General Information: Courses 


See the course calendar

We have Lead Facilitator accreditation as part of the National STEM Learning Centre CPD Quality Mark

Who can attend the courses?

We run workshops for Design and Technology teachers and these are suitable for teachers, trainees, technicians and teaching assistants. 

Some workshops might also be suitable for anyone working with young people but not in a formal school setting. Email me at before booking if you need more information on how suitable a course is for you. 

We occasionally run non teacher workshops for adults, as well as workshops for children. 

We can also create bespoke workshops to meet your needs. Email me about creating a bespoke course for you or your group 

What types of workshops are available?

See the course calendar

We specialise in running small personalised courses, with low numbers of delegates, to help you get the most out of your day. 

The following are examples of workshops we run for teachers (others are available). If a workshop you are interested in isn’t calendared or you can’t make the date email as extra dates and venues can often be added. 

Teaching & Learning in D&T

Outstanding Teaching and Learning in D&T - A course focusing on outstanding teaching and learning and raising the achievement of all students. 

The New KS3 & 4 D&T Curriculum - A course focusing on the changing curriculum for D&T

Maximising Progression in D&T Using Higher Level Thinking - A course focusing on how to use strategies such as Bloom’s Taxonomy, De Bono’s Thinking Hats and various other higher level thinking strategies to maximise student performance. 

Boys will be boys: Raising the performance of boys - How boys learn and strategies to engage them in D&T. 

Raising the performance of girls - How girls learn and strategies to engage them in D&T. 

Gifted and Talented Students in D&T - How to identify & maximise the performance of gifted & talented students in D&T. 

See the full course calendar

Textiles Courses

GCSE and A level textiles - Courses that focus on raising achievement at exam level. This includes courses focused on teaching and learning, Controlled Assessment and exam revision. 

KS3 Textiles - How to create an engaging and up to date KS3 textiles curriculum 

E-textiles - Courses on both basic and more advanced circuits, including the use of programmable components

STEM in Textiles - Update your textiles curriculum with smart,  modern and electronic materials. 

Developing Practical Skills in Textiles - Courses focusing on specific areas of need e.g. construction and decorative techniques, adapting patterns, making products

Textiles technician courses, including ones on how to service sewing machines

All of the general D&T courses that are listed can also be run as textiles specific courses. 

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Leading an Outstanding D&T Department  - A course aimed at leaders and those aspiring to leadership roles in D&T.

An introduction to Coaching - Learn the basic skills in coaching along with some more advanced techniques that will help you lead & inspire both staff & students.

Developing Leadership Skills - Aimed at those aspiring to senior leadership roles. Learn about leadership skills & about how to maximise the performance of a team.

See the full course calendar

Other courses

Behaviour management - Strategies & tips on classroom management, dealing with low level disruption, positive behaviour management etc. 

Bespoke workshops can also be planned either at your venue or at an external venue. Email for more details.

See the full course calendar

I’ve heard you run some low cost workshops, including some that are funded, is this true?

Yes it is! We run a number of courses that receive sponsorship from organisations which makes them very low cost, and in some cases completely free. 

The Textiles Teacher Roadshow  is an example of a very low cost course at just £42.

Courses we run at The National STEM Learning Centre can be funded by an Enthuse Bursary if you are a state school or academy (other schools can attend the courses but have to pay a fee).

Some courses also have extra resources given away for free in addition to the standard course resources (these offers will be listed with each course description if they are available).

Find out about the low cost courses we run

Who runs the workshops?

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Courses are run by my myself and my husband, Paul Boyd. Some are run by us as individuals and some include both of us working together. Between us we have extensive experience of working in a variety of different schools, and in a range of different roles, which means we are able to offer experience and support across a wide range of teacher needs. We both also have experience in industry related to both leadership and D&T. The course calendar indicates who is leading each course. 

What makes your workshops different to those from other trainers?

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We have Lead Facilitator accreditation as part of the National STEM Learning Centre CPD Quality Mark

We pride ourselves in the quality of the workshops we run and a lot of time and thought goes into planning each one to ensure they meet the needs of teachers. We constantly evaluate courses, responding to delegate feedback, to ensure each course is the best it could possibly be. 

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One of the things that makes us different is our personalised approach to running courses. We specialise in running small personalised courses, with low numbers of delegates, to help you get the most out of your day. Although we run some courses for bigger groups many of our courses are targeted at groups of up to about 8 delegates. Group sizes are often smaller than this and we even run many courses just for one or two delegates (this depends on the venue as it isn’t cost effective to do this in all venues). 

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We specialise in courses for low numbers as we believe that delegates learn the most, and get the most personalised experience, when numbers are small. This allows for better discussion and encourages delegates to be more open and share ideas. It also allows us to give each delegate individual attention and the ability to respond to the school context they are in. Smaller numbers also makes the atmosphere less daunting for those who are a little nervous about attending a course. 

Our courses also focus on real solutions for real classrooms. As experienced teachers we know that teachers are looking for ways of maximising learning whilst also reducing their workload. We provide ideas and resources that do this and a big feature of all courses is that delegates will be able to go back into school and use ideas, strategies and resources within a few days of being on the course with little or no work. As well as the resources used in the session delegates take an extensive resource pack aimed at supporting the content of the course back in the classroom. The quote below from a teacher who attended a course sums up our aims perfectly:

Just to say a huge thank you for a great day today. You always provide fantastic resources, but what I think makes your courses so unique is the practical application you provide, even down to ideas for teaching in the class room!!! As a teacher with not enough hours in the day this is exactly what is so valuable. You give us the foundation and provide scope to develop the ideas.

Want help persuading your school to release you to attend a course? 

Take a look at the benefits of attending one of our courses and get tips on how to justify being released for the day.

Find out what delegates say about our courses

How much does a workshop cost? 

Please see the course Calendar page for up to date information on prices. Prices will differ for workshops run in your school. Email for details. 

Where are the workshops held?

We use a variety of different venues across the country and we're always happy to consider new areas. A lot of courses run in Nottingham as this is where we live. Nottingham is also easy for many people to get to because of its position in the Midlands and the good rail and other transport links. If you would like a different venue to be considered please let me know. 

Find out more about venues we use 

How do I book a workshop?

Details on how to book workshops are given with each workshop description on the course Calendar page. 

More information on how to book a course 

Workshop Bookings: Terms & Conditions

It is essential you read the terms and conditions before booking a course. 

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