Week Beginning Monday 6th January
This term is a busy one, with lots going on. I hope that I have included all the relevant dates for the diary and have also included the most recent OFSTED updates which make interesting reading.
Have a good term,
Dates for your Diary
This Week - Year Team meeting.
Wed 15th Jan - Yr 11 results onto Go4Schools and BPCPD
Thurs 16th Jan - Solly Irving in school p5 for all yr 10 students and Faculty Meeting at 3.10
Mon 20th Jan - Yr 11 Parents Evening
Mon 27th Jan - Yr 9 Transfer Evening
Mon 3rd Feb - BPCPD 6
Mon 10th Feb - Yr 9 Parents Evening
Fri 14th Feb - CPD day: normal school timing
Year 11 Results
Students who fail to achieve their target grade should resit their assessment and complete a red Humanities review form.
I'm happy to supervise any resits and am available this Thursday, Tues 14th, Wed 15th and Fri 16th for an hour after school if anyone would like me to carry out their resit for them. Just let me know who, when & pass a paper my way.
Students who fail to attend a resit session, should go through the Go4Schools behavioural process, starting with a HoS detention.
Also, all completed red forms should be sent my way too.
Departments should look at if it is worth resetting students (where possible) in light of their results.
Any problems then please let me know.
Taken from page 18 of the Ofsted January 2014 Subsidiary guidance for Inspectors
Inspectors must not give the impression that Ofsted favours a particular teaching style. Moreover, they must not inspect or report in a way that is not stipulated in the framework, handbook or guidance. For example,
they should not criticise teacher talk for being overlong or bemoan a lack of opportunity for different activities in lessons unless there is unequivocal evidence that this is slowing learning over time.
It is unrealistic, too, for inspectors to necessarily expect that all work in all lessons is always matched to the specific needs of each individual.
Do not expect to see ‘independent learning’ in all lessons and do not make the assumption that this is always necessary or desirable.
On occasions, too, pupils are rightly passive rather than active recipients of learning. Do not criticise ‘passivity’ as a matter of course and certainly not unless it is evidently stopping pupils from learning new knowledge or gaining skills and understanding.
When in lessons, also remember that we are gathering evidence about a variety of aspects of provision and outcomes. We are not simply observing the features of the lesson but we are gathering evidence about a range of issues through observation in a lesson. Do not focus on the lesson structure at the expense of its content or the wide range of other evidence about how well children are learning in the school.
When giving feedback, inspectors must not argue that they are unable to give a particular grade because of the time spent in the lesson.
CPD Day - Fri 14th Feb
The morning will be investigating methods of differentiating with practical ideas from Jo and myself which we picked up on Dragonfly courses. There will also be ideas on new technology that can help with differentiation in the classroom.
I will be asking everyone to bring along with them an example of differentiation from their own teaching that could be adapted across the 3 subjects.
The afternoon will be spent applying the ideas to SOW and coming up with differentiated resources for the following term as well as getting revision plans in place for Yr11,12 and 13 students.
3 Little Ideas
Distorted UK Population Map
This map of the UK comes from the amazing maps (maps are amazing) website & twitter feed. There are lots of maps that could be used as starter images across the 3 subjects.
What I have learned today twitter wall
A nice interactive display that could make use of a window / wall so students can demonstrate what they have learnt during the lesson.
With the increased focus on literacy in the Humanities subjects, these reading strategies could be a useful alternative to comprehension exercises.