Regional Primary Geography Conference, Bowden Hall Hotel, Gloucester

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I do love this annual event!  Not only is it always incredibly inspiring, engaging and thought-provoking, but we are also supplied with plentiful refreshments throughout the day and treated to a delicious lunch on comfy sofas overlooking the beautifully kept grounds. This theme of this year’s conference was ‘Geographical skills and fieldwork – ensuring coverage and progression‘.   We were given …

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, …

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 …

Teach Meet, Marling School, Stroud, Gloucestershire

Consultancy

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 …

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, …

Whole staff INSET, Al-Ashraf Secondary School, Gloucester

Consultancy

Well, the summer holidays are finally over! Today, I was, once again, at Al-Ashraf Secondary School in Gloucester, this time to deliver a CPD session to all staff that focused upon ‘differentiation’ (providing effective intervention/support and sufficient stretch and challenge).  The overall aim was to address the suggestions for improvement outlined in the school’s recent Ofsted report in relation to …

Al-Ashraf Secondary School, Gloucester

Consultancy

The ongoing school improvement support that I am giving the Head Teacher, Senior Leaders, Governors and staff at Al-Ashraf Secondary School in Gloucester is proving to be incredibly rewarding.  This small, Islamic, independent school received a visit from Ofsted last November and a number of areas for improvement were identified.  I have been conducting lesson observations and providing feedback to …