BRAND NEW WORKSHOP
A realistic look at the demands of 6th form and an introduction to the core skills needed to cope with those demands.
The workshop equips students with a range of tools and techniques designed to promote self-study, independent learning and research, and to raise aspirations.
Bridging the Gap is an active learning workshop which inspires students with higher order thinking skills, advanced notetaking tools, active reading advice and time management tips.
Upskills students and raises standards of learning
Students will learn how to navigate and bridge the gap between pre and post 16 education
Interactive, high-impact workshop which will leave students excited to continue their learning journey
This workshop clearly identifies the difference between pre and post 16 education and the increased demands which come with this transition.
Students will learn how to become self-sufficient studiers, develop their independent learning and research skills and manage their time effectively.
They will be equipped with a comprehensive toolkit of critical thinking techniques, motivational tips, effective study skills and be introduced to the concept of active V passive learning, which they can refer back to as lifelong competences.
To show students that the transition process doesn’t have to be daunting
To stimulating a mature and positive attitude towards learning
To introduce students to the advanced demands of post 16 education
Bridging the Gap clearly identifies the different expectations and higher demands of post 16 education. It equips students with a range of tools and techniques not only to cope with this increase but also to raise their aspirations and self-expectations.
It empowers them to become enthusiastic, independent learners ready to move into the next chapter of their lives.
It went really well and the vast majority of students enjoyed it and found it useful Well organized and lived up to your publicity.
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.
I felt that the workshop was well delivered and was pitched perfectly to support sixth form students. As always, thank you for accommodating our requests 10/10
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Rachel was an energetic and skillful presenter. The material was helpful and explained well. The teacher meeting was a useful addition.
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.
Great workshop. Students were really well engaged for the most part. (Same odd students who have to talk through anything!!) Some really good strategies. Well presented. 10/10
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.
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
Excellent presentation which engaged the students, despite there being a large number in the hall. Your presenter was enthusiastic and untiring!
I just wanted to say that the Bridging the Gap workshop was fab! Thank you for arranging it! Not only did it benefit students but the staff supporting were enthralled. We have been able to take away revision/recall techniques to benefit all learners. The students who attended both workshops felt that they have been given support to effectively transition from KS4 to KS5 and all students felt the tips given yesterday would be useful to track their own learning and improve their grades.
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.
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.
Excellent really engaging. 10/10
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The workshops were interesting and interactive. Jay was very lively and relatable. The 2 different sessions were very useful to each year group and hopefully all students came away with some motivation for the coming year. Jay’s session on mind mapping was an excellent way to show student how they can revise effectively and proof that it works. The day ran very smoothing and Jay was very flexible with your timings and managed to deliver the sessions equally as well in a shorter time frame.
Smooth running and I was able to maintain my teaching timetable knowing the students were in good hands. (There were cover staff there as well) Jay knows the venue and set-up. No issues re Covid. Positive feedback from students. Interaction and banter. The effect of the examples and ideas on the students. Professionalism. Knowledge of the subject and methods. 9/10
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.
Jay provided excellent training for our students. Nothing but positive comments so far.
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.
I would just like to thank Shenaz for her brilliant sessions. Her ability to connect with students and relate to their stage in education was impeccable. Her delivery was engaging, relevant (almost as though she worked with us daily), the language she used to explain her workshops couldn't have been more on point. Students have left with lots of new methods to revise and tips to manage their emotions and be more resilient. I will be booking next year. Teachers were blown away and loved every minute of the workshops.
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.
Appropriately pitched for the new students. Delivered in a vibrant and friendly approach. Natalie and Kim were very engaging through the whole day with the students. Both presenters were excellent!
All good valuable revision tools, tips and techniques. The students were attentive throughout both workshops. Even the staff present said they had learnt something new! Jay was a lively and engaging presenter who pitched his delivery perfectly for our Y12 students. It was really helpful to be able to cover the whole year group across the three schools in one day.