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Guidance and toolkits

The following page contains links to key guidance documents and toolkits from a variety of different sources. These range from books and articles on 'how to help young people with motivation and engagement' to more practically orientated workbooks and media based learning materials covering techniques and approaches for working with individuals in a range of learning settings.

Using Motivational Dialogue to help E2E learners progress

This toolkit contains a set of interactive CD-ROMs that help illustrate motivational dialogue techniques in action. Although aimed primarily at those working with E2E learners the skills and techniques covered are appropriate to any individual or setting. Motivational dialogue is a learner centred approach to working with young people that helps them to overcome personal challenges. It is quite directive in its approach by helping learners to achieve behaviour change, however its ethos remains learner centred as you try to bring the learner along at their own pace, using skills and technique that are appropriate to where the learner is at that time regarding their motivation. It helps to overcome the resistance that so many people have to accepting advice from other people. It includes:

  • two interactive CD-ROMs containing video footage to demonstrate the skills and techniques, onscreen activities with feedback;
  • a Tutor workbook, to use with the CD-ROMs, that provides:
    • further activities to extend your skills and use of the techniques;
    • a structure for developing, practising and reflecting on your skills as you use them with your learners;
    • advice on how you can work with colleagues to learn together and provide peer support.
  • A toolkit of different activities to use with learners

United Kingdom Association for Solution Focused Practice

The use of solution focussed skills and techniques is increasing within education settings in order to help engage learners. The approach mainly concentrates on the learner as being the key source of motivation to learn and engage. It is forward thinking and rather than focus on what has 'gone wrong' in the past it concentrates on the future. It builds on strengths rather than focussing on deficits of the learner. This website is a useful starting point for those wanting to explore how to encourage solution focussed working with their learners.


Cooper S (2005) A Competency-Based Classroom: A classroom manual

This manual for teachers and those who work with children and young people outlines an effective program for working with students. It is a classroom program with a clinical foundation in Solution Focused, Narrative, and Competency based principles. This manual can be applied to various educational settings.


Ginnis P (2002) Teacher's Toolkit: Raise Classroom Achievement with Strategies for Every Learner

This toolkit covers over 50 different strategies including many activities that may help to engage and motivate learners. It focuses on the potential to utilise multiple intelligences of learners in order to engage in learning. Very practical in nature, uses background theory from 'brain science' to underpin the activities.


Silberman M (1996) Active Learning: 101 Strategies to Teach Any Subject

The author provides active strategies that create an opportunity for learners to be involved and engaged in any subject area. The book covers a wide variety of strategies which are not content specific. Underpinning research for activities give some evidence that these active experiences could help learners retain learnt concepts and skills.


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