GFM Talks
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Purpose

The purpose of GFM Talks is to welcome colleagues from across the GFM and our local area to share their practice, experiences and thoughts, within an educational context.

The GFM recognise the importance of sharing and value learning from one another to change attitudes, develop our outlook and enable us to best serve our community. Our agenda is to create a safe forum in which we can share, learn and spark debate and/or conversation.

At each GFM Talks, you hear from one to two colleagues talk (for no longer than 20 minutes). At the end of the talks you may like to stay to ask questions and chat about what you have heard – alternatively please feel free to leave.

Date & Time

4.15-5.15pm on the first term-time Wednesday of each month

Venue

Gosport STEM Centre, Gomer Lane, Gosport

Admission is FREE.

Non-GFM schools may be charged to cover the costs of guest speakers. This will be clearly advertised.

Programme of Speakers

If you would like to present please send your details, title of talk and a brief outline of the content to talks@gfmat.org.

Roy Haworth
Engineering Manager – Airbus

Apprenticeships: Are they a real alternative route to employment or just another political fad?

Employers face a multitude of challenges in recruiting their future workforce, increasing retirements, employability of early careers recruits, increasing technology in the workplace and the productivity pressures that require flexible and adaptable employee’s from day one.  In the vast array of routes into employment are Apprenticeships really a route that provides both students and companies added value, do they deliver the right kind of employee’s, are they competing with University routes and how do companies actually view the apprenticeship route? Roy is an Engineering Manager working for Airbus in Portsmouth and involved in their Early careers programmes and will provide an explanation of how apprenticeships work for Airbus.

Roy works with many schools and students across our area. The talk will promote thoughts around the different options the system provides for our students. Furthermore, with the new Education Inspection Framework in place, are our ‘Intentions and Implementations’ equipping our young people, in both primary and secondary,  with the skills required for the 21 century workplace?

Karen Digby & Georgina Mulhall
Assistant HT & Exec HT

STEM

Engagement with STEM from primary is vital and an integrated continuum curriculum will engender a love of STEM learning and enable better uptake of STEM learning at +16. Furthermore, Engineering Habits of Mind support an integrated STEM approach so that our learners are equipped with the necessary skiils for the 21st Workforce.

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Stuart Tyreman
Head Teacher, LWS Academy

Using digital technology to drive learning

Digital technology and its advancement is shaping our world at an ever increasing velocity. Algorithms, patterns and trends are all being used to shape the world around us in ‘real-time’. How are are we embracing this change and advancement in education? Should we be thinking differently about how we use technology to drive learning and shape our organisational strategy and leadership?

Luke Mulhall
Assistant Headteacher, GFM

Teaching with someone else’s computer

Generation rent: Millennials rent everything in their lives – should we follow suit?” The Telegraph 29/3/19
“The future of gaming is not a box. It’s a place.” @GoogleStadia 19/3/19
Children in a GFM school today are given unlimited data storage with no charge to the family. They can access their files anywhere around the world, instantly. They can share work, music and videos around the globe in seconds. How can this enhance the learning experience and can we close the economic and digital divide?
Kebe Iwara
Head of Mathematics, Brune Park

Mathematics VS Numeracy: The impact of numeracy on the school curriculum.

Numeracy is fundamental to the quality of student engagement within the school curriculum as well as our community at large. Student confidence and ability with numbers impacts them academically and socially, so exploring the difference in how we perceive numeracy and how this impacts students’ experience of our subjects may reveal strategies to integrate with our teaching.

Greg Whates
Teacher of Technology, Brune Park

Resilience and The Importance of Positivity

Working in education can often place pressures on us that, if we allow them to, can then impact on how effective we are as classroom practitioners. This can often lead us to forget how lucky and privileged we are to work in this profession.

Kathryn Barnes & Rosie Ingram
Computing Leader & History Leader, Gomer Junior

The use of ICT and computing across the curriculum

The use of ICT and computing across the curriculum should be embraced. A quote by George Couros describes this well; “technology will not replace great teachers but technology in the hands of great teachers can be transformational”. Through our talk, we shared some of the free, exciting apps that are out there that can enhance learning, grab student’s attention, make children want to learn and find out more for themselves. Children are growing up in a world full of technology and throughout our lessons and subjects, we can empower them to use technology to achieve really great things, model how to use social media platforms in a healthy way and inspire them to use technology to be self motivated and learn for themselves. It can also provide a much more efficient way to monitor, assess and evidence pupil’s progress for teachers.

Stacey Osborne
Senior Teacher, Social Sciences, Bay House

Intervention Strategies

Responding to the specific needs of learners by implementing a range of intervention strategies, including the use of the Horsforth Quadrant, learning apps, diagnostic information and targeted interventions.

Mike Jones
Deputy Head Teacher, Brune Park

Transition into and out of the secondary phase – including aiming high post-16

Transition is a significantly important time for schools. Whether we are focussing on a cohort of pupils coming into secondary school, or leaving to access post-16 courses, the efficiency of transition will ultimately mean greater outcomes for our young people. Aiming high and raising aspirations is vital if we are going to ensure our Gosport learners have the best chance to access the highest level of learning possible – at both ends of the secondary spectrum!!

Chris Willis
Assistant Head Teacher (GFM)

How important is Careers education across the key stages?

Careers education has always been apart of the curriculum and in many cases in schools across the country often offers a low impact, ‘tick box’ type provision. The accountability for education and business to work closer together coupled with evolving views of a broad and balanced curriculum by central government; we will explore how a different type of Careers education across the key stages in the GFM will aim to raise aspiration and grow the life chances of all of our students in a much greater and more meaningful way.

David Higginbottom
Assistant Head Teacher (GFM), Director of the GFM Institute of Education

Leadership Habits

David’s talk gives an insight into developing good leadership habits and why these are important. During the course of the talk, David reflects on his own leadership journey so far and shares questions for leaders at all levels to consider when reflecting on their own ‘habits’.

Ben Margetts
Teacher of Mathematics, Brune Park School

Pragmatism as an approach to classroom based research

Ben’s talk explores the importance of using evidence based approaches in the classroom. It introduces pragmatism as an approach to classroom research, and encourages teachers to undertake research with their pupils as a means to improve outcomes for their learners.

Video Library

We have a video library of all our talks in the event you would like to listen but are unable to attend in person. Please follow the links to access the library.

Alternatively, you can also visit and subscribe to our YouTube channel:

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David Higginbottom
Leadership Habits
3 March 2019

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Ben Margetts
Pragmatism as an approach to classroom based research
3 March 2019

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Mike Jones
Transition into and out of the secondary phase – including aiming high post-16
3 April 2019

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Chris Willis
How important is Careers education across the key stages?
3 April 2019

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Kathryn Barnes & Rosie Ingram
The use of ICT and computing across the curriculum
1 May 2019

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Stacey Osborne
Intervention Strategies
1 May 2019

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Greg Whates
Resilience and The Importance of Positivity
5 June 2019

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Kebe Iwara
Mathematics VS Numeracy: The impact of numeracy on the school curriculum.
5 June 2019

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