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Latest recipients of Strategic School Improvement Fund released

Posted by Kate Herbert-Smith on 27 August, 2018

We’re proud to announce that we will be working with Aspire Multi-Academy Trust, who are among the few to receive a slice of the Strategic School Improvement Fund (SSIF). Their project aims to do many things, including:

  • Establish evidence-based best practice of maths Mastery in each school in every classroom.
  • Improve the progress of maths at the end of KS2 to a positive score, for all pupils.
  • Establish a sustainable link between each school in the trust and the Cornwall and Devon Maths Hub.
  • Increase teacher engagement and confidence in CPD, to maximise their impact and improve teacher retention.

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10 Inspiring Summer Reads for Teachers

Posted by Morgan Stacey on 3 July, 2018

 Summer is on its way which means one thing - barbecues, beaches and books by the pool.

The holidays are a great opportunity to grow and learn as an educator, but choosing the right books is essential. So, whether you’re on the hunt for inspiring reads that demonstrate concepts and strategies for engaging lessons, or you’re struggling with behaviour management and need new ways to motivate students, we’ve got it covered. 

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Making metacognition work in the classroom

Posted by Kate Herbert-Smith on 23 May, 2018

Metacognition and self-regulated learning are powerful for pupil progress. Evidence suggests that the use of metacognitive strategies can be worth the equivalent of an additional +7 months progress when used well. So, what is metacognition, how does it work, and how can you begin to teach it in your classroom?

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Your quick guide to Independent / State School Partnerships

Posted by Celia McCarthy on 13 September, 2017

As an independent school, there are probably a number of questions that spring to mind when you think of Independent / State School Partnerships (or ISSPs). What are they they? What are the benefits? Is it right for your school?

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Teaching schools: are you providing the right support?

Posted by Paul Dale on 6 July, 2017

As a teaching school, it’s your responsibility to provide support to other schools and further the professional development of staff within your network; creating a strong culture for teaching and learning. This is no mean feat and can be costly, time consuming and use up a lot of resources. Many studies also suggest that a vast majority of CPD and professional development practices have little impact on teaching and learning. Making the time, money and effort put into them a waste.

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