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Inspiring & Sharing Teaching Excellence

By Tuesday, August 18, 2015 , , , , Permalink

Our LSEF Round 2 Project “Inspiring & Sharing Teaching Excellence” was conceived by the Southwark Schools Learning Partnership (SSLP) – a group of secondary schools from both state and independent sectors, most of whom have been working together within the SSLP since its formation under London Challenge in 2003. Our project focus was on preparing ...

London School Excellence Fund projects consider their next steps

By Sunday, August 16, 2015 , , , , Permalink

Working with London Leadership Strategy and Project Oracle the GLA recently hosted a sustainability workshop in London’s Living Room for LSEF projects to consider their next steps. All too often when we hear ‘sustainability’ it is a euphemism for ‘funding’ and indeed we were very grateful to Paul Hamlyn Foundation; Mercers ; The Shine Trust; GLA ...

Who watches the Watchmen?

By Wednesday, March 25, 2015 No tags Permalink

When it comes to ensuring effective Initial Teacher Training (ITT), schools are becoming more responsible for ensuring that new teachers receive a high level of training from skilled mentors and other professionals with whom they have contact thanks to ongoing changes led by the government. All Saints Catholic School is a Roman Catholic comprehensive located in ...

The Power of Hubs! Go Hubs Go!

By Tuesday, February 24, 2015 No tags Permalink

By Susan Crisp from the Greater London Authority I could almost hear the superhero movie music swirling around the London Living Room at City Hall as the heroes and heroines of London’s education debated the merits and problems of working through hub models. Overall the schools and projects at the GLA/London Leadership Strategy conference in January embrace ...

A New Direction

By Thursday, January 22, 2015 No tags Permalink

A New Direction is London’s leader in cultural education, connecting children, young people and education with the best of arts and culture. We work with schools to advocate for and develop excellent models of cultural education across London. Our work includes supporting the delivery of Artsmark – a national programme to enable schools to evaluate, celebrate ...

Gold Club CPD Sessions Announced

By Monday, January 19, 2015 No tags Permalink

Teachers, middle and senior leaders in all London schools are invited to register for CPD sessions in the latest phase of the London Schools’ Gold Club programme. Fully funded by the Mayor of London, there are a wide range of workshops, conference days and school development visits available in the spring and summer terms. All of ...

Narrowing the gap for children with language delay

By Thursday, December 18, 2014 No tags Permalink

The Talk Boost intervention from I CAN is a successful programme developed to help narrow the gap between 4-7 year olds with language delay and their peers. Talk Boost was developed by I CAN, the children’s communication charity, and evaluated using evidence collected by professionals in two comprehensive trials (and ongoing evaluations.) Talk Boost is a ...

Lesson Study – 5 Questions

By Tuesday, December 16, 2014 No tags Permalink

The Teacher Development Trust, the independent national charity for teacher training and professional development, is supporting the work of the London Schools Excellence Fund (LSEF). David Weston, Chief Executive, has outlined what “lesson study” is in the December issue of TES and the five questions you should ask yourself if you are going to give it ...

Evaluation and Knowledge Mobilisation – London Schools Excellence Fund

By Thursday, November 27, 2014 No tags Permalink

What is the GLA aiming to do? The long term aim of the London Schools Excellence Fund (LSEF) is to increase teacher subject knowledge, pedagogical skills, pupil attainment and dissemination of good practice. In order to ensure the activities taking place are proving to have real, tangible benefit to teachers and pupils within London, a multi-stranded, rigorous ...

The Mayor has made his music pledge, now make yours…

By Wednesday, November 26, 2014 No tags Permalink

Last Friday saw Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, launch his London Music Pledge to put music front and centre for London schools and provide opportunities for all children to progress in music. Whether you’re independent or state, a primary, secondary or specialist school, London schools have the capacity to encourage students to take music as seriously ...

2014 London Annual Education Report published

By Wednesday, November 26, 2014 No tags Permalink

The second annual London Education Report shows that 86% of London schools are now rated good or outstanding by Ofsted. This means there are proportionally more outstanding schools in London than in any other region of the country and only 371 schools in the capital require improvement. 65% of London students achieved 5 A*-C at GCSE ...

Mayors Education Conference – In the News

By Tuesday, November 25, 2014 No tags Permalink

Following the Mayors Education Conference, the following pieces have been featured in the media. Times Educational Supplement (TES) - When it comes to international comparisons, London schools are missing a Pisa the puzzle The mayor of London Boris Johnson wants to enter the capital into influential global education rankings to see how it compares to international competitors,TES ...

NEW RESOURCE: Calendar of upcoming events

By Wednesday, September 24, 2014 No tags Permalink

The London Leadership Strategy is working with the GLA to support the London Schools Excellence Fund (LSEF) projects to share learnings and findings in London’s education system and beyond. To support projects with their dissemination plans, we have created a calendar of education events. We hope you will use this to: Plan your events and conferences to ...

School Improvement Programmes Help Schools Improve Standards for All Children

By Wednesday, September 17, 2014 No tags Permalink

The London Leadership Strategy (LLS) led by heads for heads, is the not-for-profit successor organisation of the London Challenge. LLS is supporting the Greater London Authority (GLA) to share the learnings and findings from the London Schools Excellence Fund (LSEF) projects. The start of the new school year heralds the launch of LLS’s 2014/15 programme of ...

Thousands of teachers benefitting from Mayor’s funding to drive up standards in schools

By Wednesday, September 17, 2014 No tags Permalink

5,658 teachers are now benefitting from a £24 million scheme set up by the Mayor of London to drive up standards in schools across the capital. The Mayor Boris Johnson set up the London Schools Excellence Fund, which includes £20 million from the Department for Education, to meet the demands of the new national curriculum. It ...

Using film to improve modern foreign languages

By Thursday, September 4, 2014 No tags Permalink

The British Film Institute (BFI) is running a two-year programme to incorporate short film into modern foreign languages (MFL) teaching at Years 8 and 9. The programme is called Screening Languages and aims to raise attainment and increase motivation in MFL learning at KS3. Teachers’ subject and pedagogic knowledge in language and culture is increased using ...

Beginner Mandarin course for London Teachers

By Monday, September 1, 2014 No tags Permalink

From this September, the Institute of Education’s Confucius Institute (IOE CI) is offering a fully-funded training course for qualified teachers – both primary and secondary - working in a London Borough or willing to support a school in London to offer beginners’ Mandarin teaching. ‘Accelerating Mandarin Chinese for London Schools’ will give participants the opportunity to ...

Raising the aspirations of children living in foster families

By Wednesday, August 13, 2014 No tags Permalink

The Fostering Network has launched a new programme, London Fostering Achievement, in partnership with Achievement for All to improve educational outcomes for children living with foster families. There are around 10,090 fostered children under the care of London boroughs on any one day. And The Fostering Network estimates that at least 1,025 new foster families are ...

Rediscovering London’s Geography

By Friday, August 8, 2014 No tags Permalink

A project run by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), Rediscovering London’s Geography is seeking to improve the quality of teaching and learning of geography in London’s schools and encourage more pupils to study geography. Rediscovering London’s Geography has wide ranging aims from raising subject understanding by addressing knowledge gaps and connecting teachers with subject knowledge, ...

Teachers tackle new maths curriculum using lesson study

Lesson Study, a professional development practice with origins from Japan, is finding a new home in Camden through the support of the London Schools Excellence Fund (LSEF). Using Lesson Study as the means for creating and mobilising new teacher practice-knowledge, Camden Council and a team at the University of Cambridge are scaling up innovative approaches to ...

‘The global skills I need’

By Friday, August 1, 2014 No tags Permalink

Summary: Think Global would like to work with your school to offer a term-long training course for Year 9 students developing their skills of research, communication and critical thinking and helping them answer the question ‘What skills do I need for life and work in a globalised world?’ (more…)

CPD for Teachers of A-Level Computing

By Thursday, July 17, 2014 Permalink

Teaching London Computing supports computing teachers in London by developing and providing CPD courses, free workshops on introducing computing themes into the classroom and free resources. Teaching London Computing is now offering a CPD course for Teachers of A-level Computing: Where: Queen Mary University of London (QMUL, Mile End campus) When: 18-22 August 2014, Monday to Friday, ...

University Learning in Schools

By Wednesday, July 16, 2014 No tags Permalink

New KS3 modules to inspire pupils and boost teacher’s subject knowledge Research shows that improving the quality of teaching is the best way to improve children’s attainment at school and can help narrow the gap in learning outcomes. Last year, Teach First commissioned a report comparing exceptional schools with those getting results closer to the national ...

How do we share the best of London?

From your experiences you will know that there are excellent answers in London to all the issues faced by teachers, non-teaching staff, school leaders and governors. Schools across the capital are constantly developing solutions to educational challenges and inspiring pupils to achieve in new ways. However, these solutions do not always reside with those who ...

Building a communication friendly school’

By Thursday, June 12, 2014 Permalink

by Liz Elks, Director of Elklan & Elklan CIC 'This training is in essence all about Quality First teaching', 'The teachers are buzzing with ideas following the training sessions', 'Planning sheets are being re-written in the light of the received', 'Great to have simple but extremely effective strategies which we can use straight away and which really work'. ...

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