TSC SW Podcast #8 : Dr. Jim Rogers and Judy Clark

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Judy Clark is a highly experienced English consultant committed to empowering pupils to find their voice both literally and metaphorically. A lead oracy champion, working cross phase with schools to develop spoken language as the underpinning vehicle for learning, Judy has a passion for children’s literature and is committed to opening up the treasures and delights of reading, writing and language to pupils of all ages. She has worked as a senior leader in school; a local authority school improvement adviser for literacy; with Pie Corbett as a Talk for Writing consultant and as the Primary Adviser for the National Literacy Trust for many years whilst continuing to lecture in English at Plymouth Marjon University and work nationally as a freelance trainer and consultant.

She lives on Dartmoor in the shadow of Haytor and is currently reading The Wild Folk by Sylvia Linstead



Timeline (mins):

00:00 – 02:06 Introduction

1. 02:07 Judy, tell us a bit more about yourself, your background and why you are so passionate about literacy, particularly ‘oracy’.

2. 06:20 So, what do we exactly mean when we refer to oracy and why is important?

3. 11:15 Should we measure and assess oracy?!

4. 14:50 What are the most effective methods to develop oracy in schools? / What examples do you have of oracy being particularly effective in school?

5. 21:24 There is concern at the moment about the most disadvantaged pupils and their lack of engagement with education during school closures. We also believe there will be a significant impact on pupil wellbeing. What place does oracy have in our support of students during the next few months, and how might it underpin a recovery curriculum?

6. 28:38 Where can we find out more about oracy?





Jim can be found on Twitter   @jimrogers72 

West Somerset Research Schools Newsletter: July 2020

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The latest West Somerset Research Schools Newsletter is now available.  View it here.West Somerset Research School

Articles include:

Challenging misconceptions in science

Applying the Evidence to School Closures

Planning SEL when children return to school

Science at Meols Cop: Our Misconception Mission

School support packages from Oxford University Press

Attainment GAP Impact Assessmentt

School Closure Resources 

Please share this newsletter with colleagues and ask them to register here to receive a copy.


New Guidance for Teaching Mathematics in Primary Schools

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DfE and The National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics have published a suite of new guidance on teaching Mathematics in primary schools. This guidance:

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                     identifies the core concepts that are needed for pupils to progress in their study of mathematics

                     demonstrates how pupils can build their understanding of these concepts from year 1 to year 6


Short videos that introduce and summarise this guidance are also available. Schools and trusts may find this guidance helpful in planning and prioritising the curriculum following the COVID-19 outbreak.