I have been thinking a lot about the issue of written feedback, partly as I’ve been running inset on this topic to a few different audiences. As schools tighten up on assessment, there are inevitable concerns about the sustainability of their strategies and policies. Continue Reading
In 2015, I’ve been trying to reduce the amount of time I spend marking by finding more efficient and effective strategies for providing feedback. Doing this has made me increasingly reflective about the link between formative feedback and pupil progress. In 2016, I’m committing to a more considered approach which takes into account some of the research in this area. Continue Reading
Kennet Festival of Learning
Last week we hosted a fantastic inset event which we named ‘The Kennet Festival of Learning’. The aim was to share ideas and discuss the topics which matter most to us as a school. We chose three key priorities—literacy, assessment and mindset—which were the focus for the seminars and keynote talks throughout the day.
The quality of the different morning sessions on offer was excellent and I am hugely grateful to those who contributed their ideas and shared their hard work. Whilst the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, the impact was also evident in the way these ideas spilled over into conversations during coffee and lunch.
During our Festival of Education inset (see post here), we hosted a ‘Learning Marketplace’ where colleagues shared ideas and resources from their department areas.
I was left feeling thoroughly inspired by the creativity and talent of the staff at our school. As is always the case on such days, I was also pleased to be able to take away some fantastic ready-made ideas to start using in my lessons.