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 5)

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Since so many individuals were unable to attend our Primary Humanities Network meeting in mid-March and several e-mails from Subject Leaders had entered my inbox recently, I decided to offer a repeat of our previous session virtually by means of Zoom.  Not only was this attended by a number of regulars from across the county of Gloucestershire, but we were …

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 …

SWGfL Online Safety Live, Lakefield C of E Primary School, Gloucestershire

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Well, Monday afternoon saw me back at Lakefield C of E Primary School in Frampton-on-Severn, Gloucestershire (https://www.lakefield.gloucs.sch.uk/gloucs/primary/lakefield), this time for a Online Safety Live event (https://swgfl.org.uk/training-events/online-safety-live/) delivered by representatives from SWGfL and not to conduct a grueling Online Safety Mark assessment!  Following on from the latter than I carried out last July, it was agreed that one ‘area for development’ …

Teach Meet, Marling School, Stroud, Gloucestershire

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Marling School was my port of call this afternoon.  A Teach Meet for teachers of geography in Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire had been organised by CETA (Cotswold Edge Teaching Alliance) to provide the chance to ‘pool expertise, get inspired and bounce some ideas around, all washed down with plenty of tea, cake and enthusiasm!’.  Clare Johnson, Head of Geography at …

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 …

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 …

Geographical Association (GA) Annual Conference, Sheffield Hallam University (5th to 7th April 2018)

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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 History Conference (Bowden Hall Hotel, Gloucester)

'Planning a history curriculum to ensure continuity and progression from EYFS to Year 6.'

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It was great to see David Weatherly again.  David is a School Improvement Advisor with many years experience as an accomplished teacher and has an international reputation for being an inspiring trainer.  Whether working with teachers in schools or at CPD events, he always provides practical and achievable approaches to increasing the engagement and outcomes of pupils.  He writes learning …