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CL Update

06 Nov 2015

First CL Common Closure Day

On Monday eighteen (almost a third) of Camden’s schools, got together to share and to benchmark standards and progress in mathematics and in writing in the new curriculum. This was the first of the CL’s first joint annual inset days agreed by heads in June last year. Over 90 professionals were involved in these key activities at Richard Cobden alone. Other schools hosting these cluster events were Fitzjohns, Rhyl, Beckford and Argyle.

Standardisation network meetings have been held and attended by representatives from all secondary schools in the borough to agree standards in science, mathematics and writing in Key Stage 3.
Progression pathways in Camden schools’ development of the new national curricula are being captured and shared in this way on the Camden Sharing Best Practice website so that all schools can use these moderated, benchmarked exemplars to benchmark progress in their own curriculum.
The date for the next common closure day is yet to be determined in consultation with heads.

CL Strategic Plan 2015 – 17

Copies of the draft CL strategic plan (2015-17) have been drafted based on learner needs in Camden and the highest aspirations for their success. The thrust of this plan will be discussed and agreed at the CL Next Steps meetings for heads and chairs (see below) and will henceforth shape the work of the CL.

CL commissions three Learning Hubs and one R&D Network

There has been a brilliant response to the offer of commissions from the CL for Secondary Mathematics (to complement the Primary Mathematics hub commissioned from Eleanor Palmer), Literacy and English, and SEND Learning Hubs in Camden, to take forward and develop local practice and outcomes in these areas, as well as for a Development and Research Network to pursue well evidenced developments that promise to hit the CL strategic plan priorities.
All four applications were very well thought through and offer great potential to develop these areas up to March 2017. Thanks to Swiss Cottage, Parliament Hill, St Joseph’s, Hampstead, Kingsgate and Richard Cobden for applying. Also thanks to Heads of Primrose Hill, Frank Barnes, Argyle, Camden School for Girls and Rhyl for being on the panels.
The quality, thought and energy of these applications was terrific. Before the networks begin to set about their work we are organising a workshop designed to increase their effectiveness for schools by identifying areas where a combined approach could reduce duplication of activity for schools freeing up network time and resources to focus on improving practice.
Full details of the final commissions will be in an update soon.

Key Stage 4 Mathematics Lesson Study Programme

Building on the success of the Mayor’s Funded Mathematics Higher Order Lesson Study programme, a project aimed at preparing teachers for the new requirements of the Mathematics GCSE will take place this year. An expert consultant from ‘Improve Maths’ will guide mathematics teachers on the tricky to teach and learn aspects of KS4 mathematics and then teachers will collaborate through lesson study and sharing their findings throughout the year. This programme starts on Monday 16th November and flyers have been sent to schools.


Secondary Specialist Leaders in Education (SLE)

Congratulations to Deborah O’Connor and Marie Underwood (both from Parliament Hill) who have been appointed as our first secondary SLEs. They will be ready for deployment soon following training from the National College.

Camden School Services Fair

On Wednesday the second Camden Camden School Services Fair was held in the new Kings Cross Academy and Frank Barnes School for the deaf.
Last year the fair attracted 50 visitors over the two days that it ran. While only running for one day this year, the fair nevertheless attracted almost as many visitors (45) as last year. Services were well represented and Camden Communications, Marketing and Creative Services, Waste and Recycling and Building Control Services were new exhibitors.

CL: Next steps workshops

Next week sees some crucial meetings for heads and chairs to discuss and help design the future work of the CL as an improvement and development vehicle for schools.
Workshops will be held on Monday and Thursday of next week facilitated by the ISOS partnerships. These will be 5.00 to 7.00 pm on Monday 9th for secondary heads and Chairs at the Crowndale Centre, and on Thursday from 1.00 – 4.00pm for Primary and Special Heads and Chairs at Swiss Cottage School. There will be a mop up meeting for those who cannot make the main meetings, from 4.15 – 7.15pm on Thursday also at Swiss Cottage School and Development and Research Centre.

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