On Tuesday 25th June 2019 Holyrood Academy Deputy Headteacher, Mr Dave MacCormick, presented an educational masterclass to over 2000 delegates at a PiXL Conference at Central Hall, Westminster. PiXL is a national organisation - Partners in Excellence - consisting of 1600 secondary schools. They hold main meetings 5 times per year in London as well as several other regional hub meetings.
To be invited to present at this prestigious event was a great recognition of the excellent work that the staff at Holyrood have undertaken this year to support Year 11 students to achieve their very best.
Mr MacCormick’s presentation focussed on the ‘Pre-Mortem’ method of analysing teaching methods and students outcomes. It is a way of thinking about potential issues that could arise and affect results before they actually do. Mr MacCormick said, “We used it as a way of considering what a year group needs, and then gave our departments time to consider how they were going to meet the challenges the year group faced head-on. It’s a pre-mortem - what could go wrong? Instead of a post-mortem - what went wrong?” He went on, “On a personal level, it was awe-inspiring to stand and present our work in such an historic venue in which the first UN Conference was held and where some of the great leaders of the past have spoken - Martin Luther King, Ghandi, Winston Churchill and the Dalai Lama to name but a few.”