We are blessed at Ysgol Merllyn that we have such a dedicated and passionate team who are all focused on improving learning for our pupils.
This week their work was recognised in such an amazing way.
Firstly on Monday we has 11 senior leaders and heads from Gwynedd, Wrexham and Flintshire. I was so proud of the children and the team for the natural way the children talked about their learning. It was for us like watching Stonefields school in New Zealand. We were so amazed when we first saw the fantastic work at the school and the inspiration and passion of the head, Sarah Martin. Now we're not that far off.
Also massive appreciation to Pembroke Dock, Bader primary and Midlothian EPS who have been with us all the way.
Yesterday, we had visible learning day for our parents (although some of the little uns were calling it invisible Learning day!!)
Around 60% of families attended. We had two sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Learning club did a little talk in the hall and then off the parents went to see the learning. I was very moved by one of our dads and his son in year 1. The boy was explaining the learner progressions and his dad was thrilled to know what his next steps in learning were so he could help him at home.
It was a brilliant day, we were all very proud but the shift is because everyone can SEE the learning, understand what they can do and their next steps.
Yesterday we also gave out end of year reports. Our friends at incerts had changed the format so teachers could report on learning skills and progress. The parents really appreciated that and the feedback has been very positive
Today was spent preparing our visible learning presentation for the incerts leadership next week. For those of you attending I hope you'll take something from the power of visible learning, using effect sizes to plan school improvement, and teachers being able to see learning through the eyes of the children
Or as Simon at Bader says " when our learners know what to do when they don't know what to do'