Category Archives: Planning for Learning

Coaching in a Crisis: Toolkit for Coaches and Advanced Practitioners

I work as a freelance trainer and coach in the Further Education sector in the UK and since the onset of the pandemic have been having conversations with many coaches working in that context and grappling to support staff as … Continue reading

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Can the scheme of work be a working document? Conversations with teachers

This week I have been delivering training on planning for learning in several colleges and I have had some fascinating discussions about the way the teachers conceptualise, devise and use these significant documents. It struck me that this can be … Continue reading

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Personalising Learning in the FE Sector

Personalising Learning  The current context in the FE sector During my work as a consultant, trainer and coach in the FE sector, I am hearing a lot of conversations about what it means to personalise learning. For me, personalised learning at … Continue reading

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Embedding English: Useful phrases for lesson plans and schemes of work

Thanks to Julie Sinclair, from Westminster Kingsway College in London, for sharing this resource with me. It is a list of useful phrases for describing the aspects of English often embedded in lesson plans and schemes of work. This would … Continue reading

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Questions for professional dialogue after peer visits or lesson plan peer reviews

You can use these for reviewing a lesson plan with a colleague or for the professional dialogue after a peer visit to your colleague’s classroom. The aim is to foster a reflective space for professional learning, so that your colleague … Continue reading

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Embedding English: Links for Developing Reading Skills

 For teachers who want to learn more about different aspects of reading and for students who want to develop their own reading skills, these links could be useful: http://www.howtolearn.com/2013/02/skimming-and-scanning-two-important-strategies-for-speeding-up-your-reading/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/topic/skimming-and-scanning http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/11/09/skimming-and-scanning-using-the-times-to-develop-reading-skills/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0 https://sites.google.com/site/eapresourcesonline/reading/strategies-skimming-and-scanning

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Embedding English and Maths: Resource Sites for Vocational Teachers and Functional Skills Practitioners

The resource site for embedding maths and English for vocational areas is: http://www.skillsworkshop.org/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise lots of short exercises for students to develop their grammar, punctuation and other skills here. Great for extension exercises for stretch and challenge or for an additional … Continue reading

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