Worrying about teacher recruitment is futile unless we solve the retention crisis, argues new report

By Friday, June 3, 2016 No tags Permalink

Following this year’s ‘Shaping CPD’ conference, held at the University of Cambridge in April 2016, IRIS Connect have published a new report addressing the UK’s teacher recruitment and retention crisis. Conference delegates voiced their frustration at the current situation. As Hannah Wilson, Professional Learning and Consultant Leader at Harris Federation, pointed out: “If we spent more ...

London Curriculum Schools Concert

By Wednesday, April 13, 2016 No tags Permalink

Experience music in motion in these new concerts for schools in London. Learn how composers make music inspired by their travels - whether an epic road trip across the American landscape, or their daily London commute. Don't miss the opportunity to experience these exciting works live, take part in the music-making yourself, and learn more about ...

LSEF in the news – Sapere with Philosophy for Children celebrate success

By Friday, July 10, 2015 No tags Permalink

It's great to see the success of LSEF projects being shared - this week LSEF project Sapere, who run the Philosophy for Children programme have featured on BBC News for their success in improving primary school results - especially for the most disadvantaged children. Philosophy sessions 'boost primary school results’ Weekly philosophy sessions in class can boost ...

LSEF Sustainability Workshop

By Wednesday, July 1, 2015 No tags Permalink

The GLA will be holding a Sustainability Workshop on the 6th of July 2:30-5pm with drinks and nibbles afterwards. This workshop aims to provide you with an insight into how you may be able to sustain and mainstream your activity post LSEF. It will look at how you can: Generate diverse income streams from a variety ...

The London Brokerage destroys ‘Berlin Wall’ between state and independent schools

By Monday, June 29, 2015 No tags Permalink

The London Brokerage website is now up and running - developed by Generating Genius as part of the Christ the King College London Schools Excellence Fund Project, and with 125 partner schools already featured, the London Brokerage is a celebration of some of the fantastic state-independent school partnerships already active across the capital, and a brand-new ...

Evaluation and teacher development: Q&A with Terry Molloy

By Monday, June 15, 2015 No tags Permalink

Project Oracle, the London School Excellence Fund’s Evaluation delivery partner and Terry Molloy, Head at Claremont High School Academy and a Director of London Leadership Strategy, recently caught up on evaluation. Below you can find Terry’s responses to Project Oracles’ questions about applying evidence in school. In response to this Project Oracle have shared some top tips ...

Celebrating award success for the Royal Geographical Society

By Thursday, June 11, 2015 No tags Permalink

The Royal Geographical Society (RGS) has recently seen success with its London Schools Excellence Fund (LSEF) Rediscovering London Geography project, winning a silver award in the annual Geographical Association Awards 2015. RGS were presented with a Geographical Association (GA) Publisher’s Award – awarded to resources that the Association’s judges consider most likely to make a significant ...

LSEF projects in the news – Achievement for All with ULiS

By Tuesday, June 2, 2015 No tags Permalink

Last week, Schools Week released an article on the success of Achievement for All's ULiS project entitled PhD researchers and teachers work together to create new learning resources. "A project launched last year to improve teaching practice by partnering researchers with schools has created 10 new modules for key stage 3 pupils. The two-year University Learning in ...

SEN Leaders – why it’s so important and what’s happened so far

By Tuesday, June 2, 2015 No tags Permalink

London schools outperform schools in the rest of England, achieve the highest proportion of students obtaining five good GCSEs and the highest GCSE attainment for pupils from poorer backgrounds. Although not the only measure of success, London has the highest percentage of schools rated ‘outstanding’ and Ofsted considers the quality of teaching and leadership in London ...

Join Achievement for All to receive ULiS resources for KS3

By Tuesday, May 26, 2015 No tags Permalink

Join Achievement for All and the Brilliant Club at the launch event for new modules and learning resources for KS3 teachers in London on 2 July. Through the University Learning in Schools (ULiS) project, Achievement for All and the Brilliant Club have developed modules and resources in Maths, History, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Psychology, Economics, ...

The benefits of out-of-hours school activities with Design Education CIC

By Thursday, May 7, 2015 No tags Permalink

This short film shows one example of the work being carried out by Design Education CIC with the support of the London Schools Excellence Fund. It explains the educational rationale behind such out-of-school hours activities to foster both teachers’ and pupils’ desires to undertake more designing and making than is possible within the normal school curriculum.

What was life like before London existed?

By Friday, April 17, 2015 No tags Permalink

Guest post from Claire Bogue, Museum of London In our built-up capital city it can be a stretch of the imagination to visualise what life was like for our ancestors living here through the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age, but there is a fascinating story to tell. Changes to the National Curriculum saw Prehistory introduced ...

Transforming students’ learning of ‘hard to teach’ topics in key stage 3 maths through dynamic technology

By Wednesday, April 15, 2015 No tags Permalink

Guest post - Dr Alison Clark-Wilson, UCL Institute of Education For more than 20 years there have been lots of opportunities for technology to impact on students’ outcomes in secondary mathematics classrooms and there is substantial research evidence of how particular approaches to key topics have achieved this. However, the real picture is that dynamic technologies ...

Reflections LSEF projects – experiences, findings and the characteristics that bind us all

By Thursday, April 2, 2015 No tags Permalink

On the afternoon of the 18th March I had the pleasure of meeting several others who are involved in LSEF projects, from a parental engagement project at the London Early Years Foundation through to a subject-based curriculum design and training project at the Museum of London. Despite their differences, each of these projects has something ...

Win £15,000 with your brilliant idea for teaching disadvantaged young people

By Wednesday, April 1, 2015 No tags Permalink

SHINE - the education charity working to provide extra academic support and creative learning opportunities for disadvantaged young people - are calling all teachers to enter their Let Teachers SHINE competition, giving teachers the chance to win up to £15,000 to seed-fund an idea or project in schools that will support disadvantaged students. So if you ...

How do schools ever find the time for CPD?

By Tuesday, February 3, 2015 No tags Permalink

By Jason Lever I’ve had some interesting chats recently with London school leaders. However, one thing that’s come up again and again is the feeling that neither they nor their staff has time for continuing professional development (CPD). I say this as lead for the London Schools Gold Club.  This is our initiative to celebrate exceptional schools ...

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 ...