Closing the gap - Developing students learning skills - Thinking Skills RJ298 / C35

Start date
2 Mar 21
Learning Method
Remote Delivered CPD


‘Closing the gap’
Developing students learning skills
Findings in the recently published report ‘Schools’ responses to Covid-19. The challenges facing schools and pupils in September 2020 conclude that as a result of school closures:
•    The curriculum learning gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers within schools has widened by 46 %
•    Many students are 3 months behind in their learning;
•    Only 66% of the expected curriculum was covered in that time period
•    For students to progress either by remote learning, in school or taking a blended approach:
•    Learning needs to be Interactive learning
•    Pupils need regular feedback on their progress
•    Learning needs to be consolidated
•    Schools need to support pupils to self-regulate
•    Teachers need to use strategies that focus on independent learning
In response to this, the Northumberland, Tyne and Wear Science Learning Partnership is running a series of 1 hour interactive live sessions.
**Each session must be booked separately**
The learning outcomes for each of the seven sessions are as follows:
Knowledge retention & retrievalCourse Code RJ298 C29
•    Understand how memory works
•    Apply cognitive load theory to your lessons
•    Use a range of strategies to support students retain and retrieve knowledge
Self-regulation Course Code RJ298 C30
•    Understand what is meant by self-regulation
•    Use a range of strategies to help your students to self regulate
Observation skills Course Code RJ298 C31
•    Distinguish between observation and inference
•    Develop students observational skills in practical science
•    Use Johnstone’s triangle to link observations with concepts
•    Develop student skills for active observation and listening during a presentation
Literacy - developing writing Course Code RJ298 C32
•    describe what constitutes effective teaching and learning with respect to literacy
•    use an increased repertoire of teaching and learning strategies to enhance students’ writing skills
Data representation Course Code RJ298 C33
•    understand the significance of signs, symbols and keys to communicate scientific information’s
•    develop skills to organise data in tables and graphs
•    develop skills to interpret data from tables and graphs
Scientific calculations Course Code RJ298 C34
•    understand some of the difficulties students have in accessing maths skills used in science teaching
•    explore different ways of working with your maths department
•    develop strategies for teaching multistep calculations
Thinking skills Course Code RJ298 C35
•    explain what is meant by higher order thinking skills
•    Use a range of activities to access higher order thinking skills
•    Identify areas of the curriculum that will help to develop your students thinking skills
You can attend all sessions, a few sessions or just 1 session.
£20* per session for upto 3 people from your school.Every 3rd session free - £100 for all 7 sessions.(*maintained schools)




Thinking Skills02 March 202115:45-16:40Virtual

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State-funded school or collegeActivity fee£20.00 +VAT
Fee-paying school or college (independent)Activity fee£40.00 +VAT

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Our remote CPD courses for teachers are delivered across a series of sessions run at specific times and dates. Information on all course sessions can be found under the description of each course. To complete a course, all sessions are mandatory.

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