Monthly Archives: November 2015

Think Hard

We are talking a great deal about the importance of high expectations, challenge for all and effort, at our school at the moment.  Rather than thinking about them in isolation though, we should probably be considering them as being very much … Continue reading

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Subject Pedagogy Development Session 1: Effort Matters

We had an INSET day today, and held the first of our ‘Subject Pedagogy Development Sessions’  The idea behind these sessions is to put our CPD, back into a subject context – so the theme for today was effort.  Following a … Continue reading

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Supporting knowledge retention and recall

Tonight’s 15 minute forum was led by history teacher, Jack Tyler – focusing on how we can support knowledge retention and recall. The problem Jack started the session by outlining the problem that he was encountering as a teacher.  For … Continue reading

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CPD – Now it’s personal…

Last year, I was fortunate enough to work with science teacher Bex Owen – helping her to reflect on and plan her own CPD.  Bex discussed this at 15 minute forum earlier in the year – you can read about … Continue reading

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How can we improve the vocabulary knowledge of students?

Tonight’s 15 Minute Forum was led by English teacher and Literacy Leader, Bridget Norman.  Bridget started by posing two questions: How can we improve the vocabulary knowledge of students? How can we address the deficit of general knowledge and word … Continue reading

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What Teachers Make

It’s November – it’s getting cold and dark and we’re all getting a bit tired….teachers and students!  Christmas is a bit too far away. So we probably all need a bit of Taylor Mali. That is all. As you were.

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The Hidden Lives of Learners

Tonight’s 15 Minute Forum was led by our Director of Humanities, Martyn Simmonds.  Martyn was discussing this great book.  He picked out some of the key themes from the book, and then shared how this could help to shape our teaching. … Continue reading

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