Valley Teaching School Alliance, Coulsdon, Surrey ~ Day 1

| March 18, 2015 | 6 Comments 

Valley Teaching School Alliance

CVPS_photo_2Great, to spend two days working alongside the Valley Teaching School Alliance, at Chipstead Valley Primary School in Coulsdon, Surrey.

Chipstead Valley Teaching Alliance is made up of two secondary schools, one nursery, one special school and eight primaries. Joining us today were eight schools, some from beyond the Alliance, and three School Direct students. Cheam Fields Primary, Oasis Byron Academy, Keston Primary, Poplar Primary,   New Valley Primary, Ridgeway Primary and Nursery, Gonville Academy, and St Giles School.

We took folk on a fast paced pelt through a vast amount of, mostly free, online resources and way of extending learning styles, keeping the MAGIC in the curriculum. Well done all for keeping up and going for it.

A big thank you to Clare Rackham, Assistant Head, for sharing these thoughts:

Clare RackhamChipstead Valley Primary School is a two-forms of entry primary school with a bulge class in Reception. We have leadership responsibility for Coulsdon Nursery, and have recently become an academy and academy trust in order to take on and support New Valley Primary, in their improvement journey. In 2013 we received the ‘Outstanding’ grading in all areas from OFSTED. In September of the same year, we opened an ‘Enhanced Learning’ provision, with the capacity to admit 14 children with physical disabilities and complex medical needs.

Our journey became even more exciting in April 2014, when we were named as a National Teaching School. Working closely with all of the schools within our alliance, we strive to foster the love of learning in both staff and children across our local area. We are proud of our many achievements; academic standards are high and all pupils are encouraged to strive for their best, through carefully planned learning opportunities, provided by an excellent team of staff.

Having worked hard to develop computing within our school, we have recently purchased a number of ipads and software to help further develop our curriculum. In addition, staff have received training in a range of concepts and are now more keen than ever to promote the use of ICT within a range of different subjects. We are extremely excited to be welcoming Tim and Sarah into our school and are very much looking forward to being further motivated into using ICT to inspire our children.

Category: 1) Events and Training days

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  1. Joanne says:

    Thanks for the fantastic resources and ideas!

  2. Zoe Murphy says:

    Today has been fantastic! I don’t even know where to begin with experimenting with everything you’ve introduced but I’m sure I will spend days exploring.

    Thanks you so much!
    Zoe

  3. Lucy says:

    Thank you Tim and Sarah for a fantastic day! Learnt so much, never knew there was so much out there! I can’t wait to take some of these amazing ideas to use with my class! Bring on tomorrow!

  4. Laura Meekings says:

    Such a fantastic day. First training session in my 5 years of teaching that has given me so many ideas. Enjoyed every part of the day, can’t wait for tomorrow!

  5. Katie Payne says:

    A really great day today…thank-you both very much. Fantastic resources and ideas; there’s a whole new world out there! I am looking forward to tomorrow, for yet more inspiration and activities to share with pupils and staff, on return to school.

  6. Sally Kennedy says:

    Thanks for a breath taking day! I have already used a couple of the resources in my planning!

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