Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Whitley Academy features in Ofsted ‘Getting Ready for Work’ Report

Following Lord Young’s report in 2014, ‘Enterprise for all’, Ofsted have published a report investigating the availability and effectiveness of enterprise education and work-related learning for pupils in secondary schools.

In the course of their visits to 40 secondary schools, inspectors looked at how well schools and businesses were engaging with each other and how these schools were promoting alternatives to university, including apprenticeships.

Whitley Academy was one of the 40 schools visited and praised in the report for their use of “the RSA’s Opening Minds competence framework as the main vehicle to cover enterprise capability and employability skills”.

View Ofsted's report here.

Well done Whitley!

Monday, 14 November 2016

Whitley showcases 'outstanding' teaching practice to teachers from across Warwickshire

Written by Destiny-Alliah, Holly, and Sam - Year 7 student reporters

It was a gloomy, rainy day, on Thursday 10th November when, at Whitley Academy, the Partnership Plus teachers’ workshop took place. The workshop was to introduce over 50 teachers, from all over Coventry and Warwickshire, to 'outstanding' teaching practice, based around competences and growth mind-sets at Whitley Academy.

Our ambassador for this year was Miss Reynolds, who filmed a lesson with a group of her Year 7 pupils in advance of the session. She then played the footage to the visiting teachers, and talked about the lesson, speaking about objectives, and learning outcomes for the pupils.

The event has traditionally been very helpful for Newly Qualified Teachers, both at Whitley Academy, and from across Warwickshire.

“The event was a celebration of teacher collaboration; it was fantastic to see so many people together focused on improving outcomes for our learners through the excellent use of the RSA Opening Minds competences". - Mr Purslow, Director Of CPD and MFL at Whitley Academy.

Destiny, Holly, and Sam captured some thoughts from the teachers in attendance.

Mrs Nash, a visiting teacher, said, ‘I want to learn lots of information on how to inspire my students.’

Mrs Turner, a visiting teacher, said, ‘I want to share ideas and network with one another.’

Mrs Latue, a fellow teacher at Whitley Academy, said, ‘I want to gain ideas for competencies in the lessons I teach.’

Miss Reynolds, the host of the event, had the last word and said, ‘It's important to teach pupils to approach learning positively, to never give up, and to realise learning isn’t a straight line, and has ups and downs along the way'.

Monday, 7 November 2016

Year 7 student reporter works with BBC staff to report on Coventry City

Written by Holly, Year 7 student reporter

It was Tuesday 1st November 2016. Mrs Nguyen and Sam, our Year 7 student reporter, arrived at the Ricoh Arena at 5:30pm. There was to be a football match between Coventry City, the sky blues, against Chesterfield.

Outside the weather was very cold but dry. It’s November time after all. Mrs Nguyen said her knowledge of football wasn’t as knowledgeable as Albert Einstein’s! We laughed when we heard what she said.

However Mrs Nguyen and Sam were very excited to be able to watch the match sitting in the Ricoh Arena Press Box! At first we had no idea how the Press box would be! Later on we found out that in the Press Box there were many benches with internet and electric cables connected so that Journalists could report live to anywhere in the world!

As soon as they arrived, Sam started working with Martin – the Broadcast Journalist of BBC Coventry Warwickshire, and his team. Martin has been a Journalist for 17 years. Wow!

At 8:00 PM: the match started.

There were no goals in the first half. The first goal was scored at the 69th minute. The whole stadium became alive with many of the Sky Blue's fans responding wildly!

Then out of the blue, the second goal scored at the 80th minute. Mrs Nguyen and Sam shouted with joy. The weather was cold outside, but they felt warm inside. This was because Coventry had managed an important win.

At 10:30pm, Sam interviewed Sam Ricketts – the captain of the Sky Blues. It was nerve- racking. Sam managed to do his first ever interview with ONE take only! We felt very proud of Sam!

His interview with the Coventry City captain is now available here - https://www.facebook.com/bbccoventryandwarwickshire/videos/1219472758132360

That’s it for now, my first ever blog, thanks for reading!

By Holly –Year 7 student reporter.