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Tom Sherrington

Tom Sherrington has written 285 posts for headguruteacher

Ideas for Teaching Better. All In One Place.

Most of the blogs I write that get a good response are the ones about teaching.  Thankfully.  I’d write a book but a) it takes too much time b) the money is terrible and c) I’d just be repeating everything I’ve already written here.  It would be called ‘Into the Rainforest of Teaching and Learning’. … Continue reading

Teaching better. My pedagogical to-do list

I’ve been a teacher for 27 years and two terms and this much I know….. What do you mean that’s been done?!  27 years though! Scary number. I’m on a path to being a life-long teacher, never having had any other kind of job. Obviously it’s a bit different being a Headteacher but I’ve always … Continue reading

Next Steps on the Highbury Grove Mission

This is the time for taking stock and planning ahead.  We’re in the midst of an exciting vision-building process at Highbury Grove, working towards a Vision 2020 document that hopefully will capture our aspirations for the school over the next five years.  More immediately we’re working on the priorities for next year; obviously the two … Continue reading

The HGS British Museum Family Learning Project

When I was at KEGS we introduced a Family Learning project as a transition activity.   The idea was to reinforce some key messages about learning and to give value to parents supporting their children in the learning process. I wrote about one year’s outcomes in this post.  Year 6 students were set the challenge … Continue reading

The Art of Timetabling: Principles and priorities

This is the crunch time for the legion of timetablers across the country – and for the teachers who wait to see what they come up with.  As a former timetabler myself, I’d like to dedicate this post to my partners in crime, especially Matt who is working on the Highbury Grove timetable right now.  We’ve come a … Continue reading

HGS CPD. Festival of Learning Part 2: The Ideas Marketplace

This post follows directly from Festival of Learning Part 1. The Teachmeet.  The second part of our CPD day was based on a model that we developed when I was at KEGS – reported in this post.  The marketplace model was always going to be one of the ideas I imported.  The basic instruction to … Continue reading

HGS CPD. Festival of Learning Part 1: The TeachMeet

We had an absolutely wonderful INSET Day this week; the kind that leaves everyone buzzing with ideas and the exhilaration of multiple conversations about something they care about.  We’d given it a title: The Festival of Learning.  We wanted to celebrate the work that everyone has been doing throughout the year, seeking to improve teaching and learning in … Continue reading

headguruteacher.com is three

Three years ago, I started blogging and tweeting.   This is my annual stock-take. A major milestone in the year was passing the 1,000,000 million mark for blog views. The three-year tally is 1,293,000 – a total of about 610,000 for the year which puts my book sales (500) into perspective!  I’ve also gained almost exactly 10,000 new … Continue reading

Dear Nicky…. An Open Letter

Dear Nicky Congratulations on your re-appointment as Secretary of State for Education.  Education Policy had rather a low profile in the General Election, but I’m sure  you’ll be returning to the DFE with renewed determination to put Education at the centre of the agenda for the new Government.  To some extent, you and your predecessor … Continue reading

Our Comprehensive Curriculum for All

One of my main goals in my first year at Highbury Grove has been to review the curriculum and make the changes necessary for September 2015.  I’m really pleased with the process and the outcome; parents, governors, staff and students have all influenced the thinking through various consultation processes.  I described some of this in … Continue reading

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