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Thursday Briefings – Spring Term 2016

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Our Thursday briefings this term work to continue our enquiry into how best to ensure our learners are active, engaged and reflective while also visibly revising what exactly it is that makes for excellent teaching and learning. Teacher student relationships have a significant impact on student progress and are key when considering how to engage and motivate.  Creating an atmosphere in the classroom which encourages respect, rapport and a culture of learning is one of our […]

Asking more Questions

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The T&L CPD for our first day back in January this year was focused on encouraging students to ask more questions.  This builds on our whole school, year long focus of:  ‘Active, engaged, reflective learners’.  If students are generating questions then they are actively engaged and reflecting.  The act of creating a question also ensures that students are directing their own learning and working to make meaning for themselves. We began by asking ourselves how […]

Collaborative Enquiry – Action Research

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Our CPD Tuesday afternoons are now into their second year.  Our cross-curricular enquiry groups have settled well.  Professional dialogue has increased and the atmosphere in the school altered.  A climate of sharing, reflecting and experimenting has evolved. Our Collaborative Enquiry Groups keep their name because the focus of their work has not shifted.  Looking at issues from multiple perspectives and enquiring into these issues is still our aim.  However the process has become more formalised this […]

Making the Ordinary Extraordinary – Thursday Briefings – A New Year

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Our whole school Teaching and Learning focus this year is based around engagement and motivation.  How do we encourage our learners to be as active, engaged and reflective as possible? The sub-types of emotional engagement and agentic engagement suit our context and our students best if we want our work to lead to a change of teaching practice and a change in student learning behaviour.  Johnmarshall Reeve’s article, ‘A Self-determination Theory Perspective on Student Engagement’, made […]

Co-Planning as CPD

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Our CPD Tuesday afternoons continue.  Lessons end at 2.10 and CPD begins 5 minutes later.  Having worked in cross department groups (Collaborative Enquiry Groups) to enquire into marking and feedback in the autumn term and forming discussions based on video evidence in the spring term, this summer term sees a change of focus:  Co-planning.  We continue to provide designated time for teachers to talk about teaching.  Recognising that the average couple of minutes per month […]

Through the Viewing Panel

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The summer term is here and a new focus for Teaching and Learning briefings has begun.  This term focuses on the work of departments and the aim is to catch a glimpse of the work in subject areas that you don’t normally see.  Hence the title:  Through the Viewing Panel. From the title you can perhaps tell that a low brow TV show has had an impact on the format of these briefings.  What you […]

The use of video to aid reflection

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This spring term our CPD focus has altered to include the use of video to aid reflection and our approach is based on the work of Mike Hughes. We continue to work towards providing opportunities for staff to talk about teaching using classroom based evidence.  Whilst CPD during the autumn term relied on the written work of students, this term relies on video clips which show teaching and learning in action. The cross curricular Collaborative Enquiry Groups remain […]

Sharing and Daring

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Thinking of how to create Teaching and Learning Briefings with a sense of challenge and a competitive edge and ‘Share or Dare’ was born. The ‘Wheel you or won’t you?’ spinner was spawned. Each week of the autumn term, a Department was chosen at random. Each week the Department had to choose to either: share a teaching and learning idea or to accept a dare. The dares were again randomly selected (by the ‘Wheel you or won’t you?’ spinner) and were generally […]