Differentiation - Developing Activities that Work

There are no open events scheduled for this topic. It may be run as an open event again in the future. Alternatively, we can run it as a bespoke internal event for your organisation.


The need to differentiate and develop a differentiated learning environment or classroom is widely preached - and with good reason too, but what does the term differentiation actually mean? More importantly what does a differentiated classroom look like and how is it best achieved?

Once, teachers taught courses, subjects and classes but effective teaching needs to be aligned to the needs of individual students.  The teacher/trainer needs to take account of the individual students’ knowledge, abilities and learning styles and then deliver the lesson or course in a way that enables individual students to maximise their learning, development and progression. 

On a one-to-one basis this is relatively easy but as the group or class size increases this becomes a complex and potentially daunting task.  It’s a task that presents real challenges, even for the most skilled teacher or trainer - and one that requires far more than adjusting the odd activity.

This highly practical and interactive one-day workshop provides clarity on what differentiation actually means and how it can be best achieved by looking at current practice, identifying where it often goes wrong, understanding what effective differentiation looks like and what Ofsted Inspectors are expecting from the best educators.  It explores a range of differentiated activities that have proved effective and consider how these teaching strategies can be used within the classroom to maximum benefit.

For Whom

This workshop is designed for Teachers and Trainers from Secondary Schools, FE Colleges, Local Authorities and Independent Learning Providers.

The workshop will also be of interest to managers and lesson observers who are responsible for and/or involved in developing the quality of teaching.

Workshop Aims

Workshop Objectives

Delegate Feedback

'This workshop is interesting, applicable, practical and very informative. The trainer is fantastic, very knowledgeable in the subject area and really made me think. Excellent and challenging!
HR Training & Development Officer, Juniper Ltd

Really interesting, lively delivery and active learning.
Teacher Trainer, Newham College of F.E

'Worthwhie attending if you want to improve your delivery of training.'
Learning & Development Officer, Dudley MBC

'Excellent, informative, useful and relevant.'
Curriculum Co-ordinator, Hounslow Adult and Community Education

'Excellent! Useful and interesting. Great resources and support.'
Trainer & Specialist Teacher Learning Coach, Bilborough College

'Workshop clearly explains what differentiation is about, explores differentiation techniques in a pratical hands-on manner which can be applied immediately. Excellent delivery - inspirational!'
Tutor Development Worker, Derbyshire Adult Community Education Service


1. Current Practice and Understanding
Session one explores participants understanding of differentiation, the approaches currently used, how where and when they have proved effective.

2. How Students Learn - 10 key pedagogical approaches, themes for teaching and learning
Session 2 considers how people learn best and in doing so examines the approaches and techniques that effectively support a differentiated classroom.

3. Approaches to Differentiation, reviewing activities
Session 3 focuses on reviewing a range differentiated approach techniques, how good are they in engaging students, and will they work for me?

4. Developing differentiated activities that work
Session four focuses on the development of activities that will both effectively differentiate and work with your students.

5. Planning and developing an inspirational teaching & learning activity
Session 5 allows for sharing ideas on those difficult to teach topics; the development of an inspirational teaching session, incorporating a variety of pedagogical and differentiated approaches

6. Developing a session plan that includes differentiated approaches
Session 5 takes the opportunity to reflect on all learning activities and allows for them to be built into a complete session plan that is engaging, differentiated and meets the needs of our students

7. Plenary, questions and answers

Learning will be facilitated through:

Internal Staff Training and Development

This training workshop, along with most of our other best practice training workshops, can be delivered as an internal training course at your premises. Even with groups as small as 6-8 delegates, the course fees per person for internal training workshops can be lower than for open events. The potential savings are even greater, if the travel time and the travel costs of the delegates are included.

Running training workshops internally is very convenient and it allows the participants to explore how key issues will impact on them and their organization. Then as a team they can begin to agree upon a development action plan, with priorities. This approach is favoured by many of our clients as it combines a high quality service with excellent value for money and is a highly effective route for staff development.

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This course is recognised for CPD purposes by most professional institutes and associations including the Law Society, the CIM, the CMI, the ICAEW, the Institute of Learning and the CIPD. Formal Certificates of Professional Development will be issued by email to participants who successfully complete this course. These certificates will enable participants to evidence the update of their CPD records. The workshop will consider how to best apply the knowledge gained by the delegates upon their return to the workplace. This element of the programme is designed to maximise the benefits of attending and enable participants to make valued judgments when recording CPD activities