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Principles and Practice: Why the Cambridge Primary Review is more relevant than ever
On Monday 2nd March 2015, teachers and heads from Eastern Region schools (and beyond!) joined us for a half day conference to reflect on the key principles of the Cambridge Primary Review, share ideas and network. We were lucky to have two directors of CPRT presenting, David Reedy (Director for Schools) and Julia Flutter (Director for Communication) in addition to a whole team of senior leaders from Fulbridge Academy, a leading member of CPRT’s Schools Alliance that is working closely with us at Cambridge. The theme of the morning was ‘Principles and Practice: why the Cambridge Primary Review is more relevant than ever!’ and we started broadly, revisiting the Review and its key messages with Julia leading a wonderfully clear and thoughtful insight into the process of the Review itself. David followed, focusing on ‘Effective talk for learning across the curriculum’, engaging participants in considering what dialogic teaching looks like in practice (the subject of a major research project being undertaken jointly by CPRT and Institute for Effective Education at the University of York, supported by the Education Endowment Foundation). The team from Fulbridge Academy, led by Iain and Ben Erskine, then offered the ‘close up’ view of their approach to assessment taking a CPR perspective. Their brilliant English co-ordinator, Andrew Currie, shared his English assessment development, and this led to some very interesting debate and discussion about ‘no-levels’ assessment. We had some great feedback from the morning, and a real sense of shared principles and the value of working together.
We will be following up with a series of reading group meetings for school senior leaders. The first will be reviewing Wynne Harlen’s recent report, Assessment, Standards, and Quality of Learning in Primary Education, at The Spinney School on the 19th March. All school senior leaders are welcome – please contact Fiona for more details, and come along if you are in the area!