1st Edition

Becoming a Brilliant Trainer A Teacher’s Guide to Running Sessions and Engaging Learners

By Alan Denton, Simon Brownhill Copyright 2018
    212 Pages 517 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    212 Pages 517 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This essential guide provides both new and established trainers with accessible, innovative and engaging strategies to create an inspirational learning environment. This professional book is suitable for early years, primary and secondary teachers, school leaders and heads of department who are supporting their teaching colleagues in schools. It offers practical advice on planning and delivering great training sessions, including suggestions on how best to share existing knowledge in a group and how to combine dialogue and written text to effectively develop ideas in the classroom.

    The thinking behind each idea is not only clearly explained but is accompanied with a wealth of practical strategies that can be applied to a variety of training and teaching situations. This accessible resource is designed to help busy teaching professionals motivate their colleagues and deliver effective training. Generously illustrated throughout, the book is separated into four learning phases:

    • preparing for successful training;
    • offering direct input through new ideas;
    • embedding participant learning; and
    • monitoring, evaluating and planning for the future.

    Becoming a Brilliant Trainer: A Teacher’s Guide to Running Sessions and Engaging Learners will be an invaluable text for both trainee and qualified teachers, school leaders and all those with an interest in delivering great training sessions.

    Introduction  Learning phase 1: preparing for successful training  1. Pre-course engagement  2. Getting to know you and getting ready to learn  3. Establishing existing knowledge  Learning phase 2: direct input of new ideas  4. Sharing new knowledge (with presentations)  5. Sharing new knowledge (without presentations)  Learning phase 3: embedding the learning and developing the participant  6. Talk  7. Engaging with texts  8. Doing  9. Independent learning  Learning phase 4: monitoring, evaluating and planning for the future  10. Providing feedback  11. Assessment  12. Making an impact  Glossary


    Alan Denton is a science-specialist teacher trainer working for schools, universities, the Science Learning Network and the Institute of Physics, throughout East Anglia and further afield.

    Simon Brownhill is Senior Teaching Associate in the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, UK.