BLUE FLAG TEACHING SCHOOL ALLIANCE JOINT INSET DAY, Friday 2 February 2018
To collectively meet the challenges of the new curriculum and assessment framework, Headteachers from Felpham Community College, Chichester High School, Bourne Community College and Bishop Luffa School, organised a conference-style joint INSET day. The event took place on Friday 2 February. Each school hosted their chosen curriculum areas, depending on their expertise and further strengthened the social capital within the Alliance. Here’s what each school had to say of the event:
The Bourne Community College: This year, we held our first joint Inset day with five secondary school partners from the Chichester area , building on strong links and partnerships to provide the very best for the students in all our schools .
Over 120 staff attended the sessions at the Bourne and were clearly inspired and buzzing with creativity. Particular thanks must go to the leaders of the sessions for coordinating such a successful day and to the Curriculum leaders in all our schools who contributed to ensuring the whole day was such a wonderful success. Staff were delighted to collaborate together and to be joined by visiting presenters and artists, all of which ensured such a positive and successful day.”
Many staff commented that it was: “The best CPD we have ever had”, “It was the beginning of true collaboration and strong links”, “Can we ensure this is repeated on a regular basis?”
At the beginning of the day , we were joined by the Director of Education Ms Deborah Myers who welcomed staff and reinforced the importance of school to school collaboration .
Our next Joint Inset Day is already in the planning!
Chichester High School: It was a pleasure to work in partnership with The Blue Flag Alliance during the JPL Day Chichester. At CHS, we hosted SMSC, History, English and Design Technology. The feedback was very positive and most importantly the day provided us with the opportunity to work with colleagues from other schools within the county. Let us hope that we remain in contact as strong links were made during the day.
During the SMSC day, colleagues shared their roles at school and discussed how SMSC is delivered. They, hopefully left with a greater understanding of the role of ‘British values’ as this took the form of colleagues playing the roles of students.
During the History day teachers worked together to develop pedagogy re Interpretation skills. They focused on literacy strategies, jointly marked interpretation questions, moderated students work and jointly planned the teaching and learning for delivering required skills KS3 and KS4. In addition, they developed pedagogy re Revision Skills.
There was a large cohort in English. They provided feedback on the June 2017 series of GCSE exams and explored improvement steps within their teams. There were representatives from AQA who provided feedback on both the literacy and language 2017 series (June and November examinations) plus Further Insights. Later on in the day, the teachers explored thematic approaches to Language and Literature, modeled a thematic SOW and were provided with opportunities to devise their own SOW using a thematic approach to GCSE Language and Literature.
During the Design and Technology day, teachers shared resources and SOW for the new Product Design specifications and exam exemplar KS3 booklets. They analysed the new KS4 marking schemes, experience an interactive Stem project, practiced their CAD skills (Solid Works) and the Food teachers experienced an offsite educational visit.
It was a very exciting and rewarding collaborative day. We hope to meet again next year for a second joint professional development day.
Felpham Community College: Felpham Community College was excited to welcome colleagues to join us in our Business, Drama, Music and Modern Foreign Languages departments on our Joint Inset day.
Having begun the day with coffee and a rousing speech from our Head, Mark Anstiss, colleagues moved into their subject areas to take part in a variety of activities, from moderating examples of the new GCSE and A Level coursework, discussing curriculum maps in key stage three and recruitment opportunities in key stage four and five, to sharing best practice through a range of workshops.
Initial feedback on the day highlighted the key benefits that collaborative work like this can offer. The opportunity to meet other subject specialists and to begin to build a network; sharing plans for implementing the new GCSE and A Level specifications, whilst swapping resources and curriculum maps, is always a welcome one. In a time of educational upheaval, it is reassuring to build confidence in new specifications through moderating and sharing examples of coursework and schemes of work, and above all, to spend time discussing the new challenges and exploring solutions with a wider circle of colleagues.