The new framework for Ofsted identifies long-term memory as one of the key judgements to be made about curriculum implementation:
over the course of study, teaching is designed to help learners to remember in the long term the content they have been taught and to integrate new knowledge into larger concepts’ (Ofsted framework 2019)
This full-day training is aimed at primary school leaders, including those with responsibility for school-wide teaching and learning. It focuses on aspects of teaching and learning with a strong focus on improving pupils’ retention of key knowledge.
The training will:
Focus on curriculum implementation and put this into context in relation to how pupils improve their knowledge and skills;
Consider the differences between short and long-term memory and the potential impact on teaching and learning;
Help you to check if your curriculum has really embraced the concept of ‘deepening learning’ at each stage and providing greater challenges within the construct being taught;
Gain a greater understanding as to why memory is essential to all learning; because it lets you store and retrieve the information that you learn;
Consider how day-to-day teaching may need to be different to maximise opportunities for pupils to retain key knowledge for the long term;
Provide a case for improving both pupils and teachers’ questioning in order to improve pupils’ memory of important knowledge;
Link the application of metacognitive principles to improving long-term memory;
Give practical examples of teaching skills aimed at improving pupils’ long-term retention.
This training aims to get you to delve deeply into the teaching and learning culture at your school and academy level. It will help you take stock, look at the bigger picture and guide you to make decisions about your teachers’ practice and your pupils’ learning that supports the acquisition of key knowledge and skills across all subjects
Standards for Teachers’ Professional Development Statement
This course is underpinned by rigorous scholarship and supported by continual development and support. It meets the DfE’s Standards for Teachers’ Professional Development in the following ways:
This professional development course has a focus on improving and evaluating pupil outcomes;
It is underpinned by robust evidence and expertise, and is clear on intended outcomes and objectives;
There is an expectation of collaboration and there will be expert challenge;
The course is part of a CPD programme designed to equip staff with the knowledge and skills required to effectively implement within their school, and sustain improvements over time.