Encouraging risk-taking in students and learning

Aims of the course

To understand the neuro science behind why children (and adults) can be risk averse. Through understanding the patterns of behaviour, staff can design activities that will lead students through the risk taking process and onwards to achieving results beyond their own expectations. How to create an emotionally safe environment will be covered as well as a range of strategies to encourage independent learning.

Intended outcomes of the course

  • Bank of strategies to encourage independent learning
  • Techniques to track emotional responses to learning
  • Growth mindset techniques that really work
  • Increased confidence in staff to plan for independent learning

Typical programme

08:30 Registration and refreshments
08:45 Why do some people avoid risk? How can we overcome it?
10:30 Coffee Break
11:00 Activities to create an emotionally safe learning environment.
13:00 Lunch Break
14:00 Strategies to encourage independent thinking and risk taking.
15:30 Finish


  • Absolutely inspirational. Incredibly professional. Thank you!
    — Andrea McCay, Teacher of English Badminton School Bristol UK
  • Thank you. Towards the end I remembered why I love teaching.
    — L Griffith, Head of English, Badminton School.
  • Strengths: The practical application - Gill was knowledgeable but was also someone who still had current practice in classrooms.
    Weaknesses: none. I have rated this course as Excellent. Gill was brilliant, the most useful CPD I have ever been to.
    — Gulshan Malik, Maths teacher, Dubai College


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