7 February 2020

 WoW: Paradigm


Communication Focuses




  • Reading widely
  • Reading for pleasure
  • Spelling of subject-specific vocabulary
  • Use of WAGOLLs to model/scaffold (visualisers, mini-whiteboards)
  • Purposeful and structured communication with others


Teaching and Learning Priorities

  • Climate for learning (DMC)
  • Vocabulary (ACH)
  • Purposeful Interactions by all (CRO)

This Week:

  • Trainees – meetings Tuesday 1 and Wednesday 1 (9.15).
    • CPD on Thursday period 4 with PHO – rearranged to 27th February
  • NQTs – RHU – Tuesday 2; JMJ Tuesday 3.
  • Top Tips this week: JMJ on Wednesday
  • Drop-in CPD Session - Wednesday 26th Feb after school (A7 and A8) for all staff on visualisers and interactive screens. All invited to share good practice.

Reflect on Your Practice:

Thank you!

Many thanks for your support in the recent Quality of Education review.  The report will be emailed out on Monday.  It has been an incredibly valuable experience for SLT, allowing for real dialogue with teachers and students about what happens in the classroom.  It is clear that we have an abundance of talent, passion, energy, creativity and expertise across our teaching staff. 

Students were incredibly complimentary of their learning and seemed to appreciate discussing their work with others.

The report contains some suggested ‘next steps’ which are applicable to each of us.  Key messages from this report will be reinforced in due course.

In the meantime, please take the time to read the PowerPoint of exemplary feedback and work of which our students feel proud.    

Our key objective, moving forward, should be to: ensure that practice is consistent within each department and that we are also in line with whole school policies (Basics, written feedback codes, etc).

Top Tip Schedule


Subject Heads, please ensure that someone from your department is ready to share a ‘Top Tip’ on the designated date. 






Humanities - interleaving






Pastries and Progress

Open Door Week



















CPD Cascade

Study Groups 2019-20

A reminder of the key focuses within departments:

  • Expressive Arts – improving engagement in Year 9
  • Computing – Developing the use of Teams to allow learning beyond the classroom
  • Mathematics – recall and retention
  • Art – Engagement of boys
  • English – use of knowledge organisers
  • MFL – Speaking examination – extended pupil responses; Listening and reading: developing confidence
  • Humanities - progress of middle attaining boys
  • PE  – Link between theory at KS3 and KS4
  • Technology – Developing the use of homework at KS3 to prepare students for KS4 course
  • Science – personalised learning plans for each student in each science.

CPD Feedback

Many teachers and HoDs are attending ‘deep dive’ CPD coordinated through the PTSA.  Please provide SLT links with a brief overview of useful ‘takeaways’ on your return.

Reciprocal Reading

Thanks to JGA who has filmed his Year 9s working with the Reciprocal Reading framework.  Please watch the video (you will need to click on it to download before viewing) and discuss how you could implement it in departments.  It is on Middle Leaders’ agenda this week.


Posted by Rachel Long

Category: Teaching and Learning Digests

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