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Royal Society of Biology, Charles Darwin House, 12 Roger Street, London WC1N 2JU

Would you like to pass on your experience, skills or knowledge through training others? This course will help you to gain confidence in how to develop strong presentation and teaching skills, to deliver 1-2-1 and group training, to facilitate group teaching and to give effective feedback.

During this train the trainer course each candidate will complete a learning styles questionnaire which will help identify their individual learning style and how they can use this knowledge to enhance their own training courses.

Participants will have many opportunities to practise their presentation skills, one-to-one coaching and feedback provision throughout the various activities taking place at the course.

By the end of the course, all attendees should fully understand how to plan, design, structure, and deliver a training session using a variety of teaching formats and methods.

Booking Deadline:

The booking Deadline for this event is 17:00 on Wednesday 24th of January. Booking numbers are limited to 15, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Course Programme:

09:30 - INTRODUCTION (Plenary)

  • an opportunity for candidates to introduce themselves and discuss their objectives for the course based on past personal experience
  • introduction to the different teaching environments and their suitability

10:00 - WHAT IS TRAINING & HOW DO WE LEARN (Plenary + Individual/Group exercises)

  • discover the principles of adult education, the Kolb learning cycle, McCarthy's theory
  • learn about the different learning styles (Honey & Mumford model, VAK model) and complete a learning styles questionnaire to discover your own. Discuss how your own style influences your teaching style
  • discover the different models of andragogy (e.g. conscious competence model) and what differentiates a good from a bad teaching experience
  • discuss the implications of the different learning styles on the trainee and on the trainer, and how this affects behaviour and perception
  • learn to use the EDIT principle to plan a skills session
  • debate the implications for the trainer on how to motivate, gain buy-in, and set up a teaching session in order to provide the best opportunity to listen and learn
  • discuss and practice how practical skills teaching differs from other forms of teaching

11:45 - PLANNING & SETTING OBJECTIVES (Plenary + Individual/Group exercises)

  • discuss reasons for setting objectives and learn to use SMART to set up teaching objectives, within a medical context
  • learn how to plan a training session using pyramid concept


  • discover the importance of structure in recall (presentations and training sessions)
  • learn how to use TPPL (Test, Practice, Praise, Link) to benefit your practical skills teaching sessions.
  • discuss the benefits of mind mapping to plan content.
  • learn to plan lessons according to the INTRO model and to structuring a presentation/training session

13:15 - LUNCH

  • work in small groups to practise how to energise a group.
  • discuss the point and use of visuals, do's and don'ts of flipchart, slides, props and handouts. 
  • learn how to handle different personalities in a group and acquire greater confidence in dealing with difficult situations/delegates.


  • in small groups, practise the planning, structuring and delivering a practical skills training session
  • learn, discuss and practise the effectiveness of the INTRO, TPPL and EDIT systems


  • workshop, role play on how to formulate feedback constructively

17:00 - DEBRIEFING (Plenary) + END


Rachel qualified from Bristol University with an honours degree in biochemistry in 1996. She a now a highly qualified consultant, coach and trainer, and an experienced business manager, with an outstanding track record both within the UK and overseas.

She has been involved in training and development for 20 years. Her range of expertise covers management development (coaching, performance management, difficult conversations) personal skills development (presentation skills, change and resilience, train the trainer, communication skills, managing conflict, influencing skills), as well as use of a variety of psychometrics to facilitate this learning.

Rachel has designed and run this train the trainer course which has been delivered over 100 times to nearly 2000 delegates. Delegates feedback often includes that they leave courses with increased confidence, motivation and many techniques to engage delegates and that the course has greatly increased effectiveness of their training.

How this course will support your Continuing Professional Development

All attendees on this course will receive a certificate of attendance.

This event has been approved by the Royal Society of Biology for purposes of CPD and can be counted as 21 CPD points. CPD is an important area of most career paths. It offers a mechanism by which you can document the work you do above and beyond your job role, aiding upwards progression. At the Society we promote the importance of CPD to all our members and provide a simple system for maintaining your progress throughout the year.

Lunch and refreshments are included.


Society members - £175 + VAT
Staff and members of Full and Supporting Member Organisation, Staff of HUBS or SCAS members - £275 + VAT
Non-members - £375 + VAT

Non-members who have completed a membership application and made payment can also benefit from the discounted member rate.

Group-booking discounts of up to 10% are now available, for Members and Member Organisations who would like to send four or more of their staff on this course. If you would like to make a group booking please contact our training officer.

If you are booking on behalf of a colleague please add your contact details in the special requirements box.


For further information about the course please contact our training officer.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation with over 10 working days' notice = 100% refund, less 25% admin fee
Cancellation with 5-10 working days' notice = 50% refund, less 25% admin fee
Cancellation with less than 5 working days' notice = 0% refund

The Royal Society of Biology reserves the right to cancel or reschedule a training event up to 10 working days before the event is due to take place. A full refund will be issued.

If the Royal Society of Biology is required to cancel or reschedule a training event with under 10 working days' notice due to unforeseen circumstances, a full refund will be issued and 50% of attendee pre-paid travel will be compensated.

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