On Thursday night I gave a talk to parents on effective revision techniques as part our Year 11 Revision Evening. The aim was to illustrate some basic principles relating to memory and how these can be utilised to improve recall and retention. This is a summary of the content. Continue Reading
Like many schools, we have spent some time focusing on how we challenge our most able pupils. With this in mind, we made this a focus of our most recent work scrutiny activity and looked at books of the most able pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9. Our aim was to answer the above question – how well does the feedback we give support our most able pupils? Continue Reading
We’re excited to announce our second TeachMeet on 1st March. The themes are challenge, enjoyment and risk-taking. All teachers welcome to speak or listen to others. Please book to attend (details in flier above).
Setting the scene:
Since September the Teaching and Learning Group have been focusing on risk taking and were inspired by Allison, S. and Tharby, A. Making Every Lesson Count (2015). We interpreted some of their risk taking ideas and applied them to our own classrooms. To achieve considerable risk taking the teacher stepped back during key parts of the lesson and put the onus on the students to lead their own learning. Students were then invited to talk about these strategies at our Festival of Learning Inset. Continue Reading
I presented this topic at our recent training day with the aim of sharing a few simple ways to improve writing that can be easily integrated into lessons. I took the idea from a Geoff Barton resource (“5 Techniques to help pupils write better”) that’s around 15 years old now and still one of my favourties – you can find it here along with a bunch of other excellent resources. Continue Reading
The programme is now confirmed for the inset day in January. This is shaping up to be an exciting and interesting day! Thank you to all who are contributing and for the hard work on marketplace stalls for the afternoon. Continue Reading
I have almost finished confirming the programme for the Kennet Festival of Learning 2017 (03.01.17). Here is a provisional list of the sessions on offer and what they will involve. Thank you to all those who have agreed to present: it’s shaping up to be an exciting programme.
If you want to read about last year’s event, then visit this post for details: Kennet Festival of Learning 23.10.15