Month: June 2014

Teaching Excellence Projects at Sawston Village College

Teaching Excellence Projects at SVC – market place tube map

Throughout this academic year, every teacher at Sawston Village College has undertaken a Teaching Excellence Project, a small scale investigation, experiment, trial, project or piece of research intended to deepen professional knowledge and improve classroom practice.  The year’s work culminated in a showcase event, some highlights of which are attached.  It was a fascinating evening, showing the diversity of projects and the depth of thought that goes into teaching and learning in colleagues’ classrooms, whether improving formative feedback, developing new literacy strategies, finding ways of improving knowledge retention or one of the many other investigations.  Further highlights can be found on twitter via @ProfLearnSVC #SVC_CPD

The tube map, attached, gives an indication of the many different projects and their links, and the PowerPoint posters are a sample of some of the findings.

CPD poster 2014 – FDI SUPER conference poster – Engagement and Motivation – JHA Teaching Excellence Project – Research Lesson Study – June 2014 – KSA, JWO, SBO



All through AfL: responding to feedback

This project began in the autumn term when colleagues from Sawston VC along with every member of teaching staff from our seven feeder primary schools came together in a somewhat cramped Henry Morris Hall. The excellent Sue Swaffield from the University of Cambridge was ready to speak to us about AfL. At this point I have to admit I was a touch sceptical about what else there could possibly be left to say about AfL that we hadn’t heard or read before. It turns out I was monumentally wrong. Taking part in the subsequent AfL cluster project has been one of the best CPD experiences I have had in my teaching career to date. (more…)