Programmes and Events

Jan 2021

#DL30- Sharing the goodness

#DL30 is a group of primary and secondary leaders collaborating to share all the ‘goodness’ across Doncaster with support from Partners in Learning and the Local Authority.

The concept is simple:

• 30 minute session
• Select from 3 school presentations
• Have the opportunity to ask questions
• No evaluation! No Fuss!
• Access to a resource library


Please find below topics of the presentations for the first session:

IT’S GOOD TO TALK - Developing speech and language

Delivered by Kelly Cousins from Richmond Hill Primary

Let’s Think English

·         Improving inference skills

·         Developing critical and analytical thinking skills

·         Developing cognitive conflict problem solving opportunities

·         Dialogic talk in the classroom and beyond

·         Metacognitive thought processes in actions

Concepts from Lev Vygotsky

Piaget’s stages of Cognitive Development


RECONNECTING RELATIONSHIPS - Establishing behaviour routines and child self-regulation

Delivered by Claira Salter from Green Top School

We believe that if we get crew right, we get everything right!

Our trust school's culture is planned for, developed, and sustained through practices that bring the community together, promote shared understandings, and encourage all community members to become crew, not passengers.  Relationships with our students are at the heart of everything we do. When reconnecting relationships with students following a pandemic, crew was the most important aspect of our school’s to reboot. We have one structure for developing these relationships—and supporting students socially, emotionally, and academically—this is crew.

Crew provides each student with a one-to-one relationship with an adult (their crew leader) at the school, as well as a consistent and ongoing small-scale peer community. Crew leaders monitor and support student progress, serve as the student’s advocate in difficult academic and social situations, and act as the primary contact point between parents and the school. Crew meetings are frequently used for team building exercises and for group discussions on topical issues. These exercises and discussions help establish crew identity and a positive school culture.


LEADING LEARNING - Sharing whole school approaches to developing pedagogy

Delivered by Jack Wardle from Spa Academy, Askern

Leading 'No More Marking'

No requirement for written marking is held up as the workload 'dream' for many schools. However, as a leader, this raises so many questions: how are the alternatives monitored, consistent and kept of a high quality? In a school handling the turbulence of Special Measures, we chose to take this risk. This case study outlines how a leadership team, that 'reset' the button on Teaching & Learning at Spa Academy Askern, have moved from an approach based on written marking to an approach based entirely on feedback, but most importantly, from a leaders' perspective, how this approach is monitored (when there is no marking!), kept consistent and is now becoming a self-improving CPD tool. This case study includes: our rationale, examples of our process in action and impact on the quality of teaching and learning. The 'no marking' dream can become a reality!


Date: 18th January 2021 from 16:00 until 16:30

Cost: FREE to attend


Book your place here

  • Venue Zoom
  • Start date 18/01/21
  • Time 16:00
  • Trainers Leaders from schools across Doncaster. Session 1 presentations from: Kelly Cousins, Claira Salter and Jack Wardle.
  • Audience All educational leaders
“The EEF is delighted to have been able to work with Partners in Learning and Doncaster schools on the ‘Making best use of Teaching Assistants’ project. The way the evidence has been brought ‘to life’ by bringing in expertise on school improvement, and drawing on local school examples, has been fantastic. Thank you to all the schools for the energy and commitment they have brought to the project. We look forward to working together on future collaborations".
Dr Jonathan Sharples EEF, November 2016