Niki Kaiser and the EEf's Secondary Science Guidance
Niki Kaiser is a Chemistry teacher and Network Research Lead at Notre Dame High School in Norwich. She teaches students aged 11-18, and supports teachers and leaders to embed research-informed practice. This year, she won the Schools Education Award from the Royal Society of Chemistry for the incorporation and dissemination of research-informed teaching approaches.
She is a firm believer that research use should always begin with the “why”, but she understands that the “what” and the “how” are also important, and is always
keen to find accessible ways of putting research into practice.
Niki writes a monthly column for TES on educational research, and is a regular contributor to other publications, such as Education in Chemistry magazine. She co-founded #CogSciSci, a peer-support network with over 1000 teacher-members and the Norwich Research Leads Network for teachers and leaders in Norfolk.
Niki will be joining the Secondary Science Conference on the 10th March 2020 at Leeds Grammar School.
Keynote: Memory, Misconceptions, Metacognition and Motivation – how can we use research to help develop tomorrow’s scientists?
Niki will use key messages from research to suggest practical ways to support our students in science lessons. She’ll talk about how we might help our most vulnerable students, and why it’s so important to consider the “why” in what we do, as well as the “what” and the “how”. Niki was on the advisory panel for the Education Endowment Foundation’s Improving Secondary Science Guidance Report. She will draw on this report, as well as her experience as a classroom teacher and mentor, to talk about how we might develop our students into confident, creative, literate scientists.
Workshop: A Memorable Science Curriculum
Niki has worked with a number of teachers and leaders to support them in designing their Curriculum with Memory in mind. In this workshop, Niki will explore how and why we should consider memory and cognitive load in our planning and teaching. She’ll outline a range of practical strategies that can be implemented in the Science classroom, and give ideas for evaluating the science curriculum, aimed at improving long-term retention of knowledge by students.
New Early Years Music Resource and Training
We are delighted to announce that our Early Years Music resource is ready for delivery!
This ArtForms led project, funded by Leeds Music Education Partnership, aims to support and develop the provision of music in EYFS in every school in Leeds. Tap! Ding! Clap! Sing! Is designed to engage and support generalist teachers to deliver music provision which strongly supports early literacy development.
The package comprises a CPD session, a song book (with accompanying video footage) and a full class set of percussion instruments. There is no charge to Leeds Primary Schools for this package.
Training will be mostly delivered to clusters / families of schools throughout the Spring and Summer Terms 2020. If you are interested in hosting a training session then please contact our Early Years Music Lead, Sam Mercer, at email@example.com. Alternatively, booking is now open for our training session at Pudsey Civic Hall on Tuesday 28th April, 9.30-10.45. Booking for this course is available through Leeds for Learning. Places are limited to two delegates from each school.
If you are interested in a package that offers a more bespoke training session tailored to your specific requirements and/or you wish for your whole EYFS team to receive the training then we also offer a 1.5 hour session for £150. Please contact Sam Mercer at firstname.lastname@example.org
to discuss this further.
Have your say on how Leeds City Council continue to fund their services
Leeds City Council is currently considering its budget for the next financial year, and they want to hear what you think.
The council is calling for anyone who lives or works in Leeds to have their say on their proposals for 2020/21 by filling out their short online survey. The proposals focus on maintaining high-quality council services for all as the demand for them rises and the money they have to deliver them falls.
There is now less than a week to get involved with the survey, with Tuesday 28 January the final day for responses – have your say today, and make sure to share it with others.
Throughout the survey, there is a breakdown of the key points being proposed for next year to help you have your say. Additionally, you can read more about the key changes being proposed here: https://news.leeds.gov.uk/funding-challenges-continue-as-leeds-city-council-releases-initial-budget-plans-for-202021/.
By sharing what service areas matters most to you, the council can hopefully ensure a final budget which best supports the services you and your communities’ access.
The online survey is available at http://bit.ly/leedsbudgetconsult, and should only take 10 to 15 minutes to fill out. Once the consultation is over, councillors will see the results of this survey before a final budget is debated and agreed next month.
For further information, please contact email@example.com.
Take part in the national conversation about the role of screen time in young people's mental health
Is screen time on apps good or bad for your mental health? What about TV and computer games?
Shape the national conversation about the role of screen time in young people’s mental health by taking part in a study on what young people, parents/carers, and teachers think is important. University College London (UCL) want to hear in your own words about what matters to you.
The researchers want to hear from you if you are:
Between 11-25 years old
Or a teacher/educational provider.
With your help, the project aims to find out the most important questions that need to be answered on screen time and mental health!
You can support this project by:
Giving your views in small group discussions of between 30 and 90 minutes
Completing a short 5-10 minute survey (in March)
Please get in touch with Norha on 020 7848 5129 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
The research lead Julian Edbrooke-Childs also talked about this new project recently at the #MindTech2019 conference - https://soundcloud.com/national-elf-service/jaime-julian-screen-time.
This research is insured and sponsored by our close colleagues at the University College London (ref.: 14037/001) and funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). This research is being carried out by researchers at the NIHR Mental Health Policy Research Unit, based at University College London and King’s College London.
New Speaker Announced at Curriculum and Assessment Conference
**New conference speaker announced -Tackling the Big Issues: Curriculum and Assessment**
We have added Steve Mastin, education, curriculum and assessment consultant as our final keynote for the
Tackling the Big Issues Curriculum and Assessment Conference.
Steve Mastin has worked for 20 years in schools across England, as a history teacher, as curriculum specialist across primary and secondary schools in a large multi-academy trust, and as a senior leader. Steve has trained teachers for the University of Cambridge and for several international Ministries of Education, been a senior examiner with a leading UK exam board, and supported curriculum development. He has advised the UK Department of Education on the national curriculum, assessment and exam reform. He is now an education consultant specialising in curriculum design, resourcing and implementation, teacher training, and developing senior leaders in schools.
"Taking curriculum seriously: the pitfalls, possibilities and power of rigorous curricular thinking."
With schools finding a renewed interest in all things curricular, senior leaders are asking how to make use of their freedoms to interpret the various agenda. What are the features of the finest curricula? What does it mean when Ofsted says schools should treat the 'curriculum as the progression model'? How should senior leaders ensure their diverse subject curricula are strong in scope, rigour, coherence and sequencing. Secondary schools rely on subject specialists to design their curriculum; primary schools have different challenges and opportunities. Steve will look at the evidence that supports curricular thinking, examine examples of strong and weak curricular models, to support
senior leaders in asking the right questions of their curricula designs.
If you would like to benefit from our revised assessment workshop, Tom Sherrington will now enlighten colleagues with an “Authentic Assessment: Making assessment meaningful for you, your students and parents at KS2 and beyond” in place of the Rosenshine’s Principles of Instruction.
Andrew Percival will continue to share an in depth and practical look at how Stanley Road, Oldham have developed a knowledge rich curriculum which is based and uses on cognitive science principles.
The revised timetable for the day is attached, if you would like to change any of your workshop choices, please do so by emailing email@example.com .
For more details including workshop choices, please visit: https://bit.ly/2s1ehEi
Cost: £175 for 1st delegate and £125 for any additional delegates
Venue: Cloth Hall Court, LS1 2HA
Date: 7 February 2020
Time: 8.45am – 3:30pm
We look forward to welcoming you on the day.
Rediscovering Grammar with David Crystal
In response to several requests, we are super excited to let you know that David Crystal is coming to Leeds!
What's in it for you?
David will be delivering a half day training on ‘Rediscovering grammar’. David’s work is an excellent reference point for teachers who want to clarify their grammatical knowledge to enhance their teaching of writing in English across the curriculum.
David's first talk is around a comprehensive framework for those needing to place grammar within the multi-faceted nature of language structure, history and use with particular reference to semantics and pragmatics. He will explore how grammar can be made to come alive in the classroom by focussing on meaning and use, in addition to the traditional emphasis on terminology. David will also explore how teachers could challenge upper primary and secondary students to sustain, vary and control grammar with more purpose in their writing.
Children’s acquisition of grammar: The second talk explains the stages through which children learn grammar, focusing on factors which relate to later language
skills in reading and writing, and illustrating classroom applications. A handout illustrating the stages accompanies this talk.
A short question and answer session will follow the main talks. David has asked if delegates could bring (or send in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org)
any questions you might have about particular points of grammar analysis.
Curriculum leaders have responded saying:
“FANTASTIC NEWS! As an A-Level Eng Lang teacher, I've been lucky enough to see DC speak, and he is amazing.”
“I would definitely be interested in a David Crystal grammar course! What a great opportunity.”
We are expecting a high attendance, and so places are available on a first come first served basis.
Venue: Cockburn School
Time: 1pm -4pm
Price: SLA schools £95, non SLA schools £125
Further details and booking via:
Blackgates Primary School part of Yorkshire Sculpture International
Last year, Leeds Art Gallery and artist, Emily Binks, worked together with Blackgates Primary School as part of Yorkshire Sculpture International.
The theme of the project was relationships and Emily created a series of workshops which used art as a way of developing the children’s self confidence, communication skills and trust in each other. The project involved visits to Leeds Art Gallery; half term holiday workshops and the installation of the sculpture, The Cricketer by Barry Flanagan, located in the school hall for a day.
Particpation in the project saw the children develop their skills of working together in collaboration and they became more likely to ‘have a go’ without the need for a right or wrong answer.
To find out more about the project and hear from the artist, the class teacher and the children, here’s a short film about the project.