The review begins!

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Today was the first of two bespoke CPD sessions with members of staff at Mitcheldean Endowed Primary School in the heart of the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire (https://www.mitcheldeanschool.co.uk/). Unfortunately, as these sessions were being delivered virtually, I did not get to fully appreciate the beautiful surroundings of the school. However, having visited the Forest of Dean on a number …

Virtual Primary Geography Subject Leader Network meeting

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Now that Term 4 is in full swing, it was time for the second of our virtual Primary Geography Subject Leader Network meetings of this academic year.  Over 75 individuals were on board; many ‘regulars’, as well as some new faces too from all over the UK.  The theme of our meeting, geographical skills and fieldwork, was obviously a popular …

Primary Geography Subject Leader Network meeting, Gloucestershire

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With Term 4 now underway, it was time for our second Primary Geography Subject Leader Network meeting of this academic year, again held in situ at The Pavilion in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.  My right wing for today was the fantastic Sandra Parker, Performance Advisor for the Education Outcomes and Intervention team at Gloucestershire County Council (GCC); her administrative and organisational skills …

Time to focus on cultural capital (virtual Primary Humanities Network meeting – Term 4)

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A rather apt theme for our fourth Primary Humanities Network meeting of this academic year, and still virtual in format due to the continued uncertainty surrounding Covid-19, the need for a degree of flexibility and our growing numbers from all regions of the UK (and beyond on occasions): ‘What does cultural capital mean?’ and ‘How can geography and history contribute …

Let’s help each other ‘recover’! (Primary Humanities Network meeting – Term 5)

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Just a handful of the ‘concluding comments‘ from attendees at our last virtual Primary Humanities Network meeting: ‘Thank you for yet another fantastic session with lots more to explore.’ ‘Interesting; relevant; informative.’ ‘Thought-provoking; resourceful; good timing with returning to school.’ ‘Masses of inspiration and resources, really informative.  Thank you.’ ‘Inspiring; informative; a wealth of knowledge.’ ‘Full of new interesting resources …

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 …

CPD workshop (Let’s go on an awesome, Arctic adventure), Clifton High School, Bristol, (in conjunction with Wicked Weather Watch)

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Today, it was off to a new school for me … the lovely Clifton High School in Bristol. My remit was to deliver a CPD workshop for local teachers to showcase some of the high-quality resources that have been created, recent multi- and single-school events that have taken place and future opportunities that are available in conjunction with the Wiltshire-based …

Primary Humanities Subject Leaders’ Network meeting, Gloucester Farmers’ Club

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It was, once again, time for our next Primary Humanities Subject Leaders’ Network meeting (we are aiming to meet once a term/six times per academic year and managing to do so pretty well to date)!  The theme for today’s meeting was ‘Planning a cross-curricular themed day or week (taking into account the revised Ofsted Inspection Framework)’, very topical bearing in …

Primary Humanities/Geography Subject Leaders’ Network meeting

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Well, I have finally succeeded in establishing a Primary Humanities/Geography Subject Leaders’ Network for Gloucestershire! Following interest and demand from several schools/individuals, I decided to invest some time and energy into setting up a group once my recent stint back in the classroom had drawn to a close and full-time freelancing activities resumed.  Whilst I will coordinate  and steer each …