Event Summary


Robins Wood House
Robins Wood Road

Date and Time

Wednesday 23 March 2022 (13:00 - 16:30)


£75.00 (£90.00 non-members)

We know that Ofsted requires evidence of the progress of individual students in relation to both their starting point and the extent to which they maximise their potential. These high expectations raise challenges for teachers as they plan for learning that contains sufficient stretch and challenge to meet learners’ individual needs and abilities.

This session teaches a strategy to ensure that all learners can achieve outstanding outcomes. Too often, terminal success rate data reveals a wide spread of achievement grades with too many providers struggling to produce a majority of high grades. Why is this so common?

Examining the progress rate data of many providers reveals that too many learners take a long time to begin achieving higher grades. Teachers often simply point to learners’ inability to work at distinction level but, if pushed to be specific, acknowledge that learners do not have the sufficiently developed higher-order thinking and evaluation skills needed to achieve distinction grades. If this is the root cause of the symptom, then this is the issue that needs to be solved.

We are delighted to welcome back Tony Davis from the Centre of Creative Quality Improvement (CCQI) to deliver this face-to-face session at the Skills and Education Group premises. Tony has extensive inspection experience from a lifelong career in the sector, including many years as a full-time inspector with the ALI and Ofsted, and a great deal of training expertise.

This session shares an imaginative, fun and engaging strategy for developing learners’ expert learning skills at an early stage in their learning journey. Participants will be shown how to equip students with a thoroughly scaffolded approach to achieve outstanding results, an approach which is rooted in literacy and communication skills and which includes the following:

  • Learning about ‘full-colour’ writing and thinking
  • Using ‘The Formula for Evidence-Based Opinion’ to support students to give the strong, coherent, evidence-based opinions required for distinction level learning
  • How to develop students’ command of two vocabularies: the vocational and the evaluative
  • Generating a list of sources for developing vocational vocabularies
  • A provocative consideration of differentiation.

So, come and join us for what is sure to be an interactive and engaging session, as the following comments suggest:

  • "The ‘full colour’ writing is a brilliant way to enable students to understand what they need to do and how to do it." (Northern College)
  • "Like discovering a chocolate cake in a box labelled ‘chore’." (Sussex Downs College)
  • "Changed my perception of differentiation. The most productive training session attended in a long while." (Leicester College)

Please note: due to social distance guidance, places for this event will be limited, so early booking is advised.

Key Speakers

Tony Davis

Director, Centre for Creative Quality Improvement

Former HMI and manager of both the ALI and Ofsted Good Practice Databases.

  • How to find us

    Robins Wood House Training Centre is located in Aspley, about 2.5 miles to the north west of Nottingham city centre. It is easily accessible from the M1 (Junctions 25 & 26) and there are public transport links from the city centre. The nearest train station is Nottingham. Car parking at Robins Wood House is free.

    Please click here to find us on Google Maps.  Our postcode is NG8 3NH.

  • Would you like this session delivered directly to your staff?

    If you would like this, or a similar session, delivered to your staff within your organisation, please contact our Professional Development team to explore options.

  • Terms and conditions

    Completion of the booking constitutes a contract between yourselves and the Skills and Education Group. In order to receive a refund, all cancellations must be made in writing at least 14 days prior to the event taking place. Non-attendance will result in the place being charged at full cost. Substitutions are welcome and can be made at any time. The Skills and Education Group reserves the right to cancel or alter the event for reasons beyond its control.