Bespoke CPD (Lawrence View Primary School and Nursery, Nottinghamshire)

Consultancy

What a productive morning we had!  Annie Ratcliffe, Geography Subject Leader at Lawrence View Primary School and Nursery in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire (https://www.lawrenceviewprimary.co.uk/), requested a morning of CPD to support her with development of the whole school’s geography curriculum. We began by tweaking the school’s intent document, referring to the National Curriculum programme of study for geography at Key Stages 1 …

Not quite the same as face-to-face, but virtual does the job well for now!

Primary Humanities Network meeting (Term 1; 2020-2021)

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Thanks to Zoom, our first Primary Humanities Network meeting of this academic year was able to go ahead with the theme of ‘Assessment, including moderation of pupils’ work’.  After welcoming attendees, some familiar faces and several new ones, I outlined the aims and structure of the meeting: To begin with, I focused on the latest developments; not only items from …

Virtual Primary Humanities Network meeting (Term 6); ‘Taking learning outside the classroom’.

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At the request of many individuals, I managed to squeeze in another virtual Primary Humanities Network meeting before the end of the academic year.  The theme for our meeting was ‘Taking learning outside the classroom: Developing geographical skills and fieldwork opportunities and ideas for local history studies’.  If this was a face-to-face session, then I would usually take teachers outside and …

Primary Humanities Network meeting (Term 4)

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A meeting with a difference!  Held virtually with the aid of Zoom software, rather than in situ as planned due to the coronavirus outbreak.  I debated whether to go ahead with our meeting, but several teachers were self-isolating and still keen to participate.  I have recorded the session, however, and am more than happy to share this and the accompanying …

Curriculum development (Churchdown Village Junior School [CVJS], Gloucestershire)

Consultancy

And, more curriculum development today!  It was back to Churchdown Village Junior School (CVJS) just outside the city of Gloucester to work with Emma Aldred-Tow, a very experienced Geography Subject Leader, to see how we might make their current geography curriculum offering even better.  The school attained their Primary Geography Quality Mark (PGQM) Silver Award a few years ago and …

Primary Humanities Network meeting, Gloucestershire Heritage Hub

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Our second meeting of this academic year, with the theme of  ‘Ofsted’s new Education Inspection Framework (EIF) and the 3Is – Part 2’, was again held at the newly refurbished Gloucestershire Heritage Hub (https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/heritage-hub), thanks to their very kind offer to host the event and supply complimentary refreshments.  Instead of being in the Dunrossil Centre, we were based in the Frith …

British Council Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning: Critical thinking and problem solving course (Day 1)

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Well, it was back to the recently refurbished and superb Gloucestershire Heritage Hub today; this time to deliver Day 1 of the British Council Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning: Critical thinking and problem solving course, as opposed to steering a Primary Humanities Network meeting.  This was the first time that I have delivered such training in Gloucester, so it was good …

FREE CPD! (British Council Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning: Critical thinking and problem solving)

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Are you keen to promote higher order thinking skills, e.g. critical thinking; problem solving, within your school? Are you wondering how to provide sufficient ‘stretch and challenge’ for those higher attainers within your class? Do you wish to have a positive influence on ‘cultural capital’? If the answer to any of the above questions is ‘Yes!’, then do not miss …