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Disability History Month – teaching resources

Disability History Month takes place every year between 22nd November and 22nd December and celebrates the lives and achievements of disabled people. Schools are encouraged to hold activities about disability equality during the month. The theme for this year is

Leadership, Resistance and Culture

Every school has disabled pupils, staff and family members.

Disability History Month is an opportunity within your school, to develop a culture of respect for difference and a chance to remove the barriers, so that all can achieve their potential.

So calling all students and teachers…keep reading this page to get ideas to organize events, put up displays, hold assemblies and introduce disability equality as a focus across the curriculum, in your school or college.

The DfE reports that up to 80% of disabled learners experience bullying and are 8 times more likely than non-disabled learners to be excluded or suspended. However the law requires reasonable adjustments to be implemented with no discrimination or harassment.

In education, disabled children and young people need staff, pupils and parents to understand and change their behaviour to accommodate the full range of disabled learners including those with mental health issues, behavioural difficulties, speech and communication difficulties, specific and general learning difficulties and those with physical or sensory impairments.

 

Useful links:

 

Accessibility and inclusive events in Cambridge – disability-history-month-brochure

Official website here

Twinkl has free resources here

A useful article in the Guardian newspaper as to other curriculum angles here

A UKDM video here

 

Heads & ICT Leaders Meeting Invitation

Join The Kite TSA for this special Primary Headteachers & ICT Leaders Meeting at Spinney Primary on Friday 9th November at 1pm.  This networking and information event includes  sumptuous buffet lunch and prize draw. There will be a talk from Spinney Primary Headteacher Rae Snape on ‘Innovation within the education eco-system’ and then edtech speed dating for rapid upload of the latest and most innovative technical solutions for education.

Click here to book your free place.

Teachers energised at the most optimistic (and unique) education festival

Over 300 teachers affectionately known as ‘Flamingos of Hope’ descended on the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education last Saturday for #Flamingle18 / CambsEdFest / Cambridgeshire Festival of Education

The Festival’s Steering Committee and Organisers made big claims (albeit with a beer advert-style disclaimer) saying that it’s ‘The Most Optimistic Education Festival in the World, Probably’ and feedback shows the intentions were realised on the day

Feedback from presenters;

“It was inspiring, uplifting and inclusive. Fun, focused and festive. All credit to Rae Snape, the organisers and all contributors and participants. This is how education conferences should be. Congratulations.” Professor Alma Harris*

“Incredibly well organised and brilliant communication in the lead up to it – great thought provoking event.” Jonny Walker*

“I have never been to a more optimistic conference…I loved speaking and meeting everybody….Well done to you and your team. What a slick event.  Lots of food for thought and fun.” Amjad Ali*

“Of all the education events, the one with the most positive energy and camaraderie. Congratulations, one and all, and thank you for the privilege of taking part.” Lucy Rycroft Smith & JL from Flip the System UK*

“It was such a wonderful event and full of positive energy. I spoke to many flamingos and heard great feedback mentioning how they felt inspired and really enjoyed the festival. Thank you so much to all event team – for your enthusiasm, vision, dedication and energy to make this happen. We are changing the world for a better place, one day at a time.” Natacha Wilson, Random Acts of Kindness Foundation*

Cambridge Mathematics – Espresso Posts

Every month Cambridge Mathematics brings you an Espresso Post  – a small but intense draught of filtered research on mathematics education, expressly designed with teachers in mind. Each Espresso considers one particular issue in mathematics education, and how the latest good-quality research can provide helpful guidance or further reading. Perfect with a biscuit; sip gently and combine with a drop of professional judgement for a benevolent stimulant effect.

Click here to view past and current posts.

Writing at Greater Depth in Year 6 Programme

This programme will focus on what ‘working at great depth’ in Year 6 could look like for writing in the classroom. Using statements from the NEW Teacher Assessment Framework in conjunction with the published writing exemplars, participants will explore each statement in turn and will be provided with detailed guidance on the sorts of evidence that would support a judgement at this standard.

Participants will…

  •  Gain confidence assessing whether writing meets the ‘Greater Depth’ standard
  • Discuss examples of work and explore what makes good writing evidence
  • Consider how to use secure the learning required (in the time left) and help pupils demonstrate it in their workExplore writing opportunities and texts that are well-placed to provide good evidence

Session 1 – Monday 4th December 2017 9:00-16:00

    A full day to explore writing content domains and associated subject knowledge and pedagogy for securing the best possible outcomes against the new KS2 Assessment Framework. High quality texts, dialogue, instruction and deliberate practice will be core features of the approaches to be shared.

Session 2 – Monday 19th March 2018 13:00-16:00

A half day to share outcomes from the learning embedded during session one and review progress towards statutory expectations in the KS2 2017-2018 Assessment Framework. Work samples and the associated discussion will be used to formulate plans for the next interval. There will an opportunity for the group and individuals to seek advice on targets, next steps, text types and units that best match pupil needs.

Session 3 – Monday 4th June 2018 13:00-16:00

The final half day is final get together to consolidate and reflect on the strategies employed and outcomes achieved since the course began. It will also be an opportunity to peer review the collated work samples.

About the Facilitator, Martin Galway:

Martin is an experienced teacher, leading teacher and English subject leader, Martin draws upon over a decade of experience as a trainer and coach.  He has a proven track record in supporting teachers and subject leaders in developing their practice within their schools.    

Venue: The Spinney Primary School, Cambridge, CB1 9PB

Cost: £300

Facilitator: Martin Galway

Book: syoung@spinney.cambs.sch.uk

 

Research Paper of the Month

a benchmark for the skills for tomorrow

The Ecomomist – Worldwide Educating for the Future Index

Executive Summary

The rapid development of digital technology and the globalised nature of economic systems are creating an entirely new set of educational challenges for the world to adapt to. The workers of the future will need to master a suite of adaptable interpersonal, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, and navigate an increasingly digital and automated world. This paper presents the results of the first Worldwide Educating for the Future Index , which was created to evaluate the extent to which education systems inculcate such “future skills”.

The main findings are;

1.Too many governments are not doing enough to prepare millions of young people for seismic changes in work and life.

Millions of young people are not being taught effective and relevant skills, leaving them unprepared for the complex challenges of the 21st century. The performance of various economies in the index indicates substantial room for improvement. Although in general, richer economies do better, many struggle to beat the average, suggesting that more can and should be done.

  1. Crucial areas such as project-based learning and global citizenship are being widely ignored.

It is not enough to simply teach traditional subjects well. Education systems need to adopt new approaches that help students learn skills such as critical thinking, collaboration and awareness of global concerns like climate change. Yet only 17 out of the 35 economies indexed offer any kind of assessment framework to test global citizenship skills, and only 15 evaluate project-based learning to some degree.

  1. Policy needs to be complemented by a pool of talented teachers well-equipped to guide students in gaining future skills.

An effective system must be built on resourceful and highly capable teachers, who are willing and able to tackle the challenges of preparing students for an ever-evolving and complex future. The index suggests that important strides are already being taken in this area: in most markets, teaching modules stress the importance of future skills to at least some extent. Teacher training is also a particular bright spot: nearly half of the economies surveyed demand teachers hold bachelor’s degrees in teaching, and all require at least a university education.

  1. Classroom walls must be broken down.

Education must not stop when students step out of the classroom. Teachers and parents need to equip them with the skills and attitudes to apply academic concepts to the outside world. They must see learning as an organic process, not one confined to traditional teaching environments. Study abroad programmes, for example, which nearly all economies in the index show support for to some extent, are good conduits for this. The index also indicates that governments are involving the business community in their education systems: all but three economies show some level of university-industry collaboration.

  1. Pay for teachers and adequate funding for education are important, but money is not a panacea.

There is a link between monetary inputs to education systems and success in the index. Our research suggests that governments could stand to devote more resources to cultivating teaching in particular, raising the salaries, profile and prestige of the profession. Though simply boosting budgets is not an all-encompassing solution, it can show to what extent education is a priority for policymakers with limited resources. Some lower-income economies, for example, spend a far higher share of their GDP on education than rich ones.

  1. A holistic and future-ready education system is inextricably linked with societal openness and tolerance.

The index results also rely on broader societal attitudes, including those toward cultural diversity, the treatment of women and freedom of information. Education systems cannot be expected to address nextgeneration global challenges if their socio-political backdrops are insular, repressive and hostile to new ideas. In general, economies with liberal economic and social traditions perform better in the index.

Family STEAM Festival 2017

Over the summer The Kite TSA has been working on the programme for this year’s Family STEAM Festival. This is an annual Family Learning event, all based around the theme of STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths. In case you’re wondering , we’ve made two big changes to the event – we’ve changed the name –  it was formerly known as The Family Learning Festival and we’ve arranged for it to take place earlier in the Autumn term with a view that it will hopefully allow us to take advantage of better weather and to be able to hold more things outside. We’re very fortunate to welcome onboard our Project Partner this year – Anderson Group; supporting the event both financially, actively engaging in the planning and even putting on workshops! The event is FREE and open to all Cambridgeshire Families. There will be a wide range of workshops and shows to inspire families learning together. It takes place at The Spinney Primary School on Saturday 23rd September 2017, 10am-4pm. Visit www.familySTEAMfestival.com , like us on Facebook and click ‘going’ on our event.

Cambridgeshire Festival of Education

The Cambridgeshire Festival of Education is an annual day of inspiration, optimism and flamboyance – a celebration of teachers and teaching.

The Kite TSA proudly organizes this wonderful event. The next ‘flamingle’ (as we like to call them) will be June 2020 (date tbc)

For the most up-to-date news and information about the festival please visit our festival website – www.cambsedfest.com

Visit the website Cambridgeshire Festival of Education

Twitter: @cambsedfest

Facebook: @cambsedfest

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