Leading Leaders Network

March 2018 – Nottinghamshire/Yorkshire

March 2018 – Nottinghamshire/Yorkshire

Visit two innovative schools, XP School Doncaster and Kings Oak Learning Centre. These schools are led by staff who believe learners and outcomes should be authentic and have an impact on the real world. Both schools provide rich learning environments to engage, excite and empower their learners.

We will be staying at the West Retford Hotel, situated in the historic market town of Retford. It is an 18th-century manor house set in over 4 acres of professionally landscaped gardens.

XP School Doncaster – Monday 12th March 2018

XP opened in September 2014 and is heavily influenced by the extremely successful practices of High Tech High and EL Education (Expeditionary Learning) schools, USA.

They are a deliberately small and personalised school of 350 students in total from ages 11-19, with 25 students in each class and two classes per year group.
They state their curriculum is academically rigorous, standards-based and university-bound. It is delivered through cross-subject learning expeditions. Their aim is that all of the students will be able to go to university after experiencing seven years of working hard, getting smart and being kind. They have a strong focus on character growth and beautiful work.

For those of you interested in critique and feedback, you may like to watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqh1MRWZjms which demonstrates some of the aspects of the Expeditionary Learning approach with work from Year 2.

At XP school we will be looking at how technology supports their vision

Kings Oak Learning Centre – Tuesday 13th March 2018

Kings Oak is a Primary school (3 to 11 years) in Barnsley. Kings Oak provides vibrant curriculum experiences for high quality learning and personal development. Its CPD for staff has been deemed outstanding.

Headteacher, Alison Wilks, has worked with Osborne technologies (which some of you visited a few years ago, at a previous event). As a result, the school has developed their own sensory learning space and I know this will be of interest to many of you. During the visit, Alison is keen that we should experience the sensory room ourselves and see children working within it.