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Where schools (and Ofsted) are getting curriculum wrong

Ofsted has a very narrow view of what curriculum is and schools have not been given the skills or freedom to innovate, according to academic Mark Priestley.

How comfortable are you with theorising, developing and enacting a curriculum? What about assessing how well that curriculum is performing?

Read more here 

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Steve Miley honoured for 40 years of service to children in H&F

Steve Miley – former Director of Children’s Services at Hammersmith & Fulham Council – has been awarded an OBE in The Queen’s New Year’s Honours.

Steve, who spent nearly 40 years working on improving children’s services in H&F, as well as in shared services with Westminster City Council and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, retired in the winter of 2019.

A care leaver himself, Steve started out as a social worker in 1981. He rose through the ranks at H&F Council to spend the final two years of his career as the newly established sovereign H&F Director of Children’s Services – where his inspirational leadership made an impression on all who worked with him.

Most importantly, he never lost sight of the fact that the benefit to children was always paramount across all the work of his department. And the compassion he showed in the role positively impacted on the lives of many young people over a great many years.

“Steve’s dedication has ensured children’s safeguarding in H&F has always been of the highest standard,” said Cllr Larry Culhane, H&F Cabinet Member for Children and Education.

“This is an award for everyone in our schools and in children’s services whose dedication and commitment to children, working in such a supportive political environment, has led to this recognition,” said Steve.

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Learning Partnership | Peer review with Hammersmith and Fulham

Welcome to our exemplary practice pages

Our peer review work with primary schools in the Hammersmith and Fulham Learning Partnership, since the Local Authority became sovereign in April 2018, has taught us that there is a great deal of exceptionally good practice in the borough. Information about each school’s exemplary practice can be found in Hammersmith and Fulham’s Learning Partnership brochures and you are warmly invited to visit these schools to find out how to implement similar work in your own schools.

Jan Parnell

Assistant Director of Education

 

Introduction to Peer Review

Hammersmith & Fulham learning partnership peer reviews have begun to establish themselves as a key component in developing collaboration between all of our schools. The aim of the peer review process is to support the schools in validating their own judgements about aspects of its quality of education. Each host school identifies an area for further improvement as well as showcasing a particular strength for the benefit of the wider schools community in the learning partnership. The review team is made up of heads and deputies from two other schools. This is a constructive approach to school improvement that offers an expert perspective on the school’s chosen themes. An external Ofsted trained consultant facilitates the process.

Underpinning peer review is the commitment to fostering school-to-school professional development, networks and partnerships, After the peer review  has ended, headteachers and senior leaders continue to share, discuss and develop their practice together.

We are disseminating Hammersmith and Fulham learning partnership’s unique strengths more widely. Through our ‘best practice’ brochures we expect that the process of professional development will continue to dynamically develop. Our learning partnership schools are open to visits from leaders and teachers in other local schools. In future we intend to build more structured post-review visits and local school-to-school partnerships.

Lesley Leak

Head of School Effectiveness

All Saints Primary School

Avonmore Primary School

Bayonne Nursery

Brackenbury Primary School

The Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School

James Lee Nursery School

St John XXIII Catholic Primary School

Melcombe Primary School

Miles Coverdale Primary School

Normand Croft Community School

Old Oak Primary School

Randolph Beresford Early Years Centre

St. John’s Walham Green CE Primary School

St Mary’s Catholic Primary School

St Stephen’s C of E Primary School

Vanessa Nursery School

Wendell Park Primary School

Wormholt Park Primary School

For more information please email each school directly. Contact details are provided on each brochure, or you can look on each school website.

If would like to get involved in Peer Review, please email cpd@thelillahuset.com 

 

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MathsHUB London Central and West | Morning Lesson Study with Shanghai Teachers

Come and see Shanghai teachers in a Year 3 class and a Year 5 class for a morning at St Thomas’s C of E Primary School. You will then be invited to take part in a discussion about the morning lessons, led by mastery specialists from our Maths Hub. You will also get a flavour of what it could be like for your school to work with a mastery specialist for 2020-21.

More information can be found here

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