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On Sunday, 7th July I attended a talk by Dr Carol Dweck on Being Perfect.  Although this isn’t an entirely new idea, I found the message and its delivery particularly inspiring as it resonated with me.


My introduction to twitter came after a toolkit with Leanne Samuels where she opened my eyes to the merits of using it with A level students. I went away and created my first twitter account and that is when I really began to see the many possibilities.

For A level students it has been invaluable for tweeting them links to web sites and revision tasks, or simply to take a picture of the homework task or an outstanding piece of work. From here I began to realise the amount of teachers that were using twitter to share ideas, and this is when I created an education account where I could follow teachers that inspired me.

Sandringham staff and students join exciting pilot project with HertsCreation and Royal Opera House to promote cultural learning

On Friday May 3rd and 10th Karen Paul represented Sandringham Arts practitioners as part of a pilot team, of only five schools, to launch the Royal Opera House Bridge programme for Young Cultural Ambassadors (YCAs).  12 students from Sandringham will be selected as YCAs and will work with teachers from Sandringham and other schools across Hertfordshire to develop awareness in cultural learning across all subject areas.

Sandringham teachers feed back to Memrise!

As you all know form the recent Teaching Tip, Hannah White and I have been really interested in the effectiveness of websites such as Memrise and Quizlet to support our students to learn key terms for their forthcoming exams.  We know that Gemma Harvey and Karen Paul, amongst others, have found them to be most helpful in moritvating students to learn terms in a more engaging and competitive way.

Sandringham teachers leading the way at Cambridge University

On Saturday 27th April, Cambridge University was host to the HertsCam Annual Conference.  HertsCam, the Alban TSA’s research partner, is an organisation utilising Cambridge University expertise to support teachers in Hertfordshire to develop their practice and leadership through a Masters programme and a Teacher Led Development Work (TLDW) certificate programme.

The Outstanding Teacher vs The Outstanding Lesson

Staff who have been at Sandringham for a while will know that this is a topic we have discussed and have been trying to address some consistency towards for some time. It first came to prominence following feedback from staff at one of our Performance Management Working Party Meetings, back in 2010. The feedback from the staff who attended was overwhelmingly clear that too much emphasis was placed on whether a teacher was outstanding or not through the two-one-hour Performance Management lesson observation grades.

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