The Art department joined The Prince’s Teaching Institute in 2012 following a weekend residential of workshops and lectures in Liverpool.

Since becoming a member of the Schools Programme, the Art department has completed a number of objectives, set by ourselves, that have helped us to reflect on our own practice and develop the department. Successful objectives include: providing opportunities for A Level students to present their portfolios to GCSE students; creating a GCSE end of year exhibition; and introducing the role of Key Stage 3 Art Leaders for the department. The Prince’s Teaching Institute has been an invaluable support to our department, enabling staff to meet with other art delegates from around the country to share ideas and best practice.

Modern Languages department

The Modern Languages department has been involved with the PTI’s Schools Programme since 2011.

Membership of the PTI has been a source of inspiration and professional development for all members of the department. Through our membership to the PTI, the department has developed its practice in the use of new technologies such as iPads , the development of a wider range of strategies for bringing French and German culture into our classrooms (including the RTL livestreaming website, songs by French and German musicians, and YouTube clips) and a cross-curricular project for our Year 9 students, focusing on French Impressionist painters and the Blaue Reiter group. Students learned about the guiding ideas behind these two art movements and then researched related French and German vocabulary, which they presented for display in the appropriate style.

We have now embarked upon our project for the Associate Department Scheme, which is titled: “How can we improve teaching and learning further, through activities both in and outside the classroom, to continue to raise achievement for our students in Modern Languages?” The aim is to further raise achievement through three key strands of teaching and learning: by improving feedback, home learning (for example, with take-away homework) and students’ attitude to learning.

We are looking forward with confidence to the success of this research project.

Maths department

As part of the PTI’s Schools Programme, the Maths department has embarked on a number of interesting projects. Students have taken part in a Maths Leaders programme, assisting other students during morning interventions. They also led Number Day fundraising challenges during lesson time. In partnership with our local primary feeder schools, these Student Maths Leaders organised an after school programme for Gifted & Talented students, as well as promoting numeracy for students and parents at a local school’s Mental Maths Day.

Staff have also developed a tracking and assessment system that provides timely intervention for under-achieving students. Consequently the Maths department have recently celebrated their best-ever GCSE results, improving upon their predicted target by nearly 10%.

South Wirral High School is a coeducational foundation secondary school and sixth form in Eastham, Merseyside.

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