Following on from a highly successful session at Birchwood High School in Bishop’s Stortford, Herts for Learning (HfL) have launched an all-staff INSET day to develop a home and school-wide culture to help close attainment gaps, called ‘Achieving a High Performance Culture for All’.
The training day complements schools’ preparations for the new Ofsted framework, which states explicitly that “schools should have an inclusive culture that facilitates arrangements to identify early those pupils who have been disadvantaged and meet the needs of those pupils.” The new framework will evaluate the extent to which “the provider has the same ambitions for almost all learners” and leaders “adopt or construct a curriculum that is ambitious and designed to give all learners, particularly the most disadvantaged, the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life.”
This INSET programme is designed to reinforce the power of creating a school-wide culture around Growth Mindset, the myth of talent and the power of practice. It explores strategies that are successful in establishing a belief (shared by staff, parents and students) in the potential of all students to become high performers and initiatives that have impact in closing the attainment gaps between disadvantaged students and their peers.
Describing the training, Dr Chris Ingate, Headteacher at Birchwood High School, said:
“An engaging and expertly delivered whole-school workshop that successfully managed to blend theory and practice around the ‘hot topic’ of growth mindset Closing the gap is a big issue for my school and this CPD really helped provide teaching staff with the inspiration to make a difference for disadvantaged young people."
The training is available as a one-day INSET or half-day for all staff, or as stand-alone one-hour workshops for teams.
Costs and sample programme details can be found on the training flyer.