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Re-Establishing Teaching Routines.

This week I took part in one of the excellent #CPDConnectUp webinars with David Weston for Teacher Development Trust.  The theme was ‘re-establishing teaching routines’ as schools begin the path back to being fully open.  The format included about 15 minutes input from me, then lots of questions in break-out groups and the full session. … Continue reading

Standing in awe.

What incredible times these are.  Against a backdrop of ignorant media commentary and unwarranted pressure from overly powerful people who don’t teach or run schools,   shouting from the sidelines, teachers and school leaders are doing such a phenomenal job.  It’s an immense task – reframing how schools and colleges operate, wrestling with a new … Continue reading

Rosenshine in Action. A year on

This post is just a date marker; a pause for reflection. A year ago today Rosenshine’s Principles in Action was published.  Since then it has sold 63,000 copies – which has far exceeded our expectations.   It’s still hard to believe.  It started when I wrote this blog post suggesting that Rosenshine’s paper was THE … Continue reading

St Jude Vapour Trails. Album Released!

Between 2003 and 2010 I recorded some songs with my friend and former colleague Tom Andrew-Power.  We called ourselves St Jude.  I played the music and Tom wrote all the words and sings.  We recorded some songs in a studio with producer Adam Fox who also plays several instruments on certain songs.  Recently I discovered … Continue reading

The next edu-revolution*: Textbooks!

Each time I post something positive on twitter about textbooks, I get a strongly positive response.  Now more than ever, with people talking about studying at home and the  very real challenges and impact of the digital divide, it seems such a desperate and unnecessary state of affairs that textbooks have seen such a decline … Continue reading

Curriculum + Pedagogy. And Sandcastles.

From time to time you come across somebody saying Curriculum trumps Pedagogy – or is it the other way around?  I’ve heard both.  Usually the speaker is pretty confident in their assertion.  I’ve heard people more or less protest that teaching isn’t ‘just about Rosenshine’ and, of course that can’t possibly be true. ‘Rosenshine’ is … Continue reading

Generating Centre Assessed Grades 2020

Here are some thoughts on the challenge of generating centre-assessed grades,  offered in solidarity – I don’t have to do this myself.  I recognise the difficulties whilst also believing it’s the best way forward in the circumstances. The full guidance from Ofqual is available here: Ofqual has also published this reassuring blog https://ofqual.blog.gov.uk/2020/04/09/arrangements-for-summer-2020/  which suggests … Continue reading

When TOWIE came to school. OMG!!!!

I found this in my drafts.. never posted it, but now people need some cheering up, here’s a story for you. Headship is a funny business.  Sometimes things don’t go quite as you might expect.  This little episode happened in the summer of 2012 when I was a Headteacher.  With budget pressures growing, we were … Continue reading

The joy of creative collaboration.

March 30th is the publication day for Teaching WalkThrus  my new collaboration with the wonderful Oliver Caviglioli and John Catt Ltd, the publishing powerhouse run by Alex Sharratt.  It’s been such a fabulous project to work on –  a total joy from start to finish.  I think this is what Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s concept of ‘flow’ feels … Continue reading

Planning the Long-Haul Part 2: Goals and Milestones

It’s been an amazing week – impressive, awe-inspiring, heart-warming  – watching as the teaching profession has risen to the challenge of keeping learning going during the shut-down.  Incredibly it’s only Week 1.   Already I can see that some re-grouping and stock-taking is needed if people are going to keep going.  The @teachertapp  data suggests that … Continue reading

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