London CLC podcast episode 12: personalised learning in the classroom

Presented by:

Caitlin McMillan, teaching and learning consultant, London Connected Learning Centre


Sarah Horrocks, director, London Connected Learning Centre
Katarina Sperling, International Project Coordinator at the Department of Education, Norrköping
Rowan Roberts, teaching and learning consultant, London Connected Learning Centre
Peter Lillington, teaching and learning consultant, London Connected Learning Centre

Show notes

Personalised learning in the classroom has become a hot topic, especially with the move to remote and blended learning. As lockdown hit, schools and educators were increasingly asking how to do remote learning in a way that really helps teachers have a personalised dialogue with students and enables feedback.

In this podcast, educators from London CLC, along with Katarina Sperling from the Department of Education in Norrköping, Sweden, tackle this exciting subject through the lens of the Erasmus+ project Empower2Learn (E2L), which has been looking at different approaches across Europe.

Hear about stories of promising practice which can help that personalisation process, including how a Swedish school developed a digital portfolio that made learning more visible to parents and a London’s school’s successful use of SeeSaw.

This podcast also rounds up some of London CLC’s exciting CPD opportunities on offer to teachers this term, including virtual sessions around assessment and feedback,  a new to computing subject leadership course and a digital security for schools briefing.

Plus, early news of a new national programme of support to make sure teachers have the right tools and skills and pedagogy they need to ensure children can continue learning whatever the circumstances, and developments with the Tate Exchange programme for schools.


Links to resources mentioned in the podcast

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New to subject leadership in primary school computing session 1, 2 and 3
New to subject leadership in primary school computing session 1, 2 and 3

This programme is designed for primary teachers who have recently taken on responsibilities and leadership for technology and computing. It will cover curriculum planning, tools and resources, methods for supporting colleagues and progression and assessment. Colleagues will be expected to attend all three sessions. The third session will be held in a school and will include classroom visits.

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Everyone can Code with Swift Playgrounds - a blended approach

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The News Project
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Special project in collaboration with First News Education

For a third year, building on two successful previous projects, we are once again partnering with the children’s newspaper First News, fellow member of the national Making Sense of Media and News Literacy networks. This special project with a literacy, PSHE and citizenship, as well as computing focus, highlights our specialist interest in this important aspect of digital and critical literacy.

The News Project will enable participating classes from year 5 to immerse themselves in news and current affairs using First News and the Bett award-winning First News iHUB, which will be provided free of charge during the school-based part of the project over a six week period. Under the guidance of their teacher, pupils will be supported in their development as a community of fully informed news readers. Classes will test their new critical skills and knowledge in the culminating virtual celebration event which will include a news competition and team-based critical literacy and editorial activities. After the event, schools will be able to use the resources from the day in their school.

The project will launch with an introductory CPD session for teachers to set the context, demonstrate resources and to plan for the school-based activities. 

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