AOKlearning Limited
Station House
Suite 2.3
30 -34 St Enoch Square
Glasgow G1 4DF

Tel: +44 (0)141 221 1001
Fax: +44 (0)8704 909081


AOK organises study visits to Scotland. Please click on the link for more information.


Study Skills

John Kerr

John is a well known figure in the history teaching world. He has taught in the classroom for 40 years, currently as Curriculum Leader, Social Subjects. John has also worked for many years within the SQA, most recently as exam setter, marker and team member of the Higher History team and as part of the verification team for Nationals 4 and 5 History.

As the first Scottish accredited trainer in the Critical Skills Programme John has wide experience in delivering CPD opportunities across Britain for both history teachers and, more widely, generic courses on teaching/learning/study skills. John is known as a prolific writer of text books, how to pass guides and as a provider of national student revision courses.


Study Skills - John Kerr
Tuesday 25th November 2014
09.30 - 15.30
£175 plus VAT

This is a very ‘hands on’ course aimed at all subjects. How do pupils learn? What techniques can we use to maximise student performance? All to often students feel “I know nothing” as exam pressure mounts.This course will demonstrate that they know a lot and that the keys to success lie in organisation, triggers and accessing their knowledge.

Aims of the course

  • To understand the importance of organisation in learning
  • To apply techniques of enhancing memory
  • To appreciate the different ways that the brain takes in information
  • By using some of the ideas of Gardner and Bloom, how can we create varied and engaging leaning experiences?
  • To develop ideas, techniques and materials to take away and try tomorrow.

We are also running the following non subject specific courses:

Managing your department - Ann Marie Whiteside
Tuesday 24th February 2015
10.00 - 16.00
£175 plus VAT

This course is a practical and hands-on approach to managing and leading a department/faculty, aimed at those new to this and also those who would like further help and advice on the various aspects of managing a department. It addresses a wide range of management issues, including how to deal with challenges and underperformance in the team. There will be clear advice on effective leadership for learning in the context of Curriculum for Excellence, as well as structuring self-evaluation throughout the year to ensure improved attainment and achievement for all pupils. Other topics will include analysis and use of data to evaluate performances as well as how to prepare for an HMIe inspection.

Aims of the course:

  • To provide vital information to new principal teachers and faculty heads
  • To deliver practical information on managing a department
  • To monitor the performance of the department
  • To ensure improvements through self-evaluation
  • To examine leadership for learning
  • To prepare for HMIe

Previous attendees have commented:

'Very informative course'

'delivery of the course was excellent' 

'very packed and intense course, but no surplus information or gaps in the content. I feel this course has given me a clear pathway to take my department forward' 

'fantastic course, really useful and lots of great tips and general advice. Ann Marie was an excellent yutor. Thank you'

Preparing for Senior Management (for aspiring Deputes and Headteachers)
Monday 2nd March 2015
09.30 - 15.30
£175 plus VAT

This course aims to focus on 3 main areas: the preparatory phase leading up to applying for a post as a DHT/HT; the completion of a quality application form which evidences achievements; preparing for an interview, including presentation skills and interview techniques. In addition, there will be advice given on professional development and how to make an application form more likely to be selected for consideration.

Aims of the course:

  • to provide a clear analysis of the differences between posts at middle and senior management level
  • to ensure quality professional development is assiduously evidenced prior to applying for a post
  • to deliver practical advice on the completion of an application form
  • to give vital information on how to prepare for an interview
  • to examine the interview process and help maximise prospects of success
Previous attendees have commented:

‘A really useful course, well presented.  Full of practical, useful and relevant advice’

A most valuable and well presented course.  Margaret is extremely knowledgeable.  I very much enjoyed it’

‘An extremely useful course giving excellent advice on the build up to applying for DHT posts, the application form and interview process.  One of the most useful CPD courses I have done in a long time.’

Supporting a Probationer Teacher in your Faculty/Department
date coming soon
09.30 - 15.30
£175 plus VAT

This course is designed to support staff (PT /FH / Supporter) working with a probationer teacher for the first time, as well as for staff with a different subject specialism but belonging to the same Faculty as the probationer.

Aims of the course:

  • To raise awareness of the three elements of the Standard for Full Registration (SFR):
    • Professional Values and Personal Commitment
    • Professional Knowledge and Understanding
    • Professional Skills and Abilities
  • To provide practical information to enable probationers to fulfil their potential
  • To give vital advice on monitoring probationers’ progress throughout the session
  • To ensure quality feedback, verbal and written, to probationers on their formal Observed Teaching lessons
  • To examine the GTCS Interim and Final Profiles by participating in a practical session
  •  To deliver practical advice on supporting probationers with the completion of their Profiles
  • To maximise the input provided by probationer Supporters to the Profiles and consequently the outcomes achieved by probationers in terms of performance

Previous attendees commented

‘well worthwhile course – even for those with experience’
‘thoroughly enjoyed the day.  Very well organised and found it very helpful and reassuring’
‘my questions were answered well and enabled me to clarify aspects of this role’
‘thanks a lot, extremely useful and informative’
‘excellent course, would recommend’
‘Muriel has a lot of knowledge of supporting probationers which I feel she brought to the course.  It was well presented and she answered any questions that were asked’