Mike Hughes is a well-known and highly acclaimed education trainer/author.
A former secondary head he is currently working freelance and over a period of many years has developed a deserved reputation as an inspirational and innovative trainer/facilitator and is widely regarded as a leader in the field of learning.
He is best known as the author of hugely influential books such as And The Main Thing is… Learning, Tweak to Transform and Closing the Learning Gap. His latest publication The Magenta Principles™ is now available.
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Mike Hughes is a brilliant balance of thought-provoking and practical. Simply excellent.
Paul Wainwright – Assistant Head Teaching and Learning, Archbishop Blanch School
The best bit about Mike’s event was that it reminded me why I became a teacher and what I love about teaching.
Justine Connolly – Carlton Le Willows Academy
One of the key strengths of working with Mike on coaching has been that his knowledge and expertise in this area meant that he could tailor the course to meet our specific needs. The coaching training that he has provided has not only changed the way in which we approach CPD but has had a real impact in improving the quality of teaching and learning.
Yvonne Adshead – Assistant Headteacher, Simon Balle School
The work that we have been doing with Mike has definitely helped increase the amount of outstanding teaching in the school.
Vice-Principal, Belmont Castle Academy
We invite Mike back to work with staff year after year. He has worked with us on coaching, leadership development, classroom practice and leads our annual NQT conference. We are always guaranteed an opportunity to reflect, challenge ourselves and come away reinvigorated with practical ideas to try in the classroom.
Helen Bridge – Deputy Head, Myton School
The annual conference with Mike is frequently referred to by both NQTs and their mentors as the highlight of our NQT training programme.
Geraint Bevan – Carmarthenshire LA
My birthday was spent at a voluntary twilight inset with Mike Hughes… worth it? Yes! Inspired? Absolutely.
Sabrina Handy – Coventry TLP
The Coventry Teaching and Learning Partnership is run by teachers for teachers. The fact that Mike is invited back year after year and that his sessions are so well attended tells you all you need to know.
Roger Whittall – Coventry Teaching and Learning Partnership
Professional dialogue has simply erupted since we started working with Mike.
Sandie Roberts – Head Teacher, Mount Street Primary School
Just received my first outstanding grade in a lesson observation. Thanks for the ideas Mike!
Emma – Year 5 Teacher, Belmont Castle Academy
Following our inset day looking at there Magenta principles, I have noticed an immediate impact. There was an overwhelming feeling that the ideas made sense and because of which they were achievable for all teachers regardless of their subject area or experience.
John Naylor – Deputy Head, Brinsworth Comprehensive School
Mike Hughes has worked with us closely for ten years and has had a major influence on our practice. His work with us has been inspirational and helped make us a teaching school before Teaching Schools were thought of.
Adam Chedburn – Executive Headteacher, Whitley Bay High School
Publications by Mike HughesMike Hughes is the author of several highly influential publications, some of which you can purchase in here.
The Magenta Principles™
“if our goal was to make learning an engaging, student-centred experience then the Magenta Principles was the vehicle that enabled us to get there.”
Adam Chedburn, Headteacher – Whitley Bay High School 1993–2014
“Children should leave a classroom at the end of a lesson knowing, understanding and being able to do more than when they came in.”
Mike Hughes – Lessons are for Learning 1997
Improving teaching and learning
- Getting to good
- Good to outstanding
- Beyond outstanding
- From knowing to understanding
- Focusing on the things that make the difference
Engagement, pace and challenge
- The engagement triangle
- From occupied to engaged
- The importance of task
- The zone of challenge
- Metacognitive questioning
- Memory techniques
- Worthwhile and effective plenaries
Developing active, independent learners
- From answering to asking
- Curious children
- Teach less – learn more
Engaging reluctant learners
- Dealing with “I can’t do” attitudes
- Behavior for learning
- The keys to motivation
- Planning for better questions
- Managing classroom dialogue
- From ping pong to pinball
- The importance of elephants
Developing professional capacity
- Thinking on your feet
- Self-reflective practitioners
Observation for improvement
- Observation tools and templates
- Using video to aid self-reflection
- From feedback to dialogue
- Information Driven Dialogue
- Introducing and embedding coaching
- Coaching: Why? What? How?
- The coaching spectrum – where coaching fits
- Coaching and mentoring
- When and when not to coach
Whole school models and approaches
- Developing a coaching culture
- Getting started
- Organising coaching
- Coaching as an integral part of CPD
- Coaching as an ongoing process
- Structuring a coaching session
- Developing specific coaching skills
- Listening differently
- Coaching language
- Dealing with limiting beliefs
- Working with reluctant colleagues
- Coaching masterclass – advanced coaching skills
Coaching tools and templates
- Observation for coaching
- Observation tools
- Establishing reality
- Information Driven Dialogue
- Developing professional communities
- Teachers as learners
- Action learning sets
- Coaching and action research
- Coaching and video analysis
- Coaching students
- Developing coaching skills in students
- Coaching as a teaching tool
- Coaching as a pastoral tool