Ongoing Learning via the Web

December 10, 2013 alison witts Innovation

Continuing on the theme of ongoing learning…. the tools to support ongoing learning through the web are gathering interest.  Self-paced independent learning tools such as those found on http://www.codecademy.com/, and http://csedweek.org/ offer any learner the opportunity to gain a fresh and new skill. News of MOOC’s has been in the news hit the headlines in September 2013.  The […]

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A New National Curriculum – Tim Oates, Cambridge Assessment

December 7, 2013 alison witts AssessmentCurriculum

A captivating and inspirational walk-through of the considerations, the research and international comparisons that lead us to question curriculum and assessment design. To possess learning capital we must possess it in some way: high attainment, high equity and high enjoyment supports both factual understanding and deep knowledge.  The national curriculum should be a tiny component […]

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The Global Fourth Way: Educational Leadership and Change

December 7, 2013 alison witts AssessmentCurriculum

Some insightful observations by Andy Hargreaves “In education, are we measuring what we value OR are we valuing only what we can measure”.  The impact of working towards targets cultivates an atmosphere of short-term gain, are we taking unnecessary steps to achieve an outcome. The opposite to this is… taking off into the wind, taking […]

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Defining the New Professionalism – SSAT National Conference 2013

December 7, 2013 alison witts CollaborativeReflective Practice

Thursday 5th December 2013 hosted the SSAT National Conference themed “Defining the New Professionalism”.  An outstanding presentation by pupils from Ringwood School, Sacred Heart RC Primary School and Altrincham College of Arts brought to our attention what kind of pupils young people really want.  A common thread from all 5 youngsters became clear… That teachers […]

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SSAT Workshop: The Sky’s the Limit: Technology Pushing Classroom Boundaries

December 7, 2013 alison witts CollaborativeCurriculum

The sky’s the limit: technology pushing classroom boundaries Alison Witts, Lead Practitioner, Subject Leader for ICT and Computing, Caroline Chisholm School

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Reflective Practitioners 2

October 22, 2013 alison witts Reflective Practice

Ongoing Learning: Please sign-up to the national college for school leadership and browse the resources.  Pick one  of the courses from the “self-study online courses” perhaps creativity or problem-solving might be the most relevant. Broaden Knowledge: Sign-in to Optimus Education this subscription resource to find excellent articles on a range of current educational issues. http://www.optimus-education.com/  […]

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Reflective Practitioner 1

September 18, 2013 alison witts Reflective Practice

The Key Features of the Reflective Practitioner Group are: 1. ONGOING LEARNING Pursuit of a Personal Learning Journey – National College for School Leadership – e-learning courses with taught sessions from invited experts. 2.BROADEN KNOWLEDGE Journal Club – Each meeting will include discussion on one academic publication relevant to current research outcomes. 3. REFLECTION Development […]

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Launch of The Reflective Practitioner Group

September 17, 2013 alison witts Innovation

I am delighted to announce the launch of The Reflective Practitioner Group.  This group will consist of a collective of like-minded professionals who are driven by a desire to refine and improve practice based on sound academic principles.  The group meets on a monthly* basis and aims to support improved practice across the school community […]

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