Visualisers

In the past few months, it’s great to see more and more colleagues using visualiers in their day-to-day practice. The benefits of using a visualiser are huge, summed up nicely by @teachertoolkit who shares: ‘Using a visualiser can transform subject-knowledge into real, evident understanding, using examples from (students/work in) the classroom. Most importantly, a visualiser […]

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The Importance of Interleaving

It’s been great to see more practice around interleaving during the last series of lesson visits. Interleaving refers to the sequencing learning tasks so that learning concepts are interspersed rather than being consecutive. This results in a more variable and challenging experience but is associated with benefits in terms of memory and transfer (Kang, 2016).  A good way […]

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The Thinking behind our CPL

When we think about professional learning, our first thoughts might go to all those twilights, courses and INSET days that we’ve attended over the years that didn’t quite work. We’ve all had to sit through hours of training that just hasn’t quite cut it for one reason or another. Ineffective CPL encompasses much of the following: […]

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Our CPL Year

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 […]

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Questioning Ideas

Teachers ask around 400 questions every day, which adds up to a staggering 70,000 a year. Most of these are low cognitive questions and it’s important to consider how to make these questions more effective in developing pupils’ learning. One way is to add variety to you questioning strategies. For example, randomly select pupils – […]

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Effective Modelling

A key component of great teaching is the explicit modelling of processes so that students learn how to adapt and apply their knowledge. Here are five simple strategies that make for high-quality modelling: Model live Unpacking and demonstrating how to solve a problem is common in some subjects, but can be completely absent in others. Modelling […]

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Closing the Gap in the Classroom

In 2017 our Progress 8 was 0.17, yet for disadvantaged students this figure was -0.63. 1 in 5 children at KEVICC receive the Pupil Premium. A key priority for the College is to close the gap in progress and attainment between those students eligible for the Pupil Premium and those that are not. Research tells us […]

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CPL Market Place

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 […]

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