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 …

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

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  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 …

Effectively sequencing geography and history provision: EYFS – Year 6 (David Weatherly Education)

CPD For Me

Twice within the space of a month!  It was, once again, time for some CPD for me, delivered as competently and enthusiastically as ever by David Weatherly and with a little help from Sheena Wright, an EYFS specialist. The theme of today’s CPD was ‘Effectively sequencing geography and history provision: EYFS – Year 6‘. After formally welcoming everyone and introducing …

CPD: Tewkesbury District Partnership (TDP)

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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/ …

RGS-IBG’s Ofsted event

CPD For Me

For once, it was rather nice to be able to just sit back and view and listen, rather than being the one presenting!  Tonight’s CPD event was hosted by the Royal Geographical Society (RGS-IBG) and delivered by the hugely experienced and extremely proficient Iain Freeland.  Iain Freeland is Her Majesty’s Inspector and Ofsted’s subject lead for geography.  He leads a …

Will you be there? (Next virtual Primary Humanities Network meeting: Term 1, 2021-2022)

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‘It is helpful if teachers evaluate how secure pupils’ prior learning is in order to plan lessons.  They need to know what difficulties pupils may face.  Teachers need to appreciate any misconceptions that pupils have as well as any gaps in pupils’ knowledge.  Findings from assessments inform teachers about how to adapt their teaching appropriately and build on what pupils …

Online Safety Mark assessment goes virtual!

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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, …

Curriculum development (Al-Ashraf Secondary School for Girls, Gloucester)

Consultancy

I was thrilled to receive the below e-mail in my inbox a couple of weeks ago: ‘… Good news to share!  After a stressful few days and sleepless nights, we received extremely positive feedback yesterday and were awarded good judgements in all areas. This is indeed a big achievement for our school community and your input has been significant in …

Year 6 geography day (Tom Roberts Adventure Centre – TRAC)

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What a day, and blessed with some warm, fine weather too! After a successful application for funding from the Frederick Soddy Trust (https://www.rgs.org/in-the-field/in-the-field-grants/teacher-grants/frederick-soddy-schools-award/), 54 Year 6 pupils and their teachers from Dunalley Primary School (http://www.dunalley.gloucs.sch.uk/) arrived on Monday 20th May at the Tom Roberts Adventure Centre (TRAC) (https://www.tracnewent.org.uk/) for a ‘geography day’ with a difference.  Rather than being in the …