New head, fresh eyes; a critical outsider’s look at Cooperative Learning

At the start of this term, Mr Glenn Russell was appointed permanent head of Stalham Academy by Rightforsuccess Trust. In the week before summer holidays, Mr Russell gave a critical and qualified appraisal of Cooperative Learning at Stalham Academy. Please scroll to bottom of page to see a list of one-minute extracts. Since the school converted to academy status... Continue Reading →

Islam Awareness Week special event: “Islam in RE” in Norwich

Special offer: I am very pleased to announce  that private sponsors of the Islam Awareness Week 2015 programme at Ihsan Mosque has made it possible to make “Islam in RE: Religious Literacy & Controversy Through Enquiry” available to teachers at only £75.  . You school saves £125 on this £200 course, recently presented as a part of the PGCE students programme at the... Continue Reading →

Skills & Mastery at Norfolk academy; interviews on CL & Ofsted, accountability, Sutton Trust…

Interviews with Stalham Academy's acting head Mr Andrew Howard and deputy head Ms Deborah Gillespie on the adoption of Cooperative Learning. Werdelin Education has provided 2 of the three 2 hour blocks of the Skills & Mastery CL course to the Academy's teachers; the interviews with Mr Howard were conducted after the first session on... Continue Reading →

Potential realised? Celebrating Ofsted Report’s 1st Birthday…

October's Norwich presentation of Islam in RE took place almost exactly a year after the publication of Realising the Potential As I pointed out from the onset of the course, Islam in RE: Religious Literacy & Controversy Through Enquiry was created to systematically tackle the problems outlined in Ofsted's Realising the Potential report. In that sense, Islam is used as an example religion;... Continue Reading →

New CPD event at the IoE: Book now for “Islam in RE”

Following our successful open event at the IoE in July, we are very pleased to announce that the we shall be presenting our full-day course Islam in RE: Religious Literacy and Controversy through Enquiry to PGCE students at the Department of Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment at the Institute of Education in London. We have arranged with the department to reserve a limited amount of... Continue Reading →

Realising the Potential? Ofsted goes spiritual!

The controlled and guided enquiry and real-time assessment of thinking processes afforded by Cooperative Learning do provide the tools for enquiry in RE while driving the "hard" elements of the curriculum. This Thursday, Alan Brine of HMI opened up the discussion of RE vs. P4C at the Realising the Potential conference at East Anglia University. Highly relevant to the preceding posts from Edinburgh... Continue Reading →

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