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 […]
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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 […]
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We had our first student-staff Learning Partnership meeting today. We spent 30 minutes with some of our wonderfully articulate students looking at what makes learning great here at KEVICC and how we can make it even more special. We asked each other a series of BIG QUESTIONS like ‘What do great teachers do?’ and ‘What […]
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Yesterday after school, our middle and senior leadership were discussing the ethos and rationale behind our approach to feedback here at the college. Our latest collective work scrutiny tells us that we still have some inconsistency in how we encourage students to respond to our marking. We agreed that ensuring that our marking is acted upon […]
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Max led a thought-provoking Nano last week on developing individual accountability in our lessons. You can check out his Prezi here. His thoughts are below… When a student is working on their own, it is reasonable to hold the student accountable for the work that they produce. However, holding students accountable when they are asked […]
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It has been known for many decades now just how important attachment is for the building of a healthy stress regulation system. Children who have secure attachments will be more emotionally resilient, be more able to make positive relationships, more able to develop empathy and more able to recover from life’s challenges and difficulties. Positive attachments […]
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Following on from our Thrive training earlier this month, we will be posting a series of articles inspired by Jan’s session. Here we look at how, from the third trimester of pregnancy and through the first three years of life, our emotional landscape is being laid down and structured neurologically. We know that 90% of the growth […]
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As we begin our CPL programme again in 2016-17, it’s worth reflecting on our professional creativity. Our programme has tried to structure itself on the thinking of Steven Johnson – notably his thoughts on making sufficient time and space for ideas to emerge. Like Johnson, Brian Eno has also written extensively about creativity. Eno pictures […]
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Slides Q&A is a new update on Google Slides that allows your audience to communicate with you as you present. Simply create a presentation in slides, go to presenter mode and activate Slides Q&A. A URL will be displayed to your audience, which will allow them to post comments, questions and general reflections to the room. Check […]
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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 […]
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