Time for round 2!

Consultancy

We just managed to squeeze in a second bespoke CPD session before half-term. On board again today were the Head Teacher and another member of staff from Mitcheldean Endowed Primary School (https://www.mitcheldeanschool.co.uk/). We began by reflecting on the progress that we made a week or so ago. I answered a few questions that participants had following their discussions with other …

The review begins!

Consultancy

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

Consultancy

Whilst we were waiting for everyone to arrive and settle, I suggested that individuals may wish to access the latest Primary Newsbites on geography southwest’s website (https://www.geographysouthwest.co.uk/primary/primary-news/).  It contains numerous teaching ideas, plus links to new resources, useful websites, forthcoming events and CPD offerings, which are relevant to those throughout the UK, not just within the south west region of …

Gloucestershire School Improvement (GLOSSI) Primary Geography Subject Leader Network Meeting (3)

Consultancy

Whilst we were waiting for everyone to arrive and settle, I suggested that individuals may wish to access the latest Primary Newsbites on geography southwest’s website (https://www.geographysouthwest.co.uk/primary/primary-news/).  It contains numerous teaching ideas, plus links to new resources, useful websites, forthcoming events and CPD offerings, which are relevant to those throughout the UK, not just within the south west region of England.  …

Online Safety Mark (OSM) assessment, Stroud High School (SHS), Gloucestershire

ConsultancyOnline Safety

  Time to conduct another Online Safety Mark assessment, and in situ!  Today, I was off to Stroud High School (SHS) in Gloucestershire to meet the Head Teacher, Senior Leadership Team, teachers, administrative and technical staff, students, governors and parents/carers, to assess whether they had reached the benchmark standard in all 21 aspects of the 360 degree safe self-review tool …

INSET: Westbrook Primary School, Hounslow, London

Consultancy

So, it was straight back to it for me after all the Christmas and New Year festivities!  Today, it was time to meet staff at Westbrook Primary School in Hounslow, London (https://www.westbrookprimary.com/) (albeit virtually) to support staff in developing their geographical skills and gaining some ideas for quick, easy, cost-effective, impacting and purposeful fieldwork. After the usual welcome and introductions, …

Bespoke CPD (Lympne C of E Primary School)

ConsultancyWorkshops

No rest for the wicked!  Supposedly my Easter break, but I succumbed to a demand for some bespoke CPD from a school in Kent whose holidays fell in slightly different weeks.  I am glad I did too as those at Lympne C of E Primary School (https://www.lympne.kent.sch.uk/) were a very friendly, enthusiastic and appreciative bunch! Steven Owen, the Head Teacher, …

Bespoke CPD: Longney C of E Primary Academy, Gloucestershire

Consultancy

My first in situ delivery of bespoke CPD for a while!  It felt good to be back too rather than simply doing everything virtually! Ms Penny Howard, the Head Teacher at Longney C of E Primary Academy (http://www.longney.gloucs.sch.uk/website), approached me just before February half-term to see if I could pop into school and work with their Geography Subject Leader and …

CPD: Tewkesbury District Partnership (TDP)

ConsultancyWorkshops

It was time for a little more CPD this afternoon: ‘What makes an effective Subject Leader?’ (Part 2).  Once again, the intention was to make the session as interactive as possible to encourage collaboration and sharing of best practice among partnership schools. After welcoming everyone (we had a couple of additional schools on board today) and highlighting two forthcoming events (https://stepintotheamazon.co.uk/2022/01/25/having-a-focus-on-south-america-biomes-global-issues-such-as-climate-change-or-sustainability-during-term-4/ …

Online Safety Mark assessment goes virtual!

ConsultancyOnline Safety

Like many other things over the past year, Online Safety Mark assessing is now being done virtually.  This was my first remote assessment, and like several other assessors, I think that there is potential to continue offering virtual and face-to-face assessments once lockdown restrictions are lifted.  No very early starts or long-distance travel for me, which was certainly a bonus, …