Creativity and Engagement
In this area of development, the aim is to think of/ use creative ways in which to support and structure student thinking. These strategies will be inclusive of visual, kinaesthetic, audio activities that will enable students to develop the necessary skills required when responding to texts, in English. Stretching pupil thinking is crucial to the evaluative/ creative skills required to achieve the higher grades. In terms of Kinaesthetic activities the focus will not be on solely tactile activities, but also focusing on emotional intelligence (feeling as kinaesthetic). What is also important is the way in which we empower students to develop thinking in an independent/ individual way, which will equip them with the critical skills that can be carried forward into university life and beyond.
Questioning and Beyond
Questioning is the most important part of learning. This session will enable students to become confident enquirers and will give them the skills to ask appropriate, challenging and independent questions
Ever wondered how to get students leaving your classroom saying ‘wow’ that was amazing! This session will help you to achieve that. We will take you through step by step how to construct a ‘wow’ lesson, principally in Humanities, but the model can easily be adapted to other curriculum areas. The process involves getting students to put themselves in the shoes of others and live the experience. Lessons involve chunking down of tasks and presentation of new information to build confidence in learning, which helps students to make rapid success.
Active learning approaches to promote outstanding learning and progress across the curriculum. The session will share the secrets of the science department’s success in reaching the top 2% of schools nationally.
Babita Ginda has been teaching English in schools around Birmingham and London for 15 years. In that time she has been KS4 coordinator, KS5 coordinator and is now a Lead Practitioner for English/ Sixth Form.
Katherine Skipper qualified as a teacher of Geography from the University of Wales; Aberystwyth in 1996. Being a Geography teacher has allowed her to bring the ‘real world’ into students’ lives. She strongly believes that all students have something to contribute. She has taught in a variety of schools in the Midlands and held a range of roles. Her present role is as a teacher of Geography and Inclusion.
Helen Simmons has been teaching History at Bordesley Green Girls’ School for four years. Before she arrived here, she spent a year teaching functional skills at Winson Green Prison, after returning from four years of teaching overseas. Her vast teaching experience has enabled her to be flexible and adaptable, maximising resources in order to create interactive and innovative lessons. She has provided a major contribution to the introduction of A – Level History. She leads the coursework element of the A Level enabling students to achieve outstanding results.
Richard Joinson is a highly experienced Science teacher and Biology A Level specialist.
Joseph Parmar currently teaches Science at Bordesley Green Girls School and Sixth Form in Birmingham. He has been in education for the last four years and has taught key stages three, four and five. Though his specialism is in Chemistry; he studied both Geology and Geography at the University of Leicester and he feels this gave him a broad knowledge base from which to draw upon. He is a firm believer that Science is (and should remain) a practical subject, and uses experiments, demonstrations and scientific investigations to create a classroom atmosphere that is stimulating and encouraging to students.