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About the Trust

The Amethyst Academies Trust (AAT) was born out of the success of Aldersley High School, a community school of 800 students which has achieved outstanding progress for the past 2 years. We believe we have the capacity and the experience to inspire students and staff and bring about rapid and sustained improvement for the benefit of the Local Authority, and wider community.

AAT is a multi-academy sponsor and the Family of Schools currently comprises of two schools who work together to ensure that all children irrespective of their starting point receive an excellent education. We relish the opportunity to be part of the much needed regeneration of all areas we work in and wish to play a full role in the wider community.

Nicola Davis – Chief Executive Officer

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Episode 5: The Christmas Edition

  • Posted by Paul Martin
  • On December 13, 2018
Say no to Gradgrind, and Yes to Scrooge and Creativity… One of the most frequently heard criticisms of a Knowledge-Rich curriculum is that it will turn all teachers into domineering lecturers, presiding over row after row of bowed heads, repeating sentence after sentence after sentence in an attempt to beat learning into reluctant young minds. […]
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Helping pupils understand the demands of GCSE exam questions workshop @ Aldersley High School
Mar 12 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm



“They don’t read it properly.”

Helping pupils understand the demands of GCSE exam questions.

Tuesday 12th March 1pm-3:30pm Aldersley High School

Workshop aim:

The new GCSE specifications place greater demands on pupils’ literacy skills. Pupils without these skills can be held back in every subject. This session equips teachers of all subjects with strategies to help develop their pupils’ ability to comprehend what an exam question is asking them to do. Whilst the examples will be drawn from GCSE exam papers, the session will provide teachers with a reading comprehension activity sequence that can be applied to all assessment tasks with every year group in order to develop pupils’ reading comprehension skills and confidence over time. The activity sequence applies the techniques that all good readers use specifically to exam questions and, for those who find the session useful, can be followed up with further training showing how this can be used to develop pupils’ ability to read all types of text within lessons.

Workshop Facilitator: Helen Handford

Helen is a trainer and consultant with over 25 years’ experience in developing language and literacy across the curriculum in diverse, multilingual primary and secondary school contexts. She specialises in improving outcomes for all pupils through strategic, whole-school approaches to the development of academic registers of language. A key focus of Helen’s work is the development of teacher expertise, in terms of both knowledge about language and pedagogy that teaches language explicitly across all curriculum areas. Alongside her work in schools, Helen has worked with local authority advisory teams, taught on university-based initial teacher training programmes, and is involved in both national and international research into literacy in education. Helen is an accredited tutor trainer for the internationally acclaimed CPD courses How Language Works (HLW); Teaching ESL Students in Mainstream Classrooms: Language in Learning across the Curriculum (TESMC:LiLaC); and Literacy for Learning (LfL).

To register for places, please contact Mark.Smith2@Wolverhampton.gov.uk stating which subject area so we can ensure we have exam questions appropriate for you.