So far, so Good.

VNET headteachers David Oldham and Adam Mason were video interviewed respectively 15 and 25 days into their journey with Cooperative Learning.   “Like a lot of schools, we had a problem with very passive children...” - David Oldham, Headteacher at Drayton Junior School, 2017.   Watch now.   Head to head David Oldham of Drayton Junior and Adam... Continue Reading →

“Mum wasn’t good at maths either, love…” Girls, Maths & Cooperative Learning

I am very honoured to be taking part in the Strategic School Improvement Fund project to raise progress in mathematics for KS2 girls in Norfolk Followers of this blog will be aware of my ongoing work with Sheringham Primary School and Nursery. The teaching school based there, Norfolk’s largest, has made a successful bid for... Continue Reading →

Hand in Glove; SOLO Taxonomy & Cooperative Learning

Action Research: Working with Berrymede Junior School has presented an opportunity to better harness the vast amounts of pupil knowledge made visible by Cooperative Learning. Ever open to hand-carry any and all curriculum content and pedagogical approaches, Cooperative Learning multiplies the value of programmes as diverse as Read-Write-Inc, Talk4Writing, and Maths No Problem. However, one specific... Continue Reading →

Comprehending Texts & Acquiring Language… Reflections#1

This new series of post investigates the workshop Comprehending Texts & Acquiring Language in Science presented 4 Jan 2018 at the ASE annual conference by Naomi Hennah (@MrsHennah) and myself.  This first instalment focuses on how the Word-Round following the reading activity was used summatively to investigate the text and to develop questioning as a transferable skill. Introduction for... Continue Reading →

Comprehending Texts & Acquiring Language in Science: Resources

A warm thank you to delegates who managed to claw their way through a text on cryo-electron microscopy in our 30 degree seminar room. Comprehending Texts & Acquiring Language in Science was presented by Jakob and Naomi at the Association of Science Education Annual Conference on 4 January 2018 in Liverpool. "A proper workshop!" - Marc Neesam,... Continue Reading →

The Chemistry of Collaboration: CL & Science at the ASE Annual Conference.

At January's annual ASE conference in Liverpool, Naomi Hennah and I hope to demonstrate how Cooperative Learning can further her vision for oracy skills in Science. Naomi Hennah (@MrsHennah) is a Teacher of Science/Chemistry at Northampton School for Boys.  I have previously written a dedicated article on her work. Mrs Hennah says: The difficulties associated... Continue Reading →

Making best use of TAs with Cooperative Learning; Index of articles

Please find links below to the full series of articles explaining how Cooperative Learning will make the seven recommendations in the EEF Making best use of Teaching Assistants Guidance Report a lived reality in your school, simply and cost-efficiently.  The key message of this series is that the shared language and simple and consistent framework... Continue Reading →

…Best Use of Teaching Assistants with Cooperative Learning#6; V-VII On linking structured, quality TA interventions to regular teaching

This is the final instalment in our series of articles explaining how Cooperative Learning will make the seven recommendations in the EEF Making best use of TAs Guidance Report a lived reality in your school, simply and cost-efficiently.  This article discusses Recommendations V-VII, found in Section 6 & 7 of the report:   The essentials... Continue Reading →

…Best Use of Teaching Assistants with Cooperative Learning #5; IV “Ensure TAs are fully prepared for their role in the classroom”

This series of articles explains how Cooperative Learning will make the seven recommendations in the EEF Making best use of TAs Guidance Report a lived reality in your school, simply and cost-efficiently.  The seven recommendations are found in Section 5 of the report; This article discusses Recommendation IV:   In order to achieve this, the... Continue Reading →

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