On July 4th we're running a flipped conference at the Barbican to share what we've learned from working with forty schools for three years to develop Engaging Schools that create passionate, independent learners. Joining us at this conference are some of the inspirational schools we have worked with. With one week to go we're sharing all the information you need in this daily blog series. Read on to see who is joining us - and come along to the conference to attend their sessions (details at the bottom of the page).
Yewlands Technology College, Sheffield
Yewlands School serves a predominantly white working-class community in North Sheffield. Its proportions of students on Free School Meals or with Special Educational Needs is higher than average. In 2008, only 17% of students achieve 5 A* - Cs. Yewlands became involved in the Learning Futures programme in 2009. They knew their students were disengaged. They knew that standards of teaching were all too often uninspiring. In the face of extreme pressure to raise achievement, Yewlands developed a powerful vision for how learning could be different: more engaging, more powerful, and – ultimately – far more successful. In so doing, it turned around its reputation, its learners’ life chances and its league table performance. In 2010 43% of students achieved 5 A* - Cs at GCSE.
Cramlington Learning Village
Cramlington Learning Village is a Comprehensive School in the North East of England. It has been graded 'outstanding' in the last three OFSTED inspections, and has a reputation for innovation in teaching and learning. It has been a case study in several books and publications including “The Learning Revolution” by Gordon Dryden and the “Deep” pamphlets by Professor David Hargreaves. The school is committed putting the learner and learning at the heart of everything they do. It has its own teaching and learning model (the Cramlington Cycle) which is used to plan all lessons throughout the school. It was also one of the first schools in the country to establish a dedicated learning to learn course designed to teach students the knowledge, skills, and attributes to become successful and lifelong learners. In 2009 it joined the Learning Futures community to programme to further develop its approach to enquiry-based learning.
Matthew Moss High School
Matthew Moss High School is a secondary school in an area of deprivation in Greater Manchester. Despite having above an above average proportion of students eligible for Free School Meals, it consistently outperforms all schools in the area for proportions of students not NEET post-16.
Matthew Moss became involved in the Learning Futures programme in 2009. In order to engage its students, the school took a radical approach to learning, with support from the Learning Futures team. The ‘My World’ curriculum, a student-centred programme developed as part of Learning Futures takes place in year 7.Matthew Moss’s most recent OFSTED inspection singled out its Learning Futures intervention for praise, writing that it ‘excites and encourages students to take responsibility for their learning and impacts significantly on their ability to develop independent learning skills as well as to develop a passion for learning.’
Copleston High School is a mixed comprehensive school based in Ipswich, Suffolk. Following a change of leadership in 2008, Copleston moved to remodel their curriculum and learning environment. Innovations made include the introduction of shorter curriculum time on Wednesdays allows staff to engage in valuable collaborative planning, Specialist Sport College status with extensive collaboration with local coaches and opportunities for students to follow a wide range of courses that are carefully matched to their particular learning needs. In 2009, Ofsted described the school’s innovative development of the curriculum as outstanding.
Harris Federation exists to support and assist schools to build upon their existing strengths and so achieve rapid educational transformation. Harris is a non-profit making educational charity with over twenty years of experience in running schools in and around London. Harris Federation has a performance record in terms of improvement in examination results combined with numbers of outstanding Academies which is unmatched by any Academy group in the country. In Summer 2011, their eight Academies with examination results achieved record improvements for the fifth successive year.
You can book a spot at the events by clicking on the following link: