If you’re passionate about seeing young people grow in skills, confidence and initiative as much as knowledge, then you’ve come to the right place. If you value intellectual challenge, investigation and creative problem solving as key components to a well-rounded education, we really hope you will read on…
Independent thinking and independent learning are at the heart of everything we do. Our courses give students the opportunity to explore ideas and practise skills within a structured, progressive framework that adheres to rigorous academic standards.
Experience and Expertise
Wiser Words has been established since 2004. In that time we have visited several hundred schools all across the country, independent and state, single-sex and co-ed, rural and inner-city, so we now have a real breadth of experience upon which to draw. We understand what makes teenagers tick, what motivates them, what worries them, what reassures them, what engages them. We know how to find the balance between fun and serious, keeping students intrigued and focused for a whole day.
We listen first
Tell us about your students and what you would like them to achieve and we will tailor everything to meet their needs and interests. Once we understand your objectives and have all the details regarding things like timings, facilities and numbers, we will put together a programme to fit.
Behind the fun and busy first impression of any day we deliver, is a complex methodology for dynamic teaching practice and a serious agenda to raise academic achievement. That methodology is fuelled by our principles:
Firstly, we believe that learning is optimised by creating a positive, energised, focused environment with lots of interesting things to do. Secondly, we believe that you don’t need to spoonfeed to get fantastic results. We believe in allowing students to work things out for themselves, encouraging them to ask questions, be proactive, explore using their own initiative and take responsibility for leading projects and making decisions themselves. We believe that educating that way nurtures the development of far stronger, independent, charismatic and “educated” individuals.
We know there are so many teachers and parents out there who share our passion for inspiring young people to be intellectually curious, to think for themselves and to express their ideas with confidence and eloquence.
We believe that a well-educated person is someone who…
- May not know the answer but knows how to find it
- Is happy to be wrong if they have learned something new
- Sees themselves as the driver of their educational journey
- Has many more questions than could ever be answered
100% Original Material
We design all our activities ourselves so your students won’t ever say, “We’ve done that before.” In fact they frequently comment on how it has been a unique, refreshingly different experience.
Each task has been carefully put together by experts who really understand how to motivate students, build confidence and draw out different skills.
When you watch a task, you will see many things happening at the same time:
- Balanced participation from all students, i.e. the confident, vocal ones can’t take over!
- Students working together, listening to each other and making joint decisions
- Every student being stretched – no one ever complains that it’s too easy!
- Student-friendly goals that naturally motivate students to draw upon the skills they need to reach them
Jam-packed, fast-paced and never ever boring
We are meticulous about planning every minute of the day to ensure that all students are learning all of the time and that their special day is jam-packed with relevant activity. From a prompt kick-start with a bang, to the close of your normal school day, the schedule will be organised, all students will be occupied and no one will be lost or bored.
Intellectually Challenging (in other words, hard)
We pull no punches when it comes to asking students to switch their brains on and take their thinking powers up a gear. Our tasks are unashamedly difficult and our expectations are high. You can’t say any old thing and get away with it! This means that once students have pushed themselves to work through the tough part or revised their point after being challenged, they experience the exhilaration of discovering just what they can do.
When you watch them in action you will see them:
- Affirm students wherever possible to help them believe in themselves
- Ask intriguing questions to extend their thinking
- Win over the “characters” and catch their attention!
- Keep the pace moving and maintain focus
She stands firm to the principle that they always learn and understand more if they actively engage with material, work things out for themselves, are pushed to make decisions and do all this whilst enjoying themselves. In other words, she doesn’t buy into spoon feeding!
Her courses have been delivered by the Wiser Words team in hundreds of schools across the UK with exciting results and consistently glowing feedback from students. Emily trains her team of facilitators to keep to a particular methodology which encourages students to believe in themselves and to stretch themselves, take responsibility, ask questions and articulate their ideas with precision and objective justification.
Whilst designing new material and training Wiser Words leaders, Emily still delivers many courses herself as her greatest love is being around young people.
We wish to motivate young people to gain independence of mind, to think critically and analytically and to take pride in being mentally alert. We hope to inspire a hunger for deeper understanding, an adventurous attitude in the exploration of ideas and an appreciation for the intrinsic value of education.
96% of students who have attended other courses say that our courses are better!
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