3 July 2020

This Week:


  • New Staff – virtual welcome meeting on Monday at 10.30.  Many thanks to those who have agreed to be peer buddies.
  • NQTs – Assessments to be submitted this week.  JMJ – meeting on Tuesday.  RHU – meeting next week TBC.
  • More teaching this week as options lessons resume for Year 10 students.
  • Remote Teaching – thanks again to those trialling recorded PPTs, live teaching and other methods.  Please let me know whether our protocols need to be tweaked.
  • Walton Reads – buddied reading continues this week.  Please let RLO know if there are any issues. 




SecEd Supporting Student Wellbeing

SecEd has published the first of four free Back to School guides offering advice ahead of September and the wider opening of schools. The attached 12-page guide considers how the lockdown will have affected young people’s wellbeing and mental health, what challenges we expect to see as more students return, and how schools must respond...


This free 12-page download features a range of contributions from experts in mental health, wellbeing, safeguarding, SEND and other relevant areas – all offering practical advice and ideas for how we can support students returning to school post-lockdown.

Articles include:

  • Spotting the signs: 10 mental health challenges to look-out for
  • Safeguarding: Domestic violence incidents
  • Safeguarding: What signs to look-out for
  • Planning for September: What will school ‘feel like’?
  • SEN students and masking behaviours
  • A case study: Prioritising relationships with pupils – and families
  • The psychological impact on older students
  • Trauma-informed schools: Opportunities to talk
  • Behaviour: Preparing our responses

More publications to follow if you are interested.



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.


Top Tips




  • The online classroom, Oak National Academy, will stay open for another academic year, supported by the DfE. Resources will remain free and accessible for teachers to help ease their workloads, support high quality teaching in the classroom and minimise any disruption for pupils who are not able to attend. 
  • The DfE has published a list of independently quality assured online resources, all of which are currently free to schools. This includes Isaac Physics, Hegarty Maths and a wide range of other excellent provision.  
  • The BBC’s expanded Bitesize offer is attracting over 4 million users each week and they have plans for themed weeks over the summer term, in partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Science Museum Group. 



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

Please make use of the 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



AHA – Teams Training Booklet

A really useful resource showing you how to arrange meetings, set assignment etc. 

JGA – has kindly also made a step-by-step guide to setting assignments.


EBA – Free CPD for Trauma Informed Work in Schools

Tuesday 14th July 9:30-12:30.  Leaflet attached to this bulletin. Enrol here: https://bit.ly/3gfLHmw


RSW – KCSiE CPD Feedback

Update of changes to KCSiE.


RHO Feedback from Sam and Dave’s Health Hour

Notes saved in Teams here.


RHO – Free Quizlet Unconference

To join the free two day event, click here.


RLO – Making the Most of Oak

Free webinars to learn more about their curriculum plan and lessons for 2020/21.

Our webinars will be hosted by Oak's teachers and subject specialists, to answer your questions on:

  • How can you use Oak's curriculum map and lessons to balance your pupils' school and home learning?
  • How can Oak's curriculum align to your own plans?
  • When are lessons available and what subjects will they cover?
  • What improvements have been made to Oak's online classroom?

To sign up to a webinar for your sector, please follow the link below: Making the most of Oak: Secondary curriculum for 2020/21 - 7th July


RHO – Joe Dale Webinar

This was contributed last week but there is now a YouTube recording of the webinar available for your perusal.  Lots of useful resources are show-cased.



CPD contributed by RHO – many thanks

…attended a free MFL webinar with Joe Dale.  Joe Dale is a MFL specialist and his presentation was called "Remote Language Learning Configured".  He spoke a lot about "synchronous" and "asynchronous" learning (live and offline teching/learning).  Below, are some links to his research.


Even though this was a MFL webinar, there is lots of information here about tools that could be useful for lots of subjects e.g. Flipgrid, Screencastify, Whiteboard.fi (virtual digital whiteboards), Screencast-O-Matic, Jamboard, Loom, Flippty.net (online flashcards), Vocaroo - for pupils to record their voices when reading aloud (and for speaking exercises in MFL), QWIQR - QR code generating software, Quizizz and many more.


The link to his presentation is here:



Here's the link to his research document which has links to many learning tools.



Research Ed Home Page on YouTube

Contains links to lots of great speakers.


REMINDER National College Membership – We are all members!

You will hopefully have received login details for the National College.  We have purchased subscription for all staff within school.  Please have a look at the resources on offer.  This will be an important source of CPD next year.

RHO – wellbeing CPD

This will be useful for us all in light of wider reopening.  Many thanks for this feedback.


RHO feedback on Dyscalculia CPD


Supporting vulnerable students

Information sheet attached


Resources on Remote Learning from Lancashire

PDF attached to this email


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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