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We specialise in autism in mainstream schools, inclusion of students with disabilities, education psychology, autism education, community building and training on inclusion.

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Online Course now available via Teachable Platform – How do People Learn?

Learn at your own pace… lots of text and video support

Course Category

Inclusive Education



The course offers a rare opportunity to learn from two eminent educators -one a widely esteemed and talented trombone player and teacher and the other a very experienced inclusive educational psychologist.

Drawing upon shared knowledge and direct experience the two educators explore dominant psychological models of learning and how they make sense in the real world of teaching trombone or children and young people with the most complex needs in our schools. 

By listening deeply and making connections to your own experiences you will be able to consider more deeply how to improve your own or the teaching of others.

The day involves an exploration of major learning theories and their applications in the real world.

There will be a range of practical activities designed to  deepen your understanding of the best teaching and learning.

Dennis Rollins MBE


A passionate performer and educator, British trombone player Dennis Rollins MBE has established a reputation as an artist of excellence, and has lent his unique and stylish talents to some of this country’s, and indeed the world’s top jazz and pop personalities such as Courtney Pine, Maceo Parker, Jamiroquai, US3, The Brand New Heavies, Blur, Monty Alexander, Pee Wee Ellis and Jean Toussaint, amongst others.

As a bandleader, in 2006 his jazz/funk outfit Badbone & Co won a prestigious BBC Jazz Award in the Best Band category. In the following year he picked up both Trombonist of the Year at the British Jazz Awards and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Awards.  Dennis was nominated twice in the 2008 Parliamentary Jazz Awards for Jazz Musician of the Year and for Jazz Education; he won the latter. 

Other awards include British Trombone Society (BTS) Player of the year Award 2013 and JazzYorkshire Award 2012 Best Band for his band Velocity Trio.

In his hometown of Doncaster UK, Dennis was given Honorary Freedom of the Borough in recognition of his successful musical career and for his constant inspiration to the regions musical youth.

As part of Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2018, Dennis was honoured with an MBE for Services to music. 

Most recently in June 2022, he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Wales, UK.

Colin Newton

Colin has over 40 years experience as a teacher of children and adults and as an educational psychologist across the UK as well as some work internationally. He has written books on a range of subjects mainly related to inclusive education of those with most complex behaviour and learning needs. He is know for his passion for the inclusion of all children in mainstream schools, and for his practical applied work around person centred planning, restorative justice and in depth problem solving. Colin loves to demonstrate approaches as well as provide training with often very large groups – always with a clear focus on facilitation and inclusion of all. His love of drama and participation are as clear as his drive to revolutionise educational psychologist practice across the UK.

Colin says: ‘Instinctively from an early age I was against children being sent away to boarding schools and later to special schools and settings. Later I was inspired by disabled activists and Canadian and North American inclusionists who were working to change the world of education with radical innovative thinking and approaches  – the work was political, social and spiritual – I was in and never looked back!’

Colin’s career has been values driven, but also practical using applied psychology in training and real life problem solving with schools, families and individual children and young people.

Learning Objectives

  1. Formulate deeper understanding of learning processes for all children and adults
  2. Differentiate understandings and insights into emotional complexity of teaching and learning
  3. Learn Techniques to support teaching and learning
  4. Invite reflection on importance of relationships for effective learning
  5. Gain key phrases, key questions and key processes to support teaching and learning with adults and children
  6. Appraise  different psychological models of learning
  7. Conjecture on how to inspire deeper learning and motivation in students
  8. To create insights into thinking of exceptional teachers teaching complex skills
  9. Differentiate  inclusive insights and reflections on the learning of all children whatever their barriers may be
  10. Critique psychological models of learning and how they can be applied in a teaching context 
  11. Investigate how to inspire deeper learning and motivation in students 
  12. Formulate insights into the emotional complexity of teaching and learning

Who Is It For ?

Any Teacher, Psychologist or Educator who wishes to understand the learning processes of children or adults

Course Content

  1. Fun, engagement and interest are key ingredients of the the most memorable learning.
  2. Imitation – (Bandura) Social learning theory- we can assume that 80%of learning is done by imitating others around us in the social world. We are particularly drawn learning from our peers as well as significant role models and key adults in our lives. We copy each other.
  3. Learning takes place In meaningful contexts. (Bruner argued that you cannot strip learning of its content, nor study it in a ‘neutral’ context. It is always situated, always related to some ongoing enterprise.
  4. Learning and motivation to learn can be sparked or inspired by people around us including teachers but not only them. 
  5. Structured steps help to facilitate and scaffold learning in most children and adults.
  6. With person centred encouragement eg a focus on interests and passions – individuals are more likely to learn effectively. This also ensures motivation and ‘buy in’ from the learner.
  7. The ultimate goals for teachers is to nurture self-efficacy and confidence in learners to the point whereby they can set their own goals

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