Most of Bamboozle’s training sessions for schools happen on the ground in the classroom with the students and the staff team. We spend time working with the group of learners – with staff on hand – and then we spend time with the staff team analysing sessions and looking at how the strategies and techniques of the Bamboozle Approach can be used in day-to-day practice.
As well as the behavioural and linguistic strategies of the Approach all of our sessions have a creative starting point and can be adapted to suit any area of the curriculum. For example, we might look at how to create an immersive maths session for complex needs students, or how to facilitate creative expression for students on the autism spectrum who are described as hard-to-reach. The training programmes look at a wide variety of creative techniques such as using characters and puppets, creating simple and cheap multi-sensory environments and using narrative and story telling to underpin learning sessions.
“Excellent, novel sessions! Adaptable to future topics, classroom practice, excellent observed responses from all pupils, led to greater understanding for staff.” Teacher – Woodlands Secondary School, Luton.
Often the most effective way of delivering training is to spend time with groups of students and staff in the environment that they work in every day. Training sessions are practical and hands-on so that students get to experience a novel workshop session while staff get to try out different techniques in a supportive working environment. A typical training day for a project using the consultancy model looks like this:
This model allows us to work with two different groups of students and two staff teams on each day we spend in school. In some long term projects we work with only two groups and visit the school at regular intervals throughout the year for one day at a time. If we work with four groups we’ll visit the school for two days at a time – again at regular intervals throughout the year.
Each session provides the opportunity to explore a new creative technique – adapted for the needs of the group – along with the behavioural and linguistic strategies of the Bamboozle Approach.
“The sessions were the element which had the biggest impact – each session would change some area of my practice. After the first session I introduced ‘circle time’ (Nov). In January I introduced ‘circus physio’. Then next – Ritual, then a character and narrative. However, I still felt un-confident in telling a story. The final push came when I knew I was being observed I decided to make my own story up. It was surprisingly successful”. Teacher – Greenside School, Stevenage.
All of the creative sessions use cheap and easily available materials so that they can be replicated and adapted easily to the school environment. All of the sessions can also be adapted to explore any area of the curriculum – we cover this in detail during our training programmes.
As well as the consultancy model described above we can also deliver training in a variety of ways tailored to your school’s needs:
There’s more detail about all of these courses in this website section.
Dates, venues and fees
Training programmes usually take place at your school by arrangement. Fees depend largely on the requirements for the training sessions which are different for every school – to discuss your school’s training needs please contact our education co-ordinator firstname.lastname@example.org. Due to the COVID situation many schools are restricting the visitors who access their sites during the school day. We are however still visiting schools for training purposes when the children are not present. If you would like to explore possibilities for setting up a socially distanced training session at your school please don’t hesitate to get in touch via the Contact page. Alternatively you might like to investigate our Online Course offering.