November 2015

Maths course photoDay two of the STSA Outstanding Maths beyond the NQT year course was again packed with learning.  Students reflected on their gap tasks and discussed the impact that the course had had on their teaching so far.  As well as looking closely at differentiation and planning, the topics covered were:

  • Challenge & Engagement – instilling a sense of awe and wonder in mathematics
  • Teaching Calculation
  • Assessment and Feedback – marking for personalised progress.

Feedback from the course was again very positive.   Here are just a few of the quotes:

“I found the differentiation for high attainers very very useful”

“Questioning ideas – great! Especially pose, pause, pounce,bounce.”

“I enjoyed seeing the practical maths in KS1 with lots of focus on vocab.”

 

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Journal club

Journal Club!

This week we hosted our first journal club at Charles Dickens Primary School.  We looked at ‘The Relationship Between Student Engagement and Academic Performance: Is it Myth or Reality?’ by Jung-Sook Lee.  The session sparked lots of lively debate as Jemima Rhys Evans (Lead Practitioner at Charles Dickens Primary School) guided us in groups to reflect on the paper and it’s relevance to our current teaching practices.

We are excited to be now be opening journal club up to all schools in the alliance.  If you would like to join us in journal club, please let us know by email enquiriesstsa@gmail.com

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STSA peer review

STSA have embarked on an exciting Schools Partnership Programme working with CfBT. The aim of the programme is to support partnerships, high quality self evaluation, peer review and school-led support and challenge, both between and within schools. At the heart of the process is peer review and four schools have now begun collabourating together to support each other in this process.

The four schools who are involved in the current project are:

St John’s Walworth C of E Primary School

Charles Dickens Primary School

Surrey Square Primary School

John Donne Primary School

So far the headteachers of all the schools have received training from CfBT and are about to embark on the first round of peer review shortly. In preparation for the project, the senior leadership teams from all four schools me. Through discussion and collabouration the wider group have begun establishing open, supportive and honest relationships between the schools. We are excited to see how the project develops.

If you are interested in further information on peer review or how to become involved in a project like this, please email enquiriesstsa@gmail.com

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