course. Smoothly organized and well delivered.
Daniel Wilde
Progress Manager KS4
Exam Busters
03.02.2016
Tauheedul Islam Boys (Secondary School)
Tauheedul Islam Boys
We would like to thank Shenaz from Positively Mad for coming in to deliver sessions to our boys, staff and parents. The techniques she used have been implemented since and are having a very positive impact on learning in the classroom. Both teachers and parents were bowled over by her dazzling personality which made learning fun. We would highly recommend Shenaz to any school who wants someone to come in and have a genuine impact on their learners.
Bushra Kamal
Head of Year
Creative Approaches to Learning
02.02.2016
Fairfield Road Primary (Primary School)
Fairfield Road Primary

The children and staff thoroughly enjoyed both the Creative Approaches to Learning and the Mindwise workshops. We were particularly pleased with how popular Natalie’s twilight session for parents was. Staff have already started practising using some of the learning techniques to support their classes. Great! Natalie was so full of positivity and energy right the way through every single session that the children, staff and parents couldn’t help but learn. Thank you very much.

Andy Ruffell
Deputy Head
Catch Up with Numeracy
27.01.2016
Laisterdyke Business and Enterprise College (Secondary School)
Laisterdyke Business and Enterprise College
Shanaz was very enthusiastic and really encouraged our students. She gave them some fantastic learning tips. Her teaching style was fantastic and students quickly warmed to her and felt comfortable to approach Shanaz. She gave excellent learning tool which I have seen the students start to use already.
Sadia Bashir-Butt
Communication Officer
Exam Busters
26.01.2016
Thornleigh Salesian College (Secondary School)
Thornleigh Salesian College
Sophie was a great presenter – the strategies were extremely useful, students were completely engaged throughout. The course was appropriate and Sophie took the time to check out what we were already doing in school so that she could complement this with her presentation.
Andrea O’Callaghan
Deputy Headteacher
Exam Busters
21.01.2016
St Wilfred's Academy (Secondary School)
St Wilfred's Academy
Feedback from students and staff alike has been good. Students enjoyed the fast paced style and varied techniques demonstrated and were impressed by the facts they had remembered during the day. Resources were clear, easy to follow and very engaging. Shenaz quickly developed a rapport with the students and engaged them in the activities. Shenaz was punctual, enthusiastic and well prepared. Session timing was good as run up to second mock week is in progress.
Alison Crompton
Assistant Principal
Exam Busters
13.01.2016
Thamesview School (Secondary School)
Thamesview School

We have now used Positively MAD twice; I have been really pleased with the result on both occasions. Holding the focus of 15 and 16 year olds for two hours is not easy, but your presenters are so engaging that the time flies. Ideas are excellent and students take away real practical things they can do straight away. I also believe the day boosts confidence, it shows students they can retain information, they can achieve a lot in a short time; revision can actually be less of a slog. Highly recommend you to others and we will use you again.

Ben Streets
Deputy Headteacher
Mastering Student Motivation
12.01.2016
Marlwood School (Secondary School)
Marlwood School

On behalf of Marlwood school we would like to say ‘Thank you’ for a brilliant day! Positive feedback from staff and Year 11s.

Amelia Bow
Marlwood School
Exam Busters
12.01.2016
Rossington All Saints Academy (Secondary School)
Rossington All Saints Academy

Shenaz was fantastic as always. She is accessible for our students and gives them something practical that they can use in the classroom or at home when revising. The fact that teachers attended also meant that they can now embed the tolls and strategies suggested into their lessons to make revision seamless. Shenaz runs bespoke sessions for us which totally meet the needs of our learners in our context. She communicates with our staff beforehand so that teacher and presenter are in total agreement about what the sessions should look like and what the students should take away from them.

Nikki Waite
Associate Assistant Principal
Exam Busters
07.01.2016
Kings Church of England School (Secondary School)
Kings Church of England School

The course was well structured, engaging and enjoyable. All the staff and pupils involved in the day were fully engaged and highly motivated. The resources provided were of high quality and the course was delivered in such an enthusiastic and exciting way that all of our students had no option but to be motivated. All our students were still talking about the day for the next few days and they certainly all remember the story of Mohammed Ali !!! Our presenter for the day was Shenaz - all I can say was she was exceptional in every way. An absolutely fantastic day which really emphasized and supported our students in revision/memory techniques.

Louise Toach
Deputy Headteacher
Exam Busters
06.01.2016
Okehampton College (Secondary School)
Okehampton College

Excellent course – just what we were looking for! Sophie was amazing – really enthusiastic and approachable but professional at all times. Loads of positive feedback received from both students and parents and we are already beginning to use the follow-up stuff in tutor times.

Robin Neave
Head of Year 11
Creative Approaches to Learning
04.01.2016
Parrett and Axe Church of England Primary (Primary School)
Parrett and Axe Church of England Primary

Really good course thank you, relevant to all classroom support staff and teachers present. I have already seen some of my teachers using some of the ideas in their classrooms. This was a really good course for our first day back. Very enthusiastically presented which was vital after New Year celebrations!

Nigel Evans
The Head Teacher
Goal Mapping
12.12.2015
Whizz Kidz (Secondary School)
Whizz Kidz
Rachel was brilliant and we know the young people really enjoyed the course and gained a lot from participating
Holly Rollit-Mason
Lead Camp Co-ordinator
Exam Busters
08.12.2015
Queen Elizabeth High School (Secondary School)
Queen Elizabeth High School

The course was particularly appropriate for our GCSE and A level exam pupils. The focus on key revision techniques really was a revelation to many of our students, particularly those of middle to low ability and aspiration. Helping make learning easier is the key to motivating these pupils and your course was able to do that superbly well. Many of the practical tips outlined on the day will be incorporated into our revision programmes and also shared with parents Our day was divided into two to cater for the two halves of a large year group. Each cohort attended a two hour workshop. The varied activities kept all pupils, even the most disaffected, on task and interested throughout. All pupils could see the relevance and effectiveness of the activities being described.

Paul Edwards
Head of Year 11
Positively MAD
27.11.2015
Ash Hill Academy (Secondary School)
Ash Hill Academy

" Our students have just experienced Shenaz, a positively mad trainer. The students were engaged throughout a enjoyed every session. The content was perfect and the delivery amazing, I cannot recommend Shenaz highly enough. A fantastic week, thank you. "

Neil Cairns
Assistant Principal
Mastering Student Motivation
25.11.2015
Ebbw Fawr Learning Community (Secondary School)
Ebbw Fawr Learning Community

Very engaging for all pupils. Course delivery was set to the ability of the pupils with high levels of expectation regarding Motivation and pupil behaviour. Many positive comments were made by pupils who in some cases were reluctant to take part at first but then realised the whole idea is that they have to have aspirations and they have to work and go after their aspiration to achieve. A very worthwhile event and suitable for the entire cohort

Vanessa Roberts
Leader of Learning
Exam Busters
19.11.2015
Dunclug College (Secondary School)
Dunclug College

Very energetic and enthusiastic presentation from Steve, who clearly portrayed the importance of study skills, mind maps and revision. An excellent resource for our pupils. A well-structured and paced presentation of value.

Kerrie King
Teacher
Super Speed Study Skills
18.11.2015
St. Louis Grammar (Secondary School)
St. Louis Grammar

This ‘Super Study Skills’ event was well received by all our Year 11 pupils and expertly presented by Steve. The pupils finished the day armed with a range of multi-sensory learning techniques which will hopefully make their study time in the future more effective and even enjoyable! Thanks for the ‘memories’ Steve.

Hugh Mussen
Head of KS4
Exam Busters
18.11.2015
Seven Kings High School (Secondary School)
Seven Kings High School

Excellent delivery. Very clear and thorough explanations. Students ‘got a lot’ from the session.

Isabelle O'Brien
Year 11 Head
Exam Busters
17.11.2015
The Bewdley School & Sixth Form Centre (Secondary School)
The Bewdley School & Sixth Form Centre

Sophie did a great job. The course was motivational, informative and appropriately pitched. Staff, students and parents found it very useful. Very pleased.

Paul Ramage
Deputy Headteacher
Mastering Student Motivation
17.11.2015
Ysgol Gyfun Aberaeron (Secondary School)
Ysgol Gyfun Aberaeron

The course was excellent. Pupils were buzzing with ideas and energy by the end of the session. We hope that we can maintain this motivation until the exams and beyond. The course was tailored to our needs and that is much appreciated

Owain Jones
Deputy Head
Exam Busters
12.11.2015
Abbs Cross Academy and Arts College (Secondary School)
Abbs Cross Academy and Arts College

The course was very useful and all students were engaged and gave positive feedback following the session. Very pleased with the delivery pace and content.

Lee Raftery
Director of Learning
Super Speed Study Skills
09.11.2015
Queen Elizabeth II High School (Secondary School)
Queen Elizabeth II High School

Another excellent day with Positively Mad. Shenaz, the course leader, led the year 11 and year 10 students through the ‘Exam Busters’ and ‘Super Speed Study Skills’ courses respectively with her useful infectious enthusiasm and sense of fun as well as including hard hitting facts to encourage students to study effectively to get the right grades for whatever they want to do post 16. The students left armed with a wealth of useful ideas about to learn and revise effectively. We will certainly be looking to book the courses again next year

John Kinley
Director of Key Stage 4
Exam Busters
06.11.2015
Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy (Secondary School)
Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy

The sessions with Jay were superb. The Bridging the Gap session for year 12 and 13 gave some excellent strategies for independent study and planning work. Our year 11 students raved about the Exam Busters session and can still remember the information used to demonstrate the different revision techniques. Proof for them that the techniques really work! The feedback from parents too was really positive and they appreciated having the opportunity to hear what their children had heard and being able to work with them in maximising their revision sessions.

Alison Winsborough
Head of 6th Form
Exam Busters
05.11.2015
Temple Moor High School and Science College (Secondary School)
Temple Moor High School and Science College

We found the course very useful, we are currently planning on delivering a session in today’s whole school CPD slot showcasing the different ideas that Shenaz went through with the students to ensure the staff can help them with the ideas they are starting to implement in their personal revision We all found Shenaz to be a breath of fresh air, and a very energetic one at that. Our students and staff were so motivated by her that the morning session students were talking positively about their experience all day. I also found the course very straight forward to organise and communication with the company easy to manage.

Helen Britton
Senior Progress Leader
Employable You
04.11.2015
Jo Richardson Community School (Secondary School)
Jo Richardson Community School

Just wanted to drop you a quick line to thank you for your presentations yesterday. Thought they were pitched really well and you had a great manner about your presentations which I know the students warmed to. We were really pleased with the “Employable You” workshop which we had not had before and will definitely do a double booking again with the Bridging The Gap.

Sue Campbell
Deputy Director of Sixth Form
Exam Busters
22.10.2015
Kesteven and Grantham School (Secondary School)
Kesteven and Grantham School

Our year 11 students thoroughly enjoyed the Exam Busters session led by Rachel Munns and were pleased to see her back as she had visited them 14 months earlier. The students are putting the skills into practice as they are busy preparing for their mock examinations. Although the girls were very tired at the end of a busy term, the interactive and inspiring style of presentation was just what was needed. Many staff have passed on their thanks and positive comments about the staff session; not just about the content but also about the quality of the presentation. Only yesterday a subject leader spoke to me about using the mind mapping skills with a year 9 group. We will certainly be booking again for next year. Many thanks to Rachel, we look forward to seeing her again.

Tracey Doig
Head of Year 11
Exam Busters
21.10.2015
Ysgol Gyfun Emlyn (Secondary School)
Ysgol Gyfun Emlyn

The delivery was excellent and the students were highly engaged and motivated. The parents and Teacher sessions were equally well received. The material was exactly what we had asked for and the comments from the students support this. Student comments were: Overall, I found the sessions to be rather informative and useful.- I would like to thank the school for asking Shanaz to come in to Ysgol Gyfun Emlyn, thus providing an excellent opportunity to further develop our revision techniques..- Amazeballs 8/8 gr8 – George - Loved the sesh xxx - Inspiring and motivational. - Learnt and new skills Was brill- Learnt a lot - Motivational and fun - Very Helpful - Inspired me to revise - Inspiring, motivational, amazing, helpful, eye opening, scary, funny - Funny and good fun – very helpful - Starting to revise ASAP - They need to be here for longer - It was very helpful and I will be using most of the techniques that were mentioned - It was helpful and I enjoyed and I will use the techniques - I think the students have pretty much nailed it.

Seamus O’Sullivan
Assistant Headteacher
Exam Busters
21.10.2015
Rhosnesni High School (Secondary School)
Rhosnesni High School

Excellent once again, pupils thoroughly enjoyed it, well delivered and well suited to the needs / age range it was delivered to. Very useful session for both year groups and Jay once again kept them motivated and engaged.

Jane Fell
Progress Manager Year 9 and 10
Creative Approaches to Learning
20.10.2015
St Christopher's CE High School (Secondary School)
St Christopher's CE High School

We had an incredibly productive day when 'Positively Mad' spent presented to our Year 7. Shenaz was engaging and professional with the youngsters whilst instilling some key memory techniques and mind-mapping skills. The aim was to settle the new pupils into our way of establishing independent learners whilst showing that education is accessible to all. Shenaz was superb at keeping the pace and content relevant to our school. The parents' session was particularly well attended and it gave us the chance to share the experience the children had with their parents. We pride ourselves on strong parental support and were delighted with the way Shenaz presented to them: they were involved in some activities and fully on board with the key messages of home learning and independence. Thanks to 'Positively Mad' and, in particular, to Shenaz for an excellent day. See you again soon.

Ryan O'Doherty
Senior Teacher
Exam Busters
20.10.2015
Foxford School (Secondary School)
Foxford School

“Very Good. The students thoroughly enjoyed the day and clearly loved being involved; the 2 presenters were excellent. Well organised and well structured. The students gained a lot from it and this can be incorporated into their learning.”

Jonathan Blower
Head of Year 11
Bridging the Gap
14.10.2015
St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College (Secondary School)
St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College

The students I spoke with briefly found Natalie’s presentation engaging and stimulating and a number of them spoke about the techniques learnt in their lessons today. The initial mind mapping exercise was particularly well received.

Sarah Kelly-Mayne
Assistant Principal
Exam Busters
13.10.2015
Hinchingbrooke School (Secondary School)
Hinchingbrooke School

The Exam Busters course provided some very useful tips on memory and revision techniques. It was interactive to an extent which meant that the majority of students were able to engage.

Dan Milner
Head of Year 11
Mindwise Workshops
12.10.2015
Gilbertstone Primary School (Primary School)
Gilbertstone Primary School

The course content was good and provided teaching staff with a wide range of strategies to support teaching and learning. We are already putting some of these into practice. The Literacy and Science sections were particularly good and we could see other areas of the curriculum in which we could apply these strategies.

Rachael Haynes
School Business Manager
Bridging the Gap
07.10.2015
Baines School (Secondary School)
Baines School

I thought Shenaz was really engaging and she worked well with the young people that came to the session, she kept them engaged (which isn’t easy) and it was an enjoyable session.

Emma Kasmir
Senior 6th Form Tutor
Mind Mapping
30.09.2015
Builth High School (Secondary School)
Builth High School

Excellent presentation as per usual! The pupils enjoyed thoroughly and will hopefully be able to utilize the skills they used during the upcoming mock exams. The parent session was also very informative. Received great written and verbal feedback from pupils and parents.

Lee Powell
Assistant Headteacher
Bridging the Gap
30.09.2015
Alsager School (Secondary School)
Alsager School

We felt the course was useful and very enthusiastically and energetically presented. Shenaz has a great rapport with the students and engaged even our most demotivated students.

Alison Pole
Director of Sixth Form
Bridging the Gap
28.09.2015
Whalley Range High School (Secondary School)
Whalley Range High School

The presenter was engaging and showed students a variety of ways to continue their learning beyond the classroom. What particularly stood out for me was how taking ownership for one’s own success was in the opening part of the gentleman’s address to the students. I was thoroughly impressed with the presenter’s enthusiasm and the quality of his presentation materials. I would highly recommend it and I have already sent a copy of the brochure given to me by the presenter to a friend and colleague of mine who heads up a Sixth Form in Lymm.

Zawditu Maloney-Rock
Head of Year 12
Mastering Student Motivation
25.09.2015
Applemore College (Secondary School)
Applemore College
It was really good, all of the pupils were engaged for much of the time, which is no mean feat on a warm day with a gym full of 15 - 16 year olds.
Jo Plummer
Progress leader year 11
Bridging the Gap
24.09.2015
The King John School (Secondary School)
The King John School

Jay provided excellent training for our students. Nothing but positive comments so far.

Steve Watts
Head of KS4
Mastering Student Motivation
23.09.2015
The Magna Carta School (Secondary School)
The Magna Carta School

Brilliant, enthusiastic presenter. They did really enjoy the day and there new slogan in the school is GO MAD.

Patricia Ball
KS4 Co-ordinator
Mastering Student Motivation
15.09.2015
The Romsey School (Secondary School)
The Romsey School

A good overall course – well delivered

Gail Cooper
Year 11 Head
Exam Busters
09.09.2015
The Priory Academy (Secondary School)
The Priory Academy

This course will improve our students’ confidence with revision and was very useful.

Amy Lansdown
KS4 Co-ordinator
Bridging the Gap
08.09.2015
St cenydd comprehensive school (Secondary School)
St cenydd comprehensive school

The course was well received by the students due in large part to Sophie’s lively and enthusiastic presentation. All elements were useful and relevant and there was good pace to the day’s activities. I am confident that students will make use of the various strategies introduced during their time in the sixth form. Many thanks for the ease of booking the event and for delivering the course itself.

Ceri Evans
Head of 6th Form
Bridging the Gap
07.09.2015
Beckfoot School (Secondary School)
Beckfoot School
I saw the first ‘bridging the gap’ course – I thought it was extremely well delivered, very visual, very easy. Shenaz had hold of her audience even though here were 150 of them.
Rachel Bradley
Head of 6th Form
Bridging the Gap
07.09.2015
Outwood Grange Academy (Secondary School)
Outwood Grange Academy

Informative and inspiring in equal measure – a great start to the day/year. Thank you Steve was excellent – he was committed, professional, funny and engaging. A great day.

Helen Hinde
Post 16 Admin Officer
Bridging the Gap
04.09.2015
Altrincham College of Arts (Secondary School)
Altrincham College of Arts

Very positive and motivational. Students seem to be engaged and get a lot out of it as they were taught new techniques and how to think about things differently.

Lindsay Paterson
Head of 6th Form
Bridging the Gap
04.09.2015
Burntwood School (Secondary School)
Burntwood School

It went really well and the vast majority of students enjoyed it and found it useful Well organized and lived up to your publicity.

Mrs Cath Brookes
Deputy Principal
Creative Approaches to Learning
04.09.2015
Woodlands Academy (Secondary School)
Woodlands Academy

Mark was great and the students responed positively to him. The staff thought he was brilliant.

Julie Curtis
Head of Year 7
Super Speed Study Skills
03.09.2015
Kesteven and Grantham Girls' School (Secondary School)
Kesteven and Grantham Girls' School

We booked the course because we knew what we would get. Following a session with Rachel Munns last year, we knew we would get important study skills delivered to our students in a fun and memorable way. The style of presentation is quite different to what the students experience every day but the skills and techniques covered are useful in all lessons. Steve was an excellent presenter and lived up to our high expectations having had Rachel last year. We would definitely be very happy for him to come to our school again.

Tracey Doig
Head of Year 10
Summer Schools
17.08.2015
Bolton Muslim Girls School (Secondary School)
Bolton Muslim Girls School

The sessions were very enjoyable. The students where very positive about the information they had learned and the activities they were taking part in. The showed in great pride how they had stored information during the mind mapping session. The mix of class room based and physical activity kept the girls happy and interested. Shanaz and Laura who ran the activities where absolute brilliant. The staffs were very intuitive and picked up issues with the girls and along with staff put steps in place to work with the girls. They built great relationships with students and staff. I would highly recommend then again. The ladies time management of activates really kept the summer school on track. The students enjoyed working with them so much they wanted to bring the staff on the trip with them.

Kristina Harrison
Teacher
Goal Mapping
01.07.2015
The Brunts Academy (Secondary School)
The Brunts Academy

Excellent presenter, content engaging and interesting – students were very positive about the session.

Lisa Ashley
Head of 6th Form
Creative Approaches to Learning
16.06.2015
Montsaye Academy (Secondary School)
Montsaye Academy

Dear Kim, Below is a letter written by one of our year 7 students: On behalf of Montsaye Academy, we would like to thank you for showing us new ways of how to learn and making us laugh. The best part of the year 7 workshop was where we had to learn the names of the European countries. The year 8's told me that they loved their workshop too! We look forward to using the new techniques you taught us when learning and revising for our tests. Thank you very much, Kuba Plotek (year 7) Kind regards, Claire Keel

Claire Keel
Teacher
Catch Up with Numeracy
21.05.2015
JCoSS (Secondary School)
JCoSS

• Students were engaged • Set at right level for most students • Good range of numeracy skills practiced

Hayley Follett
Deputy Head Teacher: Teaching & Learning
Creative Approaches to Learning
12.05.2015
New Hall School (Secondary School)
New Hall School

Our students thoroughly enjoyed the sessions and there were many positive comments. Natalie was positive, engaging and held the students attention very well.

Jacque McGlynn
Year Head
Super Speed Study Skills
08.05.2015
Light Hall School (Secondary School)
Light Hall School

We were really happy here at Light Hall with the Super Speed Study skills day and the fact that Rachel had tailored it just right to create a bespoke package to match our students’ needs was great. A very positive presentation with lots of good skills and techniques that pupils will be able to use again and again. The presentation was well organised and well delivered. Rachel pitched the delivery just right for our Y10 students and was able to adapt the two sessions dependent on who was in front of her. Definitely something that we will be looking at incorporating into our calendar for next year!

Scott Brookes
Assistant Head - Coaching for Learning
Exam Busters
02.04.2015
South Cheshire College (Secondary School)
South Cheshire College
Fabulous – really interactive and engaging. Shenaz was fabulous with some extremely challenging students. The range of techniques for revision was especially useful – and several students (media) were particularly impressed with her subject specific knowledge. This will be great for a train the trainer in June with follow ups (now A-levels are linear)
Kallie Noble
A-level and Vocational studies manager
Creative Approaches to Learning
27.03.2015
Eaves Primary & Merton Bank Primary (Primary School)
Eaves Primary & Merton Bank Primary

All of the staff and children I spoke to enjoyed the day and had a lot of fun. It was evident form the sessions I was involved in the children learnt lots of new facts they couldn’t recall prior to the strategies used in the sessions. I think the staff and children actually shocked themselves in how many facts they could recall! Some of the comments shared by staff and children ‘A very energetic and enthusiastaic teacher’ ‘Had lots of fun’ ‘I loved it’ ‘I remembered a lot of new things’ ‘I wish she was my teacher’

Nicola Kearney
Head Teacher
Exam Busters
20.03.2015
Rossington All Saints Academy (Secondary School)
Rossington All Saints Academy

Shenaz delivered 5 workshops focusing on individual subjects and allowing students to create their own revision resources. She continued to enthuse the students and build a rapport with them and, despite feeling unwell, was keen and enthusiastic throughout the day.

Rebecca Foxton
Assistant Headteacher
Exam Busters
20.03.2015
Rossington All Saints Academy (Secondary School)
Rossington All Saints Academy

Shanaz was able to offer bespoke support to a range of students, particularly as she now knows even more about our context, our approach and our students. The pupils really benefited from the day and felt as though they were given special treatment in their final preparations. The day ran smoothly and Shenaz never had a moment’s rest! A girl even came to see her during lunch time and Shenaz went straight into an after school session. It’s a great partnership that we have going and I can’t wait to see it continue to develop and grow.

Rebecca Foxton
Associate Assistant Principal
Exam Busters
18.03.2015
Abbey College (Secondary School)
Abbey College

Steve was very good – keen and effective. He had a difficult job and won them over. The students really liked what he did and I was impressed by the resources that he used. I will send on some feedback from a member of staff who was in there too – who sent it to the head. Steve was mellow and self-sufficient. He had everything ready, arrived early to set up and frankly managed the entire day himself.

Sarah Bloomer
Key Stage 4 Manager
Mind Mapping
12.03.2015
Felpham Community College (Secondary School)
Felpham Community College

Kim was fantastic, The students were really engages during the 2 hour talk and the small group that had extra support for mind mapping in the afternoon spoke very positively of the session and that they would use the ideas to help them revise.

Louise Hamblin
Head of Year 10
Exam Busters
11.03.2015
Newport High School (Secondary School)
Newport High School

The courses were really beneficial to our learners. The learners really enjoyed the approach of splitting the work up into chunks and being active in between, this is an approach we will use again! The information given to learners was appropriate for our learners. Staff who participated in the activities said they found the workshops useful. Both Sophie and Rachel were fantastic, extremely professional and caring towards our learners. Their delivery was enthusiastic and interesting, we’d love to have them back. ?

Gemma Nelson
Head of yr 10
Super Speed Study Skills
06.03.2015
John Whitgift Academy (Secondary School)
John Whitgift Academy

The courses we booked were exactly what our students needed at this stage of their examination preparations. Shenaz was outstanding; her delivery and enthusiasm were quite exceptional and she maintained engagement throughout the 2 x 2 hour sessions. The content was pitched to the correct level and Shenaz engaged students of all abilities for the duration of the day – no mean feat!. Resources were extremely well prepared, relevant and engaging. 10/10! Thank you! Exceptional – I would highly recommend these courses to any academy/school.

Clare Glaves
Assistant Principal
Exam Busters
06.03.2015
Stamford School (Secondary School)
Stamford School
Great course, brimming with useful ideas and caters for all students. Wonderful!!! The boys were truly inspired and went away determined to put into practice what Rachel had shown them. I believe it did indeed Make A (HUGE) Difference!!! Rachel is an amazing presenter who had the boys’ full attention at all times.
Kendal Mills
Year 11 Head
Super Speed Study Skills
06.03.2015
Globe Academy (Secondary School)
Globe Academy
The feedback from students has been overwhelmingly positive. Students have commented on how they have used the techniques shown to them on the day to enhance their revision in order to make it purposeful. I feel in will be valuable for us to re-visit this again and definitely with our year 10 cohort. The teachers present at the sessions all agreed that it was well paced and targeted.
Maureen Malcolm-Douglas
Associate Assistant Principle
Exam Busters
05.03.2015
Hipperholme & Lightcliff High School (Secondary School)
Hipperholme & Lightcliff High School

The course was perfect for what I wanted it to achieve (provide students with revision/memory tools). Steve was energetic and enthusiastic, something our students found engaging. Excellent workshop that provided our students with tools that Steve proved worked through the clever delivery of content. It is definitely something we would look to run again next year!

Steve Clarke
Head of Year 11
Exam Busters
05.03.2015
Brixham College (Secondary School)
Brixham College
Sophie has been outstanding throughout the last two sessions. During our most recent session Exam Busters, Sophie used student’s prior knowledge from Study Skills to further develop their knowledge and awareness of how to learn, study and revise for exams in the most effective way. Sophie has a positivity which is infectious in staff, students and our parents enabling each of them to take the most out of her sessions. She has the rare ability to engage groups of students and parents for up to two hours using a variety of teaching and learning strategies to encourage the most reluctant students to learn.
Neil Dyke
Assistant Principal Leadership and Learning
Mastering Student Motivation
27.02.2015
Wanstead High School (Secondary School)
Wanstead High School

Thank you so much for your presentations today. The staff thought they were first class. Hopefully at least 90% will use these techniques to achieve their target grades in their GCSE's and in any future exams. Two boys from the afternoon were walking the school at 3.40 with a pen and paper (!) asking staff to recommend revision books for their subjects. I am sure the effect will be long lasting Thanks again Steve

Steve Nicolls
Year 10 Head
Exam Busters
27.02.2015
City of Derby Academy (Secondary School)
City of Derby Academy

I can't thank you enough Shenaz, the kids are absolutely buzzing...one of my more difficult ones has just come bouncing into my office with a mind map saying "I know it!!!!" and has just given me chapter and verse about the history ofimmunisations, I hugged her, we are all delighted! I've just done a pp for my assembly on Monday which I've attached...hopefully it will remind them what they've learned and I'll also give out the sheets too! Thank you again, you are a fabulous presenter and worth every penny!

Sue Blood
Head of Year 11
Exam Busters
26.02.2015
Whickham School & Sports College (Secondary School)
Whickham School & Sports College

A powerful and dynamic lead from Shenaz was key to success of the day; it really brought home the need to revise but actually made it clear what revision actually is. Students were motivated by the presentation.

Mark Grimes
Senior Assistant Headteacher
Exam Busters
26.02.2015
Caldicot School (Secondary School)
Caldicot School

Exam Busting once again went down superbly with the majority of our students, providing them with some of the skills they will need as they prepare for their examinations. Steve was excellent in his delivery and we would welcome him back next year with open arms – he was superb. His enthusiasm and excellent delivery rubbed off on the pupils. By tying the day in with the pupils receiving their examination timetables I felt that the day was the perfect kick start in to the tough weeks and months ahead. Would not hesitate to book again.

Rob Downs
Pre-16 Pathway Leader
Exam Busters
25.02.2015
Our Lady's Catholic High School (Secondary School)
Our Lady's Catholic High School

Excellent course – outstanding presentation and engagement from Jay – feedback from pupils outstanding. Parental feedback very positive both from their children and those who attended the twilight session.

Richard Charnock
Deputy Headteacher
Hooks, Lines & Thinkers - English
25.02.2015
Newport High School (Secondary School)
Newport High School

Excellent course, highly suitable for our learners. All learners were focused and engaged in the activities, they remembered things they were taught the next day! Specialist staff who attended enjoyed the activities and felt they could re-use the information provided and techniques. A fantastic, high energy day, Rachel was amazing! I would thoroughly recommend to any school, can’t wait for your return next week for the Study Skills and Mastering Motivation courses!

Gemma Nelson
Assistant Headteacher
Super Speed Study Skills
24.02.2015
The Crest Boys & Girls Academy (Secondary School)
The Crest Boys & Girls Academy

I feel that the course is very beneficial to students and delivers ways that students can in enhance their learning in a fun and dynamic way. Again, there were very positive feedback comments from both staff and students regarding the day, content and facilitator Kim.

Mame Appah
Year 11 Head
Exam Busters
13.02.2015
St Ambrose Barlow RC High School (Secondary School)
St Ambrose Barlow RC High School

The exam busting workshop was both engaging and relevant. The majority of staff and students alike found the course very useful with some excellent tips on how to revise for their G.C.S.E exams. Student engagement was high throughout the course, mainly due to Shenaz’s outgoing personality and the fast pace of the course. An excellent and worthwhile day which provided pupils with useful revision tools for their final examinations.

Kate Ganderton
Teacher
Exam Busters
12.02.2015
Boston Grammar School (Secondary School)
Boston Grammar School

Both the Exam Buster and Super Speedy Skills workshops were excellent. The students found them very useful and we even had some mindmaps produced today, using ideas from the workshops. Steve was excellent, his enthusiasm was infectious and kept our students engaged throughout. Giving workshops to two whole year groups in one day was very good and the parents twilight session was very useful and informative too.

Sally Scott
Head of Year 11
Super Speed Study Skills
11.02.2015
Aldridge School (Secondary School)
Aldridge School

Hi , it was an excellent day. Rachel was superb. Parents, teachers, pupils all made really positive comments. For example one member of staff emailed me to say it was the best bit of inset she had done in many years. Some of our more challenging pupils actually came up to me after to thank me for setting it up! Rachel really engaged with all of her audiences and did a fantastic job. I really can't praise her enough. Thank you.

Adele Biddle
Assistant Headteacher
Exam Busters
10.02.2015
The Knole Academy (Secondary School)
The Knole Academy

I really enjoyed the course as a teacher and a tutor. It taught me a number of new strategies to support the young people that I work with. I discussed with Natalie how important key words or ‘buzz words’ are for those taking GCSE PE and how these methods could help them to pick up easy marks in tests. It will be interesting to see which kids take on the advice and use some of the imagery techniques to help them. I have heard a lot of positive feedback. The kids seemed to enjoy the day and I hope that they took a lot away from it. Thank you Tim White - Head of House The material was very appropriate and interesting for the year 10 students. I think some students has genuinely thought about using some of the techniques to study already which is excellent. The students remained engaged and there were a variety of activities to ensure all learning styles remained focused. The delivery of the course was very enthusiastic and it is evident that the course is well planned with excellent resources. Gemma Smyth - Business Studies NQT

Katherine Hughes
Pastoral Leader Year 10
Mastering Student Motivation
05.02.2015
The Charles Read Academy (Secondary School)
The Charles Read Academy

Your sessions were very well received by students and the Ofsted team were also very impressed.

Mr Robert Sloan
Principal
Super Speed Study Skills
04.02.2015
Huxlow Science College (Secondary School)
Huxlow Science College

Hi, I have done my own evaluations and taken the highlights from it.

There was no negatives or improvements given on the 135 forms I received back.

Here are the main positives: •Showed us ways to help revise •It helped and was really good. •Good tips to help with exams •Learnt about positive thinking •New, good, helpful strategies for revising efficiently. •Very enthusiastic and engaging •Helped motivate us •Mad Mark was great. •Memory exercises were useful •Remembering 45 facts on Muhammed Ali •Showed us good revision techniques.

Sam Letts
Head of Careers
Exam Busters
27.01.2015
Bexley Heath Academy (Secondary School)
Bexley Heath Academy

I know Lou has thanked you as our lead of the respective area in which you worked with our students last week but if I may also add my sincerest gratitude as Principal. The sessions were very well led according to my team and the feedback from the students has also been extremely positive as well. At such a critical time of their schooling such input should never be underestimated and we are sure what they learnt last week will indeed feed into their final 16 weeks of Year 11 and as they build up to and move through their summer examination period. Thank you again Sophie and we look forward to welcoming you back to Bexleyheath Academy at some point in the future.

Carl Wakefield
Principal
Super Speed Study Skills
26.01.2015
Newland School for Girls (Secondary School)
Newland School for Girls

We thought Shenaz was really good, very motivating and the way she presented different tasks was great. Even staff learnt a new way of mind mapping! The girls were on the whole very good, with the Y11s more focused than the Y10s. Shenaz kept them focused and involved. The girls responded well and we believe that a lot of them will take away methods to help them. Shenaz was very good and had a fantastic manner about her when delivering the content of today, despite her cold!

Donna Fitzgerald
Assistant Headteacher of Achievement and Progress
Mastering Student Motivation
23.01.2015
Tonyrefail Comprehensive (Secondary School)
Tonyrefail Comprehensive

I was grateful for the talk this morning I would like to thank Steve for making me think about the future. We all learnt something today because you have a very unique way of teaching. You made us laugh and think at the same time I would like you to come back and see us again and show us more thanks you again #steveiscool

Amanda Enticott
Student
Exam Busters
23.01.2015
Walkden High School (Secondary School)
Walkden High School

Thanks for everything last Friday. I thought you were really likeable in your interaction with the students (and to me and the staff too, of course!) and we enjoyed having you in to deliver the students. Great sessions!

Josh Mangas
Raising Aspirations, Attainment & Careers Director
Hooks, Lines & Thinkers - English
23.01.2015
Newall Green High (Secondary School)
Newall Green High

English session – really pleased with this, worked very well and both students and staff involved enjoyed it.

Kyia Jones
Teacher
Super Speed Study Skills
13.01.2015
The Hollins Technology College (Secondary School)
The Hollins Technology College

Steve was a great presenter and really enthused the pupils. Parents at the parent session all said how useful and valuable their session was. Brilliant day that thoroughly engaged and invigorated our pupils. Thank you.

Paula Hargreaves
Head of Year 11
Exam Busters
12.01.2015
Alderley Edge School for Girls (Secondary School)
Alderley Edge School for Girls

The course was lively and Steve did well to keep their interest and the girls learnt or reinforced some good memory skills. The delivery was lively and exciting again and we have had a very positive response from the girls. All in all a very good day, we just wonder how Steve can perform at that level all the time even watching him was exhausting!

Jackie Waterhouse
Director of Pastoral Care
Exam Busters
03.12.2014
Rossington All Saints Academy (Secondary School)
Rossington All Saints Academy

Some really engaging ideas suggested that staff and students have already taken on board. I have still been quizzing students today about what they remember about Mohammed Ali and they can tell me all sorts. A parent also stopped me at the end of the session last night as her son had been absent that day and she was worried that he had missed out! I have also received lots of positive comments from staff – some have even started incorporating the strategies into their lessons today. Others have said that they will refer back to them in assemblies. Shenaz was amazing and staff and students really were inspired by her and loved her engaging style of delivery. The day ran really well and we will certainly be in touch for future events.

Rebecca Foxton
Associate Assistant Principal
Mastering Student Motivation
27.11.2014
Clyst Vale Community College (Secondary School)
Clyst Vale Community College

The course content is highly appropriate and we will want to repeat these sessions next year. The presenter was very well received by the students and I have had a number of very positive comments back from student, staff and parents.

Paul Colin
Deputy Principal
Exam Busters
26.11.2014
The Woodrush High School (Secondary School)
The Woodrush High School

Great content and superbly delivered by Jay. Couldn’t have asked for better. Very impressed by the skill with which he delivered to 180 students.  Really pleased that 3 year groups benefitted and that Positively MAD were able to be flexible with content and timings to suit our collapsed timetable day. Initial feedback from staff and students has been great.

Claire Sheppard
Assistant Headteacher & Head of Creative Arts
Super Speed Study Skills
25.11.2014
Putteridge High School (Secondary School)
Putteridge High School

The material was excellent and Rachel was very good. She was punctual and brought all her own equipment. She had a lovely positive manner and the majority of our students engaged with the session and learned from it. The evening session for parents was good too and parents were grateful to have the opportunity to find out what the students had been learning.

Sue Risbridger
Senior Leader - Curriculum
Exam Busters
21.11.2014
Sir Frederic Osborn School (Secondary School)
Sir Frederic Osborn School

It was a very engaging course and the students participated fully. The students thought it was going to be boring and were truly surprised at how much fun it had been. Sophie was excellent with the students. We are now looking at how we can build on the techniques presented to further enhance the students’ performance. Sophie was excellent, turned up on time and was very organized and interacted really well with the students. She took time to talk to form tutors later who had been in the presentation.

Eileen Kelly
Exams Officer
Super Speed Study Skills
17.11.2014
Bartley Green Technology College (Secondary School)
Bartley Green Technology College

Both days were excellent and our pupils got so much out of this, which we will build upon when we do internal revision with both year groups. Mark was superb, so personable and worked so hard with our pupils, and our staff also got a lot out of the day.

Sarah Dawson
Teacher
Exam Busters
13.11.2014
Oxted School (Secondary School)
Oxted School

Thank you very much – the course was once again excellent & exactly what we wanted for our Y11 students. Im sure they got a lot from it & we will continue to reinforce the revision & exam techniques throughout the year. Thanks again – we love working with you & look forward to seeing you later in the year for our Y10 booking & also again in the future!

Becky Lowes
Year 11 Progress Leader
Mind Mapping
10.11.2014
Shavington High School (Secondary School)
Shavington High School

The course is very beneficial to the students; the students enjoyed the mind mapping activity and have started to use them in lessons as a revision resource. I enjoyed the learning about the revision techniques too, such as the illustrations to help revision, different colours and mind mapping. I will be implementing them into my teaching and ensuring recap over work at least 5 times throughout the course so students remember it. The day was good, all students were engaged and behaviour was good. With the large amount of students in the hall the day went extremely well considering. All students took a lot from the day.

Mrs Karen Prince
Careers and Guidance Manager
Exam Busters
05.11.2014
Kesteven and Grantham School (Secondary School)
Kesteven and Grantham School

Excellent techniques and advice for our students and delivered in a dynamic and energetic way. The girls found the strategies extremely helpful. They wished they had known about them earlier in their school life. All the girls were very positive about the day and some girls from Year 10 who had participated a session earlier in the year came down to see Rachel to let her know how the mind mapping had changed their life with regards to revision.

Rachel Marshall
Year 11 Head
Bridging the Gap
05.11.2014
Heathside School (Secondary School)
Heathside School

Natalie had a very good rapport with the students and they responded very well to her. We were impressed with her presentation, enthusiasm and commitment.

Mrs L Driver
Student Support Co-ordinator
Bridging the Gap
05.11.2014
Heathside School (Secondary School)
Heathside School

Below is a paragraph written by students of Heathside for their Newsletter : Positively MAD (Making a Difference) is a study skills programme in which Sixth Form students participated to help when it comes to revision time. We learnt many different skills in order to remember information such as practical applications to revision like creating actions in order to remember words. We were also taught the key skills of speed reading, a very useful skill, and how to construct mind maps in a way that helps learning/memorising key information. This was a refreshingly useful and rewarding experience that captivated the attention of us all and of great benefit.

Student Feedback
Student
Exam Busters
04.11.2014
Samuel Ward Academy (Secondary School)
Samuel Ward Academy

Very effective – Year 11 were very positive and some went on to the next lesson using the techniques The explanations struck home with Year11 and they could not believe how much of Mohamed Ali’s life they remembered. Just right with the timing. Brain gym and change of activities kept the interest.

Marion Harrington
Year 11 Co-ordinator
Bridging the Gap
03.11.2014
Jo Richardson School (Secondary School)
Jo Richardson School

Find it a very useful and engaging course. Good to get students to broaden their thinking about revision/ learning now doing it at a higher level than GCSE Good to have short snappy activities which gets students “moving” and time to defocus before refocusing! Good speaker (Sophie Stiddard) – enthusiastic, presented clearly and well with good humour

Mary Wren
Head of 6th Form
Super Speed Study Skills
24.10.2014
Builth High School (Secondary School)
Builth High School

Excellent again this year. Kids very receptive. Already had my Yr 11 using mindmaps in their revision! Going to reinforce reviewing now!

Lee Powell
Assistant Headteacher
Super Speed Study Skills
23.10.2014
St Richard Gwyn Catholic High School (Secondary School)
St Richard Gwyn Catholic High School

As usual the presentations from Jay were very useful for our students and we feel this is a positive experience for them and it keeps them engaged.

Viv Burman
Acting Deputy Head
Exam Busters
22.10.2014
Cardiff High School (Secondary School)
Cardiff High School

Jay’s enthusiasm, knowledge of the strategies, techniques and tips was excellent and was exactly what we were looking for at this time in Year 11 for our students and parents. It’s testament to Jay and the workshop as to how many pupils had told their parents about how much they enjoyed it and how useful they found it that some students were calling and texting their parents during the school day to say ‘Mum/Dad you need to come to the Parent’s workshop this evening!’ The strategies were relevant, easy to use, engaging and delivered in a way which will facilitate the students use of them as well. It was great to be given some resources by Jay in order to support the pupils through the revision process as the year goes on as well. I will look to rebook this event for next years, Year 11 at a similar time.

Mr David Rhodes
Head of Middle School
Goal Mapping
22.10.2014
Hellesdon High School (Secondary School)
Hellesdon High School

The course was really well structured and allowed students to focus in on clear and simple techniques that they can take away and use in their A Level studies. The Goal Mapping session fitted well with the earlier Bridging the Gap session to provide some excellent ideas to students that they can use. The overall feeling from both students and the staff present was very positive. Rachel was excellent – well prepared, knowledgeable, with a relax, yet purposeful style – an excellent presenter. She was also able to hold the students’ attention for the whole session (no mean feat with 100 students for 4 hours!!).

Richard Taylor
Director
Mastering Student Motivation
21.10.2014
The Axholme Academy (Secondary School)
The Axholme Academy

Rachel was brilliant, really lively and engaging throughout the day. The students learning a lot of new techniques to help them revise in the up-coming months. I think they were surprised about how much they could recall. We had a great day and I am now looking at ways to ensure that these techniques are used by students and endorsed by staff.

Jackie Allen
Head of Pastoral & Achievement
Exam Busters
13.10.2014
Kingstone Academy (Secondary School)
Kingstone Academy

The course was well received by our students and all students asked have reported that it was very useful and worthwhile. Indeed, some of them have tweeted to that effect. Since Monday I have seen staff using some of the techniques in lessons which is brilliant and shows immediate impact. Students can remember all the facts about Mohammed Ali which proves to them that the techniques work. Various staff were in there during the day and we had a staff session at the end of the day. The response from them is also positive. I was also personally impressed with how Jay interacted with our students. He “won them over” very quickly and, of course, this meant they got much more from the day. Your comments of the day Very well organized and well run by Jay. There were at least 4 staff present at all times but they didn’t have to do anything as Jay commanded the hall very well (and we have delightful students!) . Given that they had a whole day of it Jay did really well to hold their attention. They have reported that he was “mad” which, of course, fits with your branding! The day was well structured with regular brain breaks to keep the students going and this worked well.

Hillary Bowler
Assistant Headteacher
Mind Mapping
26.09.2014
St Edmunds School (Secondary School)
St Edmunds School

Thank you very much for sending Kim to us again. She is so easy to get on with and is brilliant with all age groups. It was particularly busy when she was here as we were getting ready for Open Day and she took everything in her stride and just put up with us all! I am not going to be here when you next come as retirement beckons but I am intending to recommend that we continue to book you on alternate years so that all the children get a chance to take part in the different course as they move up through the school. Please pass on our very best wishes to Kim and thank her very much for being so brilliant for the 2 day she was with us. Staff were very impressed too and I have already heard some of them have set work using mind mapping. With best wishes, Liz

Liz Swallow
Director of Studies
Bridging the Gap
23.09.2014
St Simon Stock Catholic School (Secondary School)
St Simon Stock Catholic School

Very good content and the sixth formers learned a lot. Mark delivered the course very well, was approachable and the sixth formers related to him well. Looking forward to the next presentation. A very positive experience.

Jon Malone
Deputy Head
Bridging the Gap
17.09.2014
Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf (Secondary School)
Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf

An engaging course containing very useful guidance and advice on effective studying. Staff who attended the sessions with students found its content very interesting and engaging. The course was delivered in a friendly, clear, respectful and purposeful manner. The day ran very smoothly, and all students responded positively to Sophie’s presentations; appreciating that the session was worthwhile. We appreciate Sophie’s willingness to accommodate our needs in terms of time constraints and numbers.

Hefin Griffiths
Head of 6th Form
Bridging the Gap
15.09.2014
Ashfield Comprehensive School (Secondary School)
Ashfield Comprehensive School

It was upbeat and positive. It was nice that the students were engaged and shown just how they need to use techniques to their advantage. All staff involved were complimentary about the subject matter and the manner with which Mark conducted himself. It was nice that the students had the time to trial the techniques and had a reminder of what was covered with them when they left.

Tracy Randerson
Head of 6th Form
Exam Busters
10.09.2014
Altrincham college of arts (Secondary School)
Altrincham college of arts

Great presenter, very enthusiastic delivery with valuable techniques the students can take away with them. I liked the flexibility of what to include in course material.

Lindsay Paterson
Head of 6th Form
Bridging the Gap
09.09.2014
Clacton Coastal Academy (Secondary School)
Clacton Coastal Academy

Thanks for your efforts today - all was well received and I think that it gave the students a number of strategies to consider utilising in the coming months. The pitch and pace were fine so thanks again.

Robin Miller
Head of 6th Form
Mastering Student Motivation
09.09.2014
St Peter's School (Secondary School)
St Peter's School

We loved the day. We thought that Jay was very engaging and both students and staff enjoyed the sessions he delivered. We were able to take strategies from the training to support our students and staff have talked passionately about the grid strategy for revision and the mind mapping. As a pastoral team we are going to use the reflective ‘what have I done well this week’ with all of the students.

Anni Mathew
Assistant Headteacher
Bridging the Gap
08.09.2014
Bethany School (Secondary School)
Bethany School

Just had a fantastic couple of workshops from Rachel that went down very well with the sixth form. Rachel worked really hard to make sure the students got the absolute maximum out of both sessions and we are very grateful to her for helping us with our sixth formers.

Tim Hart Dyke
Deputy Head
Bridging the Gap
08.09.2014
South Wolverhampton & Bilston Academy (Secondary School)
South Wolverhampton & Bilston Academy

A really useful course, lots of fantastic techniques which we are hoping to embed into students and teachers practice. We will definitely look to run this course same time next year with our new students. Sophie was great! She dealt with the incident and obviously has lots of experience in handling groups of students! She was fun and made the training interactive and informative.

Jaki Brooker
Head of 6th Form
Super Speed Study Skills
04.09.2014
Kesteven and Grantham Girls' School (Secondary School)
Kesteven and Grantham Girls' School

We were extremely happy with the course content. We have been delivering the induction program ourselves for the past few years and it was very similar but it is all in the delivery. Rachel was superb! She had our students’ full attention and the she got across her messages loud and clear. We are looking in to booking the Exam Busters session for our year 11 students as well as having you back next year to provide the positive and inspirational start to our KS4 students.

Tracey Doig
Head of Year 10
Bridging the Gap
02.09.2014
Bolton St Catherine's Academy (Secondary School)
Bolton St Catherine's Academy

Generally the feedback was very positive from the students and they were introduced to some new techniques which I know that staff who were in the presentation have used with their groups

Christine Leese
Head of Year 11
Summer Schools
02.07.2014
Aldridge School (Secondary School)
Aldridge School

I was very pleased with the two courses which I booked. All of the staff involved remarked on how well the pupils engaged with what was going on, and the feedback I received from the kids was overwhelmingly positive. The two sessions hit the brief for our Summer School 100%; They were fun and the pupils learned lots of new skills and ideas.

Shaun Eaton
Deputy Head
Exam Busters
06.06.2014
Robert Clack School (Secondary School)
Robert Clack School

Evaluation is based upon 1:1 interviews with 8 Year 11 school council representatives The feedback from the focus group and from Year 11 in general following the event was extremely positive. · Use of colour and the instruction to use colour in revision sessions · Already used the story telling and the mind mapping in revision · Felt active and involved and felt like the whole session only lasted for 1 period. · Recall 5 times and learn forever has been used a lot · Relevant to a lot of different subjects · Presenter was amazing and made it all really interactive.

Margery Brooke-Williams
Deputy Head
Exam Busters
06.05.2014
Thomas Knyvett College (Secondary School)
Thomas Knyvett College

Always useful for the students to gain experience from outside agencies. We are very lucky to have such a positive relationship with you and really enjoy your sessions. They are always pitched at exactly the right level and you do very well to deliver them to such a large group of students. Well run. Efficient. Fun. Informative.

Richard Beeson
Deputy Head
Super Speed Study Skills
30.04.2014
Bishop Vaughan R C School (Secondary School)
Bishop Vaughan R C School

Brilliant. The materials were pitched at exactly the right level for our pupils – they were kept amused and challenged throughout. Pupils enjoyed the session enormously and many have been to tell me today how amazing it was

Angela Hughes
Deputy Head Teacher
Exam Busters
07.04.2014
Newtown High School (Secondary School)
Newtown High School

Fantastic course! All students enjoyed themselves and got a lot from the day. Steve was a total professional and excellent to work with. Diolch!

Dewi Owen
Teacher
Super Speed Study Skills
02.04.2014
Kings International College (Secondary School)
Kings International College

Natalie’s energy was magnificent. She was able to engage both Year 10 and 11 year groups for 2 x two hour sessions- very impressive! Students were able to take away some ideas for their own personalized revision tool kit. Activities planned were varied, there was a great pace to each of the sessions.

Jo Quinn
Vice Principal
Mastering Student Motivation
28.03.2014
Villiers High School (Secondary School)
Villiers High School

Natalie was excellent – her enthusiasm and passion were really clear, and this rubbed off on the students. They were all really positive about the content and the course leader. Communication with Natalie before the event was really easy, she arrived early in the morning and was adaptable to our requests! 10/10!!!

Ben Jane
Deputy Head Teacher
Exam Busters
26.03.2014
Ryde Academy (Secondary School)
Ryde Academy

Students found the course valuable and there was lots of positive chat about it the following day. It provided lots of good ideas for revision and methods to helps cope with exams. We have followed this up with an exam busters board in school to remind students of some of the techniques.

Jo Muncaster
Head of 6th form
Exam Busters
26.03.2014
Portsmouth Academy for Girls (Secondary School)
Portsmouth Academy for Girls

The event was excellent and Karim was an excellent presenter. Some of our girls were apprehensive to begin with however many of them said what a useful learning session it had been. There has been evidence of the girls using the techniques since. It was a welcome opportunity for the girls at a very stressful time of their school career – pitched really well by Karim

Helen Surawy
Assistant Principal
Exam Busters
20.03.2014
Guru Nanak Sikh Academy (Secondary School)
Guru Nanak Sikh Academy

The exam buster course was insightful and relevant to Year 11 students who are due to embark on the most important period of their life. The techniques used were easy to recall and provided students with an added confidence. There was a real buzz around the year group following the course. Shenaz was a great presenter and gave students a different voice regarding how to get the best of their exams.

Beth Curtis
Teacher
Exam Busters
10.03.2014
Headlands School (Secondary School)
Headlands School

We had an exams buster workshop delivered yesterday by Shenaz and I wanted to let you know that we were very pleased with the content the delivery and the way she worked at engaging and enthusing the group. She adapted the session from the 1st to the 2nd cohort as she “read the room” really effectively. The vast majority of students will have come away with something positive to use, so many thanks. The student feedback has been positive and the teachers who were in the room also feel they benefitted.

Fiona Donnan
Deputy Head achievement
Exam Busters
10.03.2014
Netherwood School (Secondary School)
Netherwood School

Your comments on the course I felt that the course was appropriate for what we wanted to achieve with our students. It covered ways of revising and also important points to remember when revising e.g. where, when etc. It was also interactive as the students had to complete the sheet throughout the session which meant that they had a reminder to read through after leaving the session I felt that the presenter was very approachable and friendly. He related well to the students (and there were some difficult ones in there) as they all took part in the sessions. Please thank Steve for me

Yvonne Bootman
Vice Principal
Exam Busters
07.03.2014
Ysgol Brynhyfryd (Secondary School)
Ysgol Brynhyfryd

It was a fantastic day - thanks Jay and the team.

Manon Wilkinson
Head of Year 11
Exam Busters
07.03.2014
The King's School (Secondary School)
The King's School

A really enjoyable and useful day. I was impressed at the way in which Shenaz was able to hold the students attention and keep them focused. There was no need for intervention from our staff on behaviour as she was so skilled at managing them. We were also impressed at the way that students were able to recall information so easily & this is what many of our students desperately need help with. They work hard & behave fairly well, but they struggle to memorise things for exams. I know how successful she was with them, as there were a few potentially very difficult students in the sessions, but she held their attention – and on a Friday afternoon!. Thank you very much

Louise Davison
Achievement Leader Yr 11
Exam Busters
03.03.2014
Builth Wells High School (Secondary School)
Builth Wells High School

The course was brilliant with the pupils taking a lot from the day. Jay was excellent the pupils took to his style of presentation very quickly. There has been a real buzz in the school too. I am confident this will mean a more positive attitude towards their revision. Timing was excellent. 100% attention from the pupils at all times. Parents took something from the afterschool session too.

Lee Powell
Year 10 and 11 Progress and Wellbeing Manager
Exam Busters
28.02.2014
Balshaws CE High School (Secondary School)
Balshaws CE High School

The vast majority of the pupils involved in the course were very positive about it. They found Karim to be an entertaining and thought provoking teacher/presenter and they were fully engaged for the whole of the sessions. I have also received very positive feedback on the session from the staff that were involved and I personally am very impressed. One pupil asked his teacher if he could go into the second session as he had enjoyed it so much and was worried in case had missed something. I have attached a summary of a survey that I carried out on a sample of the pupils involved in the day.

David Melling
Assistant Head
Crash Course in Accelerated Learning
26.02.2014
Connaught Junior School (Secondary School)
Connaught Junior School

Can I just say how we all enjoyed our Positively Mad experience. It was booked with the hope that we would get an external provider who would inspire our staff to focus on their teacher craft, rather than have a day looking at things like planning and assessment. The course was very interesting, especially learning about the different sides of the brain and the need to review learning regularly (something we probably know but forget to do or run out of time.) Comments of the day; ‘I thought the Inset was very good, I liked that we had a go at all the things Natalie was suggesting and she gave us time to talk through the ideas.’ ‘I thought it was great. It was delivered in such a way that you couldn't not share Natlaie’s enthusiasm. I taught the Maths lesson we planned (area and perimeter) to my 'too cool for school' set and they loved it and asked to sing the song again today! I also thought it was great to do a course that didn't leave me feeling like I had much more work to do but it gave me so many ideas that I could just pick up and run with. Super! :)’ ‘I thought it was excellent- engaging, relevant and gave me new ideas I'd not considered before. I'm already using more breaks and am planning to use memory stacks to learn parts of a plant in Science next week!’ Thank you Siobhan McGann Deputy Head of Connaught Junior School

Siobham McGann
Deputy Head Teacher
Exam Busters
26.02.2014
Our Lady Catholic College (Secondary School)
Our Lady Catholic College

Informative and very useful information for young people to revision techniques to help them in their exams and young adult life in fact. Students loved it so here’s hoping they use these techniques to better themselves and their results and school work in the future. As ever Rachel “Positively Fab” on presenting to the young people. I was on the same bus as some of our students that afternoon going home and all they talked about was what they had learnt and how easy it was to learn the “Rachel” way!! Music to my ears as I knew this was productive after all taking them out of lessons all day! Thank you for Year 10 at Our Lady’s and myself, Lynne Whitaker.

Lynne Whitaker
IAG Co-Ordinator
Mastering Student Motivation
26.02.2014
Queens School (Secondary School)
Queens School

Fantastic day, Jay was amazing pupils were buzzing with ideas.

Pritam Vekaria
Assistant Pastoral KS4
Exam Busters
25.02.2014
Chaucer Technology School (Secondary School)
Chaucer Technology School

The course was excellent as always and Natalie’s presentations were inspiring and very motivational for all. A great success

Steve Briggs
Teacher
Exam Busters
24.02.2014
Archway School (Secondary School)
Archway School

Many students were pleased with the techniques they had been shown. The mind mapping exercise was particularly well received. Students saw the value of this as a good method to incorporate into their revision sessions. A really useful day for students, staff and parents alike. Thank you.

Bridget Durrant
Head of Year 11
Exam Busters
18.02.2014
Tonyrefail school (Secondary School)
Tonyrefail school

Just want to say a massive thank you for the sessions Karim ran at our school yesterday.Staff, pupils and parents were very impressed with the content and delivery of the sessions.Some of our pupils are difficult to engage but Karim engaged and motivated them.I really believe it will make a difference. I will definitely be asking you to visit our school again when I get my new year group! Many thanks

Lisa Tranter
Progress Leader yr 11
Exam Busters
14.02.2014
Graveney School (Secondary School)
Graveney School

Excellent. Pitched just right and students responded really well. They came in to school specially for this event (the rest had a long weekend) so this speaks volumes. We are very pleased that we opted to hold the parental session – they were hugely positive about it and I think it will make the stressful months ahead a great deal easier – parents and students in it together.

Maeve Hamill
6th Form
Super Speed Study Skills
13.02.2014
Ysgol Gyfun Y Strade (Secondary School)
Ysgol Gyfun Y Strade

The course was a great success , the students enjoyed the workshops provided and many of them could see how they could benefit from following some of the revision techniques outlined by Mark Kennedy . The interactive nature of the course also helped to ensure the students were concentrating throughout the two hours. A great day

Mr Arnold James
Head Teacher
Mastering Student Motivation
11.02.2014
Caldicot School (Secondary School)
Caldicot School

Jay came out to my school today and can I say that he was brilliant, such an inspiration and he has encouraged me to do more revision for my exams in the summer, thank you for doing what you do

Molly Curtis
Student
Exam Busters
11.02.2014
Westbourne Academy (Secondary School)
Westbourne Academy

Extremely well organized. Our presenter (Kim) was engaging, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Pitched at a level suitable for both students and parents. Lots of helpful hints and strategies for revision.

Danny Payne
Head of Year 11
Super Speed Study Skills
06.02.2014
Impington Village College (Secondary School)
Impington Village College

Students engaged and the content was well lead. Enjoyed by students and supporting staff thought it was well delivered and shared excellent strategies

Sammy Abbott
Year 11 Head
Super Speed Study Skills
05.02.2014
Mount Grace School (Secondary School)
Mount Grace School

The two areas. Study skills and Motivation very relevant topics. The Students really got into the first session on study skills and to some degree the same with Motivation. Natalie was very positive and praised the students for their involvement and enthusiasm throughout the day. A very worthwhile and enjoyable day. Very good indeed, Natalie was excellent

Mike Barrett
Head of Year
Exam Busters
05.02.2014
Calderstones school (Secondary School)
Calderstones school

Mark and Steve were very professional and very skilled presenters. We really enjoyed the course and most of the students got something out of the day. The nature of the cohort that we asked Mark and Steve to work with, meant that some of the students were disaffected and reluctant to engage. I would recommend them wholeheartedly. The techniques and the course content were high quality. I’m sure we’ll book the course again, Incidentally – we booked this course because of the recommendation of a colleague.

Luke O'Hanlon
Assistant Headteacher (associate)
Super Speed Study Skills
22.01.2014
Bishop Challoner Catholic School (Secondary School)
Bishop Challoner Catholic School

The courses are very well designed. Both the study skills and the revision days were well received by students, with staff who sat in wanting to put the material learned to use straight away. Colleagues were reciting the life of Muhammed Ali verbatim in the staffroom! Most importantly, as with all INSET/training, the course leader makes all the difference. I have come across few people who are as relaxed about the time outside of the sessions, and at the same time as dynamic and engaging during the training sessions themselves as Jay. He is an integral part of our KS4 curriculum delivery and always very welcome at Challoner.

John Wright
Teacher
Super Speed Study Skills
13.01.2014
Holy Family RC& CE College (Secondary School)
Holy Family RC& CE College

Can I just say many thanks – Jay was in school with us last week and it was a really positive experience for our students. Please can you pass on thanks to Jay. We are focusing this week on building on the workshops from last week with Years 8-11 students. We will definitely be booking again for next January.

Karen Ames
Deputy Head
Mastering Student Motivation
13.01.2014
Guthlaxton College (Secondary School)
Guthlaxton College
Mastering Motivation with Y12 students was well received. Pace, delivery and content all good and appropriate.
Rebecca Rose
Post 16 Student Manager
Hooks, Lines & Thinkers - Science
11.12.2013
Newfield Secondary School (Secondary School)
Newfield Secondary School

The students really enjoyed the activities and were still talking about them after they had finished their session. All of the students that I spoke to afterwards said that they would recommend it to others. The feedback that I received from other members of staff was also positive.

Jodie Green
Learning Co-Ordinator
Mastering Student Motivation
11.12.2013
St Alban’s Academy (Secondary School)
St Alban’s Academy

We were very impressed yesterday. The course content was exactly what I was looking for. The students were engaged, motivated and came out ‘buzzing’. The practical techniques and target setting skills have given the students a good base knowledge. The ‘buzzing’ students were a direct result of the quality of delivery by Natalie and Karim so please pat them on the back.

Jay Holtom
Teacher
Exam Busters
04.12.2013
Hummersknott Academy (Secondary School)
Hummersknott Academy

As last year – students enjoyed the course and nearly all were positive about their two hour session. The session delivered to staff was great – I think they would have been happy for a longer session – our decision to keep it to 45 minutes.

Louise Farnell
Assistant Principal
Exam Busters
02.12.2013
Our Lady's Catholic College, Lancaster (Secondary School)
Our Lady's Catholic College, Lancaster
Morning Rachel!
 
Hope you got home safely on Friday after leaving us here at Our Lady's.
 
A BIG Thank you for your fab presentation/workshop on Exam Busting - the staff and students all seemed to really enjoy what you showed them and it opened their minds on what they CAN achieve via simple techniques.
 
I'm going around the Year 11 forms tomorrow for feedback so I will let you know further on their thoughts from Friday.  It worked on me as I can still remember about Marco!!
 
It was a pleasure having you in school and working with you.
 
Take care & have a lovely Christmas break with your loved ones.
Lynne Whitaker
IAG Co-Ordinator
Exam Busters
29.11.2013
The Royal Latin School (Secondary School)
The Royal Latin School

Thank you for a fantastic day! The students were all enthused and I have had a number of conversations with parents who have said that the students came home full of ideas to try. The messages that were passed on to the students have really hit home and some of them have become more focused as a result. Jay was fantastic and I have already had the current Head of Year 9 ask for a copy of the brochure as she will be very interested in using your company in the future. The two sessions were pitched perfectly and kept the students fully focused and interested all morning, and for some the whole day. A super day, Thank You

George West
Head Year 11
Employable You
28.11.2013
The Kings School (Secondary School)
The Kings School

On behalf of the students at the King's School I would like to thank you for your excellent presentation for our Routes and Pathways day.

I was delighted to hear from the boy's, staff and parents that they thouroughly enjoyed the session and found it very worthwhile.

We would very much like to welcome you back to the school soon.

Justin Dixon
Deputy Head Teacher
Positively MAD
22.11.2013
Redhill School (Secondary School)
Redhill School

Hi, I go to Redhill School , Karim did a presentation today, I want to thank you for coming and just to say how helpful I fount it! Thankyou!

Jess Leighton
Student
Mastering Student Motivation
22.11.2013
Broadwater School (Secondary School)
Broadwater School

Very engaging and the students enjoyed working with Jay

Jennifer Hanson
Head of Year 11
Mind Mapping
20.11.2013
Holy Trinity RC School (Secondary School)
Holy Trinity RC School

I would like to thank you on behalf of all the students and the staff from Holy Trinity. The sessions have had a huge impact on the students and they have applied the mind mapping skills in their lessons today.

Sihma Aslam
Teacher
Super Speed Study Skills
11.11.2013
Mount Grace School (Secondary School)
Mount Grace School

It was a very successful day thank you. Natalie worked very hard and the kids all enjoyed it. More importantly I think they actually picked up some great tips. I know I did.

Sandy Lewis
Head of Learning
Positively MAD
08.11.2013
Llantwit Major School (Secondary School)
Llantwit Major School

Jay ran the session really well, and was motivational. Parents have already requested another session with themselves and pupils together/very well received.

Leanne Pownall
Assistant Headteacher
Super Speed Study Skills
07.11.2013
Kimbolton School (Secondary School)
Kimbolton School

The Super Speed Study Skills workshop was excellent – fun, with lots of ideas for pupils to take away. Pupil evaluation was very positive. Many said that they had tried one of the techniques last night.

Sue Hart
Library Manager
Bridging the Gap
06.11.2013
Nene Park Academy (Secondary School)
Nene Park Academy

Excellent presentation which engaged the students, despite there being a large number in the hall. Your presenter was enthusiastic and untiring!

Heather Smith
Head of 6th form
Positively MAD
06.11.2013
St Richard Gwyn Catholic High School (Secondary School)
St Richard Gwyn Catholic High School

The children and parents who participated in the day enjoyed it. The presenter was excellent and engaging too

Viv Burman
Acting Deputy Head
Hooks, Lines & Thinkers - English
04.11.2013
Tennyson High School, Lincolnshire (Secondary School)
Tennyson High School, Lincolnshire

I am Head of English at THS (Tennyson High School) a secondary modern school in Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire.

 

This year my department was the most improved in the country at KS3, with a third of our pupils gaining L5+ more than last year. This year we are predicting 75% L5+.

 

Your Positively Mad about English course has been more than instrumental in that success; we have improved KS3 and KS4 imaginative writing skills by at least two grades/levels; many of the resources supplied are used as posters to teach specifics; Speed Reading has become a real competitive sport!

 

I can honestly say that renewing my acquaintance with your course has reminded me how inspirational and innovative your ideas are – I should be using more of them in school to improve even more!

 

Thank you.

Alison Gray-Smith
Head of English
Super Speed Study Skills
22.10.2013
Avon Valley School (Secondary School)
Avon Valley School

Many thanks to you all for an enjoyable day. Kim was most engaging with the students and the organization from your office staff was clear and prompt. Students and staff have gained from the experience.

Jo Perrin
MFL Teacher
Bridging the Gap
22.10.2013
Jo Richardson Community School (Secondary School)
Jo Richardson Community School

Rachel was an energetic and skillful presenter. The material was helpful and explained well. The teacher meeting was a useful addition.

Mary Wren
Head of 6th form
Super Speed Study Skills
22.10.2013
The Piggott School (Secondary School)
The Piggott School

As ever, feedback was great. Daniel was enthusiastic and sessions were fun and informative. Staff and students were happy

Marion Coles
Key Stage 4 Pastoral Admin
Bridging the Gap
21.10.2013
Gower College (Secondary School)
Gower College

I arranged for PM to come to Gower College but unfortunately I was off sick when the event took place. Staff have told me they were very impressed with the event and once some get back to me with emailed comments I'll fill in the sheet and return it to you. I am definitely interested in booking with you again.

David Bawden
Teacher
Positively MAD
15.10.2013
Small Heath School (Secondary School)
Small Heath School

Relaxed attitude with well organised presentation/activities meant the students remained on task and contributed sensibly throughout the two hours.

Kashmir Sanghera
Head of 6th form
Goal Mapping
06.09.2013
Ockendon Academy (Secondary School)
Ockendon Academy

I attended a workshop last night at my sons school, run by Vicki. Fabulously inspirational, I am truly inspired. I am a 36 year old mother of three and am just starting a college course myself after last studying 20 years ago, I will take on board everything i saw and learnt and will utilise it throughout my study’s and the rest of my life. Vicki was a breath of fresh air and her energy will stay with me for a very long time. A big Thank you Helen

Helen Milton
Parent
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