Welcome to the BLC

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 The Brixton Learning Collaborative (BLC)  is a group of 13 schools and Children’s Centres in Brixton, south London, working together to support pupils, staff, families and the local community  through partnership working.

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In the Brixton Learning Collaborative, we help each other to be outstanding

We do this through:

  • Maintaining our creative approach
  • Promoting pupil voice
  • Demonstrating transformational impact
  • All schools becoming beacons of excellence
  • Demonstrating a sense of collective responsibility
  • Supporting schools to ensure Teaching and Learning remains consistently outstanding over time
  • Engaging families with support from schools within the Collaborative
  • Sharing our resources in a reciprocal way

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BLC children visit the Royal Astronomical Society

Last week children from across our cluster enjoyed a visit to Mayfair to vist the Royal Astronomical Society. The Royal Astronomical Society was set up in 1820 to encourage and promote the study of astronomy and solar-system science. Children enjoyed exploring the Society’s historic collection and taking part in a workshop to learn about the life and work of Caroline Herschel. Adam from Loughborough shared what he learnt: "Caroline Herschel discovered 8 comets and was a role model as she was the first woman to be paid for her scientific work".

EYFS Forum at Effra Early Years Centre

30 staff from across our cluster gathered after school for our EYFS Forum this week, held at Effra Early Years Centre. It was a busy meeting kicking off with Stockwell’s presentation on the impact of the 30 hour Nursery offer for working parents and it’s impact on Nursery places and funding. Local school nurseries are concerned this will greatly impact on their numbers and are looking at how to recruit more children and what they can do to make the budget work. Clare Bradley went on to present on Talk for Writing and the stages of imitation, innovation and invention through immersion in a book. We all enjoyed using actions to retell Billy Goat Gruff! Finally the group discussed and brought forward their top tips for successful transition from Nursery to Reception and Reception to Year 1. Home visits for new children were unanimously thought extremely valuable for a successful start in school. More of this information will be posted separately. Thank you to all staff who came and to Effra for hosting. Next term’s meeting will focus on STEM in Early Years.

successful transition from year 6 to year 7 – a guide from our teachers

Senior teachers in our cluster have discussed their thoughts on how to make transition from year 6 to year 7 successful. This is one of the biggest changes children face during their school career, which is so important to get right.
First they identified some of the challenges:

What are the barriers facing new year 7 students?

Everything is much larger scale

Children have to make new friends

There’s a new behaviour expectation

Children have to travel to school and around the building (can get lost)

Children have to organise themselves (bring the correct equipment to lessons)

Children have to get used to different teaching styles and to working with 10 teachers not just 1.

Children start new subjects or subjects approached in a different way (eg History not through topic, new modern foreign languages)

Our teachers then discussed how schools can prepare for the transition:

What do secondary schools need to know about new year 7 pupils

Information about childrens’ home lives, history and individual needs

SEN information and data

Useful to bring a portfolio of their work to a secondary.

Useful for year 6 and year 7 teachers to meet in the summer term and share expectations.

What kind of pastoral support needs to be in place for year 6/7 transition

Its worth secondary staff visiting their feeder primary year 6s.

Buddy children up with year 7/8 students

Arrange for secondary students to visit primaries or talk to new year 7s about their own experiences of transition.

Hold a special morning for SEN and vulnerable pupils to visit secondary school.

Make sure new year 7s know where to go to for pastoral support eg student services, the librarian – the people who they can go to and chat if they have a problem or feel vulnerable and get to know.

Hold Taster days at a secondary school for primary pupils.

What do primaries need to do to support their pupils academically in transition?

Enable more collaboration between year 6 and year 7 teachers

Make sure year 6s still keep up with their subject knowledge after SATS – maths problems, looking at texts, taster lessons at a secondary in humanities/languages/science

Make sure primaries take some samples of their work with them to show at secondary school.

Invite ex pupils back to primary schools to update on how they are getting on and what it was like

prepare year 6s for working independently and for homework

Give year 6s some activities in the summer term that include practical skills – eg getting round a building, bringing in the right equipment etc.

The teachers agreed that information sharing between primaries and secondaries is vital and that helping new year 7s to cope with the practical challenges of a new big school was very important.