14 June 2020

This Week:


  • Trainees – Home study through University of Cumbria and CPD through our CPD Schedule.
  • NQTs – RHU on Monday; JMJ on Thursday.
  • Thank you – in advance to those trialling live lessons and recorded walk-throughs this week. It is certainly an interesting time to be teaching...
  • Walton Connects - thank you to the twelve colleagues who managed to join the meeting last week.  It was productive and feedback to staff will follow this week.



Remember the evidence and our acronym in your planning this week.

Rretrieval and recap activities. Low-stakes. Quick feedback. Self-marking.

EEngage students – stimulus, questions, ‘chat’, feedback etc.

Mmotivate through peer interaction (peer marking, sharing WAGOLLs, prompt live discussion through ‘chat’ function of Teams)

OOutcomes – make explicit using check lists, success criteria, weekly plan/big picture etc. INTENT.

TTeaching quality – this is more important than how it is delivered.  Think about how you assess what students have learnt.

EExpectations – be realistic but aspirational.


The DfE have updated their Remote Learning resources:



Whilst much of it seems to state the obvious, there is the occasional nugget. Teachers have offered approaches to remote learning that are working for them.  One teacher suggests:


“Start by offering new content via flipped learning methods to initiate learning (where pupils are introduced to material before class), then add more information during lesson time… and finish off by offering group work and/or activities to deepen learning.”

Stephen Trask of Harris Federation also had a useful suggestion: “Point out the value of learning that topic, beyond just for exams purposes. Again, something like Ted Talks helps here because it gives pupils the ‘bigger picture’.”

The ‘nugget’ here is the use of Ted Talks. They may be a good source of inspiration.


Top Tips



Continue to make use of:

They publish timetables in advance to aid planning and to offer variety for the students.



NB: Please refer to the previous ‘TLD’ for already publicised CPD activities.

Please make use of the newly updated CPD calendar saved in WLD Teachers Team (also saved in WLD Staff Team under CPD). There are lots of free webinars and other courses to look at, if you feel that you have the time or circumstances allow you to do so.


Continue to make use of the video CPD sessions stored in the same Team here

CPD Cascaded by Our Staff



SYA – Excellent Resource to Aid Remote Planning

This resource links to our acronym REMOTE and contains practical advice and resources.  It is saved here.



Closing the Literacy Gap Post-Coronavirus

RLO attended a webinar with Alex Quigley on Friday and the Powerpoint is here.  It makes very interesting reading in the context of the pandemic.


Microsoft Educator Community


AHA has kindly produced a PPT to explain how to access the course material, accessible here.


Teams CPD from LCH

Below is a link to a YouTube video that shows useful formatting tips when messaging students and staff or announcing new work/important events within a channel. 



Subject Knowledge Enhancement



Society for Education and Training

They are offering a wide range of free CPD webinars on a range of topics, from behaviour to well-being.  Have a look here if you are interested…


CPD Sharing from JMJ 

All webinars completing saved here.  Please make use of this shared resource.

ALY – shared these useful webinars…


  • ‘This much I know about mind over matter…. improving mental health In our schools’ by John Tomsett.
  • ‘Closing the Reading Gap’ by Alex Quigley
  • ‘Just Great Teaching’ by Ross Morrison McGill
  • ‘Rosenshine Masterclass’ by Tom Sherrington
  • ‘Teaching Walkthrus’ by Oliver Caviglioli and Sherrington
  • ‘Seven Myths About Teaching’ by Daisy Christodoulou


Posted by Rachel Long

Category: Teaching and Learning Digests

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