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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

What a year! teacherhead in 2017

2017 has turned into an amazing year. teacherhead consulting As I explained in this blog, I have made a firm decision to commit to my role as a consultant instead of thinking about returning to Headship.  I’m enjoying the freedom, the variety and the challenges that consultancy presents – and it’s been amazing to get … Continue reading

#FiveWays of Giving Effective Feedback as Actions

If teachers are going to have a significant impact with the feedback they give, it needs to lead to improved outcomes for students. I am increasingly convinced that feedback needs to be constituted  less in terms of a review of what has gone before and more in terms of very specific actions that students should … Continue reading

10 ways the gold dust of CPD time is wasted.

CPD time is precious.  Teachers have so many issues to address; so many things to discuss, to share, to thrash out, to reflect on – and there’s lots of strong evidence about the importance of collaborative professional dialogue in fuelling teacher development. And yet, there are lots of barriers to schools delivering good CPD; I’ve written about … Continue reading

Our family remembrance trip. 40 years on.

A few years ago I posted a copy of an assembly I gave for Remembrance Day, linking our family story – the death of my father, Richard Sherrington – to the act of remembrance.  You can read it here.   He died on 4th December 1977, 40 years ago, after his plane from Penang to KL … Continue reading

10 low impact activities to do less of – or stop altogether.

Teachers and leaders across the country do too many things that have unacceptably high ratios of time and effort relative to their impact and/or they are unjustifiable educationally.  Sometimes I think that the debate about workload is tinkering around the edges when actually we need much more fundamental change.  I also think that we need to … Continue reading

Y6 and Y11 take too much strain: up the ante from Y3 and Y7.

In the last six months I’ve had the opportunity to see lessons in all years and I’ve spoken to teachers and leaders responsible for learning from Year 3 to Year 11.  From what I see, the expectations, pressure and intensity in Year 6 and Year 11 are MASSIVE compared to what happens in the other years at KS2, 3 and 4.  It’s … Continue reading

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