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 Subject Leaders Network meeting, Tom Roberts Adventure Centre (TRAC), Newent, Gloucestershire

Consultancy

This time, it was a slightly upmarket meeting spot for us due to sponsorship from TUI UK (http://www.tui.co.uk).  Usually, a local school offers to host a meeting, but this time we were able to venture to a more spacious venue, with ample parking and no interruptions from children, colleagues or parents/carers (TRAC – Tom Roberts Adventure Centre, near Newent in …

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 …

Teach Meet Gloucestershire (TM Glos), Cleeve School

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It was a very hot, but inspiring afternoon and evening at Cleeve School yesterday where the final Teach Meet Gloucestershire (TM Glos) for this academic year was held.  The turnout was good, with representatives from both the primary and secondary sectors, and some travelling as far afield as Bristol to attend.   It was lovely to be able to put names …

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 Geography Conference, Gloucestershire

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I cannot believe that a year has gone by since the last Regional Primary Geography Conference.  It was lovely to see some familiar faces, as well as a few news ones, who have been assigned or have volunteered to take on board the Geography/Humanities Subject Leader role within their schools.  David Weatherly and I have regular contact by e-mail or …

Another ‘awesome, Arctic adventure’!

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Due to continued interest and demand from local schools and further funding available from Wiltshire-based charity, Wicked Weather Watch (https://wickedweatherwatch.org.uk/), it was decided to hold yet another ‘awesome, Arctic adventure’ event just before the end of Term 3.  High School for Girls (HSfG) (https://www.hsfg.org/), one of the grammar schools located in the centre of Gloucester, very kindly offered to host …

‘Let’s go an awesome, Arctic adventure’, Wicked Weather Watch (WWW) and The Crypt Teaching School, Gloucester

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 Yes, it was off to the Arctic again, but this time in much more challenging circumstances, with 90+ pupils and their teachers and TAs from seven, very different, local primary schools.  The Crypt Teaching School very kindly offered to host the event and I was well supported by my usual contingent from the charity, Wicked Weather Watch, and highly competent …

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 …