St Andrew’s CE Primary School, Oswaldtwistle ~ Day 1

| November 13, 2014 | 14 Comments 

St Andrews CE Primary

header-e1407573574837Great, to be invited to spend two, full-on, days at St Andrew’s CE Primary School, Springfield Street, in Oswaldtwistle, a town within the Hyndburn borough of Lancashire, England, on the course of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, 3 miles east-southeast of Blackburn.

Joining us today were colleagues from Peel Park Primary, St John with St Augustine C of E Primary and St Philip’s C of E Primary.

I contacted Tim because I recently started using Twitter (@standrewscep) and I was reminded of some amazing training we had with Tim at an NAHT conference in Manchester in 2012.  I loved the way he used technology to inspire the children to write and be so creative.

St Andrew’s was a good school in 2012.  Two days before Christmas 2013, we had another inspection (it should have been section 8) and we were found to require improvement.  I have been at the school since 2001 and school has improved beyond recognition in that time.  Unfortunately our results in 2013 didn’t reflect this and reading and maths results were below floor targets. In 2014, we have improved the results for reading and maths, but writing was very low.  It took us a long time to get to good and it feels as though we are back to square one.

As teachers we have been working so hard with every area of teaching and sometimes we burn out from too much feedback, marking, and pressure to do things well!  Teachers who have been with me on the journey to good are ready to be refreshed with new ideas.  Newer teachers will benefit from learning new teaching techniques.

I wanted to invite Tim and Sarah to our school to bring back the enjoyment of teaching and watching as our children realise that they can write and use their imagination.  I am hoping that the use of technology with Tim and Sarah will really encourage them and they will learn without realising it!  I have been looking forward to these two fun-filled days.

Mrs Christina Wilkinson

St Andrew’s CE Primary School
Springfield Street

Category: 1) Events and Training days

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  1. Zac says:

    What a wonderful day. Modern technology is amazing.

  2. Nicole says:

    Lots of useful tips and inspirational resources.

  3. Mike Lang says:

    Very enjoyable day with lots of great ideas and resources 🙂

  4. Melissa says:

    An absolutely amazing day with a vast amount of ideas and resources which I cannot wait to try. I can already see the benefits of using the tech to support learning. I have left thoroughly inspired.

  5. Sam Hollinshead says:

    A fantastic experience! So much information to process! Brilliant having the locked page!!

  6. Samantha Blackshaw says:

    Thoroughly enjoyed the whole day. You have kept me captivated! I’m now very excited about showing all these great tools to the children! Hoping to inspire them as much as you have inspired me.

  7. Amber Davies says:

    Amazing ideas for story telling using apps and websites! They will be a great tool for developing deeper thinking and creating imaginative ideas.

  8. Sarah McLeod says:

    Thank you for such a fantastic day! I now have lots of great ideas to take back to the classroom. I can’t wait to look at all the resources on the locked page. Thanks

  9. Tina Wilkinson says:

    Thank you for today. You have given us so much information and so many ideas. We need time to try things out now!

  10. Jackie Graham says:

    What a fabulous training day. Really looking forward to seeing some of the activities with the children tomorrow.

  11. Andrea says:

    I want to say a big thank you to Tim and Sarah. It’s very rare to attend a training day where you come away feeling inspired and with countless ideas and resources.

  12. Tina Wilkinson says:

    We wanted to be inspired and we were. Thank you Tim and Sarah.

  13. Tim says:

    Thank you Tina
    As head, you have every right to be very proud of your children, and colleagues
    A thoroughly enjoyable couple of days
    Well done all

  14. Lucy Studholme says:

    Brilliant ideas and incredible delivery – my children loved the Friday morning, thank you.

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