The craft of the classroom was at the centre of staff development this week at G&L. As a regional training centre for over 80 newly-qualified teachers in London’s independent schools, we ran a day-long course with Claire Badger and Amanda Triccas focusing on the cognitive science behind effective and efficient learning and John Carroll providing a range of engaging teaching tips including the Mastermind hot seat, complete with the pounding theme tune. In the afternoon we were delighted to welcome Harry Fletcher-Wood, an internationally-renowned expert on responsive teaching.
Later in the week, the focus of Wednesday’s twilight staff meeting was the G&L learning communities. This was a wonderful opportunity to have our three teacher learning communities and two student learning communities run informal discussion groups for the rest of the teaching staff. These shared good practice around the work they had been looking at since September on assessment, cognitive science and feedback. Flipping the classroom around so that Year 10 and L6th students talked to their teachers about what best helps them learn was immensely powerful and described by one member of the staff as ‘the best INSET opportunity ever’.