Pitching High



Bob has supported almost 500 schools and many organisations with initiatives to inspire all learners. Some schools and clusters have used the opening doors strategies to spread challenging mindsets cross-phase. Secondary subject leaders have been able to adapt the principles into top quality teaching for their departments. It’s important to realise that a challenge ethos can be spread across a school.

Why not pitch lesson aspiration as high as possible but devise scaffolds and ‘opening doors’ interventions to include everyone in a shared, exciting curriculum?  Here are just a few examples of Bob’s travels over the years:

  • February 2020 presentation to the GFM Trust schools, primary and secondary
  • Key-notes on ‘pitching high’ at the Optimus More Able conference and in The Isle of Man, 2018
  • Specific Inset at courses and conferences across England and in Europe
  • Topics include:
    1. Routes to Outstanding Teaching and Learning
    2. Mastery Learning and Greater Depth
    3. New Journeys in English (see “Award winning books: Opening Doors” page)
    4. Chairing and presenting at Optimus ‘Mastery Learning’ national conference, 2017

Examples with delegates comments:

  • Key-note speeches and inset days on ‘routes to outstanding’:
    “It is refreshing to be given so many practical tips to add to our ‘toolkits’.  Bob is an inspirational speaker – his passion and conviction shines through.”
    (Local Authority Conference)

  • Key-note at GFM conference February 2020: ‘Pitching High’:                                      “We are very grateful for your input and for the ideas that you shared with colleagues.” (GFM Director)

Literacy for able learners at many venues and with associated resources:
“A fantastic, informative day.  I have been inspired to take ideas into the classroom.  I feel more confident to challenge able pupils.”
(Conference for teachers from many schools)

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