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School Leadership – what an extraordinary job! 

One of the great joys of being a consultant and ex-Head is meeting leaders in their schools and colleges and hearing them share their thoughts. It’s always an amazing        privilege.  Without exception there is a sense of them being on a mission, a palpable purposefulness that drives them and enormous pride in … Continue reading

Teaching Fundamentals 2: Be precise about what you want to be learned.

  This is the second instalment in a series on teaching fundamentals: aspects of teaching that are vital to get right, but are often areas for improvement. Something that I see quite often when observing lessons is that teachers throw a lot of ideas up into the air during their exposition or questioning without being … Continue reading

Edu-Twitter Rules OK. 

I’m writing this reflection as my Twitter account recently passed the 50,000 followers milestone. It’s not something I ever expected to happen;  it doesn’t seem all that long ago when Vic Goddard sent me a tweet saying he was my 50th follower, back in May 2012.  For a long time I’ve been aware that a significant … Continue reading

Building a Free Resource-Sharing Directory.

There are so many great blogs and sites out there where people share free high quality resources for teachers in specific subjects.  I thought I could put my twitter and blog reach to good use by creating a directory to make it easy for people to find things.  I’m sure there are others but this … Continue reading

Primary Education is Extraordinary. What I learned in a day.

I recently spent a day visiting Tudor Court Primary School in Chafford Hundred, Essex, as part of a visit for a group of Chinese teachers. It’s a school I worked with last year –  led by the wonderful Phil Kyriacou.  It’s a four form entry school which allows visitors to get a sense of the … Continue reading

Teaching Fundamentals: Checking for Recall and Understanding. 

I would say that this is often one of the weakest areas of practice in teaching in relation to how important it is: checking that students know and understand what we think we have taught them. If I tell you something or explain something to you I want to be sure that you’ve understood it … Continue reading

The Learning Rainforest.

I am delighted to announce that I have finished writing my book.  The manuscript is with John Catt publishers and it should be ready to buy from October 13th.  I’ve had the pleasure of working with Oliver Caviglioli who has produced various illustrations and chapter summaries.  He also designed the front cover. The book is … Continue reading

Tackle Workload. This bandwagon actually matters.

Everyone is talking about workload and rightly so.  It’s even becoming a line of enquiry for inspections.  The folk up at Wizard of O HQ are banging on about it – because they are the new Good Guys –  and Headteachers now have an extra incentive to make sure they are doing something.  This time, … Continue reading

Standards?! What’s going on with GCSE grades?

Are standards going up?  Here’s my annual twitter joke for GCSE results day: DfE media guidance. Response to GCSE outcomes: If results have gone up: This is evidence of policy raising standards. If results have gone down: This is evidence of policy raising standards. It’s a clever trick – but it’s not actually wrong.  A … Continue reading

Teaching for Distinction @OldhamCollege. FE CPD in action.

Following on from the first post outlining our Teaching for Distinction Programme, here is an update including more of the materials.  We’ve just completed the introductory day on Modules 4-6 alongside a recap of Modules 1-3.  Oliver Caviglioli produced these lovely infographics to summarise some of the key elements of each module – although it’s … Continue reading

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