5 March 2021

Teaching and Learning Digest – 8th March 2021


Are you going to hit the ground running? - Millennium Cargo





  • 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

WoW – region   CPD Focus – Reading for understanding









  • Promote Reading – use the Reading Quick Wins approaches or the Reading Warriors approach in your lessons as often as possible.
  • Reading Warriors – please take time to look at the wonderful resources made in different departments here.
  • PTSA – our trainee is in school Monday to Thursday this week.
  • Trainee/new staff induction CPD – ASPIRE Skills (TBC)
  • Setting work this week: email students, set all work as assignments and save work in to Teams



 Feedback - Plan - Teach


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


This week, we will welcome our students back into our classrooms, asking them if they are well and if they are pleased to be back in school.  This week, we will ask our students about concepts that they have learnt and knowledge that they might hold on certain subjects.  This week, we will silently evaluate the well-being of our students and any concerns about missed work will be muted.  This week we will keep in mind the students who have thrived in lockdown, meeting every milestone set and those who have struggled to maintain focus and motivation (sometimes through no fault of their own). In all of these activities and these conversations there are two commonalities: we will ask questions and we will listen.


Monday 8th March 2021 is a fresh start for us all, hopefully moving in a positive direction towards a brighter future.  Slates are wiped clean and we will support our students to ASPIRE to be the best that THEY can be, thus being the best that WE can be.  It is a chance for us to re-model their futures based on our philosophy: FEEDBACK – PLAN – TEACH.



ASPIRE CPD! If you would like to learn more about questioning, click on the image above for Tom Sherrington’s tutorial on questioning techniques (25 mins).


Useful references:


Teaching and Learning Policy (containing blended learning approach)

WLD planning template (updated January 2021)



Thanks to KRO for offering this Top Tip.  It is relevant as we all strive to engage our students in their learning and links to both our ASPIRE vision and our school mission statement: ‘Learning for Life’.


My Top Tip this week is sharing some amazing resources to assist staff (teaching and non-teaching) with linking curriculum subjects with careers, pathways and skills and these have been designed to be easily used and applied through lessons, homework and/or extra-curricular sessions.


"My Learning, My Future is a suite of resources to support subject teaching staff, from over 26 subjects at KS3 & 4, to engage students in curriculum learning by highlighting the relevance of their subjects to future careers and opportunities.


The aim of the resources is for students to see the relevance and value of subject curriculum teaching and learning and to be explicitly supported in making connections between subjects and pathways to positive transitions.


These are resources by subject, which feature resources including:

  • ‘My Learning, My Future’ Teacher Inspiration Guide
  • ‘My Learning, My Future’ Student facing slide deck
  • ‘My Learning, My Future’ KS3 Homework Tasks
  • Subject specific ‘Careers across the Curriculum’ Lesson Plans and Resources"





Pearson’s Professional Academy (some free CPD courses)



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.


 Feedback - Plan - Teach


Posted by Rachel Long

Category: Teaching and Learning Digests

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