Stretch and Challenge: Effective Strategies for teaching the most able

Effective Stretch and Challenge is an aspect of teaching that many schools and teachers are looking to enhance. This course will provide an overview of effective stretch and challenge in everyday lessons with many practical ideas to challenge your more able students. Teachers are also looking to encourage able students to think harder for themselves and to rely less on the teacher; this training will look at strategies for ensuring that students achieve this.

Caroline’s courses are highly interactive; teachers will receive many useful and practical teaching techniques. They are also grounded on relevant research and the latest good practice in the area: challenging, engaging and extending the able learner.

This course is suitable for: Senior staff leading on teaching and learning, Heads of Department and individual classroom teachers.

Course Outline:

Stretch and Challenge training delivers:

  • An understanding what we mean by effective Stretch and Challenge
  • How to identify, challenge and effectively teach the most able
  • A ‘toolkit’ of 20 practical strategies for increasing Stretch and Challenge in every classroom
  • Reviewing (briefly) some of the key factors in increasing Stretch and Challenge in recent research

Improve the level of challenge by reviewing:

  • Practical strategies for making pupils think hard and ensuring lessons have ‘no passengers’
  • Stretch and challenge for all: key things to think about
  • Engaging techniques to create a ‘desirable level of difficulty’ for students
  • How to re-motivate and re-engage able, but underachieving students
  • How can we encourage students to think hard (and for themselves!)
  • Questioning: the ‘power tool’ of great learning – the 5 key factors for challenge

Enhance the Climate for Challenge

  • How to create the best classroom climate for challenge to flourish
  • Review levels of challenge and differentiation
  • ‘No passengers’ in the classroom and how to make this happen
  • How to manage assessment within the lesson enhance challenge
  • Review dialogue and feedback for success

Presenter Profile

Presenter Caroline Bentley-Davies
Caroline Bentley-Davies (@realcbd) is the best-selling author of five books on teaching and learning, including ‘Outstanding Lessons Teachers’ Pocketbook’ and ‘How to be an Amazing Teacher’. She trains in colleges and schools across the UK and overseas. Caroline has examined at both A Level and G.C.S.E. Most importantly, she still teaches pupils on a regular basis. For more information about Caroline please see:


‘Caroline engaged and inspired the staff across all faculties…They left with innovative ideas.’ J. Preston, Deputy Headteacher, The Downs School.
‘Well-paced, good variety of activities. All so useful.' I Stichels. G&T lead. Kingsley School

Cost: £250 per delegate which includes lunch and resources; £299 for 2 teachers from the same school booking on this course

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