The High-Challenge Classroom

  • How to fully engage with Ofsted’s challenge focus: 
    • challenge before acceleration 
    • ensuring students ‘grapple’ and encounter failure
    • evidencing that work isn’t too easy 
  • Proven new ways to ensure challenge levels are continually just ahead of skill levels
  • A busy teacher’s toolkit:
    • planning
    • schemes of work
    • assessment
Mark Burns

Mark Burns

Date: 13th Mar 2018

Mark Burns is co-author of the best selling book 'Engaging Learners'. He has a proven track record of improving teaching in both primary and secondary schools nationwide. Mark's training combines his insatiable enthusiasm, humour and thought-provoking style with innovative, practical tools for teachers and school leaders.

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The changing nature of challenge

Ofsted: the Teaching, Learning and Assessment framework

Features of Outstanding: high challenge and questioning

Challenge for all: spectrums of challenge

National Curriculum: the mastery agenda post-levels

Research: the evidence base behind high challenge – Hattie, Dweck and more!


Proven ways to use high challenge to:

Develop high learner expectations

Move learning from the surface to deep

Establish an environment where risk is valued and encouraged

Consolidate learning before acceleration

Build knowledge retention in learners

Sustain pupils’ interests with reshaped tasks

Progress ALL pupils without compromising learning


Tools to apply in your classroom:

  • CATER – an approach to differentiation that doesn’t lead to low expectations
  • Effective questioning toolkit
  • Planning approaches and techniques
  • Challenge frameworks to create opportunities for feedback
  • Memory-building tools
  • New topic planning processes
  • Ideas for clear task-setting
  • Time-saving ways to adapt current schemes of work

First delegate rate

£369 + VAT

Additional delegate rate

£349 + VAT

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