Practical Steps to High-Quality Differentiation

Re-think your whole approach to challenging all pupils

Steve Garnett

Steve Garnett has been a teacher for 24 years. He has delivered INSETs to over 7,000 teachers over the past 10 years in the UK, Ireland and across Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. Teachers who have attended Steve's courses have regularly described them as 'inspirational'. trainer profile

Bethany Kelly

Bethany is passionate that teachers should make their own learning a priority alongside that of their students. Her approach brings together her philosophical background, experience of a wide variety of independent schools, a creative method and an interest in popular culture. Bethany has worked in education for over 20 years in all, spending all but the first three years in leadership roles. trainer profile

Do you want to know what ‘adaptive teaching’ is and how it could revolutionise your approach to differentiation?


Do you want to know how to implement classroom based strategies that challenge and support all pupils?


Do you want to see differentiation as integral to quality teaching rather than a ‘bolt on’ gesture?


There is no question that differentiation as an issue crops up time and again as an area for continued development in schools – hundreds of Inspection reports tell us this. It is also true that it is often seen though as an impossible task to do it effectively for all pupils! However, by re-thinking what it actually is and by re-thinking what we do in the classroom it becomes possible to differentiate in a way that is highly effective and highly sustainable.

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:

  • Offer an approach to differentiation that is based on the model of ‘adaptive teaching’
  • Demonstrate classroom based scenarios that allow it to happen
  • Ensure the strategies pass the ‘acid test’ for differentiation: Are all pupils appropriately challenged?
  • Leave you feeling enthused and energised with increased confidence in your ability to differentiate for all

Course Outline:

Brief Overview of Main Approaches to Differentiation

  • Effective prior knowledge of pupils through 'soft' and 'hard' data
  • Effective lesson-ready tasks
  • SOLO
  • Five Ws of differentiation

Par (1)

  • The use of the visual dimension
  • Literacy issues
  • Making use of e-tutorials

Par (2)

  • Promoting choice
  • Inclusion lists
  • Thinking maps