Archives for Secondary

Critical Skills for returners – the power of collaborative learning

Why is this important? This course re-examines the thinking behind Critical Skills Programme (CSP) and how it links to Learning without Limits. Delegates will revisit the tools of CSP and supplement their understanding with new learning around the Expeditionary Learning Protocols. They will explore the links between ‘check-in’, ‘morning meeting’ and ‘crew’, whilst engaging in community building activities. There will be the opportunity to work with ‘challenge crafting’ and develop the relationship between loops of learning, backward planning and performances of understanding. There will also be an explicit focus on intrinsic motivation, learning design and the dangers of ability labelling.
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Categories: Curriculum/CPD, Non-Maintained, Primary, Product, Secondary, and Special.

Deputy headteachers conference and network

Why is this important? These meetings will enable deputy and assistant headteachers to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding in order to work with their headteachers to strategically lead their schools. The sessions include key information about recent government/local/Learning Exchange initiatives to ensure that delegates are kept up-to-date. You will be introduced to a set of questions that can shift thinking and practice. You will explore the stages in the spiral of inquiry and you will consider ways to incorporate current knowledge into your design for professional learning. A workshop on the spiral of inquiry and time to plan and
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Categories: Networks, Non-Maintained, Primary, Product, Secondary, and Special.

English: Language chameleons – using grammar, vocabulary and punctuation for effect

Why is this important? Grammar, vocabulary and punctuation form an important part of a writer’s toolkit. It is through the confident manipulation of these that children can shape their writing to communicate for a chosen purpose and audience. Research shows that teaching grammar, vocabulary and punctuation in context, by exploring its impact on the reader, helps children to improve their writing. The same research shows that teacher subject knowledge impacts significantly on the effectiveness of teaching in this way. How will it impact? By accessing this professional development, you will: develop your own subject knowledge of grammar and punctuation and
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Categories: Curriculum/CPD, Non-Maintained, Primary, Product, Secondary, and Special.

English: The great spelling mystery – solved!

Why is this important? When children do not have to worry about the transcriptional aspects of writing, they are freed to be imaginative, engaging with their reader in exciting and creative ways. Indeed, the National Curriculum requires us to teach children to spell quickly and accurately with the aim that they will then be able to write clearly and coherently. By teaching spelling systematically, expert teachers can help children to make sense of a spelling system which often appears to be over-complicated and irregular. How will it impact? By accessing this professional development, you will: develop an understanding of the
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Categories: Curriculum/CPD, Non-Maintained, Primary, Product, Secondary, and Special.

Supporting school improvement

Why is this important? Leadership is a process of influence leading to the achievement of the desired purpose of improving the lives of all children These bespoke sessions will provide support and challenge for school leaders with a focus on the school’s own self-evaluation. The individual focus for each visit will be negotiated. These sessions may include support in writing school development plans; the development of strategic planning documents; school self-evaluation; data analysis; monitoring and evaluation of quality teaching and the use of learning walks; the leadership of teaching and learning; governance and bespoke CPD. How will it impact? These
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Categories: Leading Learning, Non-Maintained, Primary, Product, Secondary, and Special.

School partnership review

Why is this important? All school improvement activity will have at its centre a drive to improve outcomes for all pupils. Within Learning without Limits, we share a commitment to find a way through for every child in order to remove barriers to learning. The focus of the review will be agreed at the outset and based upon agreed Learning without Limits principles. Teaching and learning reviews will provide you with a clear, external view of your school’s strengths and recommend key areas for development to impact on teaching and learning. Our approach is positive, collaborative, evidence-based and developmental. We
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Categories: Leading Learning, Non-Maintained, Primary, Product, Secondary, and Special.