Month: January 2018 (8)

Teaching Assistant – Level 2

GRADE 3, Points 12-16, £16,187 – £17,419 (pro rata), ACTUAL SALARY: £13,877 – 14,933, Term Time only + 5 INSET days, 35 HOURS PER WEEK, Required as soon as possible

Hosting a cross Trust training day on Growth Mindset

Inspired to further develop our cross Trust working, in December 2017, supported by a grant from the Regional Schools’s Commissioner to build capacity, we held a training day at Old Trafford bringing together all the teachers and support staff from our three academies, along with staff from our partners, the Manchester United Foundation. It seemed apt that for our first whole Trust training event, the subject in focus was Growth Mindset!

Developing a Multisite Network of Websites

New to my role as Trust Lead Web Developer, I was challenged to put together a vision of how we should develop our cluster of school websites going forwards. We needed a setup that would better facilitate shared content such as Trust policies, whilst maintaining a unique look and feel for each of our school websites. We needed the potential to expand as well, in case new schools came into our Trust further down the line.

About The Answer in the Room

We are keen to develop ways to share ideas within our Academy Trust and beyond. A blog to which all staff could contribute, both teaching and support staff seemed an ideal mechanism for this. Rather than one voice, we could capture many and begin to reflect the wide variety of skill and expertise we are lucky enough to have access to through our staff within the Trust.

No Pens Day

At Whalley Range, students are already given many opportunities to develop ‘presentational talk’, but this year we have focused on developing what Voice 21 have coined ‘exploratory talk’. Through the development of oracy in the curriculum, students have been engaging critically and constructively with others’ ideas in group discussion with an emphasis on replacing more informal language with standard English.

Oracy in Action

To meet the demands of the new GCSEs and curriculum changes, staff at Whalley Range have been teaching students three oracy strategies or ‘talk protocols’ to encourage them to develop their oral communication in both formal and informal situations.
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