Teaching Workshops

Longworth Education provide teaching workshops and professional learning opportunities for educators, senior managers and parents. Our teaching workshops focus on learning through play and professional development for teachers at all levels of experience.

All our teaching workshops are hands-on, evidence-based and reflect a practical application to the latest research about how to support students living and learning in the 21st Century.

Play in the Junior Classroom

Level 1

Aimed at teachers of Years 0 to 3, this workshop introduces the fundamentals of the use of play within the primary school setting.

Children, aged 9-10, running together in a park

Play in the Upper Primary Years

Level 1

Aimed at teachers of Years 4 to 6, we examine how inquiry models integrate with play-based pedagogy to further support children’s development.

Learning through Play Online E-Course

Level 1

This course allows educators in geographically isolated areas in New Zealand and overseas with the opportunity to do our foundation workshop online and in a self-paced manner.


  • Must be primary-school based teacher or school leader
  • Note this course is NOT suitable for ECE based teachers

The Nitty Gritty

Level 2

This practical workshop examines the integration of the curriculum within play-based learning and how to provoke rich play opportunities.


  • Must have completed Level 1
  • OR have been working in a play-based classroom setting for at least 1 year
  • OR be attending with a colleague from the same school who has completed Level 1

The Role of the Teacher

Level 3

Learn how to intentionally teach through play while meeting curriculum and assessment demands in a play-based classroom.


  • Must have completed Level 1 and 2
  • OR have been working in a play-based classroom setting for a minimum of 18 months
  • OR be attending with a colleague from the same school who has completed Level 2
  • OR be ECE trained and working in a play-based early years setting

Advanced Play Practices

Level 4

This workshop is for experienced teachers in play who want the opportunity to further develop their ideas and skills.


  • Must have completed Levels 1 – 3
  • AND have been working in a play-based classroom setting for a minimum of 2 years
  • AND implementing a ‘full-day most days’ play timetable where practical in the classroom setting

Teaching through Play: Ensuring Best Practice in Schools

Level 4

This training series will support school leadership to critically evaluate teaching practices observed in their schools and determine both the strengths and needs of their teachers to ensure their play-based practices are reflective of what evidence suggests works best in the school environment.


Play Based Learning & Structured Literacy: Co-Existing In the Primary Classroom

This workshop supports teachers implementing a Structured Literacy approach to provide literacy rich play environments focused on ensuring child-led learning alongside the goals of the classroom literacy program.

Noticing, Recognising and Responding to the NZC in a Play-Based Classroom

In this workshop, teachers will learn practical strategies to intentionally notice, recognise and respond to the New Zealand Curriculum within a play-based classroom context.  These strategies will include:

  • building wider curriculum knowledge and awareness outside of literacy and numeracy
  • identifying developmentally appropriate responses and support strategies to enrich children’s play opportunities
  • developing key assessment and documentation processes to ensure curriculum coverage
  • begin to understand the link between the notice, recognise, respond approach and play-based learning assessment practices

Play Pedagogy for Successful Transitions to School (Full day)

This workshop will be important for both ECE and Junior School teachers, by exploring the following:

  • Important factors for successful transitioning from ECE to School – the research and evidence
  • The links between Te Whāriki and the New Zealand School Curriculum
  • “Ready Schools” – exploring how schools can be ready for New Entrants
  • Growing and fostering students’ intrinsic motivation to learn
  • Innovative spaces for learning – the Third Teacher