It was interesting. How do you effectively explain to Headteachers how FOSIL works in and can support students in 15 minutes? You can’t! What I was able to do was once again raise the idea that the library was there to support teaching and learning and should be invited into looking at the curriculum. No decision was made that day and even after sending follow up information I got nothing.
However, the one primary school that I support, whose headteacher was at the previous meeting was open to the suggestion that I could support them more. I now have an overview of their whole school curriculum and only yesterday a teacher send me their short term planning. This is a big step forward as I hope to be able to target year groups and topics that I will be able to use FOSIL with and over the next few years we hope to see inquiry skills improve.
Further to this, I was also invited to a P4C staff meeting. It took me ages to work our that P4C is Philosophy for Children… Anyway, it turns out that there is a wonderful link to FOSIL with this too as P4C is about Connecting and Wondering… How great is that? I am going to send the lead teacher the information about FOSIL and hope to get involved with this too.
You never know what door is going to open next. If I can get one primary school using FOSIL then hopefully this will begin to spread.