The Power of a Growth Mindset

Continuing our Growth Mindset series, check out Eduardo Briceño’s TEDx Talk on The Power of Belief below. Briceño powerfully argues the benefits of a Growth Mindset approach: ‘When students or adults see their abilities as fixed, whether they think they’re naturals or just not built for a certain domain, they avoid challenge and lose interest when things get […]

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The Science of a Growth Mindset

We are really keen to see a Growth Mindset approach to learning and life cultured and developed across the College. We’ve begun to see pockets of practice emerge over the course of the year – for example the excellent work that Emma and our Feedback Hub has been developing on Growth Mindset marking. Here’s a […]

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Our CPL Market Place

We had a great Market Place this week to bring our collective CPL over the last two terms together. Here are some of the highlights from our evening: Feedback Strategies There were some great ideas from Emma’s hub: ‘Go for 3,’ ‘Comment girds combining growth mindsets and attainment, Triple Impact Marking, ‘Yellow box’ and test swapping. […]

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The Value of NPQML

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 […]

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The Motivation of Feedback

If feedback seems like the new stick to beat us with, then it’s probably worth checking out Dan Ariely’s TED Talk on ‘What makes us feel good about our work?’. A behavioural economist, Ariely presents to us the stark impact of not receiving feedback. Check out the video from 9.54 minutes in. His message: not receiving […]

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Where do good ideas come from?

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 […]

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Why become an SLE?

As part of the local Dartmoor Teaching School Alliance our staff have the opportunity to apply to become Specialist Leaders in Education (SLEs). The deadline for the first recruitment window shuts in early June, so we thought we would tell you why we think being an SLE is a great step forward… SLEs are normal, […]

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Feedback with Impact

Want to make sure the feedback you give has impact? Feedback that does not require a response, action or some kind of further learning is not really feedback – it’s simply checking. It’s important for sure, but will not necessarily move students on in their learning. The kind of feedback that interests us the most, is […]

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