Term 6’s Primary Humanities Network meeting goes virtual once again and well beyond Gloucestershire!


Well, Zoom certainly brought a buzz to my study on Wednesday afternoon!  Not only did I have several ‘regulars’ in attendance at our virtual Primary Humanities Network meeting, but also many new participants; I think we had teachers from as far afield as Cumbria in the north to Dorset in the south and Nottinghamshire in the east to Greater Manchester in …

Online Safety Live briefing (Lakefield C of E Primary School, Gloucestershire)

Online Safety

How time flies!  It was, once again, the turn of those from SWGfL to give one of their Online Safety Live briefings in Gloucestershire (https://swgfl.org.uk/training/online-safety-live/).  Ian Williams, Head Teacher at Lakefield C of E Primary School in Frampton-on-Severn (https://www.lakefield.gloucs.sch.uk/gloucs/primary/lakefield), had kindly agreed to host the event, which was delivered by Andrew Williams and Steve Shepherd from SWGfL.  Whilst I know Andrew …

Primary Humanities Network meeting, Gloucestershire Heritage Hub


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 …

Whole staff twilight CPD (Lainesmead Primary School and Nursery, Swindon)


This afternoon saw me venture across the border into Wiltshire to deliver a twilight CPD to all staff at Lainesmead Primary School and Nursery (http://www.lainesmeadprimaryschool.org.uk/) in Swindon.  The theme for today’s session was ‘Progression and assessment in geography and history’, something that I have delivered several times before, but am continually updating due to the current changes in education, e.g. …

Online Safety Mark Assessors’ Update Training

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Rodney Parade Stadium, home to Newport Gwent Dragons, called this morning; for an Online Safety Mark Assessors’ Update Training session and not for anything rugby-related, I hasten to add! After helping ourselves to refreshments, we were welcomed by Ron Richards and introduced to a number of representatives from South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) (https://swgfl.org.uk/), namely David Wright, Andrew Williams, …

Online Safety Mark assessment

The Catholic School of Saint Gregory the Great, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Online Safety

Well, today, I had my Online Safety Accredited Assessor’s ‘hat’ on.  A couple of month’s ago, Ron Richards, Online Safety Consultant at SWGfL, asked me if I would like to pay a visit to The Catholic School of Saint Gregory the Great in the centre of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, as they were due for an Online Safety Mark re-assessment.  The school …

Teaching School

Sir Thomas Rich's School, Gloucester


It was off to Sir Thomas Rich’s School (STRS) (https://strschool.co.uk/), one of Gloucestershire’s grammar schools, early this morning to meet with Debbie Brake, Assistant Head Teacher and Teaching School Lead. The purpose of my visit was to share outreach opportunities, discuss my recent, local consultancy activities that have been particularly successful and consider how I might be able to support …

The Education Show

Birmingham (16th to 18th March 2017)

CPD For Me

Despite it being the Gold Cup at Cheltenham, a Friday and endless roadworks on the M5 with speed restrictions in place, my journeys to and from the NEC were bearable. It was not Young Voices calling this time around, but The Education Show (http://www.education-show.com/)!  I try to visit annually or bi-annually to keep abreast with developments within the realm of …