Enjoyable and experiential events tailored to the needs of the school (or group of schools) as either full or half day offerings.
INSET Day 1: Bringing the Best Out in Boys
Nearly one in ten of boys arriving at secondary school has not reached level three in reading, the standard expected of seven year olds. Boys have different learning styles to girls and their needs are often not catered to in ‘feminised’ classrooms – their behaviours are often deemed disruptive or unruly, ensuring that they under-achieve. Also some children, often boys, are unable to communicate verbally to a proficient level and without a foundation of good oracy, any attempt at advancing literacy will be less likely to succeed. In collaboration with Lucinda Neall, author of Bringing the Best Out in Boys: Communications Strategies for Teachers, NaCOT will be offering a special interactive INSET Day for teachers on this important and emotive subject.
INSET Day 2: The Magic of Story
A highly experiential day exploring storytelling in the classroom (as opposed to reading in class), covering all aspects from anecdote and parable to the delivery of classic wonder tales. The aim is to encourage skills and explore strategies whilst re-evaluating oracy as a key component of modern education.
INSET Day 3: Presence and Performance
This programme was specifically developed to ‘polish’ public speaking skills and looks at presence, relaxation and classroom manner. It uses an archetypal model to examine different ways of being and preferred ways of speaking in public with the goal of giving participants increased choices in the ways they address and manage groups of any size.
INSET Day 4: Surviving the Labyrinth – a story-based exploration of stress management
In collaboration with Contender Charlie, this course uses the story of Theseus and the Minotaur to look at how staff can negotiate the labyrinth of their own job demands to achieve a fulfilling and manageable balance in their work and life.
Individual Coaching and Small Groups:
Through many years of working with schools and their leaders, we have become acutely aware that – while they decry the need – many teachers have never received any practical lessons in how to speak publicly. NaCOT provides coaching in voice, presence, projection and assertiveness to individual teachers and small groups who might be deemed to need help in these areas.