Burnt Mill’s success with science shared

Burnt Mill Academy / Mon 15th Jan 2018 at 09:11am

Francis Collins

THE secrets to success at a Harlow school have been shared with 1,400 senior teachers across the country.

Francis Collins, director of science for the Burnt Mill Academy Trust, was asked to speak at the PiXL (Partners in Excellence) conference at Westminster Hall.

PiXL provides opportunities for schools to share best practice and to raise standards, with two national conferences each year for the core subjects.

As one of just six speakers on the main stage, Mr Collins was asked to share an insight with heads of faculty into how Burnt Mill Academy, in Harlow, achieves high grades in science.

He said: “PiXL is an organisation run by teachers for teachers to share strategies to raise attainment and resources.

“I was invited to give a 15-minute talk to share our strategies on raising Year 11 attainment as we had such high results last year. The idea is for heads of faculty to take away new ideas to use with Year 11 within their own schools going forward.

“The feedback I have received has been great, with lots of colleagues now asking to visit us to see the strategies in action.”

Mr Collins, who oversees science at the Trust’s primary and secondary schools in Harlow, Epping and Stansted, revealed details of the structure of study clubs, how data is used, how to promote independent revision and how mock exam papers are written and used in preparation for the summer’s exams.

He said: “I have often sat in the audience at PiXL conferences. This was the biggest conference they have held so far. It was great to get out there and to promote what we are doing within BMAT.

“Sharing best practice is what my role is within BMAT so it is good to have the opportunity to share across PiXL.

“I have also picked up some new tried and tested strategies which we can use in our schools, so it was really worthwhile.”

PiXL is a partnership of more than 1,700 secondary schools, 600 sixth forms, 500 primary schools and 75 providers of alternative education across the country.

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