Learning without Limits
TEDxNorwichED – Alison Peacock
“A contemporary, relevant and inspiring TEDx event, which is being designed to stimulate discussion and action around how we can ‘think differently’ about education.
TEDxNorwichED was the first education focused TEDx event to be held in the UK for over two years, and was accessible to all. We wanted to encourage anyone who is interested in education (whether or not they work in education) to attend and be part of the discussion.”
This event took place on Saturday 19th March at the Space in Norwich. There were many influencial speakers from the world of education and our own Alison Peacock gave a talk on that day about Learning without Limits. Read more here www.tedxnorwiched.com
‘Creating Learning without Limits’ (2012) Swann et al tells the story of Wroxham and explores key dispositions for leading a school with an emancipatory transformative approach to school improvement.
Creating Learning without Limits Posters
Beyond Levelstop ⤴
@BeyondLevels – Assessment Research Projects 2014
The Wroxham Transformative Learning Alliance submitted a bid to research alternatives to NC levels, documenting alternative approaches to assessment where children are motivated by challenge and choice instead of currently dominant grades and ranking. The intention was to recruit a maximum of 6 primary schools to establish a small-scale action research enquiry into the impact of trialling a ‘Choice and Challenge’ approach within classrooms in these schools, during the second half of the spring term and summer term of 2014. This approach to assessment was underpinned by the Learning without Limits studies.
Read the full report here.
‘Beyond Levels alternative assessment approaches developed by teaching schools’ is available for download below. The report summarises a wide range of collaborative projects by alliance schools across the country. A great deal of energy has been put into development of alternative assessment strategies, the highlights of which are captured within this report.
Tim Oates talks about assessment without levels
Tim Oates, Chair of the Expert Panel on assessment, talks about the removal of levels and how this is an opportunity for schools to come up with new and innovative ways of assessing pupils.
Assessment without levels commission announced
Extracts from the DfE press release and MP, Nick Gibb’s speech below are from an event hosted by think tank Reform in London on Wednesday 25 February 2015, which the Wroxham School’s Executive Headteacher, Dame Alison Peacock attended, and where the Wroxham School was highlighted as a good example of a school that assesses without levels.
Also, School Reform Minister Nick Gibb announced that a new teacher-led commission will be set up to help primary schools as they move away from the ‘vague and imprecise’ system of levels for assessment – with Alison Peacock being invited to be part of the commission’s panel.
Extract mentioning the Wroxham School from the DfE press release
‘There are already examples of good practice where schools have developed their own systems which do not rely on levels, such as Westminster Academy in London, one of the winners of the Assessment Innovation Fund, and Wroxham Primary School in Potter’s Bar…’ – read full press release
Extract mentioning the Wroxham School from MP, Nick Gibb’s speech
“Rich question and answer is a form of assessment, linked intimately with the learning process. But there is another key idea which we would wish to see embedded in assessment practice – the idea of ‘production’, a term coined by Tim Oates who has been exploring this with Dame Alison Peacock at Wroxham Primary School. He noticed that the pupils’ exercise books at Wroxham were far more substantial than in many other primary schools. The chidren wrote, drew, and produced more. What this research emphasises is that the things which pupils produce are a key to the nature of their thought, and to the way that their understanding is building.
The exercise books at Wroxham give the teachers a clear idea of where they need to direct support and of the need to present ideas in varied ways. Such books are there for Ofsted to see, to observe what rate of progress children are making, and what kind of questions they can answer…” – read full speech
Research Case Studiestop ⤴
Teaching schools R&D network national themes project 2012-14
Published: Spring 2015
Extract: ‘The opportunity to debate the impact of lesson study internationally has been afforded to the alliance through visits by colleagues from Japan, Singapore and Thailand. Most recently, some of the school leadership team have visited Shanghai as part of the maths hubs initiative and Wroxham School will host a return visit from two Shanghai teachers in the spring. The opportunity for alliance colleagues to participate in research lesson study with the Shanghai teachers has been offered and is already fully booked.’
Teaching Leaders Primarytop ⤴
About Teaching Leaders
We believe that middle leaders play a key role in addressing educational disadvantage. With seven years’ experience in middle leadership development, we now work with 271 primary schools nationwide. We support your drive to provide an outstanding education for all your pupils and embed impact on pupil
outcomes throughout our programmes, alongside an unrelenting focus on supporting your school goals.
How TL Primary works
TL Primary is designed to improve pupil outcomes in reading, writing and numeracy, and close achievement gaps, by unleashing the full potential of your middle leaders. Year One supports a team of your middle leaders to collaborate on a whole-school impact project to help you achieve your School Development Goals. After an assessment process to progress to Year Two, middle leaders receive enhanced training and coaching that stretches and supports them to lead a transformative impact project across their area of responsibility. The programme starts in July 2016.
TL Primary skills journey
How do schools benefit?
Progress towards School Development Goals
TL Primary works to measure impact in the areas on which we know you are focusing:
reading, writing and numeracy.
We will support you and your middle leaders to set goals, track progress and
measure outcomes to demonstrate the positive impact on these areas.
Strengthening your middle leadership team, retaining your talent
Your middle leaders are supported, challenged and motivated to develop their
leadership practice as a team. They also build a valuable national network of around
400 like-minded middle leaders working in primary schools in challenging contexts.
Application process and eligibility
Eligible middle leaders have accountability for literacy and/or numeracy and work in schools in challenging contexts. For full details on selecting the right middle leaders and our school eligibility criteria please visit www.teachingleaders.org.uk/primaryeligibility
To join the 2016 TL Primary programme, headteachers nominate their middle leaders, who then complete an online application. More information can be found at www.teachingleaders.org.uk/primaryapplication
For statistics on the first Teaching Leaders Primary Associates in 2015 view the following:
TL Primary Impact Statistics 2015.pdf
National Teacher Enquiry Networktop ⤴
There is huge pressure on schools and colleges to improve the quality of teaching and create better learning outcomes for young people. Research shows that the most effective way to achieve these goals, while also improving staff morale and engagement, is through high quality professional development. However, while this is easy to accept it is very hard to implement.
The National Teacher Enquiry Network (NTEN) has been created to support organisations that are facing up to these challenges. It is a collaborative partnership of schools and colleges focused on innovation and improvement through highly effective and evidence-based staff professional development and learning. It has been developed alongside schools, in consultation with experts, through a series of pilots supported by the National College for Teaching and Leadership and the National Union of Teachers. Our members shape and develop our work and are committed to the principle of peer-to-peer support.
The Wroxham School has already carried out research that is to be published on the NTEN website. A link to its summary document is below:
The Wroxham School’s Executive Headteacher, Dame Alison Peacock, is also a trustee.
Visit their website to find out more http://tdtrust.org/nten/home/
The New National Curriculum Resourcestop ⤴
The Expert Subject Advisory Groups, www.expertsubjectgroups.co.uk have created a ‘Materials’ page on their website. On there they have listed each subject group with a range of advice and materials relating to the primary national curriculum (statutory from September 2014). These materials will be updated on a regular basis.
Building a growth mindset in mathematicstop ⤴
We are working with a range of colleagues to create CPD opportunities and an action research project to explore alternative approaches to mathematics teaching.
The Wroxham School is working with NCETM and a range of partner schools to develop mathematics teaching in Years Three and Four.
- Cambridge University’s NRich website
- The National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM)
- Enrichment Ideas and Resources for Primary and Secondary Mathematics May 2012 (pdf)
- Growth Mindset Maths
The Enigma Maths Hub offers professional development through National Collaborative Projects and through locally designed projects. In all projects, national and local, teachers and others collaborate in a Work Group, with set membership, objectives and means of evaluating outcomes. All work is led by teachers and most of the work falls, with some overlaps, into these six categories.
Language for learningtop ⤴
We recognise that language and thought are closely related. We seek to offer opportunities to schools across our alliance to study the importance of oracy and dialogic teaching, skilled reading and writing.
Teaching and Learning Resources
A great set of primary literacy resources that can be found on the National Archives that are no longer hosted by the DfE.
The Wroxham School is a lead school for languages. The DfE are funding an alliance project to enhance language learning across our alliance schools. We have been allocated funding to support innovative approaches to language teaching. This funding will enable us to work with a CfBT languages consultant and Katharine Wheatley from Dame Alice Owen’s to support cross phase learning.
The Languages area of our website is now live, click here to take a look.
The Cambridge Primary Review Trusttop ⤴
Alison Peacock is a consultant for the Cambridge Primary Review Trust www.cprtrust.org.uk. The Cambridge Primary Review’s final report ‘Children; their World, their Education’ (2009 ) Alexander (ed) is the most comprehensive study of English primary education for the past forty years. The report makes extensive practice and policy recommendations.
Seminars about key areas of the final report are organised as part of our alliance.
This area will occasionally display CPRT news articles of interest. To see the full news archive visit the CPRT’s website.
03 March 2015 – New CPRT report on children’s development and learning
Today we publish the third in our series of reports updating CPR research reviews. This latest report, by cognitive neuroscientist Usha Goswami, reviews evidence on children’s cognitive development and learning and its implication for primary schools.
View/download full report Children’s Cognitive Development and Learning.
View/download briefing on this report.
Recommended viewingtop ⤴
Carol Dweck: Discovering the Importance of Mindset
Professor Carol Dweck discussing the importance of mindset.
Carol Dweck: The Effect of Praise on Mindsets
Professor Carol Dweck outlines her block experiments with children.
The Power of Belief – Mindset and Success
Eduardo Briceno’s talk at TEDxManhattanBeach on mindset and success.
Why You Need to Fail - by Derek Sivers
The importance of failure – for effective learning, growth mindset, and quality through experimentation.
Will Smith – Mindset Wisdom
Will smith’s mindset wisdom says it all!
Pushing Your Limits
In this collection of short video clips, part of WKCD’s Just Listen series, six students talk about what it means to have a growth mindset–to work hard and push the limits of what you think you’re capable of.
RSA Animate – Changing Education Paradigms
Another inspiring RSA Animate taken from a speech given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education expert and recipient of the RSA Benjamin Franklin award.
A short animation that questions the wisdom of recent educational reforms. By Darren Bartholomew.