Step Up

This page will host staff development materials to accompany Step Up:Outstanding Learning and Teaching – the new DVD set that will help to transform the learning and teaching in your school.

All the resources designed to be used with the two DVD set will be posted here. Each will be free to download and will be in PDF format. You are not required to purchase Step Up to use our resources.

Step Up is a two DVD set of Outstanding lessons, strategies and teacher guidance. Step Up has been filmed professionally in six different secondary schools. It provides extended excerpts from twelve lessons each with interviews with the teachers concerned and the thoughts of some of the students. Step Up is ideal for staff development activities. All lessons were filmed live and each teacher interviewed immediately before the lesson and at some point during the lesson. We filmed outstanding teachers from the following subjects:

  • Art and Design
  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Business Studies
  • Languages
  • History
  • Religious Studies

Step Up also includes staff development discussions from six schools on topics such as: lesson planning, assessment, measuring progress, questioning strategies, collaborative learning, marking and feedback, independent learning, preparation for tests and effective staff development.

Leadership teams also share their guidance on how to begin the learning journey and how to achieve ‘outstanding’ in the inspection process.

RESOURCES USED OR REFERRED TO IN STEP UP

Student Progress Sheets

Student-Progress-Sheet-Solo-Exit-and-Entry1

Student-Progress-Sheet-Before-and-After-210-Schools-for-the-21st-Century

Step Up – DVD One Contents

Discussion panel of pupils discussing what it means to be ‘great at learning.’

Six different discussion panels of teachers focusing on specific aspects of Outstanding including:

  • Developing Independent Learning
  • Improving Peer and Self-Assessment
  • Giving Effective Written Feedback
  • Keeping up to date with Subject Knowledge and Skills
  • Making Learning Relevant
  • High Quality Professional Development
  • Lesson Planning
  • Improving Student Engagement
  • Preparing Students for Tests and Exams
  • Creating a Calm and Positive Ethos for Learning
  • Challenge and Differentiation
  • Measuring Progress
  • Motivating Students
  • Using Performance Data
  • Guidance from the Leadership of the six schools.

Strategies for Outstanding Lessons – fourteen different teacher interviews on further aspects of their teaching including:

  • Publishing Whole Year performance outcomes
  • Measuring Progress
  • Active Engagement
  • Designing better learning activities
  • Making learning relevant
  • Enhanced use of exercise books to improve feedback and self-assessment
  • Co-operative learning and group work

Free Resources for you to download:

 

PRINCIPLES AND OVERVIEW

An outline of our modelThe Model for Developing Outstanding Learning and Teaching

School Transformation OverviewJTL School Improvement Diagram

Our Description of Principles for Outstanding Learning Ten Principles for Outstanding Learning Explained

Ofsted and Quality of TeachingOfsted and Quality of Teaching – What Inspectors are Looking For

Key Learning Behaviours – assess where your learners are on the continuumLearner-Behaviours

Key Teacher Behaviours – assess where your teachers are on the continuumTeacher-Behaviours

Questions to consider for your SchoolPrinciples-of-Learning-Questions

Assess your school’s culture and capacity to improveCulture and Capacity Audit

DOWNLOAD EACH OF THE FOUR PROMPT SHEETS FOR YOUR STAFF DISCUSSION PANELS

Cramlington Learning Village Staff Discussion Panel

Paddington Academy Staff Discussion Panel

Farlingaye- School Staff Discussion Panel

Saint John the Baptist Staff Discussion Panel

NOW DOWNLOAD EACH OF OUR SUGGESTIONS FOR TAKING PRINCIPLES INTO PRACTICE:

Securing-Relevance

Using-Learning-Outcomes

Using-Prior-Knowledge-and-Prediction

Differentiated-Challenge

Enquiry-and-Questioning

Problem Solving and Independent Learning

Modelling-Understanding

Measuring-Progress

Purposeful-Assessment

Consolidate-and-Transfer-

STAFF DEVELOPMENT

Rate the impact of your staff development interventionsStaff Development Impact Scorecard

Effective CPD – CUREE-Report on Effective CPD

INNOVATORY PRACTICE

World Class Schools –10-Schools-for-the-21st-Century

OECD Summary of Effective Learning – OECD-on-Effective-Learning

EC Research on Learning to Learn – Learning-to-Learn-what-is-it-and-can-it-be-measured

Harris Academies Student Led Vision of Learning – Harris-New-Design-for-Learning

Project Based Learning – Teacher’s Guide to Project-based Learning

Sutton Trust Report – Sutton-Trust-Toolkit-of-Strategies-to-Improve-Learning

Step Up – DVD Two Contents

Excerpts of Outstanding Lessons including interviews with teachers and students. Each of 20-25 minutes duration.

  • Religious Studies: Year 10 at Saint John the Baptist School focusing on differentiating challenge, problem solving and independent learning.
  • German: Year 9 at Saint John the Baptist School focusing on measuring progress. and self-evaluation.
  • English: Year 7 at Farlingaye High School focusing on activating prior knowledge and questioning strategies.
  • Maths: Year 8 at Farlingaye High School focusing on modelling understanding.
  • Maths: Year 9 Maths at Paddington Academy focusing on paired and group discussion and modelling understanding.
  • BTEC Business Studies: Year 11 at Paddington Academy focusing on securing relevance and using learning outcomes.
  • Religious Studies: Year 7 at Paddington Academy focusing on differentiation, active engagement and questioning strategies.
  • Drama: Year 7 at Altrincham College of Arts focusing on measuring progress, learning outcomes and peer evaluation.
  • Science: Year 7 at Cramlington Learning Village focusing on problem solving and independent learning, consolidation and transfer.
  • History: Year 10 at Cramlington Learning Village focusing on prior knowledge and prediction, using learning outcomes, modelling understanding and measuring progress.
  • Maths: Year 7 at Cramlington Learning Village focusing on active engagement, differentiation and peer evaluation.
  • English: Year 9 at St Thomas More focusing on measuring progress and group work.

Step Up is available on October 12. Full price details and order forms are available below.

Order Step Up

Step Up: Outstanding Learning and Teaching – Two DVD Boxed Set – £395

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