Training for imaginative-inquiry

Our team of trainers are all teachers/consultants who use imaginative-inquiry in the classroom. This is because we believe if you want to talk with integrity about teaching and learning then you have to work regularly with children.

Imaginative-inquiry is a pedagogic approach that has been developed from over forty years of classroom practice and academic research.

We offer a range of different training courses including:

  • Introductory days for schools and clusters
  • Immersive residential weekends for beginners, intermediate and advanced users
  • Conference style events with workshops on different themes
  • Courses with demonstration lessons and workshops

Training Team

Our team of trainers has extensive experience at organising and running courses in the three strategies of imaginative-inquiry: inquiry, drama for learning and mantle of the expert. As practicing teachers we are fully aware of the ever-changing requirements Ofsted and the political pressures coming down from the DfE, not to mention the challenges of working with real children in the classroom. For these reasons, our courses are practical and realistic, offering teaching strategies and planning formats that really work at engaging children and challenging them to achieve more.

To find out more about our training team visit the ‘About Us’ page on this website.

Training Courses

We offer three levels of training courses:

  • Beginners
  • Core
  • Advanced

Beginners Courses

Courses for beginners include one-day Insets, residential weekends and short courses, involving practical workshops, seminars and (if possible) demonstration lessons with children.

On a beginners course participants will be introduced to the key strategies of inquiry, drama for learning and mantle of the expert, these include:

  • Developing students questioning
  • Improving teacher questioning
  • Creating a community of inquiry
  • Using drama as medium for learning
  • An overview of mantle of the expert
  • Planning for imaginative-inquiry

Core Courses

Our core courses are for experienced users of imaginative-inquiry who have completed a beginners course and have some experience of using the approach in the classroom. We run core courses as in-school and inter-school networks and as residential weekends.

On a core course participants will extend their understanding and use of the key strategies of inquiry, drama for learning and mantle of the expert, and be introduced to further more advanced strategies, including:

  • Mediating dialogue in communities of inquiry
  • Using power and position theory to protect children ‘into’ experience
  • Understanding and using Heathcote’s conventions of dramatic action
  • Developing teacher and adult in-role as a teaching strategy
  • Adapting and using different language structures as a teacher facilitator
  • Planning sequences of steps to develop narrative in imaginary contexts

Advanced Courses

Our advanced courses are for experienced users of imaginative-inquiry who have completed a beginners course and a core course and have extensive experience of using the approach in the classroom. We run advanced courses as in-school and inter-school networks and as residential weekends.

On a advanced course participants will further extend their understanding and use of the key strategies of inquiry, drama for learning and mantle of the expert, and be introduced to further advanced strategies, including:

  • Using Heathcote’s Teacher Compass to plan and teach dramatic-inquiry activities
  • Using mantle of the expert as an approach to develop a moral community of inquiry
  • Becoming an advanced user of Heathcote’s conventions of dramatic action
  • Further developing teacher, adult in-role and children in-role as teaching strategies
  • Developing and using the ‘Levels of Commitment in Social/Cultural Development’ framework – Action, Motivation, Investment, Models and Values
  • Understanding and using Role Register to plan and facilitate narrative and dramatic tension

For more information on training and to make a booking please CONTACT US

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