Positively MAD Testimonials
Read how students and teachers have reacted to our workshops.

Bridging the Gap
24.06.2021
Rickmansworth School (Secondary School)
Rickmansworth School

Students were given a range of tools and strategies for meeting the greater demands on sixth form. Matt made the session fun and engaging and took the time to spend extra time with some students at the end of our workshop to show and teach them some magic tricks! Matt has great presenting style and his personality is engaging. I would recommend Matt and wouldn't hesitate to book him again for the same session next year. 10/10

Exam Busters
12.10.2020
Seven Kings School (Secondary School)
Seven Kings School
Jay was engaging, creative with his choice of anecdotes and examples and clear. Yes- hugely. On Tuesday morning, many approached me to tell me that they found the sessions really useful and had helped them to organise their revision. It was perfect timing for the year group. 10/10- Jay was one of the best presenters we have had! Jay- personable, hooked the audience, set the expectations at the start- clarity of the students' role as audience. Practical nature of revision strategies.Seeing how useful the students found it and how practical the revision strategies were was amazing!
Exam Busters
25.02.2020
St John's School, Cyprus (Secondary School)
St John's School, Cyprus
I thought he was FAB! He had the kids eating out of his hands! His delivery and techniques were just brilliant. Think staff should have this training too! All students felt that the sessions had been useful. Tools for organising their time, particularly the 4 boxes for prioritising for the week were mentioned by several. Mind mapping and the # grids for organising notes and revision were also mentioned. Students also talked about how to approach study periods in the study room was useful. We all enjoyed having Jay work with us to deliver such valuable workshops to our students. I am sure that we will be using the techniques he taught us throughout the next year and we look forward to working with him again! 10/10
Exam Busters
11.02.2020
Haileybury Turnford (Secondary School)
Haileybury Turnford
Session 1 (Exam Busters): There were clear messages. It gave students clear examples of what they can do to support themselves with revision. Session 2 (Super Speed Study Skills): Ideal for year 10, good focus on what they need to do to be successful Timing went well. Just under 2 hours was perfect time. Delivery was very good, very engaging and appropriately pitched. 10/10
Exam Busters
31.01.2020
Tendring Technology College (Secondary School)
Tendring Technology College
Fast paced and informative, Natalie has so much energy making the workshops fun and keeping the students engaged. 10/10
Crash Course in Accelerated Learning
06.01.2020
Chelmer Valley High School (Secondary School)
Chelmer Valley High School
Wonderful ideas, good opportunities to explore strategies and time to consider application to our own practice. Kim has excellent energy, a brilliant focus on outcomes and she supported all the staff to consider how to embed improving memory into lessons.
Hooks, Lines & Thinkers - Science
29.11.2019
Ormiston Park Academy (Secondary School)
Ormiston Park Academy
Very well organised and delivered. Natalie was positive and motivational. Thank you Natalie for your time in advance of the session, discussing what I required from the sessions. The sessions went really well and the students found it useful. 10/10
Positively MAD
23.11.2019
Make Happen Essex (NCOP) (Secondary School)
Make Happen Essex (NCOP)
Interactive session that got parents thinking 10/10
Exam Busters
12.11.2019
Ramsey Academy (Secondary School)
Ramsey Academy
The workshop offer valuable exam revision techniques to students as well as an opportunity for students to self-reflect.
Creative Approaches to Learning
08.10.2019
Haileybury Turnford School (Secondary School)
Haileybury Turnford School
Very informative and you were able to hold the students for long periods of time by breaking up the information. Students also enjoyed the tips and methods to help them learn and remember / recall. Parents were pleased and we received emails to say how happy they were that staff we bringing this information to use in the class room to help their children. 9/10
Resilience Workshop
25.09.2019
The King's (The Cathedral) School (Secondary School)
The King's (The Cathedral) School

Shenaz was engaging, non-stop, pacey and really bought into what our students needed. She was very impressive indeed. The principles of developing greater resilience for our students was well presented. 10/10

Bridging the Gap
06.09.2019
Beaulieu Convent School (Secondary School)
Beaulieu Convent School
Year 10 and 11: Super speedy study skills. Pacey delivery ensured the large audience stayed focused. Feedback from students has been positive with a general sense that there was some technique or method for everyone. Some have expressed confidence moving forward into the academic year and I will be directing tutors to have follow up sessions. From a parent: ‘My daughter …. advised that she was amazed at how much information she could quickly remember and recite using the skills and techniques provided during the workshop. …. usually has to read things a couple to times to be able to understand and recall she has read. She found the techniques very useful and I was delighted to hear how much she enjoyed the workshop.’ ‘Bridging the Gap’ Year 12: small group but they responded well to Jay’s banter and quickly focused on all the tasks. Again, positive feedback from all students providing a range of techniques for all to use. The time keeping and organisational elements were very useful. Thank you to Jay for an excellent day.
Bridging the Gap
03.09.2019
The Broxbourne School (Secondary School)
The Broxbourne School
Jay was excellent and there were some very positive messages; ideal for the first day of term for the new Year 12 students
Resilience Workshop
10.07.2019
Stowupland High School (Secondary School)
Stowupland High School

We were very pleased with the event and we felt that our students did benefit from this.

Positively MAD
23.04.2019
Suffolk New College (Secondary School)
Suffolk New College

Rip Roaring Resits: I thought the workshops were excellent and both Kim and Natalie were brilliant – they helped to inspire students to achieve their best and gave them very useful techniques for learning and remembering. Feedback from the teachers has been extremely positive, with some staying behind after the class to personally say thank you. Other teachers have said they will continue to use the skills taught and many students took screenshots of different slides for their own reference moving forward. As always, I thought the workshops were extremely valuable and Kim and Natalie were both a delight to have in college. Their positive attitude shined through in their workshops and feedback has been extremely positive by both students and staff! Thank you!

Super Speed Study Skills
14.02.2019
Epping St John's (Secondary School)
Epping St John's

I am confident students can revise for their upcoming exams using some of the techniques shown. Time management was great

Super Speed Study Skills
11.02.2019
Goffs - Churchgate Academy (Secondary School)
Goffs - Churchgate Academy

Natalie’s delivery was excellent. She was passionate and engaging and the students got a lot from the sessions. Natalie was well organised and well planned and the day ran very smoothly.

Mind Mapping
25.01.2019
Chantry Academy (Secondary School)
Chantry Academy

Thought very good and targeted at the right level and subject specific which was good to see. This enabled the methods delivered in the original course to be revisited and used with subject specific relevant information. Very good. Kim was great lots of energy and very inspiring. Always a good feel to the MAD sessions. 10/10

Super Speed Study Skills
09.01.2019
The Royal Liberty School (Secondary School)
The Royal Liberty School

The workshop was well conducted. Students were very positive about the workshop and engaged throughout. We will be booking again for next year. 10/10

Exam Busters
04.12.2018
Thomas Gainsborough School (Secondary School)
Thomas Gainsborough School

The workshop information was useful and interesting. I thought the interactive aspects were great. The presenter was engaging. The memory game was interesting. The students said they would use the information gathered to use for revision purposes.

Resilience Workshop
30.11.2018
Epping St John's (Secondary School)
Epping St John's
Students found it informative and beneficial, it was delivered well with a clear message. On time, arrival set up easy and engaged the students
Exam Busters
30.11.2018
Southborough High School (Secondary School)
Southborough High School

I have copied and pasted the survey from my year 11 cohort and summarised the main comments made. 1. Did you enjoy the workshop? Yes – engaging, yes – he had good energy levels and kept everyone focussed, yes – good tactics to help you stick stuff in your brain 2. Did you feel like you benefitted from this? Yes – good revision tactics, gave a different style that maybe haven’t seen before, lots of easy tips and tricks. 3. How did you rate the presenter? All liked him – energetic, engaging, enthusiastic, efficient, got to the point in the small amount of time he had (this was due to our school timings and not any problems with positively mad) 4. Would you recommend this to other students? Yes Many staff commented that he allowed the students to be very proactive and didn’t let them switch off/mind wander. He earned their respect early on. Allowing them to have 5 minute brain breaks helped too and they cooperated with him every time. The mad pads allowed students to make the necessary notes they needed. Everything went smoothly and he was well liked. Thank you!

Exam Busters
09.11.2018
Chelmer Valley High School (Secondary School)
Chelmer Valley High School

As always, brilliant! Students were engaged and found it useful. Superbly run as always.

Goal Mapping
31.10.2018
Gray's Convent School (Secondary School)
Gray's Convent School

Very good workshops, presenter (Natalie) interacted well with the pupils. The day went very well, thought the pupils took a lot from the day and hopefully remember a lot of the techniques used

Super Speed Study Skills
20.09.2018
Castle View School (Secondary School)
Castle View School

It was indeed interactive and as well as informative. As a school we are always trying new things and one of our key focuses is to work more with parents. The session Kim delivered certainly helped us make that connection we were hoping. WE are going to try to continue this type of support for parents to support their child. Really positive and still testing students on their knowledge on Marco Polo and the elements of the periodic table. Kim was friendly, easy to talk to and nothing was ever a problem. She was indeed MAD – top session

Bridging the Gap
07.09.2018
Beaulieu Convent School, Jersey (Primary School)
Beaulieu Convent School, Jersey

Bridging the Gap: provision of a number of practical ways to enhance learning and study were memorable. The ‘Success Sights’ and ‘Feedback Sandwich’ particularly good scheduling tools for sixth form, and ones I can return to with them in an assembly. Mind mapping is a proven goody and one I use as an English teacher; the proof of the Muhammed Ali mind map was hard hitting. Mastering Student Motivation: much better hearing it from another (“not someone in a tie”Jay) Carrot and Stick / Actions and Consequences are important messages. I like the variety of ideas covered and the repeated message that it is up to them. The Wheel of balance and goal setting was effective and well received by the students. Your comments on the day: smooth, efficient delivery; great stamina, anecdotes and engagement. A great learning day!

Mastering Student Motivation
04.09.2018
The Broxbourne School (Secondary School)
The Broxbourne School

Very enthusiastic presenter meant students remained energised throughout. Very good; we would definitely have you back

Exam Busters
04.07.2018
New Rickstones Academy (Primary School)
New Rickstones Academy

Really interesting - it was great to have such a wide range of ideas. Very well organised and delivered.

Resilience Workshop
05.06.2018
Millhouse Primary School (Primary School)
Millhouse Primary School

The day was really informative and engaging. Staff feedback is overwhelmingly positive with everyone taking away action points and ideas to carry out both within their classroom and personally. Natalie’s presentation style was a good mix of seriousness balanced with upbeat, informal anecdotes and great ideas. The information within the course made us think more deeply about our own mental health and well being as well as the impact on, and signs for, young people’s mental health. Many staff have already implemented some of the ideas with their classes.

Mastering Student Motivation
05.05.2018
Castle View School (Secondary School)
Castle View School

It was brilliant that it gave students so many practical tips for revision. Kim was really engaging and it was nice that she gave examples of how the techniques worked such as the mind map and using objects around the room. The students have commented how useful it was and we’re looking forward to working with you again.

Catch Up with Literacy
06.11.2017
JCoSS (Secondary School)
JCoSS

Natalie was lively and engaging, staff and students really enjoyed the literacy session. They learnt plenty of skills for improving literacy, planning, and comprehension. Definitely beneficial for our target students.

Bridging the Gap
20.10.2017
Elizabeth College, Guernsey (Secondary School)
Elizabeth College, Guernsey
Kim was fantastic and controlled the room really well. The content was well structured and covered the areas that we had been focusing on during the term and therefore reinforced the message.
Bridging the Gap
18.10.2017
Knights Templar School (Secondary School)
Knights Templar School
The worksheets, resources and tasks provided to the students were very useful and will form a part of our tutorial programme moving forward. Jay was energetic, enthusiastic and pitched his presentation at the correct level for our students. He gave the students breaks when appropriate and struck a good balance between student led work and more directed work.
Exam Busters
04.10.2017
Chelmer Valley High School (Secondary School)
Chelmer Valley High School
Superb as always, students felt very positive about the course and application. Kim’s enthusiasm was infectious and students thought her message was very powerful. The day was excellent. We have had several parents feedback how great they thought the twilight session was.
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.
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
Bridging the Gap
05.09.2017
Westcliff High School for Girls (Secondary School)
Westcliff High School for Girls
Enthusiastic presenter - helpful for research.
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.
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.

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.
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.
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!
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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!!).

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.

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.

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.

Mastering Student Motivation
26.02.2014
Queens School (Secondary School)
Queens School

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

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.

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

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

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.

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