Becoming a Thinking School transformed our pupils' learning

TES | January 31, 2019

Like many schools, our delight at our showing in the provisional Progress 8 scores, published in November, has been tempered by the knowledge that the first findings should be treated with caution. But now that the final ones have been published, our ‘quiet confidence’ has been repaid. Our schools – separate but co-sited single-sex academies – recorded a score of +1.0 (Glenmoor Academy – girls) and (Winton Academy - boys) +0.60, respectively. Our P8 English and Maths attainment figure show remarkable progress. At Glenmoor, we’ve moved from +0.48 in 2016 to +0.85 in 2017 to this year’s +1.05. Over the same period, Glenmoor’s percentage of grade 5s in English and maths have moved from 65 per cent to 78 per cent. At Winton, the P8 figures for English and Maths attainment have moved from +0.37 in 2016, +0.75 in 2017 and +0.51 this year while the grade 5 English and maths attainment figures have gone from 44 per cent to 61 per cent.So how have we done it?A key part of our progress has been becoming a ‘Thinking School’, one of a growing number accredited by the University of Exeter.While there’s never a golden bullet to improving learning, the Thinking School approach has permeated every part of our school culture. We’re sited in a predominantly white, working-class area of Bournemouth. At Glenmoor, 27 per cent of pupils are eligible for pupil premium (PP) funding, 17 per cent have English as an additional language (EAL), and 12 per cent have special educational needs (SEND). At Winton, the PP students number 18 per cent, while 17 per cent have EAL and SEND.

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In this smartphone-obsessed world, social media plays an integral role in the education field. Social media offers innumerable opportunities for learning and collaboration. Students, teachers, and educational institutes can make the most of social media while making learning more engaging and interesting. If truth be told, social media tools have a great potential to promote active learning, communication, and collaboration.

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