NQT on adopting Cooperative Learning … as an NQT.

How CLIPs accentuate PGCE training and allows tailoring to individual classrooms.

Ms Rebecca Lamb, an NQT in Year 6 at Stalham Academy, describing some of her experiences adopting CLIPs (Cooperative Learning Interaction Patterns) from the Skills & Mastery course.

Cooperative Learning is especially well-suited for new teachers struggling to land the ideals of university during their first couple of years, because  integrates best-practice theory of PGCE courses with the tight control needed to manage classes, drive learning and secure evidence in a live scenario.

I refer you here to chalkboardandchat‘s honest memories of those early days, that some classes will find group work really difficult and it will take time to build up the skills they need to work well in group situations. Cooperative Learning, as pointed out by Ms Gillespie in a previous interview“They’ve learned how to learn through those CLIPs.”

From the same post, some really sound advice: Create a memory bank of quick no-prep activities. Here, I would refer to those classroom flashcard libraries referred to earlier which can be dropped into a Catch1Partner at the drop of a hat.


Rebecca Lamb

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“I had already been using a few techniques that I had learnt from my training, but this really accentuated the training,

You *can* make it personal to your children, you *can* adapt it to however it suits you (…) We’ve just completed a series of tests that show a massive increase since September, where they weren’t using these strategies, to now, when they have.


More videos from Stalham Academy’s head and deputy head on Ofsted, attainment, whole school approach …

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