Over the course of last year we began structuring our whole T&L drive towards Rosenshine’s Effective Principles of Instruction. We reworked our own teaching and learning policy in light of these principles. As part of our lesson visit programme we captured some truly brilliant practice over the course of the year, which exemplify the principles […]Read more "Our Pedagogy Toolkit"
Our CPL year came to an end last week, culminating in a wonderfully collaborative Nano Meet. Summed up nicely in Alan’s plenary talk, the event was designed simply to give us space as colleagues to talk, reflect and critique. Alan reminded us of Wiliam’s notion that ‘everything works somewhere/nothing works everywhere’ and also Warren Little’s […]Read more "Our CPL Year"
Great practice from across our faculties was shared yesterday afternoon. Be it the focus on assessment systems and structures in Maths and Science, the work English has been leading on stretch and challenge, the revision strategies shared by Humanities, the engaging teaching toolkit ideas given to us by MFL, the student ‘arrow head’ enrichment work […]Read more "CPL Market Place"
We spent yesterday afternoon’s OLE session reflecting on our own strategic leadership planning. Our goals – be they focused on personal growth, operational management or based on capacity building into the long term future – were drafted, discussed and reflected upon. WAQs (or Wisdom Accessing Questions) were the model of the day – a helpful toolkit […]Read more "Coaching & Covey"
Our first OLEVI Outstanding Leadership in Education programme got underway today. As a group we spent time reflecting on leadership values, vision and skills. The morning sessions focused on self-reflection, active listening and the importance of establishing clear vision as a leader. Afternoon discussions centred on the DR ICE model for leadership. The group will […]Read more "Outstanding Leadership in Education"
Eddie Jones and Chris Coleman – two coaches currently enjoying summer success – have both grounded their management in growth mindset philosophy. Following Wales’ greatest night of football against Belgium, Coleman said not being afraid to fail was key to his team’s victory: “If you work hard enough and you’re not afraid to dream then you’re not afraid to […]Read more "Coaching a Growth Mindset"
This year Emma has been working towards her National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership. With another cohort window opening for 2016-17, we asked her to tell us why she did it and why she’d recommend it to others. Here’s what she told us… The programme came recommended to me by Sarah – our Deputy – as […]Read more "The Value of NPQML"
How creative do you feel? Ever wanted to enhance your ability to come up a great idea? Steven Johnson suggests our creativity is improved when we have enough ‘professional breathing space’. This means giving individuals time and space to connect and share ideas, to mingle and swap ‘slow hunches’. Check out Johnson’s TED Talk below. We […]Read more "Where do good ideas come from?"
This year, Brad decided to take on the challenge of the NPQSL course: a year long CPL programme run by the National College for Teaching and Leadership. Here’s why he did it and why you may want to follow suit… The programme came recommended to me by Sarah – our Deputy – and I knew other Senior Leaders I respected […]Read more "NPQSL: Becoming nationally recognised as a quality senior leader"