Lesson Study returns!

We’re delighted to have kicked off a new academic year with a week of Lesson Study, this time in Year 3. As always, our teachers got a lot out of this fantastic professional growth opportunity, saying at the end: “The opportunities to observe the learning behaviours and reflect on my own teaching and think about…

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Featured article in Professional Development Today

At The Mead Teaching School, we take research seriously – we recognise its value in influencing children’s progress, and in providing professional growth for our teachers. We are currently working on a number of research projects, which you can read more about here. We’re also passionate about sharing our learning with other professionals, and are…

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STEM Learning ENTHUSE Partnership launched

We are very excited, and rather proud, to have joined forces with STEM Learning to become an ENTHUSE Partnership school for 2019-21. We have launched a new page, which gives all of the details about the partnership. This is also where we will be blogging regularly about our STEM activities in the coming months, so…

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Year 4 Lesson Study

Our Year 4 Maths Team completed a week of Lesson Study last week, and as with our previous Lesson Studies, everyone found it a valuable experience. The week was led by Mrs Fay Perdicchia, Maths Lead at Castle Mead School. Mrs Perdicchia said “Everyone was really inspired and full of enthusiasm about how they could apply…

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New Lesson Study Research Poster Available

After the success of our Lesson Study pilot in Summer 2018, we have continued with the approach this term. We began last week with Maths in Year 2, and are continuing this week with Maths in Year 6. Lyssy Bolton, Executive Headteacher of The Mead Academy Trust, said “I was really interested to read the…

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Early Years Connect features in EYE magazine

Our ground-breaking Early Years Connect project is currently featured in this month’s Early Years Educator, and we’re delighted. If you have a subscription to Early Years Educator, you can read the full article here, but if you don’t, you can download a PDF version instead. There is also plenty of information about the project, including…

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Lesson Study week at The Mead and River Mead

From 12th – 15th June 2018, teachers and leaders from across The Mead Academy Trust came together to host and participate in our first Lesson Study week. Lesson Study involves groups of teachers collaboratively planning, teaching, observing and analysing learning and teaching in ‘research lessons’. They record their findings and over a cycle of research…

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Workload Challenge report published by DfE

In January 2017, we were successful in becoming one of a handful of schools across the country to receive funding from the National College for research into effectively and efficiently reducing teacher workload whilst maintaining or improving standards. The project was called Workload Challenge Research and built on the work done by review groups, by funding school-led…

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SLE Case Study Published by Teaching Schools Council

Lindsay and Nicola recently wrote a case study for the Teaching Schools Council’s library of case studies on Evidence Based Teaching, and advancing capability and capacity for enquiry in schools. The key focus of our enquiry was to explore strategies for further increasing capacity for Specialist Leaders in Education, and the leadership of research across…

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