University training day

Mastering classroom dynamics: enhance your skills with the UniTasterDays behaviour management training day


Tuesday, 11 July 2023

From 9:45am


Belmont Row


B4 7RW

We are pleased to share details of the first in our series of in-person training events with you.

This training event has a behaviour management focus and has been specifically designed for university practitioners working with schools and colleges. It has been created following feedback from education liaison, widening participation and outreach professionals who actively deliver university workshops and host visits from schools and colleges throughout the UK.

Why start with behaviour management?

Since the pandemic there has been an increase in challenging behaviour in schools. This is evident in both anecdotal feedback and research provided by the Department for Education amongst others (80% of head teachers in the UK reported an increase in challenging behaviour among students).

This training day has been created to address these challenges for university practitioners, by providing tools and techniques from experts to support colleagues to effectively manage challenging behaviour in the classroom. It will consider the university-school relationship, including tips for managing behaviour when there is another teacher in the room (and how to effectively manage expectations with them too).

What to expect during the day?

Participants will learn about a range of behaviour management techniques, including setting clear expectations for both staff and students, engaging students throughout the session, delivering dynamic and interactive sessions, building strong connections with students and so much more.

In essence, the aim of the training day is to equip practitioners with the necessary tips and tools to enhance their confidence when they deliver university talks and workshops in schools - and host visits at their own institution. Not only will this benefit the practitioners, but it will also enhance the quality of the sessions being provided to the students.

The benefits of attending:

Networking opportunities

In addition to an exciting agenda packed with informative sessions, we are pleased to offer networking opportunities throughout the day, including designated times for arrival, morning and afternoon refreshments, as well as lunch and an optional STEAMhouse building tour.

Sessions created for you – nothing is off the shelf

Tailored to the specific needs of university practitioners working with schools and colleges, this event features audience-focused sessions that have been designed to address the unique challenges you may encounter in your role.

One-time opportunity

This event will not be recorded, so it is a unique opportunity for you to attend and gain insights from the esteemed experts in a delightful location.

You can expect training from expert speakers, networking opportunities and to enjoy morning and afternoon refreshments, lunch and an optional STEAMhouse building tour. A detailed schedule for the day will be provided closer to the event for those who have booked a place.

This training day is ideal for university practitioners working with schools and colleges. This includes colleagues working within university networks, such as the exceptional Uni Connect programme. If you are a university staff member and your responsibilities involve delivering activities for schools and colleges, this event is tailored specifically for you.

The content will suit both new and experienced practitioners and it will have an event delivery focus.

The event will be held on July 11 2023. Arrival refreshments will be provided from 9.30am and sessions will finish at 4:15 pm. Additionally, there will be a drinks reception from 4:15 pm to 5:00pm for those who are able to stay to enjoy a drink and a final networking opportunity before travelling home.

If you work for a UniTasterDays member institution (see the list HERE) - the cost is £290 per delegate. An early bird discounted rate is available for bookings until June 12 2023. The cost per delegate after discount is £240. Alternatively, for two delegates, the cost is £450 and for three delegates, it is £650. Please note that all prices are subject to VAT.

The event is situated in the stunning STEAMhouse building, located in central Birmingham, 10-15 minutes from Moor Street Train Station (closest) and Birmingham New Street Station - and with reasonably priced car parking near by, bicycle storage and even a shower on-site!

The STEAMhouse building was initially constructed in 1899 as the headquarters for the Eccles Rubber and Cycle Company, later repurposed to produce linen clothing, bedsteads, and pianos and now utilised by Birmingham City University and regional businesses, following extensive redevelopment.

STEAMhouse is a captivating space, and attendees have the option to take a lunchtime tour of the building as part of the programme.

We’ll be updating the event information as we get closer to the event, but if you have any questions, we’d be happy to help! Email our Support Team or call 01746 769269.


Hannah Simnett, Director and Founder, Cherished UK

Connection counts

Hannah Simnett is an award-winning leader, speaker and influencer. Hannah founded Cherished UK at the age of just 18 years old, in response to her own personal experiences and seeing the attachment needs of students not being met..

Hannah has trained more than 5000 professionals on the front lines of our community. This includes police officers, children’s charities, social and support workers and educators. She believes connection, kindness and empathy are the ingredients that every educator needs in order to get the best results with children and young people. Tips on how to create that will be presented during this event.

Hannah brings passion, creativity and experience to help you navigate tricky situations you may encounter with the young people you are working with. The workshops Hannah will deliver will be creative, hands-on, honest and real. Ensuring you feel empowered, encouraged and equipped to face any session you deliver in the future.

Sander de Groot, Director and Head of Training at MADE Training

Behaviour Management - Trainer Secrets

Sander de Groot is Director and Head of Training at MADE Training. As a skilled trainer, teacher and facilitator, he has worked with over 250,000 people through seminars, workshops, lectures and coaching.

Sander has a strong background and education in design, communication and pedagogy and is passionate about helping young people to unlock their potential through the sharing of thinking skills and reflection strategies.

This session will include support when setting expectations for classroom behaviour, tips when incorporating reprimands and sanctions, maintaining consistency and making sessions active and engaging.

Sophia Mousoulides, Partnerships Manager (Pre-16) at the University of East London and freelance education consultant

A university practitioner’s guide to behaviour management

Sophia is an advocate of social mobility and has over 18 years’ experience working in higher education and the charity sector, with expertise and a passion for enabling young people to reach their potential. She has a wealth of experience in partnership building, boosting employability, widening participation, project management and delivering workshops to young people predominantly across London and Essex.

Sophia will deliver an interactive session on behaviour management to create an authentic and positive learning environment. The session will cover how to keep interest and top techniques for behaviour management from the perspective of an experience university practitioner.

Jon Cheek, Director, UniTasterDays

Event Host

Jon is the Founder and Director of UniTasterDays Ltd. He has spent a career working in higher education, working for over ten years with three universities, followed by schools throughout the UK with UniTasterDays, which Jon established in 2012 to support effective school and college university engagement.

Jon has sat as an Executive Director of the Higher Education External Relations Association and is the editor of the annual Parents’ Guide to University, Students’ Guide to University and Teachers’ Guide to University brochures.

Jon is a huge advocate of university guidance and has been published by organisations including Which University, The CDI and National Careers Week.

He is a regular speaker at teachers conferences and works very closely with schools and colleges – including the delivery of independent university workshops.

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