Really Effective Teaching (for ALL pupils)

A blog about inclusive teaching and supporting pupils with additional needs.

When considering pupils with additional needs—be it SEND, a hearing impairment, PP or AGT—the most common mistake we make is treating those needs as additional. Accounting for diverse thinking is integral to what makes teaching effective.

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“Keeping it Simple” is more important than ever!

A blog from Katy Scott and Phil Griffiths about the importance of keeping the message simple when learning remotely.

In January I wrote a blog post all about the simplicity of the message. In the months that have followed we have experienced a seismic shift in everything we do both in and out of the classroom. I find myself writing this ‘electronically’, ‘remotely’ in ‘unprecedented’ times.

One point that stands out when I read my January blog post back is this; ‘With all that teaching and learning noise out there we need to keep things simple.’

After some of my early Zoom lessons, I reflected on how much I seemed to be talking, how I was gesticulating wildly at the screen and how I seemed to overly use stock phrases that made me cringe when I looked back. I don’t think I was keeping it simple for my pupils. Continue Reading

Responsive Teaching

Thinking about the best way of feeding back to pupils remotely, I am reminded of Dylan William’s suggestion that formative assessment would have been better off being called ‘responsive teaching’. As teachers we are often trying to stretch feedback to fit various purposes, but surely the primary function should be to provide the teacher with information so that they can respond through their teaching. Continue Reading

Our (Simple) Literacy Policy: Revamped

A blog by Literacy CHAMPION, Katy Scott.

Distilling. It’s important. With all that teaching and learning noise out there we need to keep things simple. That’s what The Kennet Literacy Policy is – it distils what we know into black-and-white, simple sense. Continue Reading

HubShare: Looking Back on a Year of Enquiry

A year ago we changed the way we offered staff development by launching an Enquiry Hub model. The thinking behind this project was to open up the thinking in our school beyond the questions that we usually pose our teachers and let them set the agenda for their learning. This was the most exciting thing about the whole venture: unlike traditional CPD, we weren’t sure what the answers would be, or even what questions would be asked.

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