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Whole School Literacy Strategy 2017-2018


See the attachment for Sandringham's whole-school literacy projects for 2017-2018

Guided Reading Strategies


See the attachment for the cards that give more detail on each of the guided reading strategies

Mindful Marking Marketplace

One of our overriding themes for Learning and Teaching this year has been to do more of what is impactful and less of what is not, with particular regard to teacher workload and student wellbeing. After reforming our whole-school homework policy last year, we are redeveloping the marking policy with the view that marking should be MEANINGFUL, MANAGEABLE AND MOTIVATIONAL. See here for the DfE workload team guidance on marking.

The Sandringham Learning Steps

The Student Leadership Team worked with the PLT on developing a set of skills, strategies and techniques that lead to outstanding learning.

5 effective assessment approaches using EdTech


As we start back to school, here are five approaches that can provide timely and effective feedback whilst potentially reducing marking workload (and using far less paper!)

1. Low Stakes Quizzing

Testing works. Research has demonstrated that taking a test on studied material promotes remembering that material on a final test, a phenomenon called the “testing effect.”

Sandringham Professional Learning Team : T&L summary of the year 2016-2017


Sandringham Learning Journal Volume 5

Thank you to all our contributors to Volume 5 – it is fantastic to finally see it in print! You can also find a pdf version of the Journal here along with the previous four volumes. 


One to One Device Strategy: 10 tips for success

We have many visitors to Sandringham as a teaching school, and many are interested in the strategy behind our Blended Learning and BYOD programmes.

Whilst there are presentations elewhere on Sandagogy on this topic, I though I would try to condense the advice into Ten Top Tips for implementing a successful eLearning programme.

Here they are: Ten Top Tips for Teaching with Tablets

September 2016 - Blended Learning Toolbox 2.0


Blended Learning Toolbox eBook front coverIn our last staff meeting of the summer term 2016, teachers reflected upon their use of blended learning in their lessons.

They brainstormed the set of tools, apps and websites that they had successfully used in the academic year.

The updated Blended Learning Toolbox now fills out the 'leaves' on our Blended Learning Tree with the subject-specific applications that teachers and students actually used and found useful.

Please keep suggestions coming in!

App of the Month - July 2016 - Augmented Reality

You may have noticed how children (and some child-like adults) are completely consumed by Pokémon Go?

The heart of this is a technology called Augmented Reality - where digital information is overlaid on top of the 'real world' as seen though the phone or device camera.

How can we harness some of this frenzy and apply it to learning?

I wanted to point you towards a previous article I wrote in 2014 on the leading Augmented Reality app in education - Aurasma.

App of the Month - June 2016 - Office Lens


Office LensWe all recognise the value of visualisers and being able to capture written student work and project on the screen, or capture sugar paper or whiteboard work for review.

Office Lens is a free app from Microsoft that transforms your iPhone or iPad into a scanner or visualiser. Office Lens will convert the document to a PDF, Work or Powerpoint andwill crop, straighten and enhance grabs of whiteboards, exercise books etc. It has other features such as trying to convert handwriing into digital text that can be edited (might struggle with some of our student's handwriting!)

The video below gives an explanation:

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