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Schools join forces in bid to boost classroom time

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 27, 2014

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SCHOOLS in South Derbyshire have joined forces in a bid to improve teaching standards and ‘inspire and engage’ youngsters in the classroom.

Teachers from schools in the county met to present a raft of ideas at the very first ‘TeachMeet’ event, which was hosted by the Pingle School, in Swadlincote.

Teachers from all the major schools in the area were handed five-minute sessions to explain how they would change things and to present ideas that they had found successful in getting pupils to enjoy being in the classroom.

Nina Warren, from Granville Sports College, in Burton Road, Woodville, said: “It was great to speak to teachers from other schools and see what they are doing to improve the quality of teaching.”

Staff from Granville, and also the Pingle School and John Port School, in Etwall, presented to a wide audience of both primary and secondary teachers on a range of issues.

The event was designed to encourage the sharing of good ideas in the classroom with a view to improve students’ experience of learning.

Event co-ordinator Sarah Rea, teaching and learning lead practitioner at the Pingle School, said: “The event was a real success, we have shared a range of fantastic ideas and everyone who attended has left armed with strategies to make their lessons fun, interesting and effective.”

Presentations spanned a range of ideas including ‘How to hook students into a lesson’, ‘Engaging students’ and new ways to use ICT in the classroom.

The ‘TeachMeet’ is also designed to develop links between the schools in South Derbyshire as well as to make school more fun for students and get them excited about their lessons.

Year 11 prefects from Pingle assisted at the event and told the Mail that they were excited about the prospect of trying out the news ideas in the classroom.

Olivia Coy spoke about her thoughts on the event.

She said: “It was great to see all of our teachers talking about how to improve our lessons. I can’t wait to try them all out.”

Similar event are expected to take place in the future.

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