Ofsted Inspection… by @ASTSupportAAli


interesting blog post

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Wednesday the 28th and Thursday the 29th of January 2015. Two important days in my Senior Leadership career. These two days saw my school receive a full Section 5 Ofsted Inspection. In this short blog I would like to share some tips/observations and reflections about the inspection and its process both as a school and a member of SLT.

The call:

Tuesday, around 13.30pm, I was summoned by a frantic looking member of support staff to go to meet other SLT in our meeting room.

‘Where were you? I have been looking everywhere for you!’

My response’s tone couldn’t have been more opposite,

‘Hi, I have been running an annual review, as per my calendar. Why what’s the panic!?’

I replied with a beaming smile.

Usually what would have happened if somebody was searching for me is they would radio for me. If no luck, they would call my…

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A single GCSE for D&T – will it fly?


David and Torben for D&T

Design & technology (D&T) is a relative newcomer to the curriculum. Its roots which go back to the late 1800s can be found in the teaching of a variety of crafts very much on a gender biased basis – cooking and needlework for girls, metalwork and woodwork for boys. These roots are still having a deleterious effect on the subject in that they skew the way the subject is conceptualized to give a pre-eminence to the materials that students might use and the making skills required to manipulate these materials. It is not that materials and making are unimportant (quite the reverse) but rather that they need to be seen as part of the essential concepts (so called BIG ideas) that underpin and define the subject. It was this inappropriate focus on materials/skills and the lack of BIG ideas amongst other factors that led the National Curriculum Expert Panel…

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Assessment – a bit nearer…


Interesting views on life without levels and new assessment models.

Love Life, Love Learning

In common with all schools we have been going through the process of devising an assessment system following the decision to discontinue levels at Key Stage 3. In the beginning we lamented the loss of levels mostly, it turned out, because we were in a sort of collective haze of disbelief and worry about how we could deal with this enormous task but we soon got over ourselves. When something big and new is required, I have a tried and tested process: outwardly ignore; meanwhile think about the issue at hand – turn it over as I go about my daily routine, chew it over when I swim causing me to lose count of the lengths I have done; talk to colleagues; research (of course, my go-to place for research is now the generous cyber space that is Twitter) – find out as much as I can about the issue…

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The MLG Repertoire Card


Brilliant post from Zoe Elder…Really enjoying your blog.

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The MLG repertoire card is an ACTIVE-LESSON PROMPT

As MLG is all about holding a sustained focus on a specific element of pedagogy, the trick is to maintain a focus on your identified MLG throughout a lesson or series of lessons. The MLG Repertoire Card is designed so that you have a visual prompt to keep the MLG uppermost in your mind as the lesson progresses. You can also create a space on the card to record observations and reflections during the lessons, thereby building up a living document of responses, reactions and impact on learning of the MLG you are developing.

By keeping your MLG at the forefront of your mind, you can refer to it during the lesson and share your focus for the lesson with your learners. In this way, you are inviting them into the ‘secret garden’ of the curriculum so that they begin to develop…

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Hurrah for @OfstedNews! #NoMoreGrades by @TeacherToolkit


About time Ofsted started thinking more progressively! Great blog post from @TeacherToolkit.

Redesigning Classrooms: Spreading and Embedding the SOLO Taxonomy


Excellent post from @LeadingLearner

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In this set of posts about redesigning classrooms I want to look at some of the changes that teachers can incrementally make to their classrooms that may over time transform their practice.  The first post about the SOLO Taxonomy can be found here:

Redesigning Classrooms: Using SOLO to Increase Challenge

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SOLO first appeared as part of our CPD programme a number of years ago and all staff are familiar with it, however, a number of staff have started taking the use of the SOLO Taxonomy to new levels, spreading and embedding its use as they go.  One of the interesting dimensions of the work is how staff are using the SOLO Taxonomy with students and explicitly developing their understanding of it and how to use it to increase the depth of the work they are doing.  This post is a series of short inputs…

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Why we *must* teach skills, not knowledge


Why we *must* teach skills, not knowledge.

via Why we *must* teach skills, not knowledge.

New revision aid


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Check out my new “Padlet” to enhance engagement with revision and create a sense of ownership over it.

http://padlet.com/wall/dttoolkit_revision

PiPad Build


Simply Amazing…PiPad! Genius

Michael K Castor

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Two weeks before I had to leave for Maker Faire Bay Area 2013, I decided it was time I built an enclosure for the PiPad. I’d been helping a guy in the Shed Tech Support queue that needed some help with his Maker Faire project, and thought “You know, I want a Maker Faire project too.” Crazy – right? I had all the parts, so really the only thing holding me back until this point was a deadline. According to Parkinson’s Law “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion” so at two weeks, I didn’t have much time for expansion. I started on some conceptual CAD work for the project before so I had a *slight* idea of what I was doing.

Design Goals:
I like simplistic, functional design. I don’t like extra crap that doesn’t do anything and I enjoy fun, hidden features. I…

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Healthy eating adds £1,460 to annual food bill of family of four


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/foodanddrinknews/10498636/Healthy-eating-adds-1460-to-annual-food-bill-of-family-of-four.html