Training and development

“Continued professional development is vital for all teachers to help improve their knowledge and skills. We trust heads to invest in high quality training and development.” – DfE 2017

We know that money’s tight in education just now. According to the National Audit Office schools face an 8 per cent real-terms cut worth £3 billion by 2020. More than half of schools already lack enough income to cover their expenditure. Governors in some schools have threatened – for the first time – to go on strike rather than agree underfunded budgets. Some head teachers are considering cutting school hours. And an increasing number of schools have begun asking parents for cash to help plug holes in their funding.

At times like these, the first casualty to fall is often staff development because – when faced with tough choices – training budgets start to look like a luxury. A recent Teacher Development Trust study found that 600 of the schools surveyed had already wiped out their professional development budgets.

However, the TDT warned that investment in professional training should remain a priority and that students deserved to be taught by teachers with up-to-date skills. The Department for Education, responding to the study, said: “Continued professional development is vital for all teachers to help improve their knowledge and skills. We trust heads to make the right decisions for their staff and…to invest in high quality training and development.” In an address to the College of Teaching in February 2017, Education Secretary Justine Greening said: “I want CPD to run like a golden thread throughout teachers’ careers, with high-quality, evidence-based development available for all teachers.” And the Education Select Committee, in a report published in February 2017, recommended that the government roll out an annual entitlement of CPD for all teachers to boost retention rates.

At Bromley Education we strongly believe that cutting back on CPD – even at a time of unprecedented austerity – is counterproductive, short-sighted and evidence-averse.

And we might just have a solution for you…

For many years we’ve run a wide range of successful training courses for teachers and school leaders in partnership with a number of well-respected national providers and professional associations. But now we’re also offering our training – open courses, in-school INSET, and twilight CPD – directly to schools at a much lower price.

In some cases, you can save 50% of the cost of a full day’s INSET simply by booking directly with us.

We offer affordable CPD: a new, lower price but the same high quality.

We have a proud record of 100% satisfaction.

We offer a wide range of open courses and bespoke CPD to meet the needs of your school.

All of our courses can be tailored to meet the needs of individual schools and colleges.

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For further information about booking Matt Bromley for your school or local authority INSET, please email or complete the contact form below.

Our training has a 100% satisfaction rate!*

Our courses have been scored 5 out of 5 for quality**

Matt Bromley has been scored 5 out of 5 as a presenter**

Our training was described by one recent delegate as being “the best training I’ve had in over 20 years of teaching”.

Here’s some more feedback we’ve received for our courses***:

“The best training course I’ve been on in 18 years of teaching”

“I’ve learnt more about pedagogy in the last hour than I did in four full years studying for my BA Ed”

“The best INSET I’ve had in years”

“Very well presented [keynote] with plenty of practical advice and tips.”

“I enjoyed [Matt’s] keynote: a great, convivial start to the day.”

“[A] very informative, useful, and well delivered presentation.”

“A great session, really enjoyed this.”

“Matt Bromley was absolutely fantastic. His approach was energetic and funny at [the] same time. I have learnt a lot of new things.”

“[I] wish we could have heard more!”

“Dynamic, engaging presenter – good content.”

“Excellent – best trainer for INSET I have heard in 11 years of teaching!”

“I enjoyed Matt’s presentation. He was very inspiring. He really makes sense!!”

“A great speaker.”

“Great, thought-provoking session that made me question my own practice.”

“Very entertaining, informative speech. I liked the way Matt contextualised the talk for us. I found his energetic nature refreshing & inspiring.”

“I enjoyed Matt’s presentation. He was very inspiring.”

“I like his delivery style, energetic, positive and solution focussed.”

“An excellent course with a leader [who has] superb knowledge”

“[Matt is] an extremely knowledgeable course leader.”

“A very engaging and interactive [course which was] tailored to our needs.”

“Practical advice that can be immediately put to use… a boast to my confidence.”

“The course leader made the day rewarding [and he had] a relaxing yet effective approach.”

“Very high quality, I felt very looked after and [I got] everything I wanted from the course.”

“[Matt] was affable and talked to us rather than at us.”

“Excellent!” “Great!”

“Matt’s knowledge of the profession is very good [and his course was] underpinned by research.”

“The course was enjoyable and informative.”

“Matt worked his audience so well, building up trust and rapport very quickly. He has great subject knowledge and the pace and structure were spot-on. I was particularly impressed by the way he developed a relationship with the staff and so quickly too.”

“Very informative and productive INSET”

“I really enjoyed the [Making KS3 Count] course”

“An engaging and inspiring session… it is great to be able to come away and have a bank of strategies to be able to implement”

“[Making KS3 Count was a] very enjoyable and thought-provoking day”

“A productive and informative day. I left with things to tackle straight away”

“[I] just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the training. I will be sharing lots of the information with my team”

“Excellent reminders as well as new content to try. I especially liked the Socratic questioning”

“Made me think about my approach to teaching, being more aware of short term memory in particular”

“A good consolidation of what outstanding teaching looks like – helped generate lots of practical ideas”

“A reminder of the driving forces and importance of the time well spent on the right things. A bit like resetting direction in the light of true north!”

“Incredibly helpful in showing me how important formative assessment is [and] that DIRT time is essential in allowing students to make valuable use of feedback and enabling them to progress. It also helped me to realise how important it is that students know and understand WHY it is they are doing something, and what they need to do to succeed”

“New ideas to engage students in the classroom”

“[A] very engaging and thought-provoking speaker, and enjoyed the day”

“It was a great day and I have so much to share with my team”

“Very likeable and clear”

“Very professional and involved everyone”

“Great presenter, very professional”

“Delivered an enjoyable session”

“Engaging [and] convincing”

“Very relaxed, relatable and knowledgeable”

“Good use of humour and very knowledgeable”

“Very good – personal, confident and assured”

“Very clear, took lots of opportunities to engage the audience”

“Very professional – relaxed”

“Excellent session”

“[I] was really impressed with the quality of delivery and the resources. It was thought-provoking. [Matt] matched the needs of the attendees”

“Thank you – I came away with so many ideas and a new perspective on KS3”

“Excellent course leader”


“A thought-provoking, inspiring course with practical strategies to use straightaway”

“Fantastic – really practical, useful, informed and pragmatic”

“Very informative”

“Inspirational, well informed, easy to understand”

“[Matt was] really knowledgeable, very friendly and reassuring”

“[Matt was] highly engaging and knowledgeable”

“[Matt was] engaging, knowledgeable and experienced”

“The training was absolutely brilliant.  It inspired me to go home that night and plan some new resources and activities…one of the best trainings I have had.”

“[The training was] immensely engaging and beneficial.”

“Thank you for delivering such an interesting and engaging training course; it was very inspiring and all of the content will be very useful.”

“I thought [the training] was fantastic.”

“I found [the keynote speech] to be fresh, interesting and useful even though [there was] only had a limited time frame to work with.”

“[Matt] did a fab two hour presentation… committed, interesting and captured the staff … would recommend him without hesitation!!”

*Creative Education respondents: 88% of delegates rated Matt’s course leadership as “outstanding” in their post-course evaluations; the remaining 12% rated it as “good”. The School INSET Company respondents: 100% rated Matt’s courses are ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’.
**100% of respondents at training courses operated by Osiris Educational rated Matt, as course leader, 5 out of 5; the courses were also scored as 5 out of 5 for quality.  Data updated 7 April 2018.
***Direct quotes taken from post-course evaluation forms and emails including evaluations submitted to Creative Education, Keynote Educational, Osiris Educational, Bromley Education, and individual schools and colleges. Evaluations range in date from 2012 to 2018. Last updated 11 October 2018.

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