The staff and students at the School of Education, Durham University would like to thank Ben for the LEGO® Serious Play® sessions that he delivered for our Initial Teacher Education students. The sessions were thoughtfully planned and fitted our brief perfectly. Ben’s expertise and enthusiasm shone through in his delivery; an excellent role model for our undergraduate and postgraduate students who are training to be primary teachers. The sessions were engaging, thought provoking and fun. Our students were able to make links between the LSP methodology, related theory and pedagogy. It was a privilege to share Ben’s insight and knowledge, through practical activities and discussion.
The Trust is at a pivotal phase in its development and so it was a pleasure to commission Ben to work with our talented team of Principals. Ben listened carefully to brief and evolved the session from the responses given by the Principals, skilfully weaving in educational pedagogy and examples of how they might take the LSP strategies back to their academies. This was a professional development session that was practical, relevant, relatable and enjoyable and certainly got everyone talking!
We were so grateful for the work Ben did with us at our Minster Learning Community. It was the second time we’d had them together and the creative way he led transformed the time. Everyone went away with really key insights to develop their work and expand their thinking.
It was interesting to see how when Ben began the group definitely had some who were instantly really excited but also a few who seemed more cautious. Over time you could see how people were able to trust Ben and the process more and more leading to everyone really committing to it and getting loads from it.
It was amazing how quickly people engaged with the session and started to think creatively and outside the box, even those people whose natural style is very ‘matter of fact’ and practical. The outcomes amazed us all and we all loved the duck! We all learned a lot about one another, and the day resulted in not only a lot of enjoyment, but also an inspiring outcome with meaning for everyone.
A really productive day that was both insightful and enjoyable – for me, lots of things to consider in relation to priorities going forward.
I was amazed at how quickly so many creative ideas flowed from the young people, whilst helping them to listen to each other and build on their experiences