Focus on strategic leadership of teaching and learning
Schools share their tried-and-tested strategies for driving the improvement of teaching and learning. Expect to see a wide range of themes in these two zones this year, including quality assuring teaching and learning, improving student motivation and making learning memorable.
The Duston School
Speaker: Rhiannon Lloyd Gant (Assistant Principal)
This presentation focuses on issues including turning data into information, adapting data practices according to new methodologies (ie the change from 5 A*-C including EM to P8, and dealing with competing measures of attainment and progress), practical ideas surrounding change in target setting and student flight paths based upon P8 measures, how this data is analysed and acted upon (in particular for key groups of students from different starting points), the use of personalised learning charts and gap analyses in supporting the development of learning goals alongside performance targets, and the use of an ‘achievement board’ in driving action based upon the data.
Dunston School’s February 2016 Ofsted report said: ‘You have accurately identified the areas to focus upon to ensure that standards remain high. You use high-quality information to identify the ‘skills gap’ that teachers need to address in order that pupils make progress.’
Wilmington Grammar School for Girls
Speaker: Gareth Butcher (Assistant Headteacher – Teaching, Learning and Assessment)
This session deals with establishing a forward thinking approach that prepares each student for their future in an ever-changing world. Central to this is the Wilmington Mindset with a transparent focus on resilience, inspiration, challenge and attitude where learning is increasingly more independent, critical and driven by the pursuit of high level criteria. The creation of discrete ‘Wilmington Mindset or ‘Wi-Mind’ lessons for Year 7 is also covered, including how they challenge thinking through the higher-order skills and connect learning across the curriculum.
November 2015 Ofsted report said: ‘The introduction of the ‘Wilmington Mindset’ means pupils develop resilience to accept criticism and to use it positively to improve.’
Bluecoat Academies Trust
Speakers: Colin Sisson (Associate Assistant Principal) and Dave Taylor (Vice Principal)
As we move towards the challenges posed by an exam-only end point, this session looks at how Bluecoat Beechdale Academy have been exploring the links action, emotion and narrative triggers have in helping students retain learning, based on ideas from Debra Kidd and David Didau. Student voice underline the significance these triggers have in their prior learning, while new fields of neuroscience continues to explore why these triggers are so valuable.
Stamford Welland Academy
Speaker: Dominic Brister (Parallel Curriculum Leader)
This presentation looks at how the growth mindset, outdoor education and thought patterns can cross into the curriculum and increase achievement and success through increasing the desire to overcome tedium in learning. With effective tasks and pushing the thought processes which have always been associated in outdoor education, linking these into the curriculum allows students to want to learn. As soon as they want to learn, and start asking questions outside, above and beyond, their desire to progress and question will shine.