Within our Trust and nationally, promoting high quality teaching and learning through the delivery of a broad, rich, creative curriculum has been a key theme this week.
It was interesting to read Amanda Spielman’s speech as Ofsted’s Chief Inspector in which she asked: ‘How do we best promote social mobility? How do we make sure every child has the best possible start in life? I suspect no-one will disagree with the vital importance of a curriculum which is broad, rich and deep. It matters so much for children, and particularly for the disadvantaged.’
Throughout this academic year, Churchfield Church School – staff and pupils – have been working together to develop an engaging, relevant, exciting, challenging curriculum. On Thursday, Babcock carried out a review of progress at the school. It was fantastic to hear that the quality and relevance of the curriculum they have created is supporting the progress pupils are making. I would like to thank all staff and pupils, under Jenny’s leadership, for the time they have given to making this happen and for their determination to ensure the best possible educational experience for all pupils at the school.
For those of you working with or supporting Early Years, when you have a moment, do have a look at the Education Endowment Foundation website if you haven’t already done so. Although it is only in its early stages, their Early Years Toolkit identifies which innovative projects – with the aim of raising pupils’ attainment – have had the most impact and have been most cost-effective.
This week the Standards and Testing Agency released a 10 minute Youtube clip ‘Teacher assessment and moderation: addressing misconceptions’. It clarifies the difference between some ‘Pupils can…’ statements at the expected standard and greater depth relating to punctuation at the end of KS2.
Meetings, training and development opportunities this week:
- Y6 Conference, for all Y6 teachers and Heads
Friday 17th March, Dillington House, Dillington
I am very much looking forward to welcoming all Y6 teachers and Heads to Dillington House on Friday. Throughout the day we will be working collaboratively to ensure BWMAT pupils are ‘secondary ready’ and that Y6 children’s end of year teacher assessment and SATs results accurately reflect our pupils’ skills, knowledge and learning. It will be fantastic to see teachers having time to reflect on the next step needs of pupils, gain further experience in making accurate teacher assessment judgements, explore latest updates and have opportunities to share best practice. I know Y6 teachers and Heads will embrace the opportunities for collaboration and learning the day offers.
I am so proud of the focus on high quality teaching, learning, the curriculum and leadership in schools across our Trust. I see teams united by a determination to achieve a step change in outcomes for our pupils. Through working together to address next step needs and share strengths – within schools, through training and development and across hubs – we will achieve this.