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Teaching for Distinction @OldhamCollege

The most exciting job I’ve had since starting out with Teacherhead Consulting has been working with Oldham College.  Principal Alun Francis approached me to explore whether there was scope in applying current thinking around teaching and learning, curriculum planning and my experience of the delivery of CPD in schools to the FE setting.   He … Continue reading

Here’s your school development plan – no, really, don’t thank me. #SLTchat

There are so many things you might need to do to take a school forward. Based on my reading and engagement with schools around the country this year, here are some areas I’d recommend for consideration. Before outlining the details, here are two preliminary considerations: A:  Sort behaviour.  Don’t do anything else until this feels … Continue reading

Schools that work for everyone? The challenges for comprehensive education. #educationfest

My talk at the Wellington Festival this year was originally intended to contribute to the discussion about new grammar schools.  However, given that this idea seems to have been put aside – at least at any significant scale – I swerved it around to focus more on comprehensive schools.  Years ago, when I worked at KEGS, … Continue reading

National Baccalaureate for England: Join in; sign up with @natbacctrust

In our view, establishing a National Baccalaureate for England is a policy gift for anyone responsible for taking our education system forward.  Thankfully, we don’t have to wait.  Schools and colleges can get started right away. The National Baccalaureate for England now exists as a framework for ensuring all learners have a rich, broad curriculum experience throughout their school … Continue reading

Beyond Growth Mindset: Two videos.

In the last couple of weeks I’ve come across two excellent videos that present ideas that I think are incredibly powerful for helping students and teachers think about learning.  Some times, when people talk about growth mindset, it’s so incredibly nebulous that I can’t quite imagine what’s going to change.  Simply urging students to adopt … Continue reading

Teaching and Learning Research Summaries: A collection for easy access.

There are several superb summaries of educational research that have been compiled into easily accessible websites and articles in pdf format that can be read online and shared with staff. Although they are easy to find via an internet search, I am pulling them together into one place for easy access.   I’ll keep adding to … Continue reading

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