East of Ipswich: Suffolk Network meeting

A lie-in earlier this week for a change, as I was out for a CPD network meeting which involved colleagues from local schools in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.
Royal Hospital School near Ipswich were the hosts for the day, with Hamish and Harriet, and their colleague Tim. It's a very impressive building and location overlooking the Stour.
I started off the day with a quick half an hour on how I use technology (alongside other tools) - which was an adaptation of the presentation I used in London last week. It's shared here as a PDF if you have use for it.
RHS AP 2211 by GeoBlogs on Scribd
Hamish then went through some ideas for how he has developed, and then uses his PLN: personal learning network

EAL / SENCO colleagues then provided a series of strategies for supporting these students.
An EAL Guidebook, containing a range of sentence frames and structures which students carry around with them, and can use where necessary has been developed, and they very kindly shared these with us.
Vocabulary is a key area where there is also an impact on exam performance, as well as the quality of written work.
Advice for introducing new vocabulary in advance of the lesson, ten words or so at a time, and with collocations.
Definition and derivation / type - Level 1, 2 and 3 vocabulary linked to exam papers.

After a fine lunch, we were shown an interesting project in the DT department, which uses the Zappar AR app to add stories of the first World War as part of an armistice centenary project.

The afternoon was taken up with a productive discussion on themes which were of common interest and concern, and the start of some sharing of resources.

Thanks to RHS for the hosting. We hope to circulate the hosting of the event, and welcome all the colleagues to King's at some point in the future.