Embedding Good Habits of Learning Workshop(EGHLw)

Provider: Enliven Education
£325.00 (no VAT on this item) short workshop
£720.00 (no VAT on this item) full day (please see provider's website for additional options)


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Description A short talk and practical workshop for teachers of all kinds who wish to explore the kinds of practice that allow students to build character and the growth mindset necessary for successful and resilient life long learning.
Duration from short workshops to extended action research - please see provider's website for more details

Enliven Education's website

Categories Primary, Secondary, Higher, Teaching and Learning, Early Years/Foundation, Further education, 14-19, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, Teaching staff, Behaviour for Learning, In school, After-school meetings, Collaborative Learning, School closure day, Coaching / Mentoring
Learning outcomes for participants/users and, where relevant, pupils or students

You will learn

  • How to raise achievement and engagement through the design of an authentic curriculum
  • How to help students to build the character and resilience they need for long term success
  • How to increase levels of engagement and achievement both for yourself and your students
  • How to design meaningful contexts for higher order thinking skills
  • How to use your role model as a learner as a powerful tool for teaching
Evidence underpinning this approach

The programme draws on more than 20 years of teaching practice and case studies where teachers have developed the building of learning habits as a central characteristic of the teaching and learning philosophy.  Case studies are supported by published texts which in turn draw on a rich bank of further research and practice illustrating the importance of building learning habits for effective and sustained learning.  Texts referred to might include:

Carol Dweck - Mindset

Robin Alexander – ‘Dialogic Teaching’

David Perkins – ‘Making Learning Whole’

Donald Graves – ‘Writing: teachers and children at Work’

Steven Johnson – ‘Where good ideas come from’

Ellen Langer - 'The Power of Mindful Learning'

Paul Tough - 'How Children Succeed'

Guy Claxton - 'What's the Point of School'

Lucas and Claxton – ‘New Kinds of Smart’

How users/participants can evaluate success

Schools and teachers are encouraged and supported to evaluate the impact of training on staff and students through a range of qualitative and quantitative measures.

Teachers taking part in sustained action research are supported to devise their own ways of measuring the impact of new practice.

Participants are asked to give written feedback on the quality of the training after each meeting and this is used to better understand the needs of participants as they proceed with the programme.

Follow-up activities and support

This programme can be run at distance via the internet, face to face or a combination of both depending on location and what is most convenient for participating teachers (see below for further details).

Participating teachers are encouraged to share experiences through managed social networking pages.  Formal follow up meetings for groups or individuals are offered to ensure on-going development.

Guidance notes and materials are offered throughout the programme and participants are invited to communicate via phone or email to discuss specific questions that might arise between the formal meetings. 


What do good learners do?

All education inevitably focuses on the acquisition of skills and knowledge. But not all education focusses on how we can build the strong habits of learning such as curiosity, imagination, courage, purpose, dialogue, exploration, experimentation, reflectiveness and rigour.

Education that disregards the building of our habits of learning tends to be disengaging and less effective: skills and knowledge become much harder to acquire and retain. However, education that cultivates habits of learning will also cultivate skills and knowledge. 

Learning that genuinely stimulates our curiosity and imagination is also learning that make us willing and sufficiently energised to explore ideas in greater depth and to work hard towards the achievement of highly accomplished outcomes. 

Whilst learning is generally well designed for the teaching of knowledge and skills it is not always organised in ways that allow good habits of learning to be properly embedded.  We look at how teachers can re-design learning opportunities so that strong learning habits can be established alongside specific skills and knowledge.  We also look at our own habits of learning and explore how the teacher’s role model as learner can be a powerful tool in the teaching process.


Workshop structure and facilitation

The workshop begins with a short talk to inspire ideas for future development.  Discussion is then facilitated to begin the conversation about how new ideas might be applied to teachers' current practice.

The workshop is facilitated by former Headteacher and founder of Enliven Education Lizzie Overton.

This course does not have any pre-booked dates available. Please contact the provider directly to arrange this training.