Achievement Show 2016 – Teaching and learning

Focus on effective classroom practice

Practical hands-on workshops led by experienced and innovative teachers. An opportunity to develop your skills and pick up new ideas. Sessions this year include themes such as spaced learning, development of teaching and learning and closing the gap with vulnerable students amongst others.

Bridgemary School

Development of teaching and learning from special measures to good in 18 months

Speaker: Beccy Mountford (Assistant Headteacher)

This workshop discusses Bridgemary School’s 18-month Ofsted journey from special measures to a good rating across the board. The session will show how a focus on high-quality professional development including implementation of the SSAT TEEP framework has won the hearts and minds of staff, and how judicious monitoring of progress ensured a change in ethos. This is a presentation about a journey from despair to elation to help teachers who need a little bit of hope.


Bridgemary’s Ofsted Good rating

Lydiard Park Academy

Closing the gaps, a focused whole-school approach

Speaker: Laura Paterson (Deputy Headteacher and TEEP lead)

This workshop will practically demonstrate the most influential strategies in raising the attainment of disadvantaged students, prioritising what matters most for schools as well as sharing resources, ideas and good practice for each school to take away. It’s a practical case study of one school’s highly successful methods in closing the gaps for their most vulnerable students.


Disadvantaged students at Lydiard Park outperform their national counterparts in all measures and the gap between them and their peers has been significantly reduced.

Greenfield Community College

Time to believe in children – Time 4 Success

Speaker: David N.Priestley (Executive Headteacher)

In this active session, you will experience a taster of Time 4 Success and get the opportunity to develop a framework that could be used in your school, exploring a series of staff development ideas first-hand. The Time 4 Success programme has been the catalyst for a whole staff ‘talk teaching’ approach leading to staff enquiry groups.


This exciting journey has resulted in significantly improved GCSE results at Greenfield Community College as well as a staff focused on learning, and has been recognised by Ofsted.

St Augustine’s Catholic College

Applying advances in neuroscience – How we have utilised the spaced learning model to enhance knowledge retention

Speakers: Adam Sturdee (Head of History, Lead Practitioner and TEEP Level 3 trainer) and Dominic Bailey (Assistant Head and Head of R.E.)

 “Spaced Learning is significant because it deploys neuroscientific research.”

In this engaging workshop, you will experience how it feels to be in a spaced learning classroom for yourself, as well as have the opportunity to establish what this would look like in your school. The spaced learning model has been used by a number of leading schools under the direction of neurologists.  The model offers the potential to cover and retain a whole subject module’s (four-and-a-half months of traditional teaching) content in 90 minutes.


In the history department at St Augustine’s Catholic College, A*-A grades rose to 40% and A*-C to 89% with 85% making three levels of progress. The school’s Capped8 +EM VA score was 1038.7.

Bushey Meads School

Embedding formative assessment

Speakers: Stephanie Knowles (Extended Senior Leader), Danielle Bowe (Lead Practitioner – English and Literacy), Sam Hawkins (Head of House and Teacher of PE) and Katharine Bevan-Davies (Head of House and Teacher of History, Sociology and Government and Politics)

Since September, Bushey Meads School has continued to develop the way it uses formative assessment to impact upon student learning. This session gives details of that journey, including engaging staff by demonstrating the benefits upon student progress of a new approach to feedback leading to a new marking policy; ‘Make Marking Matter’. In this interactive workshop you’ll hear about several simple ideas that can be used to improve teaching and learning.


In July 2015 Bushey Meads School won the bid to become part of the SSAT EFA initiative   All these initiatives have led to staff within the school using a range of strategies in the classroom to gain and respond to student feedback within lessons.