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 …

‘Arctic Alive’ workshop, Christ Church C of E Primary School, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

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I just love the ‘Arctic Alive’ kit bag with its giant floor map, lesson plans and resources (https://www.canadaukfoundation.org/arctic-alive/), and so did the teachers and children at Christ Church C of E Primary School, Cheltenham in Gloucestershire (http://www.christchurchschool-chelt.co.uk/), judging by the photographs and feedback below! The Canada-UK Foundation (https://www.canadaukfoundation.org/our-story/) aims to foster a greater understanding of Canada in the UK through education.  …

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 …

Primary Humanities Subject Leaders’ Network: Come and join us!

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‘Lots to think about and investigate!’ ‘Helpful; resourceful; inspiring; motivating; challenging.’ ‘Useful list of resources.  Better knowledge of curriculum skills.’ ‘Great to be able to share ideas with others.’ ‘It provided me with the time to look at resources and talk to others.  We rarely get this in school.’ ‘Smart use of time.’ ‘Useful, informative and friendly.  Good network opportunity.’ …

Arctic Adventure Climate Change Day, Tom Roberts Adventure Centre (TRAC), Newent, Gloucestershire

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Well, it was back to the Tom Roberts Adventure Centre (TRAC) today;  this time for an exciting, multi-schools, cross-curricular event organised by the Wiltshire-based charity, Wicked Weather Watch (WWW) (https://wickedweatherwatch.org.uk/), rather than our termly Primary Humanities Subject Leaders’ Network meeting (although it was lovely to see a few of our group members here with their pupils and supporting colleagues too). …

Al-Ashraf Secondary School, Gloucester

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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, …