Teach Meet, Marling School, Stroud, Gloucestershire

Consultancy

Marling School was my port of call this afternoon.  A Teach Meet for teachers of geography in Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire had been organised by CETA (Cotswold Edge Teaching Alliance) to provide the chance to ‘pool expertise, get inspired and bounce some ideas around, all washed down with plenty of tea, cake and enthusiasm!’.  Clare Johnson, Head of Geography at …

Critical Thinking for Achievement, Geographical Association (GA), Sheffield

ConsultancyCPD For Me

Well, it was slightly further afield for me last week as I travelled to Sheffield for a two day ‘train the trainer’ event with the Geographical Association (GA). The Department for Education (DfE) recently announced that the GA had been successful in its bid under the Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund (TLIF).   Such project funding will enable the GA (with …

Whole staff INSET, Al-Ashraf Secondary School, Gloucester

Consultancy

Well, the summer holidays are finally over! Today, I was, once again, at Al-Ashraf Secondary School in Gloucester, this time to deliver a CPD session to all staff that focused upon ‘differentiation’ (providing effective intervention/support and sufficient stretch and challenge).  The overall aim was to address the suggestions for improvement outlined in the school’s recent Ofsted report in relation to …

India-themed workshop, Abbeymead Primary School, Gloucester

ConsultancyWorkshops

Well, it was off to Abbeymead Primary School in Gloucester today for my final pupil workshop for this academic year.  The theme for the day was ‘India’ and, due to the school using their Global Learning Programme e-credits to fund the event, there was also an element of CPD for staff to deliver (in the form of a working lunch). …

Teach Meet Gloucestershire (TM Glos), Cleeve School

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It was a very hot, but inspiring afternoon and evening at Cleeve School yesterday where the final Teach Meet Gloucestershire (TM Glos) for this academic year was held.  The turnout was good, with representatives from both the primary and secondary sectors, and some travelling as far afield as Bristol to attend.   It was lovely to be able to put names …

Primary Humanities/Geography Subject Leaders’ Network meeting

Consultancy

High School for Girls (HSfG) in Gloucester kindly offered to host our second Primary Humanities/Geography Subject Leaders’ Network meeting, and what a warm welcome we received, accompanied by a vast array of delicious refreshments!  The turnout was very encouraging, especially for this time of year given that there are so many activities and events taking place both inside and outside …

Al-Ashraf Secondary School, Gloucester

Consultancy

The ongoing school improvement support that I am giving the Head Teacher, Senior Leaders, Governors and staff at Al-Ashraf Secondary School in Gloucester is proving to be incredibly rewarding.  This small, Islamic, independent school received a visit from Ofsted last November and a number of areas for improvement were identified.  I have been conducting lesson observations and providing feedback to …

Geographical Association (GA) Annual Conference, Sheffield Hallam University (5th to 7th April 2018)

CPD For Me

https://www.geography.org.uk/GA-Annual-Conference-and-Exhibition Well, there was certainly a real buzz in the air at the Geographical Association’s Annual Conference, this year held in its home city of Sheffield and celebrating its 125th anniversary.  The early start and late finish, plus delayed train travel, was worth it to interact with like-minded people, feel inspired and revitalised about teaching geography and gain many new …

Regional Primary History Conference (Bowden Hall Hotel, Gloucester)

'Planning a history curriculum to ensure continuity and progression from EYFS to Year 6.'

CPD For Me

It was great to see David Weatherly again.  David is a School Improvement Advisor with many years experience as an accomplished teacher and has an international reputation for being an inspiring trainer.  Whether working with teachers in schools or at CPD events, he always provides practical and achievable approaches to increasing the engagement and outcomes of pupils.  He writes learning …