Bordesley Green Girls' School & Sixth Form

Bordesley Green Girls' School

Life at Bordesley Green Girls' School & Sixth Form Life at Bordesley Green Girls' School & Sixth Form Life at Bordesley Green Girls' School & Sixth Form Life at Bordesley Green Girls' School & Sixth Form


Differentiation: a new approach

The session will be focussed on different ways of differentiation and particularly focussing on differentiation by task. There will be some theory and examples. Also there will be chance to develop some resources for use in lessons.

"Differentiation Revisited"
In this workshop, we will be sharing generic differentiation techniques and we will consider the strategies that ensure all our learners' needs are best catered for.


Differentiation.  A term that all teachers will be familiar with.  But what does it actually look like in the classroom?  Five different coloured pieces of paper?  Three separate lessons plans?  Hours of planning?  Really understanding the term and effectively putting it in to practice can be an ongoing challenge for many teachers.
Ultimately, effective differentiation can ensure pupils’ educational experience is enriched, that they are engaged, encouraged and empowered to achieve.
This session will discuss theory and practice of what differentiation looks like in the classroom.  It will give an insight in to practical and sustainable strategies that can be used to help your pupils access your subject, as well as support and challenge them.
Differentiation – a necessary tool because all teachers need to cater for students with a range of skills, aptitudes and attitudes.

Extended writing for exam success

Using the IDEA framework, you will be shown how to help students to be confident writers.  The framework helps students to structure their extended writing in a clear and concise way.  You will also be shown how to extended student thinking at the higher levels, by use of the ‘x’factor words.  This approach can be used from KS3 up to KS5 with great effect.  Especially good for independent tasks such as controlled assessment (KS4) and coursework (KS5).


Session Leaders

Sheeba Farzand worked for many years as an AST, developing teaching and learning within the science team and across the school. She is now a pastoral Assistant Head.

Marie-Hélène Dione after successfully managing her MFL department in an inner city school, joined Bordesley Girls School in 2007 to lead transition projects in Primary MFL. She gained the Advanced Skills Teacher status and has been involved in the development KS2 language curriculums in numerous schools. She has also become an active contributor to the Local Authority Curriculum Team. Her reports were published and her teaching was filmed for a city-wide DVD, aiming at capturing best practice for Primary languages. She is enthusiastic about creative ideas to inspire, motivate pupils and enhance performance.

Nurunnehara Ali is an experienced History and English teacher, who is currently Head of English. Nurun teaches Key Stage 3 and 4, and has been a PGCE/GTP Mentor and Examiner. She is dedicated to teaching and learning; always striving to devise strategies to make the subject accessible to all pupils and to raise attainment.  She is a passionate advocate of reading and writing for pleasure, and is particularly interested in dystopian literature.

Mussarat Khan is an experienced teacher who is currently Head of KS3 English.  Mussarat teaches English and Arabic at Key Stages 3 and 4. She is passionate about teaching and learning, and is particularly interested in the epic and fantasy genres.  She enjoys thinking of practical and innovative strategies to raise attainment, particularly in Literacy.

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 Best 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.