How To Organise Your Workshops
Before booking your schools workshop you may want to consider the following steps.
Between three and five programmes per day. Up to 60 students in each programme (it is usually not a problem if this number needs to be slightly higher). Each student takes part in one session only.
We will work around your timetable so that we do not disrupt lunchtime and breaktime if possible. Programmes usually last for between 60 and 90 minutes. We suggest one programme before morning break, one after and the third (and fourth if necessary) after lunch. We are also able to run a slightly shorter taster session for your Reception students.
Ideally a hall, a gymnasium or a large classroom. Tables and chairs will be most comfortable, but the students can sit on the mats or on the floor.
Five or six students in each team will be best. You may wish to pre-arrange the teams, otherwise students can be divided up at the start of the programme into a maximum of ten teams.
You will need to ensure that at least two members of your staff join us in the programme, but in most cases they will be able to take part in the programmes themselves!
Students with Special Needs will usually benefit greatly from the programme. Please make us aware of any information that will help these students during the programme.
The Puzzle Shop?
As part of our school workshops, we open a shop for staff, visitors and parents. In a primary school this is normally done after school to give the parents and opportunity to look as well. In a secondary school we can open during lunctime or throughout the sessions for staff to view and all we need is tables and a location.
This may be a great opportunity for your school to invite guests from other schools or the LEA. We will be happy to give a talk and guide them through the programme and resources.