What Does it Take to be a London Leader Now?

By Monday, July 18, 2016 No tags Permalink

The Context The performance of London's schools over the last ten years in particular is a great success story. Within the ever-changing landscape London schools continue to excel. Pupils' achievement has risen remarkably and is now the best in the country in terms of attainment and progress. There is a higher proportion of good and outstanding ...

Ocean Maths legacy grants awarded to schools and national organisations supporting children’s attainment in Maths

By Monday, June 6, 2016 No tags Permalink

Ocean Maths has today announced the outcome of its recent legacy fund selection process. Having made the difficult decision in December to wind up the organisation and share learning, knowledge and funds as part of Ocean Maths’ lasting legacy, Ocean Maths has today announced the successful grantees. These grantees are listed below. • Two separate schools partnership grants ...

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 ...

Widening horizons, broadening understanding – shadowing opportunities for school leaders with HMIs

By Friday, April 8, 2016 Permalink

Widening horizons, broadening understanding Shadowing opportunities for school leaders with Her Majesty’s Inspectors (HMI) Ofsted’s London region is offering up to 12 serving practitioners an opportunity to shadow one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors on inspection over the coming term. This opportunity will complement the successful candidates’ leadership development and widen their understanding of inspection work in schools. ...

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 ...

London Leadership Strategy’s Securing Good programme

By Thursday, July 30, 2015 No tags Permalink

Securing Good is a year long, highly effective programme delivering measureable results for schools at ‘satisfactory’ or ’required to improve’. We are delighted to congratulate the following schools from the previous two cohorts, who have moved to an Ofsted grade ‘good’ since being taking part in the programme: Acle Primary School (May 2015) Barrow Hedges Primary School (February 2015) Chessington ...

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, ...

London Leadership Strategy launches new SEN programme

By Monday, May 18, 2015 No tags Permalink

London Leadership Strategy has launched a new SEN Leaders programme, which aims to embed a strong focus on SEND into normal school improvement practice and identify schools that need support with their SEND provision. SEN Leaders will be delivered by outstanding practitioners, including National Leaders of Education, Specialist Leaders of Education, SENCOs and other senior leaders, ...

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 ...

SAPERE Foundation and Advanced level teacher training in P4C facilitation

By Wednesday, April 8, 2015 No tags Permalink

With Grafton Primary as the lead school, SAPERE, a UK charity, is running an LSEF funded project to introduce Philosophy for Children (P4C) into nine primaries and one secondary in Islington. The aim of the project is to enhance students’ educational, personal and social development, especially those who come from deprived backgrounds. SAPERE is providing ...

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 ...

Shaping the Future of CPD

By Monday, March 30, 2015 No tags Permalink

IRIS Connect, the market leading video CPD tool for reflection, coaching and collaboration, has released its Shaping the Future of CPD ‘Time to focus on the important, not the urgent’ report. Launched following IRIS Connect’s conference last month (February 2015), the new report features recommendations for schools, national policy and inter-school collaboration.  The report explores the key themes that emerged from ...