New Bradwell School

| November 10, 2008 | 1 Comment 

A very smiley, friendly group of staff greeted us at New Bradwell School today. The Head teacher, Phil Webster, took over as head in September of this year, where he was then promptly Ofsteded! It went well and the school received many positive comments:

“Behaviour is excellent.”
“Children enjoy learning and their behaviour and attitudes to learning are mostly exemplary.”
“The school is at the heart of its community.”
“There is a good curriculum that has an excellent range of enrichment activities.”
“There are common strengths across all year groups in teaching, relationships, classroom management and high expectations of behaviour are particularly strong.”  

Head teacher, Phil Webster:I invited Tim to the school as we needed to think a little ‘outside the box’ when it came to writing, and I knew this was a successful approach from seeing Tim’s work in action before.  It was also about giving staff practical ideas that they could use when trying to inspire writing within the children. The added bonus was the discussion around classroom practice.

It was not just about Myst, but the idea that visual literacy was a powerful tool.  Both in developing the children’s skills in writing and then transferring those skills to other areas of the curriculum.

The day was a great success. Staff felt challenged, but more importantly were given tools that are useful to them at so many different levels. They were all keen to take their new ideas back into the classroom.

Recently, I received a query asking where to find trailers, and specifically the Harry Potter trailers, for use in class. The downloaded trailers can be used to explore how movie makers use particular techniques in order to entice cinema goers. Using multi-modal PowerPoint writing frames children can comment upon the films or answer questions linked with the clips.




Category: 1) Events and Training days

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  1. olivia says:

    Thank you for an eye opening experience today! I have NEVER been a gamer and probably never will truly be seduced by the Darkside but I am thoroughly enjoying the experience so far. I am looking more closely at the opportunities it presents for the expansion and develop of my teaching and having only just completed my NQT year – I need all the help I can get!!!!
    I especially enjoyed the non-preaching delivery and the understanding that any stimuli can open children’s minds but that the most important thing is not to be afraid to try new things.

    Thanks again from a “Margaret” in disguise!

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