Linda Hartley

About Linda Hartley

Hi, I enjoy helping teachers to make their classrooms into interesting visual learning environments. I write most of this site and I also run the Classroom Displays online course which you can find out more about in the sidebar.

Classroom Displays Summer School

Classroom Displays Summer school

Learn at your pace, not mine.

It is once more time to open the doors and welcome you to the Classroom Displays Summer School. This is your chance to work through either or both of the current displays courses at your own pace. (Read more about current courses Classroom Displays  Courses )

The Summer School takes place entirely online and you can access the modules whenever you like, for as long as you like. The course happens on a dedicated, password protected private website attached to this one.

You can see the public facing side of the site here Classroom Displays Training

The Summer School is available to you over the summer from early June to the start of September.

Your Summer School Learning Experience will be :

Self Paced, Flexible and Self Directed.

I have written before about how helpful working at your own pace can be and the Summer School is an excellent example of this kind of learning.

  • You can work in your own way, at times convenient to you.
  • You can set your own deadlines for each assignment and, with my help, you will meet your objectives.
  • You can choose to work on the modules in the order that suits you
  • You can present your assignments in your own way, be that written, images, video or spoken word.

You can even change the modules to suit your own needs with my help.

Some modules may not be totally relevant to your setting. Work on the ones that are and we can work together to create something appropriate to your own needs to replace any that are not applicable.

Why not make this summer one of your most productive for your career development and join us at the Classroom Displays Summer School?

Not sure it is for you? Ask me in the comments or read more here


Book Now

The 2019 Summer School is booking now. Doors open for classes June 2nd 2019.

Choose Your Course

 I also will be publishing a FAQ which I hope will help you decide if this is your year to do the Summer School.

Summer School 2019

The Classroom Displays Self Paced Summer School

The Classroom Displays Self Paced Summer School 2019

The course  is open for booking now and you can get access to all lessons from June 2nd 2019. Access the courses any time between June and September 1st. That gives you three full months to work on the courses!



How Does The Self Paced Displays Summer School Work?

Classroom Displays Summer school

Learn at your pace, not mine.

The  Classroom Displays Starter and Advanced Courses normally take either 4 weeks (Starter Course) or 21 working days (Advanced Course). I have now adjusted this version of the courses so that people can access the material and study at their own pace. This means that you could whizz through either, or even both the courses, in a few days or just do the odd half hour here and there spread out over the next 3 months. The choice is totally yours.

Choose your level

You can choose from

  • The Starter Course £29.99
  • The Advanced Course  £45.99
  • Access All Areas, with two bonus 1-1 mentoring emails (This is my VIP Special) £59.99
  • Upgrades will also be available by arrangement.

Book Now

Choose Your Course


I also provide a tailor-made version for schools wanting to do block bookings. (email me for details).


Please Note – You DO NOT need to be in school!
Don’t worry that you are not in school or don’t have access to a camera. All tasks are provided.

How it Works

Once you have paid I will send you an email confirmation. Then on June 2nd I will send you the password to your chosen level and the link to the lessons.

  • You can read all the lessons and work your way through them as quickly or as slowly as you like.
  • You retain full access until the end of the session. (Extensions are possible by arrangement)
  • I provide feedback on all completed tasks you send me, by email.
  • You get a certificate once you complete the tasks
  • If you choose the Access All Areas option not only will you be able to access both courses but you will also be entitled to two bonus 1-1 email mentoring sessions where we can talk about your specific displays issues.


Need to know more or arrange a block booking?

Please see my Courses for Schools Page  or leave a comment and I will get back to you

Transition Day Hand Flowers

hand flowers display

Hand Flowers display from Nadine on the Facebook page

Hand Circles – simple, visually attractive, but what do they actually do?
Ideal for any age group, from early years to high school, this is a popular display idea. It is often used as a quick display for transition days but it can also be done as a whole school collaboration to hang in a shared area.
This idea lends itself to transition days as it is a simple activity with a visually attractive outcome. There is no need to get the paints or glue out and the result gives an impression of inclusion. After all, everyone can cut round their hand or colour in a flower…
Top Tip – use dark green or blue backing paper
As you can see from this lovely example (from Nadine on our Facebook page) it works really well done on a black background. Black is not always the easiest colour of paper to find at this time of year though, it will work just as well on a really dark green or blue.
Is it working?
At this point most people are quite happy with their pretty display. All the children have contributed, so it ticks the ‘ownership’ box, and it looks good for visitors. What more do you want?
Well, these displays can look a little tired, particularly if you repeat the same format every year. I have a few suggestions that might enhance the impact of the display and make it a little more personal to your class.
5 Ideas for Adding More Personalisation
Try one or more of these ideas to make this display unique to your class.

  •  Names on the hands. Can work but it is hard to make sure all the names are visible. Try first names only and put them on the middle finger.
  • Use Mehndi (henna) style decoration on the hands. Fun to do and looks good. Stick to one colour per hand and perhaps a limited range of hand colours. Younger children may struggle so this works best in Keystage 2 and above.
  • Children write three wishes for the coming school year on the back of their hand. (One for themselves, one for the whole class and one for their family.This one is my favourite!) Younger children can be helped or draw simple pictures. These will be hidden in the final display but the children will know they are there.
  • Use flowers created by the children rather than pre-printed ones. It is easy to find ideas for 3D flowers that are very simple to create.You will be amazed and delighted by how good they can look!
  • Instead of plain paper let the children choose to cut the hands from old gardening magazines, flower catalogues, seed catalogues, or even old floral wrapping paper. Wall paper samples can work too if you have them.


All these ideas are aimed at making the display something unique to this group of children, something that they will feel is part of them.

This first appeared as part of the monthly Classroom Displays Email. Subscribe for free here

We look at adding interactivity and ownership in more detail in  Classroom Displays Courses.


Summer Self Paced Displays Course 1

Updated – The study at your own pace, online Classroom Displays Summer School  returns in a new form July 25th 2016. Sign up to the newsletter for a special discount offer!

Summer School 2016

Summer School 2016

The next Classroom Displays Summer School starts  July 25th 2016. The course will remain available to book until early September.

You DO NOT need to be in school to do the course!
Don’t worry that you are not in school or don’t have access to a camera over the summer.

What Level Will You Choose?

This year for the first time I am offering three levels for the Summer School.

You will be able to choose from the Starter Course, the Advanced Course or choose Access All Areas (which includes everything and comes with two bonus 1-1 mentoring emails)

How Does The Self Paced Course Work?

When you sign up I send you the password and the link to the lessons.

  • You work your way through them as quickly or as slowly as you like.
  • You retain full access until the September class starts.
  • I provide feedback on any completed tasks you send me, by email.
  • You still get a certificate once you complete the tasks

Who is it for?

These courses are designed for people who are unsure where to start with displays, struggle to find ideas or worry about their displays being boring.

The self paced version is ideal for anyone who finds it hard to make time to study during term time. The tasks are all provided so you do not need to be in school to complete the courses.

What will I learn?

 Classroom Displays Starter Course

  • You will understand how to make your displays really work for your learners
  • You will know where to look for display ideas and resources
  • You will be able to use basic design principles to make your displays stand out.
  • You will confidently use colour in your displays and know how to best to mount children’s work.
  • You will choose from a range of lettering styles to find the ones that best suit your display.

Best of all, you’ll have the experience of looking at lots of other people’s displays and seeing how to improve them. Once you do that it becomes much easier to see how to improve your own!

Advanced Course

In the Advanced Course you will cover:

  • Some of the theory behind what has been called the UK obsession with displaying children’s work. This will include looking at display policies, display learning walks etc.
  • Learning walls and standards based displays. We will also consider how to make target displays meaningful to children whilst not alienating to lower achievers.
  • A range of visually based behaviour management ideas.
  • Adding 3D elements to displays to increase learner engagement.
  • Technology and display, how to add interest to your displays with technology based elements.


Read more about the Summer School on the Classroom Displays Training site.

Study at your own pace, online Classroom Displays Summer School  returns in a new form July 25th 2016. Read all about it here

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Last Chances And New Beginings 

Don't miss the last chance to take this successful course.



The December Starter Course 2015 was the last run of the course in the current form.
The final course was  similar to the The Summer School . There will still be weekly emails on a Monday but you can take your time over the material. I’ll be providing feedback on all completed tasks as usual.

Course Dates: Ran Monday the 7th of December 2015 to the end of January 2016.

Ideal for anyone who would rather work at their own pace during the Christmas break.

If you want to read more about the  Starter Course and how it  works then follow this link

After five years of running the course in this format,  it was time to make some changes.