AMI Refresher Courses

Refresh your Montessori knowledge

These advanced courses are an opportunity to refresh and revive your Montessori training and to connect with fellow Montessorians. The AMI Refreshers are on a different topic each time but always focus on key elements of the Montessori approach.

AMI Refresher courses are open to those who have studied Montessori at a diploma level (see each course for details).

What Students Say:
“Highly recommended. So professional.”
“It brought a fresh layer to my Montessori knowledge and practice. A pleasure to learn and further appreciate Montessori’s genius. I was buzzing with ideas/plans after each session.”
“I learned new ideas to work with children and shared experiences.”
“Excellent – format is perfect would not change anything.”

AMI Refresher 6-12

“Ensuring the Essentials: Empowering Every Child to Flourish in the Montessori 6-12 Environment” – Online in March 2021

How can we recognise and honour each child’s individual development in the Elementary class? Join trainer Alison Awes to explore how to make room for different learners by aiding life in accordance with the second-plane child’s true nature. Learn how to help children, including those with a comparatively weak foundation, to build the skills necessary for academic, emotional, and social success.

This course is open to AMI 6-12 Diploma holders only.


What will I learn about?

  • Knowing when adaptations are necessary for individual children
  • Creating a psychological environment that protects self-esteem and provides safety, security and trust
  • Supporting the acquisition of basic skills such as knowledge of phonemic awareness and the memorisation of mathematics combinations far beyond the transition from Children’s House to Elementary
  • Helping children bridge social or emotional gaps
  • Enabling children to take risks in their learning and capitalise on their strengths
  • Using practical life, the correction of errors and grace and courtesy to support a community that embraces every child

About the Trainer

AMI Trainer Alison Awes is Director of Elementary Training at the Montessori Training Center of Minnesota. She holds AMI diplomas for primary and elementary levels and an M.Ed. in Montessori education. Alison has taught in 6-9 and 9-12 classrooms, is an AMI examiner and consultant and has served on the boards of Montessori schools. A former board member of the AMI Elementary Alumni Association, she currently acts as a pedagogical advisor. As an international speaker she lectures on dyslexia, art and the work of the hand, the psychological and physical prepared environment, and moral development in the digital age. Alison attended Montessori school until the age of twelve.

Dates, Times and Fees

Dates: Tuesdays in March 2021 – 9th, 16th,23rd, 30th
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:45 pm (UTC and final session UTC+1)
Venue:  Live online sessions, plus up to 8 hours of content to view/ read/ reflect upon between sessions

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AMI Refresher 3-6

Our November 2020 course on practical life and movement is FULLY BOOKED.

Dates: Thursdays in November 2020 – 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:45 pm (UTC)
Venue:  Live online sessions, plus up to 8 hours of content to view/ read/ reflect upon between sessions

Keep me up-to-date on future AMI Refresher 3-6 courses. We will be in touch when new dates are announced.

Who can take an AMI Refresher course?

AMI Refresher courses are open to those with an AMI Diploma at the relevant age level. Some courses are also open to those with other Montessori diplomas – see each course for details.

How will I study?

Via live online lectures and discussion with additional reading. You can access the sessions on a PC/laptop/tablet/smartphone with speakers, a microphone and a good internet connection. You will have opportunities to ask questions during the sessions.

Do you accept students from outside the UK?

The course can be taken from anywhere in the world but will be delivered via live online sessions on Zoom so you will need to check the time in your time zone. You will need to check you can use Zoom in your country.


Please note, to be awarded the AMI Refresher Certificate you must hold an AMI Diploma, have valid AMI Membership and attend all four sessions. Other students will receive a Maria Montessori Institute Professional Development Certificate of Attendance.