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Sunday, 19 June 2016

Tales of a Trainee # DataGods

You re-join our heroic, and yet modest, artistically inclined hero as he nears the end of his training adventure.

So, what has happened since out last episode? I have continued to brave the wilds of secondary teaching, attempted to turn evocative and profound pieces of student work into data points to feed the remorseless and ever hungering Data Gods. I have consistently received insightful, high quality feedback from by placement school, reflected (boy, have I ever reflected…) and improved my practice.

I have attempted 2 assignments in tandem to this onslaught of planning/execution/reflection repeat, sourced evidence, written and planned a presentation on Barriers to Learning and continued to broaden my teaching studies with bespoke and targeted workshops back the Wildern Partnership SCITT batcave.

I have continually refined my practice over the last year, from which I now feel more comfortable in  the act of teaching, I have developed productive relationships with some of the hardiest students, and am now, with growing consistency, delivering engaging, high quality lessons which stretch and challenge the high flyers in my classes, yet have a built in provision for supporting those students who struggle, allowing all student the opportunity to succeed and progress.

My current status is shattered, on a molecular level, yet still engaged and excited to continue my practice in my NQT role next academic year. (Side note: all trainees in my cohort managed to achieve gainful employment before the last half-term, *high fives all round*)

I have about 4 more weeks of training placement at the time of writing, and I wont lie, I am ecstatic at the thought of the summer break to recuperate from this years onslaught, but that is tempered with an almost child like excitement to start again come September -  to ply my trade with a new cohort of students and to make a tangible difference to their education and with a bit of luck turn some in to life long Artists.

(For those who read my last missive, you will be pleased to know that the now almost urban legend like student, who was unsure of ‘how to mix red’ is still secure in his knowledge that you cannot actually mix red… Now, THAT’S teaching.)

Monday, 9 May 2016

Monday, 18 April 2016

Closing the Gap - April 22nd 2016

Now that we have two terms and many school settings' context to draw on,  Friday April 22nd 2016 looks at Closing the Gap.  

The following links, will help with our research... Think also about whether some of this reseach could inform your 3rd and final PGCE assignment, Barriers to Learning. 

Education Endowment Foundation - Through the toolkit - looks at different intervention strategies and gives a measurable impact - link below

Found some other links that may help below

Leadership Reports 

Low and middle income families 

Disadvantaged Pupils

Pupil Premium 


Monday, 14 March 2016

EAL Training at a Partnership School

English as an additional language. How can we support our pupils in the classroom? 

On Tuesday, March 8th, Upper Shirley High was pleased to welcome the current cohort of primary and secondary Wildern Partnership SCITT trainees to our school. We work closely with the Wildern Partnership SCITT as we have a strong shared commitment to initial teacher training and preparing our future teachers to be effective and empathetic professionals.

Joanna Wojcik, our EAL co-ordinator, welcomed our primary and secondary colleagues with a Polish lesson. She spoke exclusively in Polish thus demonstrating how daunting it must be for some EAL students to cope in an English speaking classroom. She then introduced a range of useful and practical strategies which she has drawn together from her wealth of teaching experience. The session closed with some reflective group work based on case studies and how all those present could implement what they had learnt.

Thank you Wildern Partnership SCITT trainees for your enthusiasm and high levels of engagement.
We look forward to welcoming you again soon.

Marie Connolly, Professional Mentor.

For further information on Upper Shirley High - http://uppershirleyhigh.org/newsletter/2016/03/11