Monthly Archives: March 2014

Airfix Get It Wrong

As a young boy, I used to love Airfix models.  The box with the picture on the front of the fantastic end product. The glue. The paints. Then all the other bits and pieces you had to gather – the … Continue reading

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AfL – What Really Works?

The 15 Minute Forum tonight was led by one of our Learning Innovators, PE teacher Stuart Axten.  Over the course of the year, Stuart has been introducing a variety of new ‘AfL’ techniques to his department.  They try a new … Continue reading

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Towards a Growth Mindset in Science & Maths

Two of our Learning Innovators from science and maths, Becky Owen and Shane Borrett, have been using their project to develop a growth mindset with their students.  As a school, we are interested in simple, effective and sustainable ways in which … Continue reading

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Work hard. Get smart. Be nice.

This is the motto of the Springfield Renaissance School, Massachusetts, USA – one of Ron Berger’s Expeditionary Learning Schools.  Dan Brinton posted a video about the school on Twitter last night and it was very impressive – resonating with much … Continue reading

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Excellence Visits

Over the last few weeks members of the SLT visited the lessons of some of our most successful departments.  We decided to take a rather different approach to how we usually do things like this.  Rather than the usual ‘Department … Continue reading

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BYOD – Bring Your Own Device

The 15 Minute Forum tonight was led by Assistant Head and ICT/ Business teacher Pete Kelly.  Pete was getting us to think about how we can enhance student learning by them using their own mobile devices in lessons. The following … Continue reading

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Learning with Mr Clarke – Circa 1985

This weekend we cleared out the loft – not a pleasant job, but one that had to be done.  Whilst doing so we came across some of my wife’s old school exercise books.  Not surprisingly, I had a look through … Continue reading

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Showing Excellence

A few months ago at an INSET day, having just read Ron Berger’s ‘An Ethic of Excellence’, I spoke to the staff about the importance of the fifth point on the image above – the importance of showing students examples … Continue reading

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Modelling & Questioning

The 15 Minute Forum was led tonight by English teacher and Literacy Leader, Lucy Darling.  Lucy started the session by saying that when she was using modelling in her lessons, she also considered the key questions that she would need … Continue reading

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Explain please….

Last week, some members of the Leadership Team ‘walked through’ our core subjects, English, maths and science.  These three departments all get very good outcomes, so the purpose of these ‘learning visits’ was very simple – to look for and … Continue reading

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