How to give effective feedback for a workshop or guest speaker

  • Why does feedback matter?

    As I previously mentioned in a previous blog post 3 Top tips for selecting workshops and speakers for your focus day, as teachers, we might only get one opportunity to address an issue with our students. Therefore we must make it count. This is one key reason that I founded Education Made. To ensure our students get the best experience, we must give constructive feedback to organisations which come and work with our students.  It is only with this feedback that organisations can improve or learn to be more flexible with their delivery to meet the differing needs of our students. One size doesn’t fit all.

    As educators, we should be reflective practitioners, and in my experience, organisations have always appreciated new ideas and also to hear about the things you thought were particularly impactful. It allows them to tweak and perfect the workshops they deliver. This will allow other students in the future to have the best learning experience.

    Of equal importance feedback allows other teachers to understand if that particular workshop or speaker will meet the needs of their pupils and address the ‘problem’ or curriculum area they are trying to achieve.  

    As a teacher, when giving a review or testimonial whether you write it or even better provide a video testimonial. 

    Here are seven key things to include:

  • 1. Provide a little background

    1. Provide a little background

    Briefly describe your school/institution, job title. You may also wish to provide information on who you teach, how long you have been doing it etc.

    This provides teachers with some context of the cohort of students you have and whether this is similar to their own.  Giving details about your role, job title or length of time in teaching helps to make your review more powerful.

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    2. What was the issue/problem that you, as the teacher or school, was trying to address?

         i.e. Year 11 seemed apathetic to their mock exams

         i.e. increased use of legal highs or alcohol by students

         i.e. Meeting a particular aspect of the curriculum

  • 3. Why did you decide to work with this particular organisations?
    3. Why did you decide to work with this particular organisations?

         i.e. Found on Education Made and easy to book.  

         i.e. Read excellent reviews and felt it would meet the needs of your pupils.

  • 4. Comment on the impact
    4. Comment on the impact
    • What do you think the impact of working with the organisation has been?
    • What areas of your school and pupil life improved and by how much?
    • Why do you think they improved?

    For some suggestions of how you could measure impact click here 

  • 5. Describe working with the organisation. What do you think made the workshop or event stand out?
    5. Describe working with the organisation. What do you think made the workshop or event stand out?

    i.e CoppaFeel

    CoppaFeel is able to effectively inject humour into the very serious issue of breast cancer and it  potential consequences with quirky props and educational materials.  Helping even the shyest of pupils  feel less self-conscious to take about checking their breasts.

  • 6. How likely are you to recommend the organisation?

    Why should a teacher listening to reading or listening to your testimonial book this organisation?

  • 7. Then select how many stars you would give the organisations for each of the following:
    • Value for money
    • Knowledge of presenter
    • Engagement of students
    • Quality of content
    • Professionalism, i.e. timekeeping, communication before and during the event.
    7. Then select how many stars you would give the organisations for each of the following:
  • As teachers ourselves,  one of our key aims of Education Made is to help decrease teacher workload and make booking organisations to support our curriculums easier. So as a teacher or educator if you think there are any other things you would like to hear in a review or testimonial, please email me jordan@educationmade.co.uk