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03/02/23

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Don't forget to sign up to as your Appropriate Body & ECF provider. Fantastic secondary regional delivery partners working with so many schools across Hampshire & Surrey. Thank you Robert Mays https://t.co/V6FLnYlQCk https://t.co/eGpwH1nOGN

03/02/23

Another brilliant netball result to share. Year 10 played Christ's yesterday, and after a very tight & competitive game came away with a 21-13 win. The team dug deep, played brilliantly, and showed great team spirit. 🤩 https://t.co/J90FphGIEL

03/02/23

What a busy day Year 3 have had. Our Egyptian creative day has seen us making fimo shabti’s, hieroglyph carvings and clay cartouche’s https://t.co/zT1eLQD2wO

03/02/23

I was very fortunate to meet great teachers at different points in my (state) education, and I am certain that without them I would not have had the life experiences and opportunities that I’ve been given....Read more....https://t.co/MCbaB5EoSw https://t.co/h02WKleWXH

03/02/23

What a week some of our Y8s have had ! With two days spent on campus, students explored the uni, got a taster of student life and tried new subjects and societies. The week ended with a graduation ceremony in school – well done everyone! 🎓👏 Thanks https://t.co/Ephlu3CLsV

03/02/23

Fluency Friday saw us finding our number bond friends and playing games (I mean working very hard) with our dominos. Maybe we could teach you these at home. https://t.co/j7sPQ3mDsD

03/02/23

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Train to Teach Today! Join us this afternoon Thursday 26th January 2023 from 13.00-16.30 to find out all you need to know about routes into primary/secondary teaching. Train locally? South Farnham SCITT is for you! Visit our website https://t.co/vrGaUNIcfZ today! https://t.co/Pc1B6jjuu4

03/02/23

The Y11 Prom Committee are holding a Valentine's Cake Sale on Thursday 9th February to help raise funds for their prom. Cake donations (home made or shop bought but must be nut free) can be dropped off to Mrs Tipping's office on Thursday morning. https://t.co/KX8vpReVSq

02/02/23

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Are you looking to apply for teacher training starting in September 2023? Not sure where to start or have questions? Join us for a virtual information event. Please visit our website to book a place. https://t.co/1Av81QtWhD

02/02/23

Another 🏆! Big day for 👏🏻 https://t.co/INUbBwugec

02/02/23

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02/02/23

🏆 well done boys! 👏🏻 🏀 https://t.co/rnFy7LCOgO

02/02/23

Our caretaker has created the most brilliant bins for the children to put their fruit and vegetable peelings directly into on the playground. Here is one of our purple planeteers with Pip the puppet, showing you what they look like. https://t.co/cUudNHZ1Vx

02/02/23

This week's Y7-11 assemblies have been delivered by Mr Clouston about the students' classroom experience and how the changes we've made since September have had a positive effect on their learning. https://t.co/nh6wrOD8Ng

02/02/23

We still need a few more exam invigilators to join our team. The work is causal, with morning and afternoon sessions you can fit the work around existing commitments. Please see the website for a full job description & how to apply. https://t.co/CCDmQqPOiq https://t.co/5dEo1bRYQz

01/02/23

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The magical world of books

20th January 2023

Wednesday 18th January was the birthday of A.A. Milne, author of Winnie the Pooh. Hearing this on the radio, sent me back to my own childhood and considering the books I used to read. As a child I was an avid reader and every Saturday would go to the local library to choose three books. These would keep me going for the week. When I consider my own teenage children and the number of books they read, the difference is stark!

There is something magical about opening a book. The smell, the feel of the pages and the world that opens up. I cannot imagine my life without books and reading!

However, for some of our pupils the thought of reading is daunting, terrifying even. The data tells us that those pupils who leave school unable to read proficiently will have limiting life chances in the future. It is our collective responsibility to consider the role we each play in supporting our learners to become proficient readers.

It might surprise some colleagues to know that just before Christmas, we spent a day with our Secondary trainee teachers, focusing on phonics and early reading skills. Whilst this is embedded in Primary teacher training, it is a new focus for Secondary and one that they found very interesting. Our trainees will progress this term to consider how they can support literacy skills through the lens of their own subject and undertake a written project. They will consider adaptations that they might need to make to their lessons, to support those pupils who find reading a challenge.

There is significant research linked to the impact of reading and mental health. Those people who read regularly are less likely to say that they feel lonely. The connections that we make with characters in novels are just as powerful as the relationships we build in real life. Interestingly, people who have read at least one chapter of Harry Potter are more likely to believe that they could have a magical power and readers of the Twilight series believe that their incisors are more pointed than their peers!

In the last year, I have challenged myself to read books that I would not usually choose, for example I read my first ever science fiction novel when tackling The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell. This book drove me to question stereotypes, my beliefs and further my thinking. What a powerful tool reading can be and how wonderful if every pupil leaving our trust had the capacity to enjoy reading and try new things!

Finally, I would like to reach out to anyone thinking of starting their journey into teaching. We have a number of information events coming up where you can find out more https://georgeabbottraining.co.uk/ or just call the SCITT team on 01483 888048. Remember, we now offer our Primary programme in partnership with South Farnham SCITT and secondary here at George Abbot.

Happy reading over the weekend, much better than being out in the cold!

Jo Jones, Director of ITT, Learning Partners

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