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What could you learn from Future Learn? Leanne Loosemore

This post has been written by Leanne Loosemore, sharing her experiences of learning online with Future Learn. I have completed several online MOOCs with http://www.futurelearn.com. The range of courses available means that they can be used to meet several aims; from taking up a hobby or interest (such as forensic science), learning a new skill (such as a new language) and continuous professional development. I … Continue reading What could you learn from Future Learn? Leanne Loosemore

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Investing Time in Development Part 1- Ideas Meetings

December of 2015 not only meant a new job for me but also a new city, a new house and staff to line manage for the first time. The line management aspect of my role has meant that I’ve encountered a great deal of expected and unexpected challenges, joys and experiences. I’m still learning all that I might be able to offer as a leader of my team … Continue reading Investing Time in Development Part 1- Ideas Meetings

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#ShapingCPD- Shaping a Learning Culture

Mirage ‘The Mirage describes the widely held perception among education leaders that we already know how to help teachers improve, and that we could achieve our goal of great teaching in far more classrooms if we just applied what we know more widely. Our research suggests that despite enormous and admirable investments of time and money, we are much further from that goal than has … Continue reading #ShapingCPD- Shaping a Learning Culture

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#ShapingCPD – The Keynotes

After this event a couple of months ago, I recorded my initial reflections about the day and subsequently shared an account of the best CPD I have ever participated in. What follows are notes on the content of the keynotes part of the day. I’m rather later than intended in typing these up but returning to them after the event has been beneficial for my learning.

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How can #LearningFirst ideas for action, to support the future of assessment expertise, become a reality?

Kate Sowter @Top_kat1

How do we bring our peers and colleagues along with us(who aren’t here on a Saturday)? How can we get a national conversation going?

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#LearningFirst How can the system develop assessment practice that supports principled leadership?

Carolyn Robson @CaroDunelm

We all work too much in isolation at present. Primary and secondary work in silos and they don’t need to- teachers are teachers and learners are learners.

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#LearningFirst How can we develop a shared understanding of assessment, with children?

Mary Myatt @MaryMyatt

Behind every letter and number attributed to a child’s work sits a child and that letter or number tells us something, but not everything, about what they can do.

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#LearningFirst How can teachers become informed, expert and confident in all aspects of assessment?

Sarah Earle @PriSciEarle

After Dan Williams’s @FurtherEdagogy post earlier this week about the pyramids of doom, he may have had something to say about the one we were presented with; especially as the whole room began taking pictures.

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Well, here we all are! #LearningFirst

I made my way to the #LearningFirst conference feeling a little nervous- my Twitter feed was filled with tweets of people heading here but I didn’t know many of them and there didn’t appear to be anyone else from FE. Had I just signed up for and got very excited about a conference where I wouldn’t belong and wouldn’t learn anything?

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