Spring into Science

Nadia Callow- Hussain April 2019 The idea for Spring into Science came about from being inspired by watching the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures. Like the Christmas Lectures our very own Spring into Science was set up to introduce a young audience to physics through spectacular demonstrations delivered by Professors passionate about their field. Professor Philip Moriarty and Professor Ed Copeland from our very own University of Nottingham delivered a fantastic lecture called Universal Harmonies- When physics meets music meets maths… As you can imagine, from a title like that it was full of exciting scientific phenomena, spellbinding experiments and an enthusiastic young audience. See for yourself! https://vimeo.com/333330231/c050318c7f After the experiments, a panel of students and researchers took questions from the enthusiastic year 8 audience. Professor Moriarty also wrote a blog about the event https://muircheartblog.wordpress.com/2019/05/05/lightning-strikes-again-spring-into-science-2019/... read more

Assessment Objective 3 on the 9-1 GCSE Science Specification

Nadia Callow Hussain March 2019 I delivered short CPD session on strategies encourage teachers to  students to have confidence when delivering these questions and building student confidence in answering questions. We looked at strategies to use and past paper questions that would help explain the ideas in class. Delivered at Ellis Guilford School and Park Vale Academy in March 2019... read more

Preconceptions in Science

Nadia Callow- Hussain March 2019 The Education Endowment Fund produced a report in 2018 on Improving Secondary Science. The first strand  in the summary recommendations was to tackle the preconceptions that pupils bring into lessons. I ran a short CPD session at Ellis Guilford based around discussion on what the common preconceptions are and how to tackle them.... read more

FOSAC – Real Science in Schools Symposium.

Nadia Callow- Hussain February 2019 As part of Nottingham’s amazing Festival of Science and Curiosity, the team set up a Symposium in the historic Council House (include fly through link https://vimeo.com/318457467/b080b4faac ) to showcase real life scientific research in schools. Students from over 20 school were there to present their research findings. The overriding essence of the event was the keen enthusiasm from the children in the room. https://vimeo.com/319515483/b126e0a335 We are looking to expand the excitement and enthusiasm that the Symposium encouraged to include more secondary schools next year in line with fulfilling the Gatsby Practical Science Benchmark 8 (Investigative projects- Students should have opportunities to do open-ended and extended investigative projects.) Please look out for the opportunity to get some funding to help take part in some enjoyable science projects designed to inspire pupils and to connect with science in the world around... read more

Maths in Science – Thursday 6th December 18

Maths in Science went ahead at Nottingham University yesterday. Greg Thomas came in to give several hints and tips. How do you feel about equation triangles?  He suggested that whilst they have their place, they may hinder progression and if students can calculate kinetic energy them why do they need a triangle for speed, distance and time?!  It brought about a fair amount of discussion around the room. Greg also shared the Mathematics programmes of study for key stages 1, 2 and 3 to underpin the context of the level of maths students are now taught. Plenty of ideas for practical use in the classroom and lovely cake provided by the University. Nadia Callow-Hussain, Science Strand Lead, EIB. ... read more

Evaluation of the 2018 GCSE with Daisi and Ofqual – Monday 3rd December 18

We had the Evaluation of the 2018 GCSE with Ofqual session today. It started off with Philip Burton from Daisi talking to the Nottingham City Heads of Science about the QLA and getting feedback on that. Then Sarah Old from Ofqual spoke, about the grading process, grade boundaries, tiers of entry etc. Ofqual are not committing to a 3,3 grade again on the higher paper- they are keen to hear teacher views and have run 10 sessions inviting that discussion ( I went to one of these in September).  I think the Heads of Science appreciated the opportunity to be part of the dialogue. We had a nearly full house of Nottingham City Heads of Science. Working with the Stem Learning Partnership, we also had Heads of Science from Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire so a real feather in the cap for Nottingham to host this. Nadia Callow-Hussain, Science Strand Lead,... read more

“Teaching the required practical work – sharing the challenges, opportunities and best practice ” Nadia Callow- Hussain (EIB Science Strand Lead)

On Monday 23 April, in collaboration with the OCR Science team, the Education Improvement Board and the School of Education we were delighted to welcome Dr David Paterson to the University of Nottingham. He is the current acting Chair of his local regional ASE committee and a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry Secondary and Further Education Interest Group. Aims of the session: ·         Discuss and try out some practical activities ·         Consider challenges faced in schools with the new required practicals ·         Expanding on the learning from practicals. We selected three GCSE required practicals to carry out, analyse and evaluate. Delegates were given the opportunity to have hands on experience of carrying them out, alongside discussion with colleagues of hints and tips for best practice. The delegates were also given materials to compare the methodology from all of the exam boards.         ... read more

Changing a culture – Damian Belshaw, Djanogly City Academy

Last February a group of staff went to visit the Uncommon Charter school system based in New York and New Jersey. We had identified this chain as an incredibly high performing group of schools who operated with stunning results in difficult circumstances. The chain was established by Doug Lemov, author of Teach Like a Champion and Paul Bambrick-Santoyo, author of the titles Leverage Leadership and Driven by Data. These are all titles that we use regularly within our daily practice and have utilised to transform our school from where it was 3 years ago. We were searching for a clearer understanding of how to change culture rather than fix behaviour. How to build a culture of aspiration, one of ‘can do’ rather than one of excuses. What we found was breath-taking; we all felt that the 8 days we spent were the best 8 days of CPD we have ever experienced. We became immersed in an all-pervasive culture where everyone had a clear job, where everyone knew exactly what they had to do and the idea of team was intrinsic to every aspect of the schools we saw. We were able to see some truly inspiring teaching and leaders who lived the mission of the Charter which was to enable everyone entering the Uncommon System to graduate from College; especially those whom society has forgotten. When we returned we were determined to introduce the same culture to Djanogly. From February last year we introduced a system of Routines for Learning to try to abolish the biggest hindrance to building positive behaviours. This hindrance is always a perception of a... read more

EIB annual report

David Anstead, Strategic Lead for the Education Improvement Board (EIB) has written an annual report looking at the outcomes in Nottingham in 2016/17 and the work of the EIB. If you would like to get in touch about the report please email Jennifer.hardy@nottinghamcity.gov.uk EIB annual... read more

Reflecting on the last Academic Year – Caroline Vissani

Wow! It has been just over a year since myself and Lucy, along with the support of Martin Tilbrook (East Midlands South Maths Hub) embarked on an Early Years Maths Teacher Research project involving nine schools from across Nottingham City. I do not think anyone could have predicted the impact that the year had on us all. At the start of September 2016, using funding from the Nottingham City Education Improvement Board (EIB,) working with our nine schools we set out to look at what Mastery in the Early Years might look like, with the aim of giving children a secure mathematical foundation in F2.  Our learning focused on research around how to develop early number sense and used a process of Lesson Study to look at the impact that our teaching had on the children. Many of the practitioners involved in the research project contributed towards creating a short film, which highlights the learning that took place over around 10 months. One of our challenges at the end of the academic year was how to share a year’s worth of learning in a day!  After extensively planning the training day we used some of our funding from the EIB for 1 x F2 Teacher from every school across Nottingham City to attend a day where we could explore some of the key learning from the year. The day was full of theory and links to research but also involved many practical activities. We used lots of simple, everyday resources to show practitioners how Early Number Sense can be developed through the teaching of Comparison, Counting, Composition and Change.... read more