Recently my days have been filled with Standards Meetings, which have been a privilege to attend, having the opportunity to listen to the conversations, which, once in full flow, explore a number of different topics and themes. In amongst the meetings, Camden Learning hosted the NQT welcome event at 5PS, where 107 NQTs turned up from across the sector with their mentors to be officially welcomed to Camden. It is testament to not only Camden as a place but also all the amazing schools that we have, that such a large number of new teachers have chosen to start their professional lives in Camden. We were delighted to welcome Tom Sherrington, educationalist and blogger, who provided a useful and relevant session on Rosenshine’s principles. I had not come across the principles for instruction, which provided a series of pertinent suggestions for classroom practice. Rosenshine explains that his 10 principles come from three sources and are summarised in the report as follows: research in cognitive science, research in the classroom practices of master teachers and research on cognitive support to help students learn complex tasks (a summary of Rosenshine’s 10 principles).

A reminder that if you have not registered your NQT already, please let Paranie Sivachandra know as soon as possible at

Last week, the fifth annual Primary Careers Conference was held at The Place, the event has grown from being a Camden based scheme to bringing together children from boroughs across London. The event, which is organised by the remarkable Bavaani Nanthabalan, Head at the Netley Campus, enables pupils to consider their future careers, promoting sustainable jobs, sustainable careers and sustainability in the workplace. At the heart of the event, are the 17 Global Goals and they have been adopted by all United Nations member states including the UK, the goals call for end to poverty, to protect the planet and bring peace to all by 2030. The event, which was evaluated by Camden Learning last year, was visited by a DfE representative, to observe good practice along with the model itself; to potentially roll it out further. Camden once again is pioneering new and exciting ventures to benefit our young people.

Next Thursday 10th October 2019 the first Primary Breakfast briefing will take place from 8am-9am at 5PS in rooms 11.10 and 11.11, plenty of updates and references to provide you all with, so please do extend the invite to Assistant Heads/ Deputy Heads if you cannot make it yourself.

Jon Abbey

Managing Director, Camden Learning


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