Never Stop Learning

This blog is a summary of our three part series entitled “NEVER STOP LEARNING”. Click Here Click Here Click Here Never Stop Learning In these new and uncertain times, pupils will have spent many months away from school due to the closures put in place as a result of Covid-19. Schools in England were closed to all pupils except those of key-workers and vulnerable children on the 20th March. Since this date, with the exception of the school holidays, most learning has taken part remotely. Huge strides in online education have been made in months that perhaps previously would have taken years. Teachers have created learning packs, online lessons and updated communication systems – rising to the challenge of how to educate their pupils without the the essential face-to-face contact and personal interaction. September is now here and the clamour for the reopening of schools has returned. Pressure is on for schools to serve their communities once more. Parents are expecting pupils to return to "normal"...
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A Position of Knowledge

This blog is the third of a three part series entitled "NEVER STOP LEARNING". Part one pleads for education to “put the personal back” arguing that the key for any recovery is relationships. Part two asks for labels not to be used arguing that "Every child deserves a Champion". A Position of Knowledge 10 months ago, we wrote a blog about Marginal Gains where we looked at the theory created by Sir Dave Brailsford within cycling both at the 2012 Olympics and onwards with the SKY or INEOS racing team. The 1% principal is based on the small changes that TOGETHER make a big change. As Brailsford said, Speaking to the BBC… “The whole principle came from the idea that if you broke down everything you could think of, that goes into riding a bike, and then improved it by 1%, you will get a significant increase when you put them all together. There’s fitness and conditioning,...
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Every child deserves a Champion

This blog is the second of a three part series entitled "NEVER STOP LEARNING". Part one pleads for education to “put the personal back” arguing that the key for any recovery is relationships. Every child deserves a CHAMPION When you visit a supermarket, you will often find a seconds aisle or money-off promotion. Buy-one- get-one-free or “money-saving” offers will entice you in and always make you buy that extra chocolate bar or that second beer you don’t need. You don’t look at the individual price anymore, just what you think you can gain. You usually end up spending more but feeling weirdly better off. The individual price has been removed, the label takes over. The power...
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Put the Personal back

This blog is the first of a three part series entitled "NEVER STOP LEARNING". Put the Personal back Lockdown has brought many difficulties and challenges in education. Huge strides in online education have been made in months that perhaps previously would have taken years. Teachers have created learning packs, online lessons and updated communication systems - rising to the challenge of how to educate their pupils without the the essential face-to-face contact and personal interaction. Children have spent weeks and months away from the support bubble of a school, from their friends, from their safe place. Some will have thrived in a new family bubble – building new self-esteem and confidence. Others will...
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Learning Loss – A Discussion

In this video, presented by our Senior Principal Analyst - Phillip Burton, we look at the context of school closures, some of the studies regarding learning loss and how it can be measured, and offer a resource to enable you to measure what has taken place. https://youtu.be/-zOum1ew_GU Read our Blog exploring Learning Loss here.. http://daisi.education/learning-loss/ DAISI Education is committed to supporting schools and pupils and we are working hard to find ways of handling learning loss through our Question Level Analysis both for Primary and Secondary Schools. We firmly believe We have created one hour baseline papers for use in school with year 6 and year 7. All questions taken from previous SATs papers.Carefully designed and chosen to provide full KS2 curriculum coverage.Each paper arrives ready to use including provision of a full detailed mark scheme.Package also includes full forensic analysis of results including Individual Pupil Profiles and Detailed Cohort Insight.Available for Mathematics and Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar. Having an early analysis can put your teachers in...
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Learning Loss

In these new and uncertain times, pupils will have spent many months away from school due to the closures put in place as a result of Covid-19. Schools in England were closed to all pupils except those of key-workers and vulnerable children on the 20th March and have only reopened to certain pupils in the last few weeks. Learning has been disrupted and will have been lost. As this is an unprecedented situation in the UK, there is no previous research that can show us what the educational impact of COVID-19 school closures might be. Never in our lifetimes have so many schools been closed for so many children. We prize attendance in our schools and often use posters like this to make children and parents aware of why time at school is so important. But what happens if the whole school is closed and everyone stops attending? Has this happened before..? Closed Schools Studies of previous school closures abroad show a real negative...
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Home Learning

**UPDATED TODAY Science Experiments Fun Activities UPDATED TODAY** Fun Activities with your child at home.. "So many ideas to beat the boredom & have a ton of fun!"  Online Educational Resources Check out these links for free resources, daily lessons and more for Primary and Secondary age. Early Years Activities and links for those at home with 2-5 year olds from Storytime to colouring to crafts and more.. Get Outdoors Studies have shown that kids who spend more time outside might be happier and more relaxed. Science Experiments to do at Home Make something amazing and learn as you do it. Create giant bubbles and a rocket that blasts off! Online Videos and guides. Discover Something Amazing Find out more about the world we live in. Fascinating facts about Space, animals, humans plus live cams and games.. Tour the World and Beyond Visit Space or take a tour of some of the most famous places on Earth – from the Pyramids to Buckingham Palace. Reading Activities Whether its a online...
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Has Ofsted really gone off School Data?

The new Ofsted framework states that inspections will not examine any internal school data. But, in practice, what does this mean for schools? Feedback from Staff who have gone through the new framework stated that conversations were not data-centred but did assume you had a good working knowledge of the external data for your school. Data was discussed as an informer to the team’s approach, not as the sword of Damocles it has been. Context was investigated in thorough detail, giving us a chance to tell our story.DAN MORROW - CEO, Woodland Academies Trust However, when you read on, you see that the external data does inform what the deep dives look to see... Instead, the deep dives commenced with immediate observations of staff through learning walks (all accompanied by phase/subject leads) and through hearing children read: the year one children who had not reached GLD, the year twos who had not secured the phonics-screening check, and the year threes not...
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Marginal Gains – Big Journeys begin with Small Steps

Back in 2012, at the heart of London Olympics, Sir Dave Brailsford repeatedly told people of his belief in the marginal gains principle. Speaking to the BBC, he said “The whole principle came from the idea that if you broke down everything you could think of, that goes into riding a bike, and then improved it by 1%, you will get a significant increase when you put them all together.  There’s fitness and conditioning, of course, but there are other things that might seem on the periphery, like sleeping in the right position, having the same pillow when you are away and training in different places. They’re tiny things but if you clump them together it makes a big difference.” Brailsford believed that if it were possible to make a 1% improvement in a whole host of areas, the cumulative gains would end up being hugely significant. This principle has guided and driven the cycling team to great heights and Brailsford’s...
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Ofsted Curriculum: Intent and Implementation

The new Ofsted Inspection Framework speaks a lot about Curriculum. Whilst the new directed focus has been welcomed, there is a lot of misunderstanding about what this means in practice. Schools are buying in help from outside sources against Ofsted Advice and Ofsted are constantly claiming there is no "Ofsted curriculum". So what will inspectors be looking for in your school curriculum from September 2019 onwards? What do they mean by a good or outstanding "quality of education"? In this article, we hope to help answer these questions by looking at Amanda Spielman's recent speech, the results of the Ofsted research project and the Ofsted School inspection Handbook. Amanda Spielman In a recent speech (10th July) at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Amanda Spielman was discussing the Ofsted research into Curriculum and what this means moving forward. The quality of education judgement does consider how well pupils are doing in national assessments and qualifications. But this should be the reflection of what children...
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