Projects & Programmes 2017/18

Whole Education tries to help connect the dots to boost the ability and confidence of schools, teachers and leaders to offer a ‘whole education’. We do this by shining a light on great practice; faciliating shared-learning and collaboration; supporting effective professional development; and running a range of national and local events.

Where there are gaps, we supplement them by bringing in national and international experts to expose you to world-class thinking; developing and trialling radical and innovative approaches to solve long-standing problems; working with outside partners with a fresh perspective; and above all by bringing our- your- collective wisdom to bear.

Leading and Managing Curriculum Change 100% of respondents say the LMCC is making them more confident and effective as a leader
The LMCC is a key way that Whole Education is supporting schools to develop a broad and balanced curriculum. It develops the ability of Assistant and Deputy Headteacher to effectively implement your school’s priorities. For more information click here.

Values-led Leadership As part of Whole Education’s mission and purpose to support schools to provide an engaging education that develops the skills, qualities and knowledge of all young people, the values-led leadership series supports participants to develop confidence and strategies to lead in a way that balances immediate needs and wider aspirations. For more information click here.

Peer Review The Peer Review process is designed to celebrate and challenge the progress schools and MATs are making in offering a Whole Education. It seeks to report upon the extent to which an entitlement of a ‘Whole Education’ is translated into the daily experiences of young people through a professional, intelligent accountability framework. For more information click here.

Narrowing the Gap with Spirals of Enquiry Over the past 15 years, Spirals of Enquiry has been tried and tested in 70% of the primary schools in British Columbia, one of the highest performing school districts in the world.
Spirals of Enquiry is a distinctive approach that is built around gaining a deeper understanding of children’s barriers to learning. Whole Education has adapted this approach for the UK with its developers, Drs. Linda Kaser and Judy Halbert. For more information click here.

Strategic HR in MATs Our 'Strategic HR in MATs' programme connects MATs with the expertise of HR leaders from outside the education sector to help them become brilliant places to work. This is designed to help overcome the challenges schools face with recruitment and retention.
For more information visit the project's dedicated website.

Click, Connect, Learn (MFL) Click, Connect, Learn (MFL) is a Nesta-funded project aiming to enhance language learning through the use of online mentoring.
For more information click here.

Expeditionary Year (with British Exploring) For the past 7 years, the British Exploring society has worked with youth organisations to provide opportunities for personal development through challenging expeditions for young people. The focus is on having genuinely life changing experiences for those students who can benefit from it the most, and on them bringing back a benefit to the wider school community. 
For more information click here.

Film Club: Developing dialogue and formative feedback using Film Club 95% of pilot participants changed their practice after using the platform
Film club explores the use of video technology to develop dialogue and feedback amongst teachers in order to achieve a higher order of professional learning and improve academic outcomes. Teachers use an online platform to watch and discuss the teaching and learning behaviours from pre-recorded clips.
For more information click here.

Film Club for Student Observers In partnership with IRIS Connect, Whole Education is building on the Film Club model to use video technology in student observations. Aiming to better engage students in discussions around pedagogy, the project combines observations with modules which students complete on the online platform.
For more information click here.

Flipped Arts Evidence suggests that students make better progress with flipped approaches while also developing ownership of their learning. One school in our pilot reported that 100% of students were achieving expected progress (formerly 85%) and 78% above expected (formerly 50%).
The Flipped Arts project integrates flipped learning pedagogy into arts-subject lessons at KS3. This aims to increase the access of all learners to a cultural education and help reverse the worrying trend towards a narrower curriculum.
For more information click here.

Flipped Learning Action Research Group This project will support staff in Whole Education schools to integrate flipped learning pedagogy into lessons and scale it through their school or Trust. For more information click here.

Learn to Lead to develop youth social action This project aims to shift school culture by giving all students- not just the brightest and most vocal - a greater ownership and involvement in their school community. Students are empowered to identify changes needed in the school and wider community and work to bring them about. For more information click here.

Mental Health Champions: Teachers “Teachers who took part in the programme made significantly more progress than the comparison group across every measure” – NatCen Social Research.
The Talented Teacher Programme by Place2Be is an evidence-based programme designed to improve the knowledge, skills and confidence of new teachers. It equips them to more confidently support children’s emotional development, leading to better classroom management and reduced personal stress. Subsidised offer from our partners: Place 2 Be. For more information click here.

Student Agency in Learning (SAIL) SAIL responds to the OECD’s call to give more students from disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunity to develop self-directed, autonomous learning. It is a curriculum and pedagogy approach that addresses the need to empower learners to achieve more than they thought possible. This improves students’ academic attainment while also developing the wider set of attributes they need to thrive in life, learning and work. For more information click here.

Student Behavioural Styles Questionnaire (SBSQ) Assessing and feeding back on student behaviours through a psychometric assessment.
The SBSQ has the potential for facilitating better understanding of students as individuals and tailoring opportunities to their needs, better preparing them for life, learning and work. The SBSQ assesses and provides a feedback framework based on five behavioural styles, which were found to positively contribute to learning engagement. For more information click here.

Transferring to a 1-9 Curriculum (Science and non-core) As part of our commitment to developing schools’ confidence and ability to offer a broad and balanced curriculum, these groups will help and support middle leaders with the changing assessment framework by learning from each other, subject experts and the reflections of heads of English and Maths in the first phase of this project. For more information click here.

Transition: Lift Off Independent evaluation by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and The Progression Trust found that pupils were more resilient and confident about thriving in secondary as a result of the programme.
Transition Through Lift Off is the result of an 18-month research project and pilot run by ASDAN and The Progression Trust. It is an activity-based programme that develops soft skills and builds self-esteem to help learners make a smoother transition from primary to secondary school.
For more information click here.

Whole School Numeracy The Whole School Numeracy project is set up to support schools to develop numeracy teaching across the curriculum.
For more information click here.

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Click, Connect, Learn (MFL)

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Expeditionary Year (with British Exploring)

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Film Club for Student Observers

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Flipped Arts

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Flipped Learning Action Research Group

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KED-inspired schools project

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Learn to Lead to develop youth social action

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Mental Health Champions: Teachers

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Pupil Attitudes to Self and School (PASS) Pilot

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SEN leaders

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Strategic HR in MATs

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Student Agency in Learning (SAIL)

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Student Behavioural Styles Questionnaire (SBSQ)

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Transferring to a 1-9 Curriculum (Science and non-core)

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Transition: Lift Off

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Using IRIS Connect to support professional learning

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Whole School Numeracy

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Youth social action project

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