The new academic year has seen the introduction of a ‘reading club’ as part of our research driven CPD programme. The reading club provides teaching staff with an opportunity to get together in small clusters once a fortnight and discuss a piece of text that I have shared with them. Most of the text will be research based, but there will also be pieces that are relevant and appropriate to the time of year. I will be aiming to send this out to teaching staff at least a week in advance to give them an opportunity to read and engage with the text, considering the prompt questions provided.

The first reading club text is all about getting off to a flying a start for the new academic year, whether this be as a new teacher at Culcheth High or whether you are teaching new students for the first time. The blog is by Shaun Allison, co-author or ‘Making Every Lesson Count’ and a well-respected Deputy Head Teacher. I hope that this text will provide our teachers, both new and old, with a fresh insight into maintaining and establishing learning environments that are highly conducive to learning for all of our students. The first reading briefing will offer our teachers valuable time to stop and reflect upon their first few weeks of the new academic year, what their many successes were and consider how we can support each other as a body of staff to always be the very best that we can be for our students. If you would like to have a read of the text, it can be found at https://classteaching.wordpress.com/2017/08/22/getting-off-to-thebest-start-with-a-new-class/

As we embark on our new curriculum, with all current KS4 courses being taught under new specifications, it is more crucial than ever to ensure that the decisions we make about teaching and learning at Culcheth High are informed by evidence. This academic year we will see an increase in the amount of time handed over to departments in order to allow them to make informed decisions about teaching and learning for the students within their subject, supported by me as Research Lead. Watch this space for more exciting developments as the year unfolds!

Miss J Lomax, Research Lead