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

Managing Mental Health
03.03.2021
(Further Education)
Wakefield College
Thanks for everything in helping us put on the workshops last week. I have attached data from the Evaluation Forms we sent to students for your information. The feedback has been very positive and I know some students have spoken to their teaching staff about them too. I was very impressed with the workshops and in particular Kim's energy and ability to make the content relevant and relatable for our students and their context. Thanks very much!
Positively MAD
22.06.2020
Ruth Gorse Academy (Secondary School)
Ruth Gorse Academy
The Ruth Gorse Academy ran a Positively MAD week for students via Google Classrooms and Zoom, hoping to engage some of our more hard-to-reach and disengaged students by providing them with more interactive and engaging material beyond their schoolwork. The Positively MAD staff were wonderfully flexible in meeting the safeguarding needs of our school and were willing to work with us to get the programme set up in a way that would benefit as many of our students as possible. As schools struggle to keep students engaged in the curriculum and teachers/staff members miss their daily interactions with the young people they care about, the ability to see them participating in online activities of any sort counts as a big win! All of the materials were easy to use, engaging for learners, and well thought out. The live Zoom sessions were excellent and staff enjoyed attending just as much as students. We also appreciated that parents/carers were included in the materials, as many of them also require support in these difficult times. Feedback from students, teachers and parents/carers was all positive; parents stated “I think that this programme was really beneficial because it teaches children the importance of learning […] and some really good techniques were shown” Here at the Ruth Gorse Academy we really appreciate everything Positively MAD did for our students and would highly recommend their programme to others.
Exam Busters
05.03.2020
The King's School, Pontefract (Secondary School)
The King's School, Pontefract
Very engaging and practical suggestions to help the students. The students benefitted greatly from the activities and they gained confidence with their ability to memorise large amounts of data The session was very good and I would recommend it to other schools in our Trust. 10/10
Super Speed Study Skills
07.02.2020
Outwood Academy Ripon (Secondary School)
Outwood Academy Ripon
Loved the energy and enthusiasm of Steve. The techniques demonstrated complement what we’ve done already so the students know exactly what works and what doesn’t. I really liked the practical element of the workshop, its wasn’t a lecture. The small group worked well so I would recommend school stick to around 50 maximum at a time. It allows conversation/ interaction / questions to take place 10/10
Exam Busters
22.01.2020
Clifton Community School (Secondary School)
Clifton Community School
A good length for our students. The ideas matched exactly what we have been saying in school so really suited our school overall message. With one lower ability group, they sometimes struggled to keep up but this is something we could look at in the future and perhaps group differently. The students were inspired to go away and try the techniques and the staff were also inspired to use them to help the students revise in lesson. Excellent, and held at a perfect time of year as students had just received some mock results and also have more mocks coming up
Exam Busters
20.11.2019
Ryburn Valley High School (Secondary School)
Ryburn Valley High School
As always Shenaz has the group under control and runs an active and enthusiastic session which our students appreciate.
Exam Busters
27.03.2019
Carleton High School (Secondary School)
Carleton High School

Engaging delivery, confidence building for students, useful strategies.

Exam Busters
05.02.2019
Minsthorpe Community College (Secondary School)
Minsthorpe Community College

I have had some feedback from a member of SLT this morning: She was offering some additional mentoring to some students yesterday and there were another three Y11 students working in the same room. Part of the conversation was overheard, from one of the girls, who were talking about their Positively MAD experience. This girl said that she is fed up with teachers telling them what they need to do, as regards to revising for exams. However, Chris didn’t just do this, but he actually showed them how to do this. She was overheard saying that she’s never really known how to revise, but now she knows a number of different techniques that she can use. The group then went on to ‘test’ each other on the ‘Muhammed Ali’ information!! They were all thrilled that they had learnt this information and it was ‘still there’.

Creative Approaches to Learning
18.11.2018
Queen Margaret's School (Secondary School)
Queen Margaret's School

Shenaz is superb and she is the reason we came back to Positively MAD this year. She is a delight and full of energy and enthusiasm. A superb morning thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.

Bridging the Gap
03.09.2018
Bradford Grammar School (Secondary School)
Bradford Grammar School

Jay was excellent in every way. Our students responded very well to his workshop, and we have received lots of positive comments from our students following the event. The content was appropriate and it met the specifications outlined in our brief. Jay’s communication was excellent in the run-up to the day also. I will certainly consider booking this event again for next academic year. Our thoughts will turn to organising next year’s Year 12 Induction Event in early 2019, and I look forward to consulting Positively Mad in due course. I would like to offer my thanks, and on behalf of everyone at Bradford Grammar School for a superb training workshop.

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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.

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
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.
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.

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. "

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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