5 – 9 December 2016

Waving goodbye to our Shanghai guests, lots of training and trying to arrange a festive photo shoot…

Monday The team had another busy start to the week with our visitors from Shanghai, preparing for the fully booked observation sessions hosted by Scholes and Elmet Primary School. There has been some inspirational ideas and practice shared by the visitors, who have also enjoyed observing UK practice. The hub will be producing a short paper about learning from the visit, and sharing ideas about how this can inform classroom activities and learning on a day-to-day basis – look out for this early in the New Year.

Tuesday After a stressful morning trying to arrange a team photo for the hub’s Christmas eCard greeting, Natasha gave up on the impossible task of trying to find a slot in everyone’s busy diaries. She instead informed the team that her plan was to take a photo at the start of the team’s festive celebrations early next week. The team were unsure about Jennie’s suggestion that they all arrive in Christmas jumpers for the ‘do’ and picture…

Wednesday Beth had a great day delivering the first Understanding Fractions course, with plenty of hands on activities. Jen had a different type of CPD morning, brainstorming how hub CPD can work together for schools as part of a complete package. Paul also had a day of training, delivering a ‘Questioning and Variation’ twilight for whole school training. He however, still managed to spend some time on his favourite topic of all – Bar Modelling, speaking to the team about the sessions they will run at this one day national conference on 16 February.

Thursday Caroline had another successful day with the Teaching Assistants on our mastery support programme. The passion of delegates determined to do more for the children they support has been inspiring, and the programme has been heavily oversubscribed. The hub intends to review how we can offer more schools this type of support moving forward.

Friday The end of another busy week, and like our schools, the team are starting the countdown to Christmas! Jill felt a little sad waving our lovely Chinese guests goodbye at Leeds train station as they prepare to fly home – Jill has led the trip (which has included a meal with the team at Hotel Chocolat, and some Yorkshire themed gifts) and has spent a great deal of time with our guests – the hub hopes they have a smooth journey home.