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Teaching for Distinction, the Oldham College #CPDinFE programme is working!

This week, the news was released that Oldham College received a strongly positive inspection outcome:  The press report here, tells the story:   After an intensive four-day inspection with a large team, the College was judged ‘Good’ in all categories – many more than apply to a school.  This is such great news.  As anyone … Continue reading

Curriculum Maps: Knowing New York; Knowing about New York.

This posts builds on the last one:  Mapping curriculum terrain: The beaten track and beyond, using  geographical metaphors to consider curriculum design issues. New York. A Case Study.  Let’s imagine, in the metaphor, that New York City represents an area of the curriculum.  Our goal is for students to learn about New York and we need … Continue reading

Mapping curriculum terrain: The beaten track and beyond.

When school leaders and teachers start reviewing their curriculum, there are so many complex considerations.  What to teach and why?  It’s a huge question. At the macro, big picture scale, there’s a need to consider overarching principles and values – because these ideas inform or dictate the decisions that are taken.  Which subjects to teach and … Continue reading

Find your space; Own your space! To be effective and happy, we need to be ourselves.

The start of a new year, a big term ahead, it’s reflection time.  My message to teachers and leaders is to navigate the turbulence and try to do what you can to make your job your own; to carve out a way of working that gives you maximum space to be yourself, to express yourself, … Continue reading

The @teacherhead planning tool. Draft

I’m trying to design something that might be helpful for teachers planning lessons.  I have drafted two tools, one a structured reflection sheet for thinking through what is needed for a detailed unit of work; the other a very simple short-hand version for scoping out a series of lessons. In both cases, the idea is … Continue reading

12 Golden Gifts from the Edusphere in 2018

Happy Holidays!! Whoop.  Everyone deserves a mighty rest….  But what a year it’s been!!  I feel the profession is brimming with genius at the moment and, thanks to conference events and social media, the sharing culture is just superb.  I’ve learned so much… Here are 12 golden gifts from this year… books, ideas, people, blogs, … Continue reading

Global profession. Global message.

It’s great to travel and see the world; but it’s great be back home. Time to unwind and reflect.  I have just returned from delivering five days of training at schools in Lebanon, UAE and Oman.  Each of the participating schools was very different, each with their own charismatic leadership teams and idiosyncratic teachers; each … Continue reading

Saffron Walden County High School: An exemplary school. The Learning Rainforest made real.

Last week I spent a day visiting Saffron Walden County High School in the North-West corner of Essex.  This was the result of a conversation with Head and CEO, Caroline Derbyshire who suggested that I should consider writing a ‘Learning Rainforest in Action’ follow-up book.  Having read the original book, Caroline felt that SWCHS embodied … Continue reading

The Ideal Assessment Tracking Regime?

In various blog posts and twitter exchanges I have critiqued several widely used approaches to assessment tracking and reporting.   Reasons for my critique include the following: Forcing teachers across very different disciplines to morph their organic, authentic subject specific assessments – including wide-ranging quality and difficulty models – into a common grading system at an … Continue reading

Be A Better B!

Last weekend, after an excellent ResearchEd event in Philadelphia, where Dylan Wiliam had given a superb keynote, I wrote this tweet: Imagine teacher A is way more effective than teacher B. Tendency is to make B emulate what A does. I think this is wrong. We need to work with B to establish how B, … Continue reading

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