Monthly Archives November 2013

Primary Heads Meeting & Heads/Chairs of Governors’ Briefing 17th Jan 2014

The next Primary Headteachers meeting and Headteachers/Chairs of Governors’ briefing for North Somerset headteachers will be taking place on 17th January 2014. The theme will be: The Well Educated Child – Ensuring the Progress of all groups of children This event will be focused on progress for all groups of pupils, especially underachieving pupils . There will also be a particular focus on provision for pupil premium pupils. We will be exploring these topics under our newly developed approach of the ‘Well educated Child’ and the 4 elements of Leading Learning, Pedagogy, Curriculum and Research & Development. More details and book for
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Guest post: Sir Tim Brighouse – Collecting ‘butterflies’ of good school practice

Following his keynote speech at the 2013 Learning Exchange Curriculum Conference, Sir Tim Brighouse has kindly written this guest post for us… My favourite sport – collecting ‘butterflies’ of good school practice – derives from chaos theory which is best illustrated by an example:  that if sufficient butterflies whirr their wings in the Amazonian rain forests, then it can set off a chain of climate change that eventually can cause a tornado in the United States. Put another way butterflies ideally are small actions which can have huge impact. David Hargreaves the educational researcher, summed it up as High Impact/Low
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Everything has a beginning – The Learning Exchange Curriculum Conference 2013

On Friday, primary school leaders and teachers came together for a conference about children, choices and curriculum. The conference was called, ‘Building on Making Learning Irresistible’ because schools in North Somerset have been doing important kinds of thinking about learning and children for many years. However, the conference was planned to offer schools a new beginning – to think about the new National Curriculum and how to put it to good use in designing their school curriculum. Sir Tim Brighouse opened the conference with an inspiring, thought-provoking and expansive talk. The wisdom of the years Tim has spent in education
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Grabbing feedback in both hands

At the end of last term, the Learning Exchange led an Inset day on Feedback, based on the publication ‘A Guide to feedback.’ The aim of the day was to highlight and extend the skills and talents of the staff with regards to feedback and marking. The day began with an investigation of feedback as a concept and how it works both ways with the children constantly giving us, the teachers, feedback on the impact of our own teaching and how we gave the children feedback on their learning. At the end of the day, the teachers synthesized all the
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Assessment for Learning group share big ideas

The first meeting of the small but dynamic AfL network met in Nailsea to share their best thinking at this moment in time and build ideas to use in the classroom. On the agenda for discussion were the following concepts: The importance of clarity in lesson design, The idea of ‘personal best’ Developing a sense of purpose and audience Setting the tone and intention of the learning, ‘You are going to enjoy this’ Encouraging the children to ask questions Understanding that children learn by making comparisons Offering links to children but not making the links for them It is an
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Learning Exchange Pedagogy Network: So what’s new in the world of teaching?

The first meeting of the Pedagogy network took place recently in the Winter Gardens with the participants looking forward to investigating not only what represents the best pedagogy in North Somerset but also to gaining some insight into what is happening in the rest of the world. The day began with a look at what has made headline news in this country with issues ranging from the exit of the Head of Pimlico Primary after just 6 weeks to the plans for a new ‘on entry’ test (PIPS). The discussion then turned to international matters. First there was a Ted
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Using Learning – Assessment for Learning in the classroom

Pages: 130 pages Size: A4 glossy soft back cover Price: £15 Author: Tim Sully The book focuses not so much on what is Assessment for Learning but more on what does Assessment for Learning look like and sound like in the classroom. For that reason it is packed full of very practical ideas from the classroom, things that have been proven to work. As well as chapters on recognised Assessment for Learning strategies such as Learning Intentions, Developing Success Criteria, Quality Questioning and Effective Feedback, there are also chapters to help in the implementation of these elements across the whole
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