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Our Learning Services

Courses and modules

We offer over 20 modules, from Advocacy to Safeguarding, mediation to Spirituality. They can all be taken as e-learning or combined with group training days. Five or more modules can be combined to form a course tailored to your learning goals and needs, leading to a course certificate. To see all our courses and modules, visit the Courses page.

Bespoke Training and Consultancy

We can adapt any of our modules or write a bespoke training course for your team or group. We can offer a wider range of topics for bespoke courses and all our modules include post-course consultancy with your trainer, to support the application of learning and assist with any further development needs.We also offer coaching and consultancy for any learning, development or practice issues your may want to work on, as an individual or a team. For more information about bespoke training and consultancy, visit the Consultancy page.

Resources

We have a growing library of resources, both our own publications and carefully selected material from others. All our courses include a comprehensive library, many downloadable for free. We also list links to recommended article, websites and organisations in our social action field. We can write learning and practice resources to your requirements. To see all we offer, visit our Resources page.

Writing and Tales

Stories have the power to inspire, teach, and revolutionise our lives. We use tales and story-telling approaches in our practice and collect inspiring stories to encourage and stimulate through sharing. We teach creative writing and story-telling techniques and write articles, stories, books, pamphlets and educational materials for various publishers and to order. To read our tales, find links to our writing and find more information about writing service visit the Learning Tales page.

Our Team

All our modules are written and delivered by a team of practitioners and service users with significant experience across the sector, with children, young people, families and adults. Many of us have led regulated national qualifications and quality assured programmes through universities, FE colleges and awarding bodies such as City & Guilds, NOCN and Gateway Qualifications. We guarantee to deliver all our services to the same high quality, professional standards.

As a community interest company, a social enterprise, our work is monitored to ensure we operate fairly and everything supports our core aims. We all work to ethical standards and any profit we make is used to support the community we serve.

Visit the About Us and Team pages to learn more about us and meet our core team.

Our Pedagogy

Our pedagogy (approach to teaching and learning) is based on our key principles:

Authenticity

We believe the best teaching stems from the expertise of experience. All our writers and tutors are experienced practitioners. All our courses and learning materials include the perspective of service users and those with life experience of the issues addressed. This brings the authenticity of passionate engagement, as well as theoretical rigour.

Creativity

Learning is an act of creation, harnessing the wisdom and experience of the tutors and learners. It’s a fusion of ideas, research, techniques, theories and practice. We use creative approaches and active learning techniques to ensure learning is effective and fun.

Collaboration

We believe everyone’s contribution is important and the best learning happens through collaboration with others. We use email, course forums, podcasts and social media to create an e-learning community, where you can interact with tutors and other learners in real time and your own time.

Participation

Our training days are highly participatory, based on active learning techniques and practical application as well as essential law, policy and research. We use quizzes, presentations, multimedia and gamification to ensure e-learning is engaging too.

Change

We believe that learning itself is an act of change and our aim is to be a catalyst for social change in all we do. We design learning opportunities to be inspiring, emancipatory and empowering. We aim to enable you to change, whether you are someone seeking to reshape your own life, a professional wanting to improve your practice or an activist engaged in transforming your community. All our modules include a focus on practice and continuing support to apply your learning.

lovely trainers who made you feel included and focused on the child and their world”

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