Thursday 2nd July 2009 by C. Freeman
Jenn Watts, the Head of Art at Brooke Weston, has been appointed Lead Practitioner in Applied Learning for the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust. Her role will involve liaising with Specialist Schools and Academies across the East Midlands, so that good practice is shared and encouraged between them.
Mrs Watts was nominated for the position by Miss Stringer and had to take part in a rigorous selection process with 20 other candidates. Each had to do a presentation on Applied Learning and Mrs Watts chose to focus on the Assessment for Learning process which takes place at Brooke Weston.
Each student can choose to work at their own individual level. Teachers then make it clear what is expected and, at the end of each lesson, they are then assessed to see whether they are on target or not.
Mrs Watts, who has now been made an Assistant Principal in charge of Applied Learning, said:'It's basically letting the students understand how the marking criteria works and demonstrating to them how to achieve that grade as well as how to achieve the next grade. It's making learning very transparent so you are explaining to the student how teaching and assessment is done in order to help them push their marks further. It really works.
'As well as keeping Assessment for Learning training up-to-date at Brooke Weston I will also be expected to go into other schools to see how they perform it in each subject area and what provision they have. I will then contact businesses to see if I can help these schools make better business links. So I'm going to be drumming up business links across East Midlands schools and trying to encourage greater provision between businesses and applied learning to give students a much richer learning experience. It will be a very busy and exciting role.'