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The Timeless Wisdom of Sitting in Rows

Some of the strangest debates or memes about education that pop up now and then are about the idea of students sitting in rows.  You don’t have to look too far to find people aligning this commonplace desk configuration along the axis of evil.  Only recently I came across a tweet that mentioned children sitting … Continue reading

#ditchthegrades Let’s call time on Ofsted grades for schools.

Last week I had a big response when I tweeted in response to another PR thing from Ofsted encouraging schools to download the logos.   Get your big shiny Ofsted Validation badge here!  Your institutional Gold Star. Don’t. It’s part of the problem. #ditch thegrades Not reliable; toxic culture; hubris; too much ‘finger in the … Continue reading

Data-drops. Get some perspective.

This tweet below is one my most-ever liked and RT’d tweets   It clearly resonates with people.  It’s worth exploring the reasons why that might be.  Some of the reasons are highlighted in the thread that follows and some of the replies. A lot the issues are covered in a previous post about what I … Continue reading

Leadership Tools: A round-up of recent @teacherhead blogs about leadership issues.

The purpose of this blog is to pull together various blog posts about school leadership issues for ease of access and sharing. There are ten in this compilation. Tackling Workload 10 low impact activities to do less of – or stop altogether. This was a runaway blog hit when I posted it.  The challenge for … Continue reading

Teacher Tools. Five @teacherhead blogs about teaching for easy sharing.

This blog is a designed for easy sharing of some of the more popular recent blogs from this site to help teachers reflect on their practice and to access some key research papers. 1. Read the Research Teaching and Learning Research Summaries: A collection for easy access. This post links to several online pdfs that … Continue reading

The five forms of feedback I give to teachers most often…

In my work I have the privilege of being able to watch lots of teachers teach in a wide range of contexts.  I see lots of superb teachers and lots of great lessons.  Where I have constructive feedback to give, I find that there are a few common areas for improvement that come up time and … Continue reading

New Year Gold: A selection of brilliant ideas from some fabulous schools

To kick off 2018, here are some of the best ideas I’ve come across on my travels to various schools around the UK.  I’ve limited most of this sample to practices I’ve encountered in more than one school  – to avoid the sense that things can only happen in specific contexts.  Where relevant I’ve named the schools … Continue reading

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