Forest Way Teaching School Alliance, Coalville, Leicestershire ~1

| June 2, 2015 | 0 Comments 

All Saints Primary School

Today, we had the delight of spending time in lessons with pupils from All Saints Primary School, and staff from the Forest Way Teaching School Alliance. The morning with KS2 and and the afternoon with KS1.

Thanks to Heather Sewell, Headteacher at All Saints Primary School and Helen Joy, Lead Practitioner at Forest Way Teaching School Alliance, for sharing their thoughts:

Forest Way School is a large area special school in North West Leicestershire with an excellent curriculum and facilities for pupils with a wide range of special educational needs aged 3-19.

Forest Way has 16 classrooms with additional withdrawal and group rooms. There are several curriculum rooms for specific subject areas; Science, Art, Food Technology, the hall for PE and studio for Music, Dance and Drama, swimming pool and a life skills bungalow and flat. There are sensory rooms including moonlight (dark) and starlight (light) and a soft play room. It also has various outdoor areas including an interactive playground, a bike track, ball court, garden for growing produce, a pond and a Forest School’s area.

In 2011 Forest Way became a teaching school and has now formed a teaching School Alliance (FWTSA) of 48 Primary, Secondary and Special schools and as many preschool providers. FWTSA provide teacher training, CPD, leadership development and school to school support as well as engaging in research. It has a clear moral purpose of ‘achieving excellence by working together’.

FWTSA 2 day technology conference is to taking place in two of FWTSAs schools, All Saints Primary School (4-11 years)  Coalville and Ashby School (14-19 years) in Ashby de la Zouch.

All Saints Primary School Coalville is a primary school in Coalville NorthWest Leicestershire, an ex mining town. In fact the school is right opposite the original town mine – now Snibston Discovery Centre which hosts a wealth of information about the history of the mine.

All Saints C E Primary school is a growing school with new building work currently taking place. “We look forward to the future as we grow both physically and develop new and exciting ways of learning. We are pleased to be part of the hosting team for this conference and hope that delegates will enjoy working with our children”.

Andy Dickenson, (@Andyisatwork) Creative Education Director and Senior Consultantant learnNEWstuff  joined us for the day, leading workshops on creative use of animation, over the road at Snibston Discovery Park Ashby.

Andy describes himself in a chortle worthy fashion:

Andy DickensonAndy Dickenson is dyslexic, an enormous Lego fan, Star Wars nut, comic book and superhero fanatic and an Apple ADE. He’s also a graphic artist, silversmith and motorbike customiser. He used to be a disruptive ninja but recently gave that up to become a grey-bearded psychedelic  monk.  

When he’s not jetting off to Denmark to write materials for Lego’s after school clubs, Andy consults on how to use technology creatively in schools and lectures on New Technologies to a new generation of student teachers, across the country.

He’s a huge fan of filmmaking, animation and sound recording to promote learning. So much so, he wrote the film/animation/creative bits for the BFI recognised Visual Literacy project.

His bespoke, creative, interactive publications have be recognised by ofsted as making a difference to boys reading and writing, as well as engaging girls in higher level maths.

He’s recently been showing schools that coding is hugely entertaining not at all scary and that Robots are getting ready to take over the world.

Category: 1) Events and Training days

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