Posts by Tony

Usage of Encrypted Flash Drives in School

Use for any documents that can identify children/staff or photos/videos Use for transferring data only The above data should not be saved to a home personal computer or to an unencrypted mobile device A copy of the data on this flash drive should be kept on the secure school system/VLE. If the password is lost all work on the flash drive will be lost. If this flash drive is lost it should be reported to XXXX and details kept and logged. Follow the chart below to decide if your data should be encrypted   You could use the following headings
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Supply Staff and Trainee Teacher E-safety guidelines

This could be laminated and put near the teacher desk in the classroom or kept in the register drawer. Edit to suit your own school rules: To ensure XXXX Primary School remains a safe and secure place to learn, we kindly ask you to observe the following: Sign in and out For safety reasons, please remember to sign in and out when entering and leaving the premises. We also require all visitors to wear an identification badge whilst on the premises. Mobile phones Under no circumstances should mobile phones be taken into classrooms or any other area that children are
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What’s on the menu today? Thoughts on how we present learning to our young people…

Recently I began a day’s training with a ‘problem to solve’. I asked the staff to think about ‘closing the gap’ and then to reverse the paradigm and think about how they would open the gap – yes, make the inequalities wider. What philosophy would you need to adhere to and what strategies would you need to employ? I would recommend the exercise but there is a caveat attached to it which I will explain later. What people discussed were systems that brought hierarchies to the fore, that made comparison of pupils the central tenant, that gave all the children
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Mind your language – guest post by Roland Lovatt

This guest post has been written for us by Roland Lovatt who is head of Yeo Moor Primary School in Clevedon, North Somerset… Without language there would be no ideas, no thinking and no learning.  Language is to learning what air is to breathing… Is your language for learning oxygen rich or is it oxygen starved?  Does it support a growth mind-set and manifest optimism and ambition?  Importantly does it get learners motoring or subtly steal from them their energy and their confidence. Here is an example.  Compare these two statements: ‘We are going to have a little go at
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School Heads of Faculty: Ideas on preparing for 2014 -15

As a Head of Faculty your team and you have survived the year of Ofsted revisions and ever rising expectations. The summer is a good time for thinking, questioning ,planning  and researching. It gives you an opportunity to make some time to start surveying the landscape, reviewing what went well, and working out what could have been better in order to prepare for the coming academic year. I find the keep, stop, grow model a useful approach. Identify what your faculty will keep and what it will stop. This process enables space to be created for growing changes and innovation. So how has was last year? What
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Four new maths courses for teachers, NQTs and teaching assistants

The start of term looms close and whilst you may be enjoying the last few days of rest and relaxation, your mind may have begun to wander to the introduction of the new national curriculum and all the changes that this will bring. Over the summer break colleagues in the Learning Exchange have been working hard to develop the content of four new courses for teachers, NQTs and teaching assistants.  These sessions have been created to inform you of the requirements of the new curriculum, with a particular focus on helping develop your confidence in teaching children to have a
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Members’ Document Summary Service

The document summary service section contains information shared to us by Bristol University.  All of the documents they have shared are available for download by members. July 2014 Part 1 – Policy Guidance, Key Reports and Updates Alternative provision: findings from the first interim report This report from Ofsted presents findings about the standard of alternative provision and how effectively schools are using it. Destinations of key stage 4 and key stage 5 students 2011/2012 This report from the DfE provides headline figures about destinations of students in key stages 4 and 5. It includes, for the first time, destinations
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Dear children, I’m sorry for all the little things I do to make you feel rubbish, by Tim Sully

So what is it I do (unconsciously, subconsciously) which gives my children the message that I don’t believe in them, I don’t believe they can achieve? This is my back-of-a-fag-packet list: As a teacher… I do planning which does not accommodate opportunities for changes in direction or looping back if you need it. You must fit in with my plans, sink or swim, I do not change my plans to suit your needs. I give feedback with no time to act upon it, so you are always stuck with reminders of how rubbish you are, not evidence of how you
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