Our CPL took a different turn this week. Saif Ali @SaifSalemAli from Integr8 came in to speak to both our students and staff. Not your typical CPL hub, Saif drew on his incredible personal journey as an asylum seeker to challenge us to re-look at our own identities as teachers. How authentic is our own […]Read more "Teacher Identity"
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 fifth OLEVI Outstanding Leadership in Education session took place on Wednesday. Anne led a creative discussion on Implicit v Explicit leadership models. Much has been written on this area, but the basic premise is that we are all on a continuum – some of us respond best to explicit leadership, whilst others will grow […]Read more "Emotional Contagion & Implicit v Explicit Leadership"
It was a pleasure to host our first teach meet at the college this week. Titled INSPIRATION NOW, our presenters lived up to the billing and gave us all an inspiring look into their recent work. Sol Rogers kicked off proceedings with an engaging look at his work with Rewind. His personal story – from […]Read more "INSPIRATION NOW: Our Teach Meet"
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"
Here it is: our new Learning & Teaching policy. We have worked with our students and staff to shape this. Max launched this with College Leadership yesterday, check his slides out here. The policy very much reflects a partnership approach and, as a cooperative college, we believe this to be the right way to formulate […]Read more "Our New Learning & Teaching Policy"
Another term gone, and another market place to collectively share and reflect upon our CPL. Yesterday’s market place was of the highest quality. We saw the work that our Growth Mindset hub had been doing over the past two terms, notably around changing attitudes to learning, promoting growth focused feedback to students and nurturing grit amongst […]Read more "CPL Market Place"
Today we held our first primary secondary partnership, focused on transition between Key Stage 2 to 3. Colleagues from our feeder primary schools joined us for the afternoon. We selected a representative sample of students across Year 7 to help shape our conversations, evaluations and reflections. Our learning conversations were very much focused on how we […]Read more "Reflecting on learning with primary partners"
Another great session today with our learning partners. Our students spent time with us reflecting on what constitutes great learning. Emerging from our collective work are the broad themes of engagement, challenge and enjoyment. Check out the students’ Venn diagrams and diamond nines from today’s session below. An interesting thread coming from the students today […]Read more "Our Learning Partnership [continued]"