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Tom Sherrington

Tom Sherrington has written 233 posts for headguruteacher

Challengers and Champions. Are we ready to listen?

  Following all the discussions at the ResearchEd conference last weekend, I’ve been thinking about the balance we need to strike when presented with new ideas or when we’re presenting them ourselves.  We need to be open to the possibility that a strategy might be a good one whilst remaining confident that, as professionals, we’ll … 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

Every child still matters; Communities still need cohesion

  As most readers will know, until Michael Gove came along, government policy was to make schools more explicitly responsible for tackling a range of social issues under the two umbrella strategies of Every Child Matters and Community Cohesion. As a reminder, the five strands of Every Child Matters were: Be healthy; Stay safe; Enjoy … 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 my staff should know about

  As I look ahead to starting my new job at Highbury Grove,  I’m thinking about all the conversations we are going to have about learning.  To a large degree I want 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

Our Meeting with Tristram Hunt July 2014

Originally posted on Headteachers' Roundtable:
Members of Heads’ Roundtable with the full Labour Education team and Chris Husbands from the IoE. On July 15th, five members of the Headteachers’ Roundtable met Tristram Hunt at the House of Commons to discuss our Education Manifesto. Our original meeting had had to be re-scheduled when it clashed with…

Unleashing Greatness? Education Reform in Action

” You can mandate adequacy … greatness has to be unleashed”  Joel Klein – via Sir Michael Barber Ever since I attended the London Festival of Education at the IoE in November 2012, I’ve had a sense that education reform was there for the taking – it’s just a case of people getting organised and … 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

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