‘No Passengers Permitted’: Engaging all Learners in a Primary Classroom Inset

Creating the ‘X Factor’ through students doing the work themselves!

Aaron Wilkes

Aaron is also one of the leading authors in school publishing as well as being a highly regarded and skilled teacher. His energetic and creative style is reflected in both his teaching and his books, which are loved by teachers and their students all over the country. trainer profile
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The lessons that have that ‘X Factor’ are ones in which the students are not passive classroom passengers but are active learners, motivated to work independently or collaboratively and extend themselves as far as they can. This course shows you how this can be achieved.


  • Explore how to prevent your students from becoming ‘passengers’ in lessons
  • Help you set up lessons where the students work a lot harder than they have done before
  • Practical, down-to-earth advice, tips and teaching techniques that have been proven to work
  • Show ways in which resources and techniques can be used to nurture a student’s confidence 

Full Course Content

Building blocks

  • 'Setting up’ a lesson – rules, routines and rituals that really work.
  • New ideas for old favourites – let’s not reinvent the wheel
  • Making it stick – with proof! – global evidence actually utilised
  • Techniques to encourage reading for meaning

Fully Engaged: A Practical Guide

  • Student-set success criteria that are explicit but not restrictive
  • Creating a climate for learning: what can we do to help (and what we shouldn’t do)
  • The best questioning techniques….ever
  • Promoting learning beyond the classroom

Tips, Tricks and Techniques

  • The fail-safe lesson template that really works
  • Enriching your curriculum with flair and creativity
  • The very best practice in AfL
  • Creating effective learning habits that learners can keep for the rest of their lives