A quick reminder to all Parents/Carers that Monday 30th October is an Inset Day. The first day back for students, after the half term holiday, is Tuesday 31st October.
Chemical spillage incident
We have experienced a small spillage within the chemical store in the Science department in B block and, as required, we implemented our emergency health and safety procedures which included phoning the fire brigade (who were excellent) and the chemical company to clean up. As a safety procedure, we did evacuate B block and reallocated the students with their Form Tutors. The students were calm and very well behaved. The situation is now resolved and I would like to thank all the students and staff for their forbearance, but as I’m sure you will appreciate, there are standard procedures I must comply with for the safety of all within The Abbey School community.
Mrs C Woodend
Other qualities the course should encourage include:
PPS is one of the CP’s four core components and ties together all aspects of the core, vocational and IB subjects.
The overall aims of personal and professional skills are for the students to:
1. Personal Development:
3. Intercultural Understanding:
4. Thinking Processes:
5. Applied Ethics:
The PPS course you will follow is linked with your reflective project course to ensure they complement one another. For example, you will be studying ethical issues within PPS at the same time you are devising an ethical dilemma question for your reflective project.
|Year 12 - PPS||Project Management||Intercultural Communication||Ethical Issues||Debating Skills||E-Safety||Unifrog / Careers|
|Year 12 - RP||Taught element (e.g research skills)||Forming a question||Research/ first reflection meetings||Data analysis/ structure and planning||Interim Reflections|
|Year 13 - PPS||Rights and Liberation||Current Affairs||Financial Awareness||Revision Skills (inc stress and anxiety)||Revision Skills|
|Year 13 - RP||Peer coaching/ refining/ referencing||Final reflections||Moderation||Final Submission||EXAMS|
“A thinking school is one of an educational community in which all members share a common commitment to giving regular, careful thought to everything that takes place. This will involve learning how to think reflectively, critically and creatively, and to employ these skills and techniques in the co-construction of a meaningful curriculum and associated activities.” Professor Emeritus Bob Burden, of the Cognitive Centre at Exeter University.
There is a global call for action to improve student performance through educating for higher order thinking. What is at stake? Applied literacy, jobs in the global economy, and an engaged and thriving community. Schools, therefore, need to shift from teacher-led memorization of information to explicit teaching of skilful thinking and problem solving. This requires equal access to learning at higher levels for all students, independent of gender, ethnicity, and cultural background. The Thinking Schools International approach is based on three guiding principles that address this need, which are:
We are living through a time of exceptional change and technological development. At the Abbey School, we believe we need to nurture our children and young people to be confident, adaptable and resilient learners who can think for themselves. Our moral purpose is to transform the life chances of our young people so that they will have the self-esteem, skills and knowledge to thrive in an ever-changing world.
As a Thinking School, The Abbey is committed to developing over time:
✓ A common language of learning;
✓ Thinking Skills embedded at the heart of the curriculum;
✓ Vibrant, collaborative learning environments;
✓ Transformation of learning;
✓ Developing skilled, resilient, independent, reflective learners
✓ Whole school training of all teachers and support staff
We also have a dedicated drive team of lead teachers in a School Improvement Group (SIG) who coach and mentor the other teachers and support staff.
The Thinking Foundation offers a Thinking School Accreditation process. The framework they use for a school to achieve accreditation is based on 5 Key Areas for Reflection and 15 Criteria representing the vision of directly facilitating thinking as a foundation for early childhood through adult education and for nurturing all students as global citizens. These Key Areas and Criteria are useful descriptors for defining a Thinking School:
We introduced the first Thinking Tool to all Year Groups: Habits of Mind. They actively promote the characteristics of effective, resilient, independent learners e.g. persistence, and responsible risk taking. This was done through a series of 16 lessons delivered to all tutor groups in form time over a 16 week period.
We also redesigned our own personalised Abbey School Habits of Mind logos, which we have placed around the school in the forms of:
✓ Wall logos
✓ TV PowerPoint
✓ Lesson labels
Finally, our teaching and support staff are actively encouraged to engage the students with these Habits of Mind in the form of immediate Assessment for Learning (AfL) verbal feedback to the students.
We will be introducing the students to Thinking Maps. These are 8 visual ways of presenting your thinking. Each one is specific to its purpose, and designed to allow the students to:
✓ Plug holes in their knowledge by visualising their responses against mark schemes
✓ Work independently from teaching and support staff
✓ Work cooperatively with each other to enhance their learning
✓ Show great Habits of Mind skills
✓ Visually plan their answers
✓ See logical connections between concepts
✓ Access the higher grades in exams
✓ Become independent, resilient self-learners
✓ Attain above and beyond their target grades
We will also be reviewing and measuring the impact that both Habits of Mind and Thinking Maps are having on students’ positivity and resilience, as well as their attainment, progression and exam results.
We will be introducing our 3rd thinking tool (as yet undecided), and continuing to evaluate the impact Thinking Schools is having on the students, the teaching and learning, and the progression and results, before considering to go for full Thinking Schools International accreditation.
• Monday 11 July Year 7 & Year 8 reward trip to Chessington
• Tuesday 12 July Year 9 & Year 10 reward trip to Thorpe Park
• Year 10s out all week on work experience
• Year 12s out all week on work experience
• Friday 15 July whole school Summer House Fete
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