Month: May 2016

A Towering Issue

It was a real pleasure to run our first workshop for SLT, focused on strategies for whole school literacy, recently. Despite the Southern Rail strike preventing some from travelling, a group of us met at Teach First, overlooking the steady stream of Thames river traffic and the Tower of London, while just to our right the flags of Tower Bridge fluttered. It’s an iconic location, and one that we shall miss when Teach First make their move to Greenwich in July. It was very much a learning exercise for all of us as we grappled with some of the practical issues around developing a literacy strategy: how do we ensure that we target the right students with the right interventions, and how do we know that what we are doing is effective? We covered the practicalities of obtaining reliable data on the whole school population, and the importance of not letting those who are good at masking their problems slip through the net. We spent more time than planned on this, as it was clearly …