Thanks for providing the link to the discussion about FOSIL in primary schools, Elizabeth, and welcome, Jenny.
The link between inquiry and independent learning is important, and overdue a Topic in the Forum – in fact, Elizabeth did just that in What does an independent student look like?, and I will add some thoughts here shortly (sorry for not getting around to it sooner).
The question about inquiry and neurodiverse students is also important, and may overlap with the discussion on independent learning/ learners. Either way, I’ll discuss it with Barbara on Sunday.
I am the LRC Manager at Connaught School for Girls in London and have been for 6 years, 2 of which I’ve been away on maternity. I’ve previously worked at sixth form colleges and the beautiful Wellcome Trust library. I graduated with an MSc in Information Science and Library Management 2 years ago with a renewed zeal to own my middle management position! I’ve seen three headteachers since starting here, and with each headship I’ve spoken to them about introducing information literacy, but with tidbits of information gathered from various places. I was overwhelmed with things that CAN be done and things that I couldn’t figure out how to do myself. Along came FOSIL through serendipity.
Last term, SLT announced they are doing a curriculum overhaul and creating a working party for a new teaching and learning policy. I jumped at the opportunity and have successfully managed to persuade SLT to include FOSIL in their wording of the T&L policy and curriculum planning. The resources on this site are fantastic and have made persuading SLT so much easier.
You’ll most likely see my name pop up quite frequently now that the ball is rolling. If there are any schools based in East London, please do get in touch as my most recent task is to find other schools close by that have adopted FOSIL into their curriculum.
Hello and welcome Jannath, it is lovely to hear your journey and passion for your position with FOSIL. There are several FOSIL Group members who have been using FOSIL within the curriculum and I am sure they may come along soon to say hello. I do a lot of training on using FOSIL within the curriculum so if you are interested in that you can find me here…
Well done – integration at a policy level is a significant achievement.
There are a number of schools using FOSIL in London, although the degree of integration with the curriculum will vary. This, however, was the motivation for the FOSIL Group, which was to help each other get better at getting better faster (Doug Engelbart). If you bear with me until next week, I will reach out to some of these colleagues as they may not yet have subscribed to the Forums (see below).
We will look forward to working more closely with you in the Forums – speaking of which, if you have not already done so, please consider Subscribing to the forums, which is not yet as obvious and intuitive as it could be. This way you will be notified of updates to the various discussions.
Thank you so much, Darryl. SLT will feel much more comfortable knowing that there’s a neighbouring school that we can speak to about their experiences adopting FOSIL and would like to know how they did it too.