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]"
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 […]Read more "Our Learning Partnership"
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 […]Read more "Why feedback matters…"
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"
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. […]Read more "Our CPL Market Place"
This year, Brad decided to take on the challenge of the NPQSL course: a year long CPL programme run by the National College for Teaching and Leadership. Here’s why he did it and why you may want to follow suit… The programme came recommended to me by Sarah – our Deputy – and I knew other Senior Leaders I respected […]Read more "NPQSL: Becoming nationally recognised as a quality senior leader"
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 […]Read more "Feedback with Impact"