Blog

The Hidden Child

No child should go through a school day without interaction with teachers about their learning and well-being, but it happens. There are learners that can go days without direct contact from a teacher in school. I was one of these hidden children.

The road to better formative assessment at Shireland Collegiate Academy

For us at Shireland Collegiate Academy, it all began with a fabulous joint Trust School INSET day. Dylan Wiliam had travelled over from LA to share his wisdom about all things relating to formative assessment. This was in March 2020 and, towards the end of the day, he spoke about how difficult it was to change teachers’ habits in the classroom. A way to foster the idea of change and practice was though TLCs (Teacher Learning Communities).

The importance of being seen

Conversations about tackling disadvantage and discrimination often focus on intervention – on the additional support which might make a difference. And of course this kind of support can and does make a difference.

The Fourth Pillar of Principled Curriculum Design: Experience

SSAT’s ‘Four Pillars of Principled Curriculum Design’ now has versions for mainstream primary, secondary and special schools. Over the coming weeks, SSAT’s senior education leads, Alex Galvin and Colin Logan, will be looking at each of the four pillars in turn. Today, Alex and Colin consider the fourth pillar: Experience 

Using the SSAT Framework for Exceptional Education for strategic planning

As thoughts now turn to planning for the next school year, you may find SSAT’S Framework for Exceeptional Education helpful in identifying development priorities. The framework is a self-review and planning tool, which can be used in its entirety or a strand at a time, depending on whether you want to take a broader view or focus on a particular aspect of your practice. 

The Third Pillar of Principled Curriculum Design: Delivery

SSAT’s ‘Four Pillars of Principled Curriculum Design’ now has versions for mainstream primary, secondary and special schools. Over the coming weeks, SSAT’s senior education leads, Alex Galvin and Colin Logan, will be looking at each of the four pillars in turn. Today, Alex and Colin consider the third pillar: Delivery.

Refocusing strategy– where do you want to make an impact?

Schools, or more accurately the people who work in them, have done an incredible job in providing stability and continuity for pupils at a time of great uncertainty.  The pandemic has highlighted how the school is much more than a place of learning, it is at the heart of the community.