We kicked off this school year with an Aspire Inset morning, held at The Grove Academy.
Staff from all of our schools came together for some training that focused on working with pupils with SEND, which is one of our ‘Aspire Spotlight’s’ this year.
The objective of the session was to provide our staff with the best tools and techniques for selecting appropriate resources to support learners with SEND. We wanted our staff to enjoy spending time together, learn something new and take back ideas they can use in the classroom.
We also ran workshops to support our staff with their learning and encourage discussions around this important topic. The workshops covered ‘The use of learning support assistants’, ‘How social and emotional barriers can impact classroom practice’, ‘Supporting ADHD and ADD learners in the classroom’, and ‘How we as curriculum leaders can support teachers to adapt the curriculum and ambition for all’.
Thank you to Ellie Nolan, our SEND Primary Lead Practitioner and Tina Dean, our new Trust SENco for planning part of the morning and to Shereen Breslin (Principal at Bovingdon), Lauren Castle (SENco at Bovingdon), Sarah Hennigan (Principal at The Grove), Sarah Denbigh (INco at Knutsford) and Matt Beach (Assistant Principal at Hammond) who led all of our workshops. The feedback from the morning was really positive and teachers have been using a variety of the strategies from the day.
STICKY LEARNING TRAINING
On September 12th, we held a cross-Trust training event called ‘Making Learning Sticky’. This focused on strategies that we can use to help our pupils remember what we teach them.
We were joined by Robin Launder, who is an expert in behaviour management, neuroscience in the classroom and evidence-based teaching and also the Founder of Behaviour Buddy. He explained the link between neuroscience and specific teaching and learning strategies that help our pupils remember what we teach them.
When we learn something new, the information goes into the working (short term) memory first and then passes into the long term memory. Once here, memories can be retrieved back into the short-term memory when we want to think about that particular thing.
However, sometimes the process does not happen quite as straightforwardly as we would like. Unless we create the right conditions in our classrooms, what we teach may be forgotten by our pupils.
Robin led us through a number of strategies which have been proven to support pupils in remembering what they have been taught.
- Commanding our pupils’ attention by reducing distractions so they can focus on the learning
- Ensuring new knowledge and skills build on what has been taught before, so that our pupils can make links between what they are learning now with what they have learnt in the past
- Breaking up new learning into smaller, more manageable bits, so that we don’t expect our pupils to learn too much new information in one go
- Providing regular opportunities for pupils to remember and use the information they have been taught
It was a very informative session lead by a highly knowledgeable and entertaining consultant. Thank you to The Grove Academy and Robin Launder for organising and delivering this training.