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||An in-school training course advocating a practical approach to lesson planning through a focus on six key elements: learning objectives, vocabulary, differentiation, success criteria, questions and summary.
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||Primary, Secondary, Teaching and Learning, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, Management, CPD Leader, Main-scale (core) teacher, Newly Qualified Teacher, Trainnee (pre-QTS) teacher, Teacher trainer, After-school meetings, Book, DVD / CD ROM
|Learning outcomes for participants/users and, where relevant, pupils or students
|Evidence underpinning this approach
The 'magnificent seven' approach advocated in this course has been trialled and refined by author John Viner, an ex-primary headteacher, writer, Ofsted inspector and education consultant. The training is underpinned by an understanding of learning as a neurological process and makes links to the work of theorists such as Piaget, Vygotsky and Gardner.
|How users/participants can evaluate success
- Each training session includes a section on 'What's changed?' which provides suggested strategies for evaluating the impact of the training.
- The fifth training session is a review session to explore what has been achieved so far and to plan next steps.
- An evaluation form and medium term review template are included in the pack.
|Follow-up activities and support
Each training session includes a 'What's next?' section which provides suggested follow-up activities, such as:
- undertaking further research into how the brain learns, or one of the theorists referred to in the pack
- setting up a working group to improve a particular aspect of planning across the school
- creating reference guides or resources from discussions and points explored in the sessions.
The training pack includes detailed notes for the training leader along with presentations and handouts.
Training session overview
Session 1 - Good learning and what makes for a good learning objective
- See how effective planning leads to effective teaching
- Understand the centrality of learning to the teaching process
- Understand something of the neurological process of learning
- Know how to set a detailed and appropriate learning objective
- Know how you can use key vocabulary to support the learning
- Identify some non-negotiables of lesson planning
Session 2 - Differentiation
- Understand the need to differentiate the learning outcomes as well as the activity
- Understand how to differentiate the learning objective to challenge all pupils’ thinking
- Understand how to ensure the work meets the needs of the learners
- Have a method for differentiation that can be applied when planning lessons
Session 3 – Success Criteria
- Understand how to shape success criteria to underpin and support the planned learning
- Understand the difference between learning outcomes and steps to success
- Know how to use the ‘road map’ principle for successful criteria
- Know how success criteria support the differentiation in the lesson
- Understand where success criteria fit in the assessment tools available for a lesson
Session 4 – Putting it together
- Understand how to ask effective questions
- Understand the importance of a lesson summary (plenary) to anchor the lesson
- See how the elements of effective planning fit around a well-structured lesson
- Appreciate the difference between lesson pace and speed
- Be aware of the importance of your input before pupils’ expected output
Session 5 – Effective lesson planning – review and next steps
- Revisit the key points of the four training sessions about effective lesson planning
- Reflect on how your practice has changed as a result
- Identify future training needs and opportunities to share good practice
- See the training in the context of the school’s development plan and self-evaluation