Why Our Courses? 

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What makes our workshops different to those from other trainers?

Paul & Julie

Use these points to help persuade your school to release you to attend a course:

  • Although we run some courses for bigger groups 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. Courses outlines usually state the maximum number of delegates. 
  • We try to avoid cancelling courses and will 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). 
  • We are a small independent company which means we are able to be more flexible in terms of types of courses, content, venues and dates
  • 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. 
  • We use a range of high quality venues with good transport links that allow delegates to get the most out of their day
  • Some courses include both Julie & Paul Boyd delivering the course for no additional cost. This means delegates get the benefit of a wide range of experiences we have had in education and industry in both D&T and leadership related areas.
  • 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. These resource packs are generally ones that are sold separately and these are included in the course for free.
  • Most courses are designed to have content that can be used immediately back in the classroom with little or no adaptation. 
  • Most courses have content relevant to other areas of D&T and many have content relevant for use at whole school level
  • A focus on outstanding teaching and learning is included in most courses. This area has been identified in research as one of the key factors in raising achievement and is acknowledged as an effective use of Pupil Premium funding.
  • Courses can be designed to meet an individual delegate’s needs and this course can then be added to the calendar for everyone else to attend. There is no additional cost for this even though the delegate who requested the course has had it personalised to their needs. 
  • We are always happy to add in new course dates if delegates can’t make the ones on the calendar. This is at no extra cost to the delegate. 
  • Courses can also be delivered in house
  • Delegates go away from the course with a coaching action plan form which they can use to help them embed change across the next year. Delegates might also find the form useful to use as part of performance review/appraisal. 
  • Follow up support is available after courses. Delegates are welcome to keep in touch after courses and we are always keen to know how course ideas have been applied back in school. There is also a free weekly newsletter as well as various social media forums where new ideas and resources are shared. 
  • Why not build attending a course in to your performance review conversation? Remember we can design a course based on your individual needs at no extra cost and then add it to the course calendar so others can also attend. 


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.

A super day. Well worth the money. The Boyd’s never disappoint!

Both Paul and Julie are in touch with what is really going on out there in our subject.


Providing evidence for the benefits of attending CPD

Take a look at these tips from The National STEM Learning Centre on submitting proposals to SLT for CPD you want to attend. 

Use the DfE Standard for Teachers’ Professional Development document to evidence the impact CPD has on student outcomes.

Use this Teacher Development Trust review to evidence the importance of CPD on raising student outcomes  


Click here to see feedback from delegates (feedback is also included with each course) 


What else would you like to know about our courses?

Find out how to book a course

See the course terms & conditions

Find out about course venues 

Find out what makes our courses different

Get tips on persuading your school to release you to come on a course

Hear what delegates say about our courses


Dates not convenient for you? 

It is sometimes possible to add in additional dates and venues for workshops so contact me if a date doesn’t suit you. 


Want a course delivering at your school?

Bespoke workshops can also be delivered either at your school or at an external venue. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk for more details.



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