INSET reviews

What people say about Neil’s INSET work


The most useful, well-prepared, interesting engaging course I have ever been on. (March 2013: Course delivered in Leeds on Exciting history at KS1 and 2)
Katie Pitts Lofthouse Gate Primary School

Neil Thompson is an extremely effective communicator with excellent subject knowledge and lots of constructive ideas that have made me much more confident (March 2013: Course delivered in Leeds on Exciting history at KS1 and 2)
Bethan Irving, St Paulinus RC Primary School

Neil Thompson led a fantastic, inspirational INSET helping us to develop the teaching of History at St. Luke’s. Delivered in a really practical, engaging manner, all staff left brimming with ideas and full of enthusiasm to teach creative, thought provoking History. In addition, having access to the website has been invaluable! There are so many exciting yet challenging lesson ideas which can be easily tailored to suit the needs of any class. An incredibly useful resource! (January 2013)
Sarah Hedges, St Luke’s Primary School, Sway, Hampshire


What a revelation! I had been so scared of differentiation and relied on outcome only, I didn’t know where to start. Neil’s course was fantastic and instantly made me feel like I could differentiate every lesson, without having a nervous breakdown. There were tips for quick differentiation tasks for example push questions for more able and more thorough tasks such as reducing sources for less able and using word frames. It had never occurred to me that I could differentiate pictures, these tips have served me well for some excellent starters and tasks to develop thinking skills. I have already seen the positives from the course, especially in the more able/G+T students who are now comfortable thinking beyond the work set and really look forward to their extension questions to discuss – they like to know that they are developing skills that will serve them well in their GCSE. The course was such a success for me that my head teacher asked me to run a training session for new staff to help them with differentiation. 
Lindsay Bruce 
(April 2013)

I was inspired by Neil’s delivery. It was the best course I have been on for 20 years. Neil Thompson is an outstanding practitioner at the top of his game with lots of practical strategies. (March 2013: course on Raising attainment in GCSE history)
Phil Winstanley, Failsworth High School

Neil is an inspirational historian. The course was outstanding, very interactive and I got lots from it. (January 2013: course on Maximising performance in Key Stage 4 history)
Kerri McEleney leading teacher St Mary Magdalene Academy

Reviews of National Course on differentiation in history at KS3-5, January 2013
Outstanding. Lots of excellent, creative strategies, well communicated. Charlotte Coleman, Queen Elizabeth School, Barnet  
Fun, friendly, informative and challenging, this course was outstanding. Neil has amazing knowledge and is a great teacher
.Natalie Lytton, Claverham Community College

What delegates thought of Neil’s course on raising attainment in GCSE history (December 2012):
Outstanding in all respects. Neil’s course was really beneficial: great range of techniques for teachers at all stages of experience. Very supportive and really useful. 
Dan Elson, Marling School
The course was exceptionally useful as well as enjoyable. Lots of great NEW strategies and teaching ideas which can be implemented tomorrow in the classroom. Melanie Davies, Ecclesbourne School
An outstanding course. It was not rushed but very full and informative. It has given me so much to think about . I want to try the ideas as soon as possible. Sara Pearman, Woodlands Academy

Neil’s course (on highly effective teaching and learning at AS and A2) was outstanding. Lots of superb teaching ideas delivered in a very engaging and interesting format. I really recommend this course – the best I’ve been on. (November 2012)
Kate Sykes, Solihull School

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