A Practical Guide to Effective Differentiated Learning

Real differentiation for real classrooms

Alan Jarvis

Alan has delivered over 1,600 courses to roughly 11,000 teachers. With over 30 years of teaching experience - including seven as an assistant headteacher responsible for teaching, learning and assessment - Alan has extensive experience of employing new teaching and learning strategies. trainer profile

Challenging students of different abilities is vital to achieve outstanding overall progress. This course will provide a plethora of ideas, tips and structures to ensure that all students are appropriately challenged. It will offer a new perspective that takes into account literacy and learning style issues but will, most importantly, be grounded in reality!

The course will be delivered through examples drawn from a wide range of subjects and can be tailored to any age range. Effective differentiation is key to enabling every student to fulfil their potential in the classroom. This course explores practical approaches to creating differentiated schemes of work and lesson plans. This will enable delegates to engage, motivate and stretch every member of the class.

What other teachers have said about the course

  • Really helpful and informative, nice balance of theory and practical tips. Appreciated the lengths the trainer went to make the examples specific to my topic.

    Sam Wardell -The Harrodian School
  • Great course to start the school year! Definitely gets the teaching juices flowing and I have a ton of new ideas for the upcoming school year. Also Marcus was a great trainer.

    Josh Hurstman - Bingham Academy
  • The trainer was hugely helpful and identified / taught many new techniques to help differentiation within the class. It was an extremely valuable course

    Lucy Cowin -The Lady Eleanor Holles Junior School
  • Very knowledgeable trainer who explained concepts well and used examples. He was open to questions and created good discussion.

    Natasha Barnes - Bingham Academy
  • Good practical ideas which could be used by all teachers.

    Gareth David - Treorchy Comprehensive School
  • Excellent course. Full of great ideas - especially as an NQT!

    Jessica Morgan - Bishopston Comprehensive School

Full Course Content

This Course Aims to:

  • Provide a range of proven lesson-ready strategies that reflect best practice from around the world
  • Demonstrate how to adapt these strategies to specific age ranges
  • Explain how to develop a successful differentiated learning classroom
  • Implement ideas that are low on teacher time but high on effective differentiation


Course Outline:

Session 1: The Key Issues in Differentiation

  • By outcome
  • By task
  • By learning habit
  • By groupings

Session 2: Planning for Differentiation

  • The importance of using prior knowledge
  • Using ‘Bloom’s Taxonomy’ effectively
  • How to make oral questioning effective
  • Support with graphic organisers

Session 3: Embedding Good Practice

  • Good practice, lesson planning and realistic best practices
  • Differentiation and independent learning
  • Giving students choice
  • Embedding this into your everyday practice