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A word of thanks: our profession is packed with brilliant passionate people.

Sometimes I feel it is necessary to state the obvious.  Teachers and schools leaders are horribly taken for granted in the political bun-fight.  I’ve been out on the road recently and what strikes me is that, wherever I go, I meet the most amazing people.   Our profession is packed with such passionate, brilliant, dedicated … Continue reading

Ten teaching techniques to practise – deliberately.

It’s a well-established idea that, to develop expertise in a particular skill or technique, you need to practise. The more you practise, the better you get.  As outlined by the excellent people at Deans for Impact in their Practice with Purpose document, it helps to identify a specific element of your teaching to practise on and … Continue reading

WEEP: CLAP, LAUGH or CRY. A policy proposal.

As part of the second birthday celebrations for the wonderful Datalab,  I had the honour of representing the Headteacher’s Roundtable (who still let me sit around the table) presenting a policy proposal to be considered by the great and the good at the gathering captured here: Reflecting on Datalab's first two years #datalabturnstwo pic.twitter.com/lWiVxBOn7G — … Continue reading

6 things to get right in every school.

Over the years and in recent months I’ve seen lots of different, fascinating schools with great Headteachers; it’s so interesting to see how things are done in different places and the relative importance certain issues are given.  Currently nearly everyone is talking about budget constraints, the challenge of implementing curriculum changes at every Key Stage … Continue reading

Teacherhead-consulting in action

I’m pleased to say that teacherhead-consulting is now up and running.  If you are interested in the kind of support I can provide, here is a run down of some of the work I’ve done in the last two months. If you would like to contact me to discuss possible work, please use the contact … Continue reading

10 Blogs for Great Teaching

A blogger-friend told me recently that most of his top blogs have numbers in them: 10 ways to do this; 10 ideas for that; 7 tools for making life easy – that kind of thing.  Why?  I guess it’s because we want our online material to be easy to dip into; we want the complexity of … Continue reading

The National Baccalaureate for England is taking shape. @NatBaccTrust

Last week, the National Baccalaureate Trust board gathered at the Edge Foundation offices to push forward with our mission.  We’re due to update our website very soon but already natbacctrust.org provides lots of useful information.  In particular, this is useful background http://www.natbacctrust.org/about-the-nbfe/  Scroll down to read our FAQs and follow some of the links for further information. At … Continue reading

Sweet Algebra. A model.

I’ve spent the last two years teaching maths – to Year 7 & and Year 10.  Finding a good model to help students grapple with algebra has often been a sticking point, especially once we started performing operations on letters beyond collecting like terms; for some students this level of abstraction is incredibly difficult.   … Continue reading

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