21 February 2021



WoW – qualitative     CPD Focus – Reading for understanding




  • 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










  • Reading Quick Wins – as our CPD focus re-centres back onto reading this half-term, I will be attaching ‘Reading Quick Wins’ (adapted from Alex Quigley’s work) for you to paste into your lesson slides where appropriate.  Feedback welcomed.
  • Updated CPD application form and follow-up questionnaire – this will be circulated by LHO and is attached to this TLD.  It will form a crucial part of strategic planning and evaluation of CPD moving forward.  Please ask if you have any questions.
  • Study Groups – please remember to work on these projects, for which you have five hours (disaggregated INSET day in November is pay-back).  These projects will be even more relevant and important as students return.
  • Reminder: CPD – Teams support from DTU, LCH, MRI and JMJ during highlighted KWV sessions. Please call/contact them via Teams during this time will all things ICT related. Many thanks to them for their continued support (and video tutorials for students and staff).
  • PTSA – our trainee is in school Monday to Thursday this week.
  • Trainee/new staff induction CPD – this week JWI (details to follow)
  • HoDslaunching Reciprocal Reading (Reading Warriors) with departments this week




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Link to this term’s CPD focus – Improving reading for understanding by increasing independence


Key Priorities

  • Delivering effective remote learning
  • Promoting wider reading within your subjects and reading for pleasure


Our ethos of inclusion emanates throughout everything that we do as classroom practitioners.  It directs every decision that we make in terms of sequencing, resources, approaches and even dialogue shared with our students.  During periods of remote learning, this ethos is even more important.


This week, spend a few minutes reflecting on the following questions in your drive to ‘include’ all learners in these difficult times:

  • Are you aware of your students’ individual profiles? What do these profiles mean for remote learning in the context of their subject and the curriculum they're covering?
  • What additional information has been provided (SENCO or other) to add to the profile of individual students?
  • Are you aware of the home learning circumstances?  How much and what kind of family support would be available at home? Would parents be helping with remote learning, or maybe siblings? Are parents working from home and therefore less available to help? 
  • Are you planning a lesson as if the students were in front of you?  If this is the case, you may need to rethink your approach as many are accessing, asynchronously.

The DfE suggested ‘keeping it simple’ in their latest remote learning guidance - sounds obvious.  This week, make your watchword ‘differentiation’. As we all empathise with the different students within our classes – imagining their reactions to our lesson materials – let’s try to ensure that ALL learners are able to access the work. 

Top Tips for an Inclusive Virtual Classroom:

  • Use very clear language
  • Keep words on the page to a minimum
  • Break activities down into numbered steps or bullet points
  • Use symbols or pictures to support understanding 
  • Use easy to read fonts and avoid underlining and italics
  • Use buff coloured background
  • Have online resources in an editable format (e.g. a PowerPoint or word document, not PDF) so that pupils can increase text size or change the background colour 
  • If children have severe reading difficulties or are visually impaired, record someone reading the resources and have these recordings available with the resources
  • Apply the government’s dos and don'ts on designing for accessibility when designing resources (these aren’t education-specific, but they’re good accessibility rules for all contexts)
  • Use Microsoft accessibility features such as picture dictionary and text to speech through Immersive Reader
  • Communicate with JMA and her team if more support is needed

ASPIRE CPD! If you would like to learn more, try this 57 minutes webinar with the National College: Remote Learning Provision for SEND students


Useful references:

Remote Learning Policy (to be updated to reflect recent changes – by the end of this week)

Teaching and Learning Policy (containing blended learning approach)

WLD planning template (updated December 2020)

British Educational Suppliers Association’s LendED platform also provides a searchable list of resources for remote education



This week, the Top Tip will be provided by the English Department for which many thanks. 




Remote Learning – Principles (T. Sherrington)



Psychological First Aid Courses



VSH – NHS Your Mind Matters Survey and Support



Supporting SEND students (RHO)

This website is useful for strategies to support students with SEND during this period of remote learning.


TES 13 Hacks for Teachers Using Teams

This a really useful resource with lots of great ideas.


Dyslexia Friendly Practice for Remote Learning - JMA

Includes some useful tips for planning and delivering remote lessons but also for parents and students accessing work.


Microsoft Educator Community


Immersive Reader – lots of resources are available to promote inclusion to help students to become better readers.



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Posted by Rachel Long

Category: Teaching and Learning Digests

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