Staff Training
Effective staff training is crucial to the success of the EnCompass system. AST can provide in-depth training on Preferred Learning Styles, Multiple Intelligences and a variety of Teaching and Learning Strategies. Training can be delivered through whole-school INSET sessions, department workshops or via our online resources. The practicalities of delivery are negociated through close liaison with the school leadership group before the start of the EnCompass programme. All members of staff involved in the programme receive access to our Guide to EnCompass, which covers all key aspects of the EnCompass system and provides suggestions for further reading and professional development. As with all AST training and workshops activities, we provide clear and effective methods to evaluate the impact and effectiveness of the sessions and all participating staff are encouraged to develop their knowledge and expertise further through e-mail contact with our training directors.

We are totally committed to the validity and effectiveness of the EnCompass programme and use it to plan our own training sessions. Staff taking part in the programme will be asked to complete a Learning Styles Questionnaire in advance of the training sessions. This enables us to provide concrete, relevant examples during the training and to plan activities that match the learning styles of your staff: no more 2 hour lectures or pointless "ice-breakers"!

EnCompass training covers the following themes:

  • Preferred Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences
    The nature and complexity of this session will depend upon the existing knowledge and experience of your staff. Whether you need a brief summary to bring staff up-to-date or a more in-depth analysis, AST can provide suitable material and relevant classroom examples.

  • Introduction to EnCompass
    In order to make the most of EnCompass, staff will need some knowledge of the theories and practicalities involved. Staff will be shown real-world examples of EnCompass Profiles (based on their own questionnaires) and develop an in-depth understanding of the four EnCompass Learning Directions. Staff will discover how students learn more rapidly and effectively when tasks and activities are geared towards their preferred styles.

  • Lesson Reflections
    Staff are encouraged to reflect upon their own practice and that of subject colleagues. Using the EnCompass Task Frame, staff will map out a recent lesson and comment upon the spread of tasks. Staff will learn how to plan sequences of lessons that cater for a variety of learning styles and how to motivate students through the use of more effective and targeted teaching and learning strategies.

  • Assessment for Learning
    It is common knowledge that students learn in different ways. At AST, we believe that where possible, students should be assessed in ways appropriate to their preferred learning styles. If assessment is to inform teaching and learning, then it needs to reflect the processes that it assesses. This means developing and adopting a wider variety of assessment strategies as well as training students in the art of exam technique. Once they are out in the world of work, students are usually assessed by performance, rather than by written exams!

  • Future Development
    Staff are encouraged to explore simple, time-efficient ways to incorporate EnCompass into their classroom routines, lesson plans and schemes of work.

  • Post-training Assistance
    AST provides effective processes to evaluate the impact of the training and encourages all staff to continue their development through e-mail contact with our training directors, who are always keen to clarify key issues or discuss ideas for embedding EnCompass into classroom practice.

  • In order to protect the Intellectual Property and copyright of AST and our publishers, we are currently unable to publish explicit examples of the full EnCompass system on this website. Please use the above schematic to familiarise yourself with the overall premise. For further details and a demonstration of the EnCompass Learning System, please contact or use this form.