- Thoughts from the Head
Welcome to the Learning Curve,
I am writing this during a short break in our first Professional Learning Conference. One of the strands in our strategic plan is “professional learning”. The reason being that great schools have great teachers and great teachers are, more often than not, the ones who engage in their own development and regularly reflect on their practice.
Over these last two days teachers have been attending workshops on tech in education, formative assessment, using data, cognitive load theory in practice, middle leadership, the importance of play, teaching students with English as an additional language, positive education and psychological wellbeing.
It has been great.
When I asked one of our teachers how their day was going yesterday they answer:
“It’s been really good. It is making me think a lot”
What a wonderful answer. When we have to think hard we will often learn more or reflect more effectively.
Our keynote speaker on Thursday was Steve Garnett from the UK. Steve has been a teacher for 24 years. He has delivered INSETs to over 7,000 teachers over the past 10 years in the UK, Ireland and across Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. He is an award-nominated author whose book ‘The Subject Leader’ was shortlisted for Best Secondary Resource in the prestigious BESA awards. He has also written ‘Using Brain Power in the Classroom’ which TES Review described as ‘strong in its resume of the latest research into what constitutes effective learning’.
It is so important for us to be exposed to the thoughts, ideas and practices that can be brought to us from outside of the organisation. Steve did a wonderful job of making us all “think hard” and I am sure we will see some of that in classrooms next week.
Next week also sees the beginning of our parent teacher flexi conferences. A new approach to learning discussions with parents following the release of the reports on Wednesday. Although we think we have a good system set up it will be important for us to collect feedback and reflect on this reporting cycle to help inform the next round. We’ll be sending out a feedback form once the conferences are completed.
It looks like bright sunshine and fresh air for the weekend. Enjoy it and I’ll see you on Monday.
Have a lovely weekend.
Head of School