EEF and West Somerset Research School – Teaching and Learning Sessions for NQTs and Early Career Teachers

EEF and West Somerset Research School – Teaching and Learning Sessions for NQTs and Early Career Teachers

Course dates: 3 x twilights – 4.00pm – 5.00pm: December 2020 – May 2021

Course venue: Online via Zoom


Target Audience: NQTs and Early Career Teachers 

Teaching and Learning Series:

Bristol Primary Teaching School, Bristol City Council, Education Endowment Foundation and West Somerset Research School

This series of three online twilight CPD sessions are designed for early career teachers and NQTs and have been designed specifically to support teachers setting out on their journey in the classroom. They will show practical ways to support and develop skills for teachers on the topics of:

  1. Feedback – 15th December 2020 – 4.00pm – 5.00pm
  2. Independent Learning Skills – 30th March 2021 – 4.00pm – 5.00pm
  3. Developing Learners Memory – 25th May 2021 – 4.00pm – 5.00pm

These sessions have been organised by Bristol City Council and the Bristol Primary Teaching School Alliance in collaboration by the Education Endowment Foundation and the West Somerset Research School and will be presented by:

  • Lorwyn Randall (Regional Delivery Lead – South West & South Coast, Education Endowment Foundation) and
  • Tom Colquhoun (Assistant Headteacher, Teaching & Learning and Director of West Somerset Research School) with support from EEF and Research School network colleagues.

Feedback – 4-5pm 15th December 2020

  • In the first of this series of workshops from Bristol City Council in partnership with the Education Endowment Foundation, participants will explore evidence-informed approaches to effective use of feedback in the classroom. Focusing on the best available evidence, attendees will get ‘under the bonnet’ of this high-impact area of the EEF’s Teaching and Learning Toolkit and discuss opportunities for developing classroom practice.
  • High Quality Teaching is the most powerful tool we have for supporting learners and breaking the link between family income and educational achievement across Bristol. Through clear, actionable guidance on feedback this workshop will equip teachers at the start of their careers with a set of guiding principles and practical strategies to provide both effective and efficient feedback to further pupil progress.

Independent Learning Skills – 4-5pm 30th March 2021

  • In this second workshop from BCC and EEF, participants are invited to investigate the evidence-base on metacognition and self-regulated learning as a means for developing independent learners.
  • Exploring the EEF’s seven evidence-based recommendations from the ‘Metacognition and Self-regulated Learning Guidance Report’, participants will focus on five strategies that exemplify high-impact approaches to fostering a greater sense of empowerment amongst learners.
  • We know that children who reflect deeply on their approach to learning and evaluate their own performance are likely to make greater progress and achieve better outcomes. On average, pupils from Disadvantaged backgrounds stand to benefit most from developing these approaches. Understanding how to promote and develop metacognitive thinking in the classroom will help to raise the aspirations and attainment of children across the City.

Developing Learners Memory – 4-5pm 25th May 2021

  • In this final workshop from BCC and EEF’s collaboration on high-impact teaching and learning, participants will interrogate the evidence on improving learner’s memory.
  • The field of cognitive science is increasingly drawn on by education professionals looking to deliver a knowledge-rich curriculum, but what do we know about its transferability and impact in the classroom? Exploring ‘best bets’ emerging from research conducted with school-aged pupils, this session will develop participants understanding of memory as an integral element of learning and offer a number of practical strategies to test in the classroom.


Please note: those signed up for the termly online NQT zoom meetings will not need to rebook and will continue afterwards with Jenny, Mike and Cate until 5.30pm.

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