Our SLEs share their top tips from the classroom
Our Specialist Leaders of Education share their latest top tips for the classroom.
To find out how our team of 44 SLEs can support your school please contact Deputy Director Ian Hunt at firstname.lastname@example.org
Airserver is a great way of connecting iPads to interactive whiteboards. Ideal for displaying your iPad screen and sharing videos/pictures/music etc at the fraction of the cost of an Apple TV. Simply needs downloading to the computer that connects to the whiteboard. Find it at www.airserver.com
With more schools and pupils using iPads, it’s important that we still encourage keyboard skills. My favourite website to teach touch typing is the BBC’s ‘Dance Mat Typing’. A great idea for an easy to run after school club too! Find more at www.bbc.co.uk/guides/z3c6tfr
This website gives an overview/ideas for policy writing for SENCO’s www.birthtofive.org.uk/features/inclusive-practice.html
You can then access Early Years or SEN or both!
What better way to boost the profile of science in your school than celebrating British Science Week?
Register early to apply for a grant to fund your week’s amazing activities!
There is a powerpoint on twinkl that shows the cursive way to write graphemes.
It consists of a large pencil that shows the movement of the grapheme formation. Brilliant!
Help pupils apply phonic knowledge throughout the curriculum by using digital photograph albums. Children can access them independently or take them home. www.primaryict.co.uk/tts-talking-photo-album-a5-size_iphoto_1800.htm
Maths and English
Free progression maps for planning and assessing a variety of age groups/abilities so that you can see where learning has stemmed from and where it is going are available for free from www.primarycurriculum.me.uk/
Two good websites for challenge, thinking skills and real life application www.mathematicshed.com and www.sparkyteaching.com/resources/thinkingskills/reallifemaths.php
The second one has some fab video clips too!
iVisualiser app: is great for motivating children to produce written work which can be instantly assessed and evaluated against agreed success criteria. Children can see what is good and what aspects need improving. Annotations and highlighting can be carried out resulting in children becoming skilled and effective editors.
Popplet app: supports writing using ICT by allowing learners (including boys and the less able) to mind map ideas in creative ways. Pictures can be taken and uploaded with text used to generate notes and ideas for writing.
We are pleased to announce the release of our new CPD brochure for schools for 2018-19.
On Friday 18th May school leaders from across the region will once again gather for the West Midlands School Leaders Annual Conference: The School Led System – Getting Down to Business, #WMschooled.
Trainee teachers from our 2017/18 School Direct programme have just returned from their unique enhanced international placement in The Netherlands, with Zwolle University.
The Teacher Development Trust, the national charity for professional learning is launching a new project in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire to support schools in developing the most effective CPD.