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Mode A + Mode B = Effective teaching and a rich enacted curriculum

The slide below is one that I often use in my CPD presentations.  The percentages are revealed after some reflection time.  I’m keen to stress that, as a physics teacher, this is how I see my time is divided.  I am not recommending this particular split; I am reporting my experience of it.  Other teachers … Continue reading

Developing Writing. Exploring the process from YR to Y6.

At the end of term I spent a fantastic day working with staff at Cirencester Primary School.  As part of the day, we ran an exercise to explore standards in writing  – a process I have now facilitated a few times; it is always absolutely fascinating. As part of my talk earlier in the day, … Continue reading

Evidence-Informed Teaching. Here’s what you might be doing…

In a previous post, I outlined some key ideas from research that teachers should know about: Evidence-Informed Ideas Every Teacher Should Know About. A lot of the ideas can be found by reading some of these research summaries: Teaching and Learning Research Summaries: A collection for easy access.     You could also find further ideas in the … Continue reading

Behaviour Balance: Assertive teachers; supportive system.

On my travels around schools over the years I’ve seen hundreds of lessons in various different contexts.  Whilst a firm believer that school and college systems are necessary to support excellent behaviour, I have to say that, where behaviour is an issue in a lesson, a lot of the time I take the view that … Continue reading

Breaking: Ofsted meets Robocop in fully automated AI/VR Inspections.

Following an extended meeting of the Ofsted Top Brass, major changes to Ofsted inspections are being proposed.  The central debate focused on the fundamental role of inspectors:  As Good Cop – seeking to improve schools for the youth of tomorrow – or Bad Cop – eradicating inadequacy and the requiring of improvement. However, the Ofsted … Continue reading

Ofsted Grading IS On The Table.

I was about to write a blog called Ofsted: Good Cop, Bad Cop, RoboCop  – exploring various aspects of engaging with Ofsted: the immense power and impact of the organisation, its tendency to make itself bullet proof against criticism (it’s what parents want, no system will ever be totally reliable, that’s the DFE – nothing … Continue reading

🙏 @teacherhead Blog 500 🙏

Wow! I’ve checked the blog stats and I’m astonished to see that I have notched up 500 blog posts.  This is Blog 500 – which is a bit meta because it’s a not much more than a blog about being the 500th blog post. Except, it gives me a chance to reflect on the whole … Continue reading

Evidence-Informed Ideas Every Teacher Should Know About.

I love the idea of ‘evidence-informed wisdom’. I honestly can’t remember where I first encountered this but, essentially, it’s the idea that, as teachers we are faced with making hundreds of decisions a day – largely about how to question, how to motivate and how to adjust explanations, feedback,  and the pace and depth of … Continue reading

The Learning Rainforest: A model for great teaching and learning.

Trees are poems that earth writes upon the sky                Khalil Gibran It’s a few months since I published The Learning Rainforest with John Catt.  So far sales have gone pretty well – I couldn’t be happier with that. I’m also getting invited to run lots of CPD events … Continue reading

Five Reasons to Ditch Ofsted Grades

Some recent conversations have made me want to return to this theme.  I really hope we can build some momentum around this issue. Here goes: I reckon that in 50 years time, we will look back at the current Ofsted-grading era as one of the big educational blackspots of history.  Serious educationalists and policy makers … Continue reading

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