Federation Training

Twilight Training Session 1
Tuesday 18th October 2016
The first of our Federation Twilight Training Sessions took place in October where all four schools took part in two training sessions hosted by both primary and secondary teaching staff. The evening was an opportunity for staff from the different schools to meet each other (in many cases for the first time) and share ideas relating to pedagogy. Staff opted in to two sessions of the four available on the evening, prioritising areas to support their own professional development.

The training sessions focused on the following areas:

  • Assessment of Learning
  • Supporting Writing Skills for Students with Literacy Difficulties
  • Making Learning Stick
  • Questioning

Please view the training resources below for further details:

Ben Howard and Deborah Plowright – Checking for Understanding:

Carolyn Williams and Sarah Hodgson – Enhancing lower ability students’ independent writing skills and handouts:
Note: Accompanying Literacy Handout (PDF)

 Katie Hunter and Gareth Sleightholme – Making Learning Stick:

 Robert Pepper and Anna Aspery also undertook a presentation entitled ‘What is the point of asking questions?’ This cannot be included here due to Data Protection procedures.

Twilight Training Session 2
Wednesday 15th February

The aim of this training session was to prepare staff for our forthcoming ‘Federation Focus Fortnight’ to take place in March. The ‘focus fortnights’ are something we would like to incorporate into each term, as part of our procedures for quality assuring teaching and learning across the Federation. We have chosen to focus on specific groups of learners, including: the most able, those with an SEND, the least able and students who are eligible for pupil premium. The training took place at Ryedale School and involved a 30 minute training session on each group of learners. Appropriate strategies for supporting each group were identified and the proformas to be used to undertake learning walks in the forthcoming ‘focus fortnight’ were shared.

Please view the training resources used for further details:







Federation Focus Fortnight 1
20th-31st March 2017

Over the course of these two weeks, headteachers from all four school undertook learning walks in each other’s schools with a focus on the groups of learners identified in the previous training session. These visits were supplemented by learning walks undertaken by three Lead Practitioners at Ryedale School in each of the primaries. In advance of each learning walk, internal data was scrutinised and used as a basis for assessing the quality of provision within classrooms for each group of learners.

The fortnight was a resounding success, with over 80 lessons visited and a wealth a good practice identified. Following this exercise, the Executive Leadership Team is now in the process of drawing up a summary document for each headteacher to share with their staff, based on strengths and areas for development observed. It is the intention that the areas for development will be addressed in future CPD sessions and re-evaluated in learning walks over the summer term.



Domenica Wilkinson

Secondary Director
The Ryedale Federation

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