MakeBelieve Arts is experienced at delivering both INSET and keynotes for a range of audiences. All our sessions are interactive and leave participants both inspired and with a range of approaches they can easily utilise when participants return to the classroom.

“One of the few truly useful courses I have attended."

Deputy Headteacher, Surrey

We can deliver full day, half day or twilight INSETs on the following: Creative Mathematics, Creative Literacy and Helicopter Stories: Storytelling and Story Acting.

From using storytelling to improve literacy or cooking dinner for a giant to work out scale and ratio we have re-imagined learning to make it exciting, relevant and effective.

“I haven’t been this inspired from a training session in years!

Year 1 Teacher, Helicopter Starter Training day, Cheshire

Creative Mathematics INSET

In our mathematics INSETs teachers will explore how to use story to engage children from Foundation, KS1 and KS2 in mathematics;

Discover the power of stories to help explain abstract ideas and support children in memorising maths facts;
Develop creative approaches to your maths lessons; 
Develop incredibly effective memory techniques to improve learning of number properties and formulas;
Find and generate maths problems that tap into the natural problem solving abilities of young children and use outdoor maths to generate creative and enriching learning experiences that highlight the relevance of maths and the world around us.

"You really finished the day off in style, everyone left fizzing with ideas and enthusiasm."

Lead Officer, Tower Hamlets Local Authority

Creative Literacy INSET

Our Creative Literacy INSETs incorporate a range of storytelling, drama and improvisational techniques. They are a practical training session that supports the use of kinaesthetic approaches to engage children and adults of all ages with the process of writing creatively.  Alongside the interactive activities, there will also be writing, and a fair bit of laughter!

We incorporate improvisation in any session that we use, inviting participants to create stories within constraints can have an incredibly freeing result. If each sentence in a story has to start with a different letter of the alphabet, the results can be funny and challenging. Creating stories in pairs where neither knows what will happen next, till it is contributed by their partner, can result in plots that are imaginative and delve deeper than is possible from staring at a blank piece of paper.

But we also have approaches that we have developed that support an understanding of grammar, verbs, adverbs, nouns and adjectives, through a programme we call grammar dance.

All of MakeBelieve Arts work is based in a grounding of research about how children learn and the fact that our brains are hardwired from birth to make sense of the world through story. Using this premise we present disconnected sources that encourage children to make the connections. This is equally as valid for 3 and 4 years olds as it is for 13 and 14 year olds and even for adults.

Helicopter Starter Training: Storytelling and Story Acting

MakeBelieve Arts is currently booking Helicopter Starter Training based on the Storytelling and Story Acting curriculum of Vivian Gussin Paley. Our training delivers expert facilitation and tangible benefits.

We can provide training for up to 30 members of your staff, whether it be a full day, half day or twilight session.

Helicopter Starter Training includes an introduction to Storytelling and Story Acting and the practical application. All participants will receive a Helicopter Starter Certificate at the end of the training.

Helicopter Starter Training is suitable for anyone engaged with working with children between the ages of 18 months-7 years old, including Early Years and Foundation Stage practitioners, speech and language specialists, SENCO's, Childminders, teaching assistants, playgroup staff and students.


INSET Teacher Training


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