In this episode of Oxford Ed Chat, we welcome Louise Pennington and Adam Gaskell to chat about supporting secondary transition in maths. Louise and Adam discuss removing barriers to maths learning, the benefits of using manipulatives and the meaning of mastery.
Louise Pennington is Professional Development lead for Oxford University Press, previous teacher, specialist maths teacher and local authority SEND Team lead working with both primary and secondary schools, students and parents. She is a Numicon Author and vice-chair of the Mathematical Association’s joint primary group. Louise tweets at @pdLouiseP
Adam Gaskell is Head of Mathematics at a Leicestershire secondary school, NPQML and NCETM Mastery Advocate. Adam tweets at @MrGTeach
Numicon Big Ideas provides engaging and confidence building activities for embedding the key concepts in upper Key Stage 2, offering extra support in Maths as students settle in.
Find out more about resources to support transition to secondary school here.
In this episode of series 2 of Word Up, Helen Prince chats to Kat Howard about curriculum implementation and how an exciting curriculum fires up and motivates learners. She also discusses fidelity to the subject, how to capitalise on colleagues’ interests and passions to enrich knowledge and extend the curriculum, and the importance of awe and wonder in the classroom.
Kat Howard is Head of Professional Learning for a large Multi-Academy Trust Teaching School Hub and is also the founder of national charity, Litdrive UK. In addition to her in-school role, Kat is an in-house Expert Adviser for the Teacher Development Trust, writing curriculum content for the Reformed NPQ Leadership Suite. In previous roles, she was a Senior Leader taking oversight of staff professional development, performance management and curriculum, with strategic leadership for English, and prior to her career in education, Kat gained extensive experience in the financial sector, overseeing recruitment, training and operations for a leading high street bank.
In this third episode of series 2 of Word Up with Helen Prince, Helen chats to Lauren Stephenson about metacognition and bridging the gap between research and the classroom. Lauren also talks about her role in the Research Schools Network, how research shows that working on self-regulation and metacognition with your students can add months to their progress, and shares her top recommendations for wider reading.
In this second episode of series 2 of Word Up with Helen Prince, Helen and Aaron Bradbury discuss the importance of creating a sense of belonging in the classroom and Aaron offers three ideas for teachers to take away around diversity, equity and inclusion.
Aaron is Principal Lecturer Early Years and Childhood (Learning and Development, Psychology, Special Educational Needs and Inclusion) at Nottingham Trent University. Aaron is the Chair of the LGBTQIA+ Early Years Working group and advocates for representation in the Early Years. He is a Member of the Coalition for the Early Years on the Birth to Five Matters and currently researching on Early Childhood workforce, The voice of the child, and Pioneers of Early Childhood. He is also Co-Chair of the Early Years Academy and owner of Early Years Reviews, Team Early Childhood Podcast.
In this first episode of series 2 of Word Up with Helen Prince, Helen and Zoe Enser discuss metacognitive learning and how this can motivate students to feel empowered, helping them to build independence and resilience, and become lifelong learners.
Zoe Enser was a teacher of English for over twenty years, a middle and senior leader and is currently working across Kent with the Education People as their English Specialist Adviser and an ELE (Evidence Lead in Education) for the EEF. She is also an author, having co-written Fiorella and Mayer’s Generative Learning in Action and the CPD Curriculum: Creating the Conditions for Growth and is a writer for TES and other educational publications.
Zoe explores metacognition in more detail and how student wellbeing can benefit from embedding these practices on the Oxford Education Blog.
In this episode of our series Word Up with Helen Prince, Helen chats to Emily Weston about the key role teachers can play in bridging the word gap at transition. Emily discusses her experience of moving from being a primary teacher to a transition role at a secondary school. She offers tips for improving transition from Year 6 to Year 7, for teachers and parents, and has some good advice for NQTs.
Emily is a KS2/3 Transition teacher, blogger and founder of #TeacherSelfCareSunday on Twitter.
In this episode of our series Word Up with Helen Prince, Helen chats to Lindsay Bruce about the importance of language and vocabulary in the History classroom. Lindsay shares her passion for teaching studentsto communicate their opinions, both orally and on paper, a skill that will set them up for life.
Lindsay teaches History at a school in the West Midlands. She is an Assistant Head and is also an author for Oxford University Press.
In this episode of our series Word Up with Helen Prince, Helen chats to Dawn Cox about strategies to teach subject vocabulary in the RE classroom, ensuring equality of provision, testing retrieval of key words, and the important role parents can play in supporting pupils.
Dawn is a Head of RE and SLE in Essex; she is also arespected blogger and author.
In this episode of our series Word Up with Helen Prince, Helen chats to Matt Pinkett about strategies to raise expectations and improve outcomes for boys, the importance of challenging gender stereotypes and what good vocabulary teaching looks like in the classroom.
Matt has had a number of teaching roles: Literacy Coordinator; Head of English; and Assistant Head Teacher of Teaching, Learning and Assessment. He is also a best-selling author, passionate about books, gender studies, and reducing social inequality. In his spare time he likes to wear ugly trainers.