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Sam Cooper

Session title

Motivation & Engagement: Hidden Treasure

11.45 - 12.45pm

Workshop overview

  • This session will focus on a whole child approach and how discovering the hidden treasure within can help us to unlock student potential and encourage engagement.

  • We will explore the journey of learning and how different approaches can provide a ‘map’ to lead the way on this adventure.

  • You will be introduced to the Motivational Maps, an exciting tool that can be used with students to identify their intrinsic motivators and provides a foundation for rich and meaningful conversations and interventions both within a pastoral and academic context.


I have worked as a teacher for 15 years and in boarding education for 10 years, spending four of those in Shanghai. I am currently the Head of Boarding at Gordon's School, TES Boarding School of the Year 2022 and an outstanding state boarding school. We have used Motivational Mapping as a tool to examine the dynamics between students to assist with transition, inform mentoring and, alongside Thinking Frames, achieve best outcomes following sanctioning. Recently, I have used it to reflect on staff dynamics and longevity in the workplace.

Sam Cooper
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