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 Geography Quality Mark (PGQM) Day, Parkinson Lane Community Primary School, Halifax

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No travel for me, but remote working instead as Halifax was a little too far to go in a day.  Using Skype, I managed to link up with David Weatherly (http://davidweatherlyeducation.co.uk/), who was on site at Parkinson Lane Community Primary School (https://www.parkinsonlane.com/) to deliver some bespoke CPD related to the Geographical Association’s Primary Geography Quality Mark (PGQM) award. David has …

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 …

Ofsted’s new Education Inspection Framework (EIF) and the 3Is (intent; implementation and impact)

Consultancy

It was back to school for me today; time to deliver training, based on Ofsted’s new Education Inspection Framework (EIF) and the 3Is (intent; implementation and impact), to all staff at Al-Ashraf Secondary School for Girls in Gloucester. Firstly, I introduced the aims of the session: To be more informed about the processes and procedures of inspection now undertaken by …

Primary Humanities Network meeting (Tom Roberts Adventure Centre [TRAC], near Newent, Gloucestershire)

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Not quite the weather that I had hoped for, but we managed! The theme for our final meeting of this academic year was ‘Taking learning outside the classroom‘.  After welcoming individuals, I shared the aims and format of the session.  The intention was for majority of this session to be held outside at the Tom Roberts Adventure Centre (TRAC) (https://www.tracnewent.org.uk/); …

Primary Humanities Subject Leaders’ Network meeting, Sir Thomas Rich’s School (STRS), Gloucester

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Our second Primary Humanities Subject Leaders’ Network meeting of this academic year was held in the Pavilion at Sir Thomas Rich’s School (STRS) in Gloucester.  The theme for today’s session was ‘Maps, maps and more maps!’ following requests from individuals at our last meeting.  We were a little smaller in number than usual as a few regulars had prior school commitments, e.g. …

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

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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 …

Al-Ashraf Secondary School, Gloucester

Consultancy

This term, I shall continue to visit Al-Ashraf Secondary School on a regular basis to support their school improvement endeavours.  The Head Teacher, SLT and members of staff recognise the need to move forward and are keen to address all the suggested areas for improvement noted in Ofsted’s latest report. Patience is required, however, as rapid improvement cannot happen overnight, …

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 Geography Conference (Contemporary Geography)

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It was great to see the inspiring and engaging duo of David Weatherly and Jeff Stanfield once again for their annual roadshow (http://www.contemporarygeography.co.uk/contemporary_geography_training_opportunities.html).  Due to my strong links with schools and individuals across the county, I was invited by David and Jeff to attend today’s event … often, I am able to support them in their delivery of material by …