Mantle of the Expert: New training packages for 2011-12

We are pleased to announce our expanded range of training courses for 2011 -12. Our courses can be tailored to all Key Stages and learning environments, including – schools, academies, clusters, universities, special schools and conferences. For more information or to make a booking please contact us at:

1. Leadership and Values Lead School Improvement-Luke Abbott and Mike Davies (SLTs are encouraged to seek advice about which of the menu to choose.)

2. Improving learning and teaching-Inquiry Classrooms (IC) and Inquiry pedagogy and Methods. Tim Taylor, Luke Abbott.

3. Managing and implementing ‘high challenge’ questioning techniques and methods in classrooms. Luke Abbott, Tim Taylor.

  • One day plus follow up seminars and demonstration lessons with any class of children. Content of training: higher order questioning language and teacher talk. Starting with the seeds of a context to explore. Finding the challenging questions in books and literature. Learning how to scaffold readers with interactive questions. NC Levelled questioning ensuring pitch from W- L1-L7 and beyond for high challenge. Raising questions from texts and contexts for trials in classrooms. Coaching sessions include: modelled lessons and starts, how to construct a question and work with children’s responses. Theoretical standpoints for young learners. Application to Mantle of the expert methods, drama for learning and inquiry/P4C based teaching modes. Costs: £500 plus travel and expenses for stand alone days. £400 per day plus travel and expenses for packages of more than 2 days in total.

4. Introduction to Mantle of the Expert. Luke Abbott, Tim Taylor, all members of the National Team.

  • One day introduction to mantle of the expert, suitable for in-school and cluster training days for school leaders, teachers and learning support teams. Attendees while be introduced to the fundamental elements of the mantle of the expert approach – inquiry learning, drama for learning and the mantle of the expert system.
  • The content of the day will be practice based and immediately applicable to the classroom. We are happy to tailor the day to specific school or key stage demands, including special school environments. Costs: £500 plus travel and expenses for groups of up to 30. Larger groups will require further trainers.

5. Planning and curriculum design using Mantle of the Expert. Luke Abbott, Tim Taylor, all members of the National Team.

  • One day course on planning and curriculum design using the mantle of the expert approach suitable for in-school and cluster training days for school leaders and teacher teams.
  • The day involves a collaborative process of planning where a member of the moe team will help develop a range of bespoke mantle of the expert contexts suitable for the age and key stage of each teacher involved – a maximum of four contexts in a day – using key planning tools created by Dorothy Heathcote and Costs: £500 plus travel and expenses for groups of up to 30. Larger groups will require further trainers.

6. Developing use of Mantle of the Expert in the classroom. Luke Abbott, Tim Taylor.

  • A practical ‘hands-on’ course combining both seminar and in-class demonstration work. Suitable for individual teachers or teacher teams looking to develop their own use of the mantle of the expert approach.
  • The course will consist of a minimum of three days and will involve a developing understanding of the practical application of inquiry learning, drama for learning, the moe system and planning strategies.
  • To reduce costs it often a good idea to cluster with teachers from other schools. Costs: Costs: £500 per day plus travel and expenses.

7. Drama for Learning Luke Abbott, Tim Taylor, all members of the National Team.

  • One day plus classroom coaching sessions to be agreed by schools and national coaches who will tailor to particular needs. Initial Day: Content: DfLC techniques and structures. Using samples from the Conventions of Dramatic Action (Heathcote) and Dramatic Structures (Jonathan Neelands). Defining what drama is in educational work. Modes of drama-context dramas, Mantle of the expert, using texts and contexts, improvisational techniques of make believe, tension, now time, reflection. Newcastle School of Education models explained and worked practically.
  • Classroom based activity with classes of children in the lab mode of coaching: Starting drama through teacher in and out of role, full role and the secondary role concepts. Using Twilight/Shadowy role will form the basis of understanding teacher talk and the essential skills of language modality. Links: Inquiry, D4LC, Questioning and Mantle of the expert. Costs: As above

8. Improving Learning and Teaching ‘from good to better’. Luke Abbott, Mike Davies, Iona Towler Evans, Hywel Roberts and associate team of consultants currently practicing in schools.

  • Content aimed at: Teachers wishing to improve their teaching within the OfSTED categories from those deemed unsatisfactory, satisfactory or good to higher levels. Activity: Day 1 training day to include teaching and learning models that work for success. Individual coaching sessions can then be planned over a period of 2 terms with experienced motivational coaches in teacher’s classrooms. Teaching contexts for participants: Identification of rubric OfSTED use in observational evaluations. Measuring our performance as teachers against the model. Deciding the point of change needed for self improvement as well as those identified by the school/institution, individually using rubrics, discussions for change of teaching behaviours. Observing filmed evidence of a variety of teaching. Creating a learning episode as opposed to a teaching one. Use of 5 Learning Models, Curriculum Design models, from ‘attraction to obsession’ as a learner to raise standards faster.
  • Day in schools: Coaching with deep attention to planning and sequenced steps of teacher activity. Classroom management issues and voice of the ‘commander’ to manage behaviour positively. Working within the school codes of conduct. Strategies for tackling students who ‘press the buttons’. Costs: As above.





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6 Responses to “Mantle of the Expert: New training packages for 2011-12”

  1. Iiz Armour Says:
    October 26th, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    I find it truly wonderful that the work hewn by Dorothy is now so readily available & accessible. I am a retired drama teacher who will never cease to be interested in MOE & will be in touch with this website & continue to read the NATD Journal with relish & deep interest. Dorothy was & always will be will be in the Pantheon. Will miss her & because of her keep honing my thinking.
    Liz Armour

  2. lynn Says:
    January 13th, 2012 at 12:01 am

    hi really interested in the mantel expert could you email me i work in a pre school and im so excited about this way of learning
    many thanx lynn

  3. Antonia Benedita Teixeira Says:
    June 19th, 2013 at 1:01 am

    I am an educator in Brazil, working with theater education in the classroom, I am very interested in Moe, the possibility of a scholarship, since I can not custerar my expenses to attend a course at the mantle of expert?

  4. Tim Taylor Says:
    June 20th, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Hello Antonia

    I’m afraid we don’t know of any scholarships available in this country for overseas students.

    I’m sorry to disappoint you.

  5. Antonia Benedita Teixeira Says:
    July 10th, 2013 at 12:35 am

    Tim Taylor,
    Here in Brazil, we can get the tickets through the Ministry of Culture, since the institution have an invitation to attend the event with date and place.
    I wonder if it is possible to receive an invitation to the conference to be held in 2014.

    Antonia Teixeira

  6. Tim Taylor Says:
    July 14th, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Hello Antonia
    Certainly, which event would you like an invitation for?
    Please email me –
    Thank you