British Council Connecting Classrooms Global Learning’s trainer webinar

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As it is British Council’s International Education Week 2020 (from 16th to 20th November), it seemed very apt to hold the first Connecting Classrooms Global Learning’s trainer webinar this afternoon. Feedback from a recent trainer survey suggested that individuals would relish the opportunity to share practice and collaborate with colleagues from across the UK.  Thus, Fiona Burns, in her role …

Virtual Primary Humanities Network meeting (Term 6); ‘Taking learning outside the classroom’.

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At the request of many individuals, I managed to squeeze in another virtual Primary Humanities Network meeting before the end of the academic year.  The theme for our meeting was ‘Taking learning outside the classroom: Developing geographical skills and fieldwork opportunities and ideas for local history studies’.  If this was a face-to-face session, then I would usually take teachers outside and …

Primary Humanities Network meeting (Term 4)

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A meeting with a difference!  Held virtually with the aid of Zoom software, rather than in situ as planned due to the coronavirus outbreak.  I debated whether to go ahead with our meeting, but several teachers were self-isolating and still keen to participate.  I have recorded the session, however, and am more than happy to share this and the accompanying …

Regional Primary Geography Conference (Bowden Hall Hotel Gloucestershire)

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Well, it was time for David Weatherly to return to Gloucestershire for his annual Regional Primary Geography Conference (www.davidweatherlyeducation.co.uk).  David is a School Improvement Adviser and an accomplished teacher with an international reputation as an inspiring trainer. Whether working in schools or at CPD events, he always models practical and achievable approaches to improving engagement and outcomes of pupils. He …

British Council: ‘Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning: Critical thinking and problem solving’ (Day 2)

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Well, it was back to the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub (https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/heritage-hub/) again today to deliver Day 2 of the British Council’s ‘Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning: Critical thinking and problem solving’ course.  We were based in the new Dunrossil Centre and being a small group were able to spread out and make ourselves very comfortable, as well as having access to …

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

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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 …

Edward Feild Primary School, Kidlington, Oxfordshire

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Well, it was certainly beyond county for me today; a trip to Kidlington, just north of the city of Oxford, to deliver some bespoke CPD on behalf of the Geographical Association (GA) (https://www.geography.org.uk/) (and not an easy or pleasant one given the snow and localised flooding). The remit that I was given from the GA prior to half-term was ‘To …

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, …

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 …