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Challenging The More Able Learners

5th July 2016 @ 8:15 am - 3:00 pm

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5th July 2016
8:15 am - 3:00 pm


Best Western Ivy Hill Hotel
Writtle Road
Margaretting, CM4 0EH
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Mike Gershon

A graduate of York University, with a Master’s Degree from the University of London and a PGCE from the Institute of Education, Mike previously taught at King Edward VI School in Bury St Edmunds and Pimlico Academy in London

Learners of all abilities are routinely taught in inclusive classroom settings that are not designed exclusively for the educational needs of the brightest students. This means that teachers need to develop a broad range of strategies to provide suitable opportunities and learning experiences to challenge and stretch the more able. It is not enough for our pupils to coast through lessons

Stretching and challenging the thinking of all learners is an essential part of outstanding teaching. Creating progress across the board is the mark of great teacher; so too of a great school. Mike’s inspirational sessions on stretch and challenge offer a practical, engaging overview of the topic and demonstrate how to embed outstanding practice in any lesson.

Focussing on practical examples, Mike leads participants through the theory and logic underpinning stretch and challenge before moving on to share a wide range of effective activities, strategies and techniques. Participants are highly involved throughout. They have the chance to experience and reflect on the elements which ensure stretch and challenge in all lessons.

Learning Outcomes:

At the close of the conference, delegates will have a greater understanding of:

  • Key Principles of Challenging the More Able;
  • Growth Mindset Techniques to change how the More Able think about themselves;
  • Specific Strategies and Techniques for Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5.


9-15am Arrival and Refreshments

9.30am Session One

  • Key Principles of Challenging the More Able: Turning Theory into Classroom Practice.
  • Setting the scene, providing a theoretical underpinning before showing what this means in practical terms.

10.45am Break and Refreshments

11.05am Session Two:

  • Using Growth Mindset Techniques to Change How the More Able Think About Themselves.
  • Focus on the fact that many more able students develop fixed mindsets because of the messages they’ve heard through their school career, as well as the techniques teachers can use to change this pattern of thinking.

12.30pm Lunch

1.30pm Session Three (thirty minutes on each Key Stage)

  • Specific Strategies and Techniques For Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5.
  • Considering separate strategies appropriate to the different Key Stages.

Please Note:
The 9 Castle Point & Rochford secondary schools can book 2 places per school and the ASHE CPR group will be invoiced
Cornelius Vermuyden, Castle View School, Greensward Academy, The Appleton School, The Deanes School,
The FitzWimarc School, The King Edmund School, The King John School, The Sweyne Park School.

To book a place for a Deputy or SLT member please email Phil Bell at:


Please include: Name of delegate/s, School Designation, Email Address & Special Dietary Needs

The course is limited to 60 places (first come first served) – Cost £59 per delegate.
(The 9 Castle Point & Rochford secondary schools can book 2 places per school and the ASHE CPR group will be invoiced)

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