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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Teacher Identity

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 […]

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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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Outstanding Leadership in Education

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 […]

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CPL Market Place

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 […]

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Brian Eno: On creativity

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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Coaching a Growth Mindset

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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