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: […]Read more "The Thinking behind our CPL"
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 […]Read more "Closing the Gap in the Classroom"
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"
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"
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"
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 […]Read more "Coaching a Growth Mindset"
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 […]Read more "The Value of NPQML"
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 […]Read more "Where do good ideas come from?"