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Assembly: Is there a moral imperative to commit to your education?

Here is the presentation I’m using for my assemblies this week. One aim is to raise awareness about the persistence of poverty in other parts of the world and to make a connection through thinking about the children as being regular kids just like them. I will share some stats and stories from Indonesia and … Continue reading

Do your homework: Acting on evidence from educational research #rED14

These are the slides from my talk at ResearchEd 2014. The aim of the talk is to look at four different kinds of research and to consider the extent to which teachers might accept the findings and then allow them to influence their practice. I’ve chosen four contrasting forms of research. 1. John Hattie’s meta-analysis … Continue reading

GCSE Outcomes and Transition Matrices: A data tool every teacher can use.

As most people recognise, when evaluating the degree of success in a set of GCSE outcomes we need some sense of the baseline before we start making like-for-like comparisons.   At the risk of stating the obvious, how well we’ve done all depends on what our results look like relative to the prior attainment of … Continue reading

Towards ‘Impeccable Behaviour’. Together

In my discussions with my new colleagues at Highbury Grove we’ve talked about the need to ensure that the teaching and learning agenda is put at the centre of all we do – in terms of CPD, ethos and our overall improvement strategy it is the most important thing. But we’ve also agreed that getting … Continue reading

Contemporary educational ideas all teachers should know about

As I was looking ahead to starting a new job as Headteacher, I was thinking about all the conversations we were going to have about learning.  To a large degree I wanted my teachers to be as up-to-date as possible within their own subject domains. They should know the latest OfSTED position ( eg with … Continue reading

Lessons from KEGS: Ideas I’m taking with me.

  As I gear up to leaving KEGS at the end of term, I’ve been thinking about ideas I’ll be taking with me when I move to Highbury Grove. Many of these things are aspects of the school that struck me when I arrived; it was during that time that I developed the ‘plantation to … Continue reading

Barriers to Effective CPD

This is a slide from  the presentation I gave at the SWAT Conference in Poole – the full slides are embedded in this post.  However, without a commentary, the presentation is not entirely self-explanatory so someone asked me to flesh this bit out.  My talk was about setting up an effective CPD culture.  In one … Continue reading

The Pedagogy Postcard Series: All in one place.

A series of short posts about specific elements of teaching practice that I think are effective and make life interesting. Some are based on my own lessons and others are borrowed from lessons I’ve observed. Here they are all in one place. Click the postcard links for each post.        

Pedagogy Postcard #14: I teach it; you teach it back

A series of short posts about specific elements of teaching practice that I think are effective and make life interesting. Some are based on my own lessons and others are borrowed from lessons I’ve observed. This is a tried and tested method that scores well in the Hattie effect-size rankings.  It’s a process with a … Continue reading

Lessons from Berger: Austin’s Butterfly and not accepting mediocrity

I’m preparing a CPD input for teachers at my school sharing some of my current thoughts about teaching.  One of the ideas I want to share comes from Ron Berger – and I got this mainly from David Didau and this post here: http://www.learningspy.co.uk/assessment/improving-peer-feedback-with-public-critique/ The video by Ron Berger, as featured in David’s post,  is … Continue reading

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