Headteacher outlines Morpeth priorities
In the November issue of Morpeth News, Headteacher Jemima Reilly, outlines the school’s priority areas for the year ahead:
1. Developing teaching and learning – focus is on using research to ensure the quality of teaching is always improving.
Teachers will concentrate on the most effective ways of giving pupils feedback on their work. Research suggests that written comments do not work as well as initially thought, pupils either don’t read them, or they read and forget them.
Morpeth is experimenting with a range of strategies to ensure the feedback given is useful and is used directly to improve pupils’work.
2. The Morpeth Community – focus is on ensuring every pupil can make the most of all the opportunities available to them, by offering a core entitlement to a range of experiences:
- All Year 7s will visit Stubbers outdoor activity centre, have additional instrumental music lessons supported by peripatetic teachers, have oracy lessons, deliver a speech to their tutor group or year group and enjoy a geography field trip.
- All Year 8s will go on a camping trip with their tutor group at the end of the year and visit a university
- All Year 9s will get involved in fundraising for charities of their choice
- All Year 10s will take part in the SpeakOut challenge and visit the theatre
- All Year 11s will go on a residential with History (battlefields of the Somme) or Geography (field work) and have a practice interview with local businessmen or women
- All Year 12s will visit universities outside London, have a work place visit, and go on a scavenger hunt across London
- All Year 13s will receive free travel to university open days and offer days.