19 March 2021


WoW – strategy  (click)       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 – Please continue to make reading a priority within your planning this week. Use one of the Reading Quick Wins slides if it helps.
  • Reading Warriors resources – resources are saved here.
  • PTSA – our trainee is in school Monday to Thursday this week.
  • Trainee/new staff induction CPD this week DTU/RLO/SYO: ICT/Numeracy/Literacy across the curriculum – virtual. Resources emailed.
  • Setting work – please ensure that work is uploaded, as per department approach (i.e. Class Materials or Assignments), for every lesson so that isolating students can complete.




 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

For this week’s reflection, let us take some time to think about our SEN students and how they have been learning in our classrooms this week.  Consider what has worked and what has not.


The following podcast may provide some food-for-thought and explores issues such as:

  • The principles of good teaching for SEN students.
  • Common barriers to success.
  • The implications for pedagogy.
  • The use of teaching assistants.
  • Models of intervention.
  • How we should work with families.
  • The SEND in Mainstream Schools Guidance.
  • Implementing the graduated approach (Assess, Plan, Do, Review).
  • Adaptive teaching (dispelling the myths of differentiation).
  • Cognitive Load Theory.
  • Masking, sensory overload, and making the curriculum and resources accessible

Click here to listen

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 January 2021)



Thanks to the Art Department for developing the Reading Warriors approach to Reciprocal Reading. The template slide has been adapted for the needs of the subject.