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WEEP: CLAP, LAUGH or CRY. A policy proposal.

As part of the second birthday celebrations for the wonderful Datalab,  I had the honour of representing the Headteacher’s Roundtable (who still let me sit around the table) presenting a policy proposal to be considered by the great and the good at the gathering captured here: Reflecting on Datalab's first two years #datalabturnstwo pic.twitter.com/lWiVxBOn7G — … Continue reading

6 things to get right in every school.

Over the years and in recent months I’ve seen lots of different, fascinating schools with great Headteachers; it’s so interesting to see how things are done in different places and the relative importance certain issues are given.  Currently nearly everyone is talking about budget constraints, the challenge of implementing curriculum changes at every Key Stage … Continue reading

Teacherhead-consulting in action

I’m pleased to say that teacherhead-consulting is now up and running.  If you are interested in the kind of support I can provide, here is a run down of some of the work I’ve done in the last two months. If you would like to contact me to discuss possible work, please use the contact … Continue reading

10 Blogs for Great Teaching

A blogger-friend told me recently that most of his top blogs have numbers in them: 10 ways to do this; 10 ideas for that; 7 tools for making life easy – that kind of thing.  Why?  I guess it’s because we want our online material to be easy to dip into; we want the complexity of … Continue reading

The National Baccalaureate for England is taking shape. @NatBaccTrust

Last week, the National Baccalaureate Trust board gathered at the Edge Foundation offices to push forward with our mission.  We’re due to update our website very soon but already natbacctrust.org provides lots of useful information.  In particular, this is useful background http://www.natbacctrust.org/about-the-nbfe/  Scroll down to read our FAQs and follow some of the links for further information. At … Continue reading

Sweet Algebra. A model.

I’ve spent the last two years teaching maths – to Year 7 & and Year 10.  Finding a good model to help students grapple with algebra has often been a sticking point, especially once we started performing operations on letters beyond collecting like terms; for some students this level of abstraction is incredibly difficult.   … Continue reading

GCSE Grading Goes Ga-Ga.

Ofqual has been doing its best to communicate the meaning of new GCSE grades to people.   Here’s their video: It’s amusing to think there might be hints lurking in the relative heights of the paper piles. (There won’t be.).  There is also this handy ready reckoner for the conversion: The problem has been with … Continue reading

The Bell-Curve Cage: Something must break.

  I keep going on about this but at some point, something’s going to break. Ever since Michael Gove and Ofqual – more or less independently – decided, reasonably and sensibly, to bring an end to grade inflation around 2010, taking effect from 2013, we’ve been on a collision course with our embedded, natural and … Continue reading

Too Much Teaching is Wasted

Let me give you some information: (Try to imagine that you’re going to learn it.) The Earth-Sun distance is used as unit of distance called the Astronomical Unit. 1 AU.  The Earth-Moon distance is 0.0026 AU to 2 significant figures.  The nearest Star is Proxima Centauri (part of the Alpha Centauri system. Pronounced ‘Sen-TOR-eye’). The … Continue reading

Knowledge and skills: Explicit; sequenced and, ultimately, interwoven.

It has been fascinating engaging in the debate around knowledge and skills over the last few years; I’ve made various attempts to make sense of it.  Here are some related posts: Some knowledge-skills interplay The progressive-traditional pedagogy tree Drills, skills and being match fit.  I’m a natural third-way person, uncomfortable with polarised positions.  I often … Continue reading

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