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)

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 …

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 …

Twilight staff training

Abbeymead Primary School, Gloucester

Consultancy

My task this afternoon was to deliver a twilight training session centred upon ‘taking learning outside the classroom’ for all staff at Abbeymead Primary School on the outskirts of the city of Gloucester.  Fortunately, the weather was fine and dry, so we were able to spend some time outside replicating a few of my suggested activities … this does not …