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Monthly top 5 roundup – February 2015

Top five pages from the Internet, top five pages from this site and product of the month all in one convenient place.

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Top 5 pages from the Internet

1. New commission on primary assessment – After telling schools that they should work out for themselves how to assess pupils, now a commission is being set up to tell schools how they should assess.
2. The problem with lesson planning – David Didau on his blog, The Learning Spy, started the month looking at lesson planning.
3. The challenge for the DfE with workload – Michael Tidd takes a look at the government workload challenge and concludes, “At least we’re heading in the right direction.”
4. The expert in a year challenge – An illustration of the possibilities when targeted practice and growth mindset are brought together.
5. Resourceasourus.co.uk – This site gets a special mention. It looks new but sites like this are breaking with the tradition that teachers should share their work for free. It will be interesting to see if any school ever challenges on the basis of intellectual property rights. Until then, pop your teaching resources on here and receive payment each time they are downloaded.

Top 5 pages from this site

1. All the info. you need to know about teaching abroad – With over 4000 views, this collection of links to information about teaching abroad gets February’s top slot.
2. Two great ideas for displaying pupil targets
3. Teacher turnover and high performing school systems – Why is teacher turnover so low (3%) in high performing school systems?
4. Combating cyber bullying – A great free video resource for exploring cyber bullying with pupils.
5. Using a portfolio effectively on interview – What should be in an interview portfolio and how can you use it to secure your next education post?

Product of the month

This month we have been discussing display in school. We agreed a display policy and then spent time making sure that class displays were purposeful and focused on learning. We also had a staff meeting where we walked around the school and each teacher spent a couple of minutes talking about how they were using display in their own classrooms. A great resource for display ideas is the Belair series of books. The link below is for the general primary display book but there are others with ideas for specific curriculum areas.

Belair on display – The Essential Guide to Primary Display
by Noel Springett-McHugh

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Shareday Friday – A primary school display policy

Friday is my day for gifting something back to the online community. Today, a primary display policy.

Display policy

This policy is the culmination of a number of meetings and discussions that have taken place in school around the subject of display. There are some great resources to support display, for example, Belair On Display – The Essential Guide to Primary Display.
However, we were looking for a display policy that reflected our own school values.

The discussions that went into creating the policy were really interesting. Here are 5 things I learned from our time together discussing display.

Example literacy display

Example literacy display

1: Why display?
First impressions are important in life. Display and classroom environment can be used to communicate our expectations of behaviour, our expectations of work standards and most importantly, the learning that has been taking place in our classrooms.

2: Framed, draped or plain?
Why do we frame work? Do we need to mount and double mount everything? Mounting work to frame it helps the standard of presentation especially when work is going to be displayed in a high traffic area of school. However, it isn’t necessary to mount everything and a working wall is less likely to be updated regularly if teachers are constrained by the need to frame every piece of work.

3: Should all displayed work be of a high standard?
What do we mean by a ‘high standard’? If we mean should all displayed work show learning that has taken place then “yes”. If we mean should displayed work only be from pupils with perfect handwriting who work in the top group in the class, then “no”. The standard of the work is defined by the standard of learning that took place.

4: Consistency
A walk around our school demonstrates a range of ideas for display. It has been possible however to arrive at a nucleus of points upon which we all agree. Agreeing the “All our dislays feature…” and “Every classroom has…” sections of our display policy was where the majority of discussion took place.

5: Teamwork
Not everybody has the same natural eye for laying out a display. There are some great websites offering advice about primary display, some of which are linked to in our display policy above. Hopefully though we are generating a climate where teachers feel comfortable asking colleagues for ideas or assistance. ‘Magpieing’ ideas from colleagues is a compliment and does not constitute theft.

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