We are Learn Spark!

We provide training and facilitation programmes for the education sector, charities and businesses.

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Discover Learn Spark courses and programmes

Learning and Teaching

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Every piece of research available tells us that high-quality teaching and learning is at the heart of improvements in students’ outcomes in the classroom. To achieve this teachers and classroom assistants need to be up to date with the latest research and strategies and given time to consider how these fit into their classroom. Our sessions will give them the knowledge, inspiration and space to do just that. Teachers will leave the session feeling challenged, yes, but also empowered and inspired to make effective change with their students.

Course CodeCoursesDuration
TL1
  • Just Great Teaching

Exploring the Latest Research on Teaching

1 Day
TL2
  • Next Level Differentiation

The Latest Strategies and Methods

1 Day
TL3
  • Marking for Improvement

The Latest Strategies and Methods

1 Day
TL4
  • Metacognition and Self Regulated Learning

Teaching, Learning and Thinking

2 Days
TL5
  • Targeted Mentoring Training

Supporting Attitudinal and Motivational Change

2 Days
TL6
  • Target Questioning

Exploring Effective Questioning

1/2 Day
TL7
  • Using Oracy as a Tool to Secure Deeper Learning

Deepening Understanding Through Structured Dialogue

TL8
  • Making Learning Visible

Developing Our Understanding of Different Kinds of Thinking

TL9
  • Strengthening Memory and Recall

Strategies to Support Working and Long Term Memory

TL10
  • Developing Habits of Mind

Developing Patterns of Thinking Behaviour

Leadership Development

Many are called to leadership but as many are unprepared for the trials and tribulations of the role. They can quickly find themselves on the back foot or in deep water when attempting to lead and inspire those around them. Whether they are new to leadership or in the role for a while, our leadership courses will challenge, empower and transform them as leaders and help bring new momentum to your organisation.

Course CodeCoursesDuration
LD1
  • Handling Difficult Conversations
1 Day
LD2
  • Communication for Buy-in
1/2 Day
LD3
  • Leading Improvements in the Quality of Teaching and Learning
1 Day
LD4
  • Leading and Managing Change
1/2 Day
LD5
  • Motivating and Inspiring Staff
1 Day
LD6
  • Moving into Leadership
1/2 Day
LD7
  • Action Planning, Monitoring and Evaluating Standards
1 Day
LD8
  • Effectively Resolving Conflict
1/2 Day

Ready Steady Study!

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Our Study Skills programmes for students and parents directly answer the question: How do we study? Our hugely popular sessions will empower students to study independently and effectively, enabling them to reach their full potential. They will leave the session ready to take on the exam challenge!

In particular, check out our sessions for A level, higher and further education students. These students don’t just get the same old strategies rebranded. Students will learn how to use advanced graphic organisers and thinking templates to further probe their notes and develop the higher-order thinking skills essential for success in advance-level exams.

Course CodeCoursesDuration
RSS1
  • Ready Steady Study!

Study Skills for Key Stage 3/4

3 Hours
RSS2
  • Ready Steady Study!

Advanced Study Skills for Post-16

3 Hours
RSS3
  • Ready Steady Study Parents!

Study Skills Training for Parents

2 Hours
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We all learn in different ways …

Virtual Training Courses

Live Study Skills Webinars

Every inch a Learn Spark course, just delivered online!

Delivered by Learn Spark Director, Paul Gray.  Paul is a teacher with 23 year’s experience, he started his career teaching Business Studies, Economics and Politics at GCSE and A-Level. He has worked as a Curriculum Support Officer and Education Manager for CCEA before starting Learn Spark in 2011.

Paul is an expert in the development of Independent Learning and Study Skills having worked with over 360 schools across the UK and Ireland. He has an infectious energy and passion for education and helping young people grow and reach their full potential.

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Join us for a FREE webinar on how to transform your child’s approach to study!

The webinar will explore areas such as: Motivation – Goal Setting – Time Management – Note Taking – Memory Enhancement – Exam Technique – Managing Stress & Resilience! 

FREE Live Parents’ Webinar – Book your place now!
FREE Live Webinar!When
  • Motivating and Empowering your child

Supporting GCSE & A-level Students with their Studying

Monday 2nd November

7pm to 8pm

Followed by Q&A

Enjoy all 6 sessions for only £34.95 (Less than £6 per session)

Saturday mornings in November and December – 10am to 11am, followed by Q&A.

Live Student Webinars – GCSE Study Skills, Book your place now!
Live WebinarWhen
  • Preparing For The Challenge

Getting Organised and Effective Time Management

Saturday 7th November

  • Driving Yourself Forward

Getting Motivated & Understanding Yourself as a Learner

Saturday 14th November

  • Deepening Meaning And Understanding

Interrogating Key Notes and Information

Saturday 21st November

  • Total Recall

Strengthening Memory and Recall

Saturday 28th November

  • Hitting The Exam Target

Effectively Answering Exam Questions & Exam Technique

Saturday 5th December

  • Steady As You Go!

Managing Exam Stress and Remaining Resilient

Saturday 12th December

Enjoy all 6 sessions for only £34.95 (Less than £6 per session)

Monday evenings in November and December – 6.30pm to 7.30pm, followed by Q&A.

Live Student Webinars – GCSE Study Skills, Book your place now!
Live WebinarWhen
  • Preparing For The Challenge

Getting Organised and Effective Time Management

Monday 9th November

  • Driving Yourself Forward

Getting Motivated & Understanding Yourself as a Learner

Monday 16th November

  • Deepening Meaning And Understanding

Interrogating Key Notes and Information

Monday 23rd November

  • Total Recall

Strengthening Memory and Recall

Monday 30th November

  • Hitting The Exam Target

Effectively Answering Exam Questions & Exam Technique

Monday 7th December

  • Steady As You Go!

Managing Exam Stress and Remaining Resilient

Monday 14th December

Student Development

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Every school and college seeks the holistic development of their students. Our courses will equip and empower students with the skills, attitudes and drive they need to achieve and thrive in school, work and life. The sessions are completely interactive with practical activities throughout. Students will be involved in team challenges, debates, discussions, self-reflection and role-plays. Their feet won’t touch the ground. They will leave the session energised and inspired, ready to take on the world!

Course CodeCoursesDuration
SD1
  • RECALL Workshop

Developing Memory Skills

3 Hours
SD2
  • TIME Workshop

Developing Time Management Skills

3 Hours
SD3
  • LEAD Workshop

Building Confident and Inspirational Leaders

1 Day
SD4
  • PRESENT Workshop

Building Presentation and Public Speaking Skills

3 Hours
SD5
  • PEER MENTOR Workshop

Training for Students to Support Fellow Students

1 Day
SD6
  • MINDFULNESS Workshop

Building Resilience, Focus, Concentration and Happiness

3 Hours
SD7
  • MOMENTUM Workshop
3 Hours
SD8
  • EMPLOY Workshop
3 Hours
SD9
  • KICKSTART Workshop
3 Hours

Personal Effectiveness

To be effective in work and life we need to make use of all our talents, strengths, skills, energy and time. It’s the focus on the development of these areas, both personally and professionally, that will determine whether we achieve our career and personal goals. Our Personal Effectiveness courses will equip your staff with the skills and confidence they need to push through their barriers and overcome their obstacles helping them achieve success.

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Course CodeCoursesDuration
PE1
  • Giving Great Presentations
3 Hours
PE2
  • Time Control

Effectively Managing your Time

3 Hours
PE3
  • Resilience Training

Building Coping Skills

3 Hours
PE4
  • Assert Yourself

Take Control of Communication

3 Hours
PE5
  • Powerful Applicant

Make an Impact at Interviews

3 Hours
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Facilitation Services

We’ve been running highly successful facilitated workshops for years. Our bespoke sessions are guaranteed to have everyone collaborating effectively by harnessing their collective strengths. We’ve facilitated hundreds of brainstorming sessions, meetings, focus groups, strategy workshops, team-building events and conferences. We are known for keeping the energy high and for building motivation and momentum that result in dynamic ideas and solutions.

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Course CodeCoursesDuration
FS1
  • Framing the Future

Reconnecting with Ethos, Vision and Values

1 Day
FS2
  • Strengthening Partnership Working

Supporting Collaboration

1 Day
FS3
  • Releasing Stakeholder Voice

Informing Strategic Planning

3 Hours
FS4
  • Team Energy

Building and Motivating Teams

1 Day
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Good Governance

Governors and board members are strategic leaders and it is essential they are suitably and professionally trained in their role and in the context they are governing. How a board governs is at the heart of how an organisation successfully operates. Good and effective governance sets the tone, ensuring accountability and efficient and effective management and leadership.

Learn Spark offers a suite of Good Governance Modules.

Course CodeCoursesDuration
GG1
  • The Practice of Good Governance
GG2
  • Strategic Direction, Vision and Culture
GG3
  • Working Together – The Critical Friend
Course CodeCoursesDuration
GG4
  • Building the Effective Board
GG5
  • Recruitment and Selection
GG6
  • Resilient Leadership
Course CodeCoursesDuration
GG7
  • Excellence and Organisational Improvement
GG8
  • Leading and Managing Change
GG9
  • Safeguarding and Managing Risk