TEEP training (Year 2) has begun as follows:
- Training took place on the first day back for all teaching staff to review last academic year’s progress and look at metacognition (see June updates for Governors).
- Teaching staff were issued with quality TEEP resources that can be adapted in their own lessons
- New TEEP families were assembled in order to refresh the approach in Year 2.
- There is a new focus on co-observation to develop staff further in the area of metacognition. This has to be completed this term.
- All teaching staff have been asked to complete a lesson plan using the new TEEP template.
- Hayley Farnell has joined the planning and delivery team. She is L3 TEEP trained.
- There will be further work with student learning ambassadors in order to begin to measure the impact of these initiatives on the learners in school.
- The CPD schedule for 2018-19 is largely based around T and L updates in the areas of TEEP, metacognition, questioning, quizzing and action research.
Appraisal 2018-19 has been launched. Teaching staff continue to have three objectives set around student progress and TEEP development. There is a new emphasis this year on ‘action research’ for the third objective and staff have the option to complete a project, or focus on a personalised area linked to their role in school. All UPS 3 staff continue to have a fourth objective based round their whole school responsibility.
There is a greater drive around setting ‘Quizzing’ as homework in the lower school:
Quizzing is designed to help develop the skills needed to be an effective learner. It is an effective revision strategy; it instructs students how to chunk, memorize and recall key elements of learning. This method is extremely useful especially as the new GCSE specifications require an even stronger command of subject-knowledge. Quizzing means that students can revise and master information at home. By ensuring that information is memorized over a longer period of time, rather than in an intense revision session just before an exam, students are developing your ability to retain and effectively recall the knowledge you need to pass exams. Cramming is not an effective tool and it can lead to increased anxiety. Quizzing will hugely reduce the pressure of exams as learning is spread over the years. This method of revision is commonly used by university students as it has proven to be the most beneficial.
The academy welcomes two new staff to the English teaching team; Miss Watton and Miss Hammond. Both members of staff are strong additions to the team. Miss Elliott is now Leader of Maths after Mr Seager adopted a part time role in order to focus more time on ‘Just Maths’ https://online.justmaths.co.uk/
Miss Bartlett begins a new role within the English team as a higher level teaching assistant with some additional support from Mrs Hands (Librarian). This extra support has helped to map out essential interventions within this core subject.
Key subject staff have been made available to provide intervention for Year 11 students in their core PE lessons.
Miss Wincup continues to have additional responsibility in the area of developing strategies for boys. Presently, she is working on an action research project with several groups.
The academy continues to support avid reading and this is tracked via the Renaissance Accelerated Reader Programme https://www.renaissance.com/products/practice/accelerated-reader-360/
The Humanities teaching team have made a physical transition to the top floor of the tower over the summer. Classrooms are looking vibrant and the staff have embraced these changes very positively.
Several members of staff led some training for others on ‘Mindfulness’ at the end of the summer term. This was received very well indeed and will be developed in future months.