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"Strategies and ideas were most beneficial, particularly the VCOP model for developing writing skills, Key Befriender scheme and the mentoring across key stages."Rob Downs – Caldicot Comprehensive School – Raising Boys Educational Achievement
"The course was well delivered, lots of opportunity was built in for group work, discussions and how things could work for our school. Very engaging, thought provoking and will make me look at boys in a very different light. VCOP idea was simple and could be instigated as soon as possible as staff would be able to take it on board swiftly."Juliet Grabner, Caldicot Comprehensive School, Raising Boys Educational Achievement
"The content of the course and the resources were excellent."Beth Jones, Ysgol Fflint, Promoting Bilingualism
“Superb resources! Course content very effective.”Mark Thomas, Ysgol John Summers, Promoting Bilingualism
"Clear information of the expectations of Estyn by Alwyn Thomas was extremely beneficial and the forum to ask Alwyn and Andy numerous questions and their willingness to answer all very honestly."Anwen Jones, Acting Deputy Head teacher- Ysgol Bro Ddyfi
"The practical content of the course was most beneficial. It draws upon the experience of the facilitator which gives it real meaning."Stephen Jones, Deputy Head teacher, Cardiff High School
“Clear explanations and the opportunity for discussions with the deliverer. Alwyn Thomas was very open, honest and very effective and came across as an extremely efficient person.”Dafydd Jones, Head teacher, Ysgol Bro Ddyfi
"Relevant discussions and a stock of ideas and materials that could be used tomorrow in the classroom."Keri Morgan, Head teacher, Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Gwaun Cae Gurwen
"Clear and purposeful presentation with strategies that can be used in the classroom straight away. Really enjoyed seeing ready prepared resources."Martin Evans, Deputy Head teacher, Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Gwaun Cae Gurwen
"A really positive and fresh atmosphere. An extremely effective, interesting and enthusiastic deliverer who had experience of the classroom – thank you.
Excellent resources given to be used within the school."Bethan Williams, Assistant Head teacher, Ysgol Gyfun y Strade
"Enjoyed learning about new ideas to promote skills amongst boys such as VCOP and DEAR."Lee James, Deputy Headteacher, Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Brynsierfel
"An excellent course with an extremely relaxed training provider who was full of facts and obviously very knowledgeable. The resources were very valuable and in Welsh too! Ideas for classroom use were practical – superb."Rhian Davies, Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Aberdar
"Great resources – lovely to receive things through the medium of Welsh."Bethan Williams, Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Aberdar
"An extremely informative course which offered a variety of strategies to combat bullying but also included elements of incorporating pupil voice in the composition of an anti bullying policy, which was most relevant."Elin Thomas, Narberth Primary School – Bullying
“Superb delivery which resulted and allowed for really interesting and thought provoking group discussions. The tasks set were relevant and the ideas for motivating boys will be put to use in my pastoral and day to day teaching.”Mark Stephen, Porthcawl Comprehensive School - Motivating and Engaging NEET pupils
“Lots of really practical advice, I really enjoyed the design of the programme, it was a great chance to network with different people.”Pauline Campbell, Lecturer - Forth Valley College, Scotland
"I enjoyed all aspects of the day, it was excellent"Louise Simpson, Bridgend County Council PREVENT Team – Motivating & Engaging NEETs
‘‘I found the sharing of experience and methods of engagement very useful as it’s always good to find other ways of approaching things, especially ones that have been tried and tested! It was great to have someone leading the session that is also a practitioner as it makes so much more sense to everyone involved and becomes a real group activity. Thank you again for the personal experiences you shared"Angela Martin, Tricoed - Ceredigion - Motivating and Engaging NEETs
"I really enjoyed the course and I gained a lot of valuable knowledge from the training that I can use back in my classroom"Alice Jones, Ysgol Y Gwendraeth - Managing Challenging Behaviour
"Thank you for a great day, I will be sure to tell the school to send others on this course, especially new staff"Rhiannon O’Sullivan, Ysgol Gyfun Y Strade - Managing Challenging Behaviour
''An excellent day, very informative & well presented.''Adrian Benyon Vice Principle, Bridgend College - Motivating & Engaging NEET's
''I have really enjoyed today, the course was both interesting and informative, and I will be able to use the strategies in various situations that arise in my work. A brilliant course.''Merthyr Tydfil 14-19 Learning Network - Managing Challenging Behaviour in a classroom setting
''After many years in the training industry I feel that this course has given me an insight into how my own behaviour could be improved in challenging situations. I would recommend it to anyone working in a learning environment.''Fran Butler, A4e Skill Build - Managing Challenging Behaviour
''Really well structured and tailored to suit the needs of the group and showed good understanding of our day to day problems/needs.''Matthew Pwy, ITEC - Managing Challenging Behaviour
"This course was excellent; I strongly believe this will help in the dealing with aggressive & nbsp; and challenging behaviour situations presented by learners."Wayne Crook, CAD Centre - Managing Challenging Behaviour
"I think that the course will help me in my job. The course was delivered at an excellent standard, and I can only praise him for his ability to feedback and listen to what we had to say - well done!"Basic Skills Tutor, Swansea City Council Training - Cyber Bullying & Internet Safety
"A very good course well prepared and organised. It will help me to improve my behaviour and the way I will respond in instances involving behaviour problems."Construction Tutor, Pembrokeshire College - Managing Challenging Behaviour
"Overall I thought the course was very informative and beneficial to my position. I believe I can take valuable information from it to help me in situations if and when they arise."Martin Stanton, CAD Centre - Managing Challenging Behaviour & Bullying/ Cyber Bullying
"The course was very informative & interesting; I feel that this will help my assertiveness and how to deal with challenging behaviour if a situation does arise - thanks!"Hayley Rees Training and Development Manager, ACT - Managing Challenging Behaviour
"Strongly recommended for any training environment, informal, informative and invaluable - thank you!"Rob Watkins Centre Manager, Torfaen Training - Motivating and Engaging NEETs
''Excellent training session. Tutors knowledge was brilliant and linked life experiences. Useful to be updated on safeguarding and the new issues involving 'Cyber Bullying' - thank you!''Jane Davies, ACT Skill Build Director - Cyber Bullying
"This has been one of the most useful informative sessions I've been on. Information so critical to us as providers, so relevant and up-to-date."Lisa Mytton, Quality Manager Acorn - Managing Effective SkillBuild
''I know this course has given me much more knowledge of what to look for when preventing learner's behaviour escalating out of control.''Belinda Simmons Skill Build, A4e - Managing Challenging Behaviour
It was all very useful particularly having the ideas of where to start and that it was tried and testedMichelle Pritchard, Caldicot Comprehensive School - Raising Boys Educational Achievement
The realisation of the importance of body language whilst communicating and as a form of communication was extremely beneficial and how to react positively to others.Hugh Morgans, Ysgol Llyn y Forwyn - Managing Challenging Behaviour
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