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Positively Mad is one of the country’s leading providers of student workshops, teacher training and world-class supportive resources. Having delivered courses to over half a million students and thousands of teachers over the past 10 years the company have earned a glowing reputation. They are passionate about providing students with the skills and mindsets to raise aspirations and improve performance while also giving schools utmost value and tangible results through a varied menu of services and products.
Rather than concentrate on one learning style Positively Mad encourage students to become versatile, reflective learners, able to adapt their learning styles to suit the demands of different learning situations. In this way, students are armed with the skills and mindsets to become accomplished life-long learners. Furthermore, they offer unique and effective systems that foster reflective practice, goal-setting, creative and critical thinking, and provide a sustainable means to capture and record student approaches to learning.
Secondary School Programme
Super Speed Study Skills
Developing efficient learning methods
A fresh, uplifting, highly inspirational 2 ½ hour presentation to Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4, designed to show students how to use efficient and effective study techniques. Run in your school hall to groups of 150 at a time, this course is ideal for schools looking to empower their students with dynamic learning to learn strategies. It teaches students about the principles of memory and shows them how to use simple but effective personalised learning tools. Combining humour and practical advice, this course is ideal for:
- Students who regard studying as drudgery
- Students who struggle to study
- Students who need to learn effective study skills
- Students who are preparing for Key Stage 3 or Key Stage 4 tests
Preparing for exam proficiency
This highly-interactive, multisensory learning experience shows Key Stage 3 & 4 students how to prepare for exams by equipping them with a range of very effective learning tools and exam preparation skills. It's a refreshing 2 ½ hour learn to learn presentation for students who need to boost exam performance. Run in your school hall to groups of 150 students at a time, this course shows students how to reduce exam-related stress by preparing more efficiently. Especially useful for students in Key Stage 4 and above, this course will also benefit:
- Students who do not know how to prepare themselves mentally and physically for exams
- Students who need to improve learning skills
- Students who need exam support
- Students who need more confidence to aspire higher
GCSE Revision Workshop
Positively MAD's new curriculum-specific Science workshop is a clever, creative and thoroughly enjoyable learning experience for students on the C/D borderline who are preparing to study for Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 Science exams.. This 2 hour course allows students to experience the effectiveness of 6 fun learning tools and shows them how to apply them to learning stuff for Science. Using memory improvement techniques, the students are motivated to remember over 80 facts without rote learning or needing to make traditional notes.
Combining humour and entertainment, the Hooks, Lines and Thinkers Science course consistently delights students across the country, showing them how powerful their imaginations are at helping them to learn in fun ways. Using memory improvement techniques, the students are motivated to remember over 80 facts without rote learning or needing to make traditional notes.
The 65 Study Skills System
Raising achievement through reflective skills practice
The 6S Study Skills course is a dynamic, invigorating and highly practical personalised learning to learn study skills course for all students needing to prepare more effectively for exams, tests and lifelong learning. It is presented as 5 X 60 minute workshops, each building upon the other to provide students with a systematic approach to learning and to empower them with a range of innovative learning techniques. This course promotes reflective practice and is particularly useful for:
- Students who do not know how to study effectively
- Students who need to learn how to use a range of learning tools
- Students who leave exam preparation till the last minute
Students preparing for Key Stage 3 tests and GCSEs
Primary Schools Programme
Creative approaches to learning
The Creative Approaches to Learning Primary Course offers Key Stage 2 pupils and teachers a day of inspired and creative madness – with 2 entertaining and hugely impactful presentations for Years 3+4 and Years 5+6, showing them fun ways to learn how to learn. These multi-media, multi-sensory highly interactive presentations show students how to learn things in interesting and unusual ways, helping schools develop a more creative curriculum. Already run to over a quarter of a million students countrywide, the Creative Approaches to Learning programme is ideal for schools looking to provide a learning boost for their Key Stage 2 pupils, parents and teachers.
The Mindwise Workshops were designed to provide schools with in-class lessons that showed the application of fun and creative learning approaches to core curriculum subject areas in English, Maths and Science. While highly entertaining standalone events in their own right, The Mindwise Workshops are a perfect complement to The Creative Approaches to Learning Day, which introduces students to exciting and effective learning techniques.
The Mindwise Workshops lead on naturally by providing actual applications of the techniques introduced. However, schools do not need to have experienced the Creative Approaches to Learning to enjoy and benefit from the Mindwise Workshops.
Each Mindwise Workshop focuses on different learning systems and a specific curriculum area, and each provides the students with an uplifting, creative and inspirational learning experience.
During the workshops, students will employ the Story-link Method, the Journey System, the Lock-add-load Method and the Number Shape System to learn, amongst others, ways to:
- improve Spelling (Year 4)
- improve Mental Maths (Years 5)
- improve Science Facts Recall (Years 6).
Mastering Personal Motivation
A dynamic, entertaining and highly inspirational presentation seminar, designed to motivate your Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 students to take personal responsibility for their goals, their learning and their aspirations. Run in your school hall to groups of 150 at a time, this 2½ hour seminar will empower your students with healthier thinking patterns. This course is ideal for schools who want their year groups to become more intrinsically motivated to succeed. Using the powerful personal development model STATE-BEHAVIOUR-RESULTS, this seminar is especially useful for:
- students who have little idea about what they want to achieve in life
- students who lack the drive to succeed
- students who lack the stamina to pursue self-set goals
- students who see exams as the end of the learning process
Teacher Development Inset & CPD
How to teach so students remember what you teach
The Teaching to Remember INSET is a wonderful opportunity for teachers to learn how to improve their own memories whilst experiencing the effectiveness of 14 powerful learning-to-learn techniques. This whole day, in-school training course is a multi-sensory, multi-media experience: highly interactive and packed with pupil-friendly, creative and hugely effective tools, tips, strategies, and methods.
Staff will be provided with a Teacher Reflective Journal, which allows them to reflect on their training in order to trial new ideas so that the ideas can be translated into long-term good practice. The Journal also has a reflection section so teachers can reflect on the process of keeping a journal.
In addition to being highly practical, this course is an entertaining, empowering and highly creative learning experience. Ideal for schools whose staff
- need a creative boost
- would like to incorporate memory-improvement techniques into their teaching.
Improving attitudes; making learning fun
Our multi-media, multi-sensory, interactive large-group presentation seminars delight, entertain and challenge audiences, while encouraging students to take responsibility for their learning and their futures. These seminars are dynamic, informative and enjoyable events which make a huge impact at the point of delivery, providing students with effective life and learning skills.
Personal development, learning to learn and GCSE revision
Our student coaching / student mentoring programmes are highly specialised workshops, geared towards small groups of up to 30 Key Stage 4 students, selected by schools who wish to target specific students. These courses empower students with important life skills and effective learning to learn tools, encouraging them to take personal responsibility for their learning and their aspirations. Ideal for students preparing for GCSE and other examinations.
Primary Empowerment Workshops
Making learning fun, making learning memorable
The Primary Empowerment Package is designed to empower and motivate Primary School pupils and teachers by showing them the enormous potential of their brains, the extraordinary power of their memories and the joy of learning effectively through creative and fun approaches. Click here for more details
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