School children celebrating World Book Day at the Stables Conference & Meeting Venue

Where's Wally and Goldilocks.

On 5th of March we celebrated World Book Day at The Stables. A lot of children were dressed up as a book character on that day and so were our lovely guests.

World book Day is held annually in the UK on the first Thursday in March. Every child in full-time education in the UK is given a voucher redeem to a book. World Book Day was first celebrated in the UK in 1995. The original, global World Book Day event is generally observed on 23 April.

Training of Trainers Programme for Sports and Physical Education Teachers in Kosovo

My second week has been spent developing Physical Education learning outcomes for the six stages of the Kosovo Curriculum Framework. The framework is a competency based framework so the wording of the outcomes must link to these key competencies, the Health and Wellbeing Curriculum Area of which Physical Education is part, and of course development stage appropriate skills, concepts, attitudes and values.


PE & School Sport Premium

PE & School Sport Premium
£300 million of funding announced for primary school sport
On 16th March 2013, the Government announced that it is providing funding of £150 million per annum for academic years 2013/14 and 2014/15 to provide new, substantial primary school sport funding.  This funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to primary school headteachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children.   (more…)

Arabian nights

Andrew Frapwell recently returned from working on an Education Project developing teacher training materials for Saudi Arabian Teachers. The contract was facilitated through CfBT Education Trust who are working on the
venture for the Saudi Government Agency – Tatweer. Andrew was based at the Marriott Hotel in Riyadh – a five
minute walk from the Tatweer offices.

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Andrew Frapwell May 16, 2012
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The framework for school inspection from January 2012

Ofsted revealed its framework for school inspection on 30th September 2011. It sets out the statutory basis for inspection and summarises the main features of school inspections carried out under section 5 of the Education Act 2005 from January 2012. This is a draft framework and is marked as such because these changes to inspection arrangements are subject to Parliamentary approval when the Education Bill receives Royal Assent. Click here to access the new framework.

See the afTLC Ltd calendar to ascertain when we are running courses around the new Ofsted framework with a focus on the implications for physical education.

Exhibiting at Worcester Business Expo – 6th Oct

af Thinking & Learning Company Ltd are exhibiting at the forthcoming Worcester Expo on Thursday 6th October 2011 to be held at the Worcester Rugby Club. They will be displaying images and promoting deals for their recently finished Conference & Meeting Venue, The Stables. Anyone who books an event, meeting or conference on the day will receive a 15% discount if numbers booked are a minimum of 8 people and this minimum number attend.

The Stables is conveniently situated a short distance from junction 5 of the M5 and is already attracting a variety of clientele and outstanding testimonials for services provided. The Worcestershire Association of Governors hold their meetings in the tranquil surroundings and the venue is also valued by the Droitwich Spa Business Forum, whose last guest speaker was Peter Luff MP. Other clients include the Association for Physical Education and Tacklesport.

Please come along and meet the owners. We look forward to making your acquaintance. Click here for details of the Worcester expo.

Peter Luff MP at The Stables Conference & Meeting Venue

Last Thursday 9th September at the newly opened Stables Conference and Meeting Venue in Wychbold, Peter Luff MP addressed the Droitwich Spa Business Forum (DSBF) on the topic of “The Future Economic Potential for Droitwich Spa.”

Peter who has been the president of the Business Forum (formerly DARTS) since its inception in 2001 delivered an interesting, uplifting and humorous speech covering housing, tourism, Hotel accommodation, the canal development, attracting businesses to the town and surrounding area and relevant local and national policies. There followed a lengthy question and answer session in which Peter threw down the gauntlet to members present to make a difference, but which also involved the MP targeting action for a couple of issues himself. The Stables Conference & Meeting Venue is available for hosting all types of events. For details of how to book please contact

In Deep: Learning to Learn

On Wednesday 6th July a new book by Andy Frapwell and Steve Caldecott was launched.   The foreword to the book was written by Mick Waters, currently director of the Curriculum Foundation, previously Director of QCDA.  Mick recommends the book and comments “This one (book) achieves something special; it links the theory, with the current and emerging policy context, with real practical examples from schools and classrooms. The style is engaging and the authors have used narrative and story carefully to exemplify some significant points.”

There is currently a launch publications offer of 20% Discount on the RRP. Order online HERE for only £18.39 and use the following voucher code: IDEX71.

You’ll have to act quickly as the discounted price will revert back to the RRP of £22.99 on 31st July 2011.

Summer Madness – residential course in Physical Education

afTLC Ltd today launched their summer residential course at the Stables running on the 8th – 10th August 2011

The three-day course costs £250 – the price of a one day course for many professional development providers.  We have also secured a cut price accommodation deal with the Holiday Inn Express, Droitwich.

The course will be led by nationally recognised tutors, is suitable for primary and secondary colleagues and includes the new Ofsted framework, the National Curriculum review for PE, Assessment for Learning, The Olympic Legacy, Examinations, Numeracy & Literacy through PE, Assessing Pupils’ Progress and more…

Please click here to open / download the course flyer.

afPE Annual Conference

The Association for Physical Education (afPE) Annual Conference took place in Heythrop Park on the 6th-8th July 2011.

On Thursday 7th July Andy Frapwell (afTLC) and Kevin Barton (QCDA) addressed the afPE Annual Conference in a mini key note presentation on Assessment: Where next?  The address explored poor, unreliable and invalid methods of assessment largely centred on the misuse of levels and shared QCDA Assessment Exemplification materials.  Methods of Assessing Pupils’ Progress were referenced, but it was stressed that further in depth engagement was required to fully explore the nuances of effective assessment processes that do not take up all of a teacher’s spare time.

Click here to link to QCDA’s Assessment Exemplification materials.