Pedagogical progress, or second best

If there’s a better solution, use it! I often hear schools tell me that they’re just going to keep with their existing software because it’s the easier on the staff than changing. They tell me that they have already spent considerable energy trying to get teachers on board with their existing solution, and that it […]

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Education is like religion

Organised religion and education I went to an all boys Catholic school in Australia. I was Catholic. There was little chance of anything else. At certain times I was reasonably devout: sometimes using chapel services seriously; careful not to blaspheme; even being passionately reflective when seeing a storm brewing on Good Friday. I knew the […]

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Restoring the Love of English

For me, one of the most powerful strategies in the English classroom is getting students to write. Analysing texts is extremely important, but getting students to experiment with words themselves seems to enhance their ability to analyse other peoples’ writing. There are numerous activities included in the resource below that can be used as starters […]

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The Great SATS Dilemma

My third and final daughter is about to begin her Yr 6 SATS tomorrow. And I’m really wondering whether or not she should even try to do as well as I know she wants to. That may seem like a ridiculous thing to say, and of course it is, but I only say it because […]

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Is your CPD hitting the mark?

Is your CPD hitting the mark? Do you know if your staff are getting what you want them to get? For lots of teachers CPD has been a large thorn in their side. But there are reasons for the barriers: teachers feel like they are shoved into sessions that aren’t suited to them, and perhaps […]

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CPD is a hobby of mine

For me, CPD is a hobby. I came across an interesting tweet today I know the post was set up to spark debate (thank you @debatED), but I was surprised by the percentage that selected ‘disagree’ in the poll. But I am of course biased, because for me, CPD is a hobby, so I don’t care […]

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Ensuring HomeWork is Outstanding

Click the image to go to one of the most extensive resources created about all things to do with Homework. The site focuses on the pedagogy behind homework setting, tips to help ensure you set appropriate and quality homework if you decide to set it, and critiques on the latest tools that distribute homework The […]

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Classroom Tech Adds Value – if used correctly

I understand the concerns raised by many educationalists about poor technology integration. Technology used without pedagogical justification is, like any other method, pointless, and eventually damaging. In this regard, and considering the prevalence of edtech now, teachers need great skill in sorting the ineffective from the useful, but this is no different to having to wade through the huge […]

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Pragmatic Marking

Here are some thoughts on marking, an incredibly time consuming business. The strategy developed is in response to a very time starved teacher: myself. I call it Pragmatic Marking. Marking has one purpose and one purpose only: to assess progress on a task that requires independent thinking. Marking work where students could potentially simply be […]

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