Below are some testimonials from people who have worked with or invited Amjad in to their schools/organisations or events either as a Keynote Speaker, workshop leader or reviewer. Scroll down to see the variety of comments from leaders across the world.
"As a new school about to open up in Bangkok, Thailand and with a new team about to arrive, new to the country. We wanted our Induction Weeks to go beyond the ordinary; we wanted the time to matter but also to be engaging and useful. We were going to need a great deal of planning time and a number of sessions to confirm procedures and of course prepare the new building. But we also wanted to build our team and most of all we wanted them to be inspired and excited by their new jobs, in a new country and of course in our brand new school. So we looked beyond ourselves and for something a bit different, we had several ideas but when a former Head Teacher friend and colleague suggested Amjad- @astsupportaali, we really felt we had found what we were looking for. Amjad was quick to take on the challenge of travelling half way around the world and before we knew it he was here. He was generous with his time prior to arriving and personalised the CPD package to our exact specifications.
To be honest there were those who could not understand why we had decided to use 'valuable' time on this kind of CPD when we were not sure we would be ready for our new pupils. However, it soon became evident that no one needed to worry. Not only was the day with Amjad useful and informative but it inspired us all, it generated discussion and fired us all up for the beginning of term and the chance to do what we all love to do the most - teach. Amjad, was not only entertaining, but his enthusiasm is infectious, he kept us all on our toes and involved, but it was his generosity with ideas, his willingness to share his own challenges and his own highs and lows that really made his CPD come alive. He had something for everyone and teachers from all the different age groups took away from the day, with several of them calling it, 'the best CPD I have ever had' and other members of staff calling it simply, 'excellent'. Certainly by the end of the day not a single member of staff questioned why we had included Amjad in what was a hectic few weeks. His more focussed workshops with our new leadership teams the following day were super, enabling new teams to gain an understanding of the skills and talents within the group at a stage when they were just getting to know each other and he worked on developing a vision from the outset. All things that our fabulous team were doing but Amjad added an edge to it and gave them a flying start. We asked Amjad to bring a bit of 'wow' to our Induction and we got that and more, we hit the ground running, excited to be starting a new term and to be getting back into the classroom."
‘I left the training feeling so inspired and motivated, came in to school today on a Monday, after half term, feeling excited to try out some of the new ideas instead of the usual “back to work” feeling.’
Caroline Ashley - Lead Teacher for Drama
The idea to ask Amjad to lead our training day actually came from our HeadTeacher, and was, at first, really just a throw away comment – ‘You should get this amazing guy I follow on Twitter – I’ve followed him for years.'
I decided to strike whilst the iron was hot, it being June 2017 and our training day was October 2017, but after braving Twitter for the first time in order to contact him, Amjad’s response was swiftly a ‘Yes’, and our planning began.
We were launching a newly branded approach to Teaching and Learning and as our communications increased, I realised with excitement that Amjad’s message would deliver us a timely reminder of the need to include dynamic and varied teaching methods into our everyday practice.
On the morning of our training day, Amjad arrived, greeting all our staff personally, and proceeded to launch into the funniest, most engaging and inspiring training day I have ever been part of (I began my teaching career in 1989, so that’s a lot of training days!).
I personally wrote 3 A3 pages of notes, and as I looked around I could see my colleagues also scribbling away furiously and talking excitedly within their teams. As they went away to plan the next 5 weeks, there was a palpable feeling of energy and a feeling of ‘Ah, this is why we do this every day!’
The ensuing TeachMeet that Amjad organised, where departments presented their ideas back to the rest of the staff, was representative not of the usual last day of a long half term, but rather colleagues eager to share their plans and genuinely looking forward to implementing them.
I cannot praise Amjad and his wonderful collection of ideas enough. His website has free access to all of them, along with examples from numerous other teachers explaining how they have been put into practice.
If Teaching and Learning is at the top of your agenda (and let’s be frank, if it isn’t, why not?), this man is worth every penny!
Starter for ten - Generous, innovative and entertaining; Amjad’s Try This Teaching Toolkit website has a million plus image views from teachers all over the World. Sought after as a speaker he has inspired teachers, from across the country; enabling them to improve their teaching and pupils’ learning. Engaging and knowledgeable he has been a highlight at many TeachMeets and INSET days. His humane insightful approach to working with pupils who have additional needs is focused on giving all pupils the chance to shine and flourish. Alongside his work in schools, he co-founded #BAMEed to support teachers from different and diverse backgrounds into school leadership. Tireless, motivated and committed he’s a pleasure to work alongside.
Amjad has worked with John Madejski Academy to support our rapid improvement for 6 months now. (From April 2017 to present.) His wealth of experience and expertise have facilitated developments in SEND and across the school more widely. Working closely with Senior and Middle Leaders, Amjad has advised and guided our work around improving outcomes for disadvantaged students and his knowledge and understanding of this area has proved to be invaluable to the academy. Amjad has led some excellent professional development sessions and across the academy staff have used techniques and ideas that are engaging learners and igniting discussions about pedagogy and how we can best impart knowledge. Staff have enjoyed working with Amjad and it has been a pleasure to see him working so closely and positively with our staff.
Amjad is a highly effective teacher, trainer and writer. His resources are a model of clarity and are enormously helpful to colleagues. He is a brilliant collaborator of ideas which he shares generously with others. He is a highly energetic trainer, ensuring delegates leave with great ideas to develop their practice.
I first encountered Amjad at the BETT conference, where he delivered a TeachMeet presentation which packed half a dozen fantastic, practical ideas into the space of just a few minutes. On the basis of this I invited him to deliver a whole day of staff training to our combined primary and secondary staff out in the International School of Toulousse. This turned out to be one of the best events we have ever hosted: Amjad is a warm and personable presenter whose credibility as a classroom practitioner meant that his advice, ideas and resources struck an immediate chord with teachers eager above all else for practical tips on how to engage and educate their students in fresh, engaging and effective ways. Rather than try to persuade us that every idea would work in every circumstance, Amjad appreciates that different teachers and different classes have different requirements, so his philosophy of "try it out, adapt it, keep it or ditch it" was refreshing and inspiring. By the end of the day every teacher was able to leave feeling that there were several ideas that they could immediately try out with their students. On this basis I have no hesitation in recommending him as an excellent investment for any school looking for effective, high-impact staff training.
In April 2017, Amjad spent a whole day with our teaching staff exploring 'Quality First Teaching' then sharing the many ideas from Try This Teaching Toolkit. Staff were then able to work in groups / Faculties to plan and begin to embed these in their planning. This format worked extremely well as the application of the learning was visible straight away; staff were enthused by the low effort but high impact ideas.
Amjad is clearly passionate about what he does and this resonated throughout the day. He is engaging with his presenting and the ideas, coupled with his experiences and expertise, works well.
He also led a professional learning session on ' Raising Boys' Achievement' two days later and, again, shared ideas that were thought-provoking and applicable.
We look forward to a longer commitment with Amjad, already booking him back in for next academic year.
Amjad Ali has delivered both keynotes and workshop sessions across a wide portfolio of teaching and learning events for Optimus.
Receiving consistently excellent feedback from delegates, Amjad is able to provide a huge amount of practical strategies and take home advice in an engaging, thought provoking and interactive manner. Delegates have commented regularly on Amjad’s enthusiasm and passion for education and he is always an asset to any conference he speaks at.
I first met Amjad at a Teachmeet and thought he was really inspiring. His delivery of practical tips in the classroom was engaging and refreshing. I came away with so many ideas that I could trial straight away. I was so impressed with his energy and enthusiasm that I arranged for him to deliver INSET at my school which he duly delivered. His preparation and presentation was outstanding. On a dark, dreary Thursday afternoon Amjad was able to captivate an audience of 80 members of staff for an hour and a half! His presentation was packed with so many practical ideas and his delivery was so authentic- this is someone who knows the daily challenges facing every classroom teacher. Staff came away feeling revitalised and keen to try something new in their classroom. They have found the plethora of ideas and resources in his online toolkit really useful. I can't recommend him enough and look forward to hearing him again.
We booked Amjad for a full day of inset in April '15 and he certainly didn't disappoint ! Combining humour, warmth and professionalism he provided an excellent session packed full of activities that could be used the next day in the classroom. Amjad also allowed staff to reflect on their own practice and provided opportunities for discussion around current education issues. Fully recommend - we will be booking him again soon!
I have known Amjad for a few years now through the amazing sharing of resources and ideas he was doing online. Having now had the pleasure of meeting and working with Amjad I can only offer a glowing report on his passion, knowledge and approach. I am looking forward to working with Amjad by booking him in to Passmores to help improve even further on the range of techniques used.
Workshop participants wrote:
“Lots of really practical stuff for the classroom – great”; “Great ideas presented at a good pace and referenced to see later”; “Terrific workshop with very practical and relevant tips and techniques useful to improving teaching and learning in schools”; “Absolutely excellent workshop, excellent speaker and content”; “Amjad's tips were spot on and he was a very charismatic presenter. I was hooked and impressed for the hour!”, “An excellent, engaging speaker with lots of ideas”; “Engaging, interactive, full of excellent ideas and resources. Refreshing!”, “Well presented – clear, practical applications”; “Made me wish I was back in the classroom!”; “Thanks Amjad for sharing teaching tips and useful resources. Felt very inspired after this session. I returned to school and used some of these resources straight away”; “Really good content, nice pace and loads to explore later. Very generous teacher to share all his materials”; “Absolutely first class - so practical and useful”; “Excellent pace and delivery, good context and great resources shared”; “Simply one of the best workshop with so many ideas to use”; “Really enjoyed this and plan to share this information with my schools” “Superb delivery of useful tips and tricks”.
"Amjad visited Bradford Grammar School for a day in June 2017 to get us thinking about ways in which we could freshen up our lessons without adding to our workload. Nothing Amjad told us was rocket science but there was something in his sessions for everyone from the youngest NQT, fresh out of college and full of bright ideas, to those of us who have been teaching for...... rather longer. The secret of Amjad's success is his presentation style. He is engaging, entertaining and unthreatening; he offers ideas but he doesn't prescribe ("try it, refine it, and if it doesn't work for you - bin it") and he doesn't claim to have all the answers. After Amjad's visit I canvased opinions among staff. Those who I expected to respond positively to Amjad's presentation did just that. Those who I expected to hate it actually got more out of the presentation and if anything they responded even more positively. This was really effective CPD. We have now booked Amjad in for another two whole days here at BGS."
I have had the pleasure of knowing Amjad for a number of years and can genuinely say that he is one of the most generous teachers you will ever meet. Amjad is generous with his time, his knowledge and his innovative ideas and resources. Part of Amjad's AHT role is to co ordinate SEND provision in his school. He is knowledgeable about all things relating to SEND and often blogs on this aspect of his role. He shares his power points and resources he makes for SEND on his free teaching and learning Toolkit and invites others to contribute to the knowledge base. Amjad is an authoritative addition to the collective voice relating to SEND and often joins in debates regarding inclusion with passion. After attending one of Amjad's training workshops I came away with new knowledge. He is a pleasure to work with, to share ideas and to converse with.
Some comments based on a Keynote speech and workshop delivered by Amjad Ali at the Annual North Lincolnshire SEND Conference in June 2017. Delegates found him inspirational with his useable and practical ideas for inclusion and the classroom. They commented on his Low Effort High Impact nature and found his delivery extremely powerful.
The question in the feedback form for the event was:
"What was the best takeaway from the conference:"
Keynote speaker and workshops – practical, useful advice/support
Amjad Ali very motivational and interesting
Amjad Ali – fantastic and inspirational teacher. I will be using the website, we need an Amjad for every school
Amjad Ali was very thought provoking
Really enjoyed Amjad Ali speaking, real inspirational, every school should have him
Amjad Ali was inspiring
- Amjad Ali – fantastic (even for me in early years)
- Keynote speaker was very motivational/gave great strategies
- Keynote speaker was fantastic – really inspiring
- Amjad Ali – great deliverance – would want him to be my or my children’s teacher
- Amjad Ali – key ideas that apply early years and beyond
- Keynote speaker brilliant – informative, inspiring and entertaining
- PM keynote- Amjad Ali- speaker was excellent
- Amjad Ali – Improving outcomes for children with SEND in mainstream schools
- Amjad Ali was very inspiring and capturing – everyone needs one of him in the school
- Amjad Ali was really knowledgeable and a great speaker very interesting to listen to.
Amjad has a vibe about him that makes what he says and what you he is talking about very interesting indeed. The information he provides is valid and Amjad delivers with conviction. He is very knowledgeable, assured and relevant with the information he gives. A very positive and focused individual - Amjad is a star!
The staff valued the cross department ideas and all left feeling enthused and engaged. We were also able to track and monitor the impact of Amjad's sessions for many learning walks after the INSET day. After our first whole day session with Amjad, we have had him back in again and are booking him in further too for 2017!
Amjad was booked in a for a whole day to support the Head of Law and Citizenship after we reviewed our Citizenship provision, delivery and approach. He brought lots of ideas to the table and was not shy to roll up his sleeves and get stuck into the planning. He followed up on this with practical strategies on how to embed the new long term approach. A year later when reviewed through student voice, students rated Citizenship highly and staff delivering the content were secure in what to do and where to go for more support. A real success.
I knew of Amjad through his social media presence and was very interested to see him in action. Amjad's style of delivery is fantastic. He delivered truly inspirational ideas in a way that was meaningful to our staff. The event was perfectly pitched and executed with enthusiasm and humour. The most important thing was that he is still a classroom practitioner and that went a long way. 6 weeks down the line we are still seeing the ideas he gave being used in lessons. This was the first guest speaker that we had had at the academy for many years and I would easily recommend him.
Amjad is one of the most generous educators I know. He is selfless with his time, knowledge, advice, expertise and resources, not only with the pupils that he devotes his teaching time to, nor just for the teachers within his own school, but with the wider educational community. His website is a treasure trove of ideas and resources ready for teachers to use and adapt for their own lessons and his Social Media challenges are essential viewing for teachers of all levels and experience. I have listened to Amjad present on many occasions, including at Northern Rocks in Leeds, on main stage at the BETT Arena in London, and at Teachmeets around the country. He is an exceptional speaker and popular at educational conferences and events. His seminars are a whirlwind of ideas and practical strategies for his audience to use in their own classrooms. Amjad has hosted and organised numerous events which are always popular fixtures in the educational events calendar. Teachmeet Oxford is an established and popular yearly event hosted and organised by Amjad. He also hosted Teachmeet BETT, which is the largest event of its type in the world and compèred the popular TeachMeet London. He is a respected and innovative member of the online teaching community who is active with the UKEdChat community, one of the largest hubs of UK Educators on social media, a key player is the BAME Education network which campaigns of diversity issues and constantly striving to improve the professional development opportunities for everyone.
I first came across Amjad through his postings on Twitter, encouraging practitioners to share and experiment with ideas but always with collaboration at the heart of his message. Having been impressed with his efforts to organise the excellent
#TMOxford it was an obvious next step to book him to deliver the keynote at our own Teachmeet the following summer. His passion, enthusiasm and engaging presentation style generated a real buzz amongst our staff, with insightful and energising suggestions that staff were only too keen to implement in their lessons. Amjad reignited the willingness amongst our staff to be open to new ideas and consider how they can feed off the experiences and practices of colleagues on a regular basis. I cannot recommend Amjad himself, his enthusiasm nor his approach to developing teaching & learning enough.
Amjad has led really effective and engaging staff training. His knowledge of teaching and learning particularly in engagement of vulnerable learners is valued by teachers and support staff and moves forward practice because the examples he provides are practical and tested. I recommend him as someone who has credibility as a classroom practitioner who will provide really useful top tips to make a difference to students learning in all classrooms.
- Great choice of speaker, lively and energetic atmosphere.
- Great CPD day that started off well with Amjad.
- Very inspirational and comical guest speaker.
- The guest speaker was excellent.
- Amjad Ali - an inspiring teacher.