Tom Sherrington

Tom Sherrington has written 319 posts for headguruteacher

My Observation Checklist.

Ok.  The title is misleading.  On purpose. I’ve been observing the newly appointed staff at Highbury Grove over the last few weeks which has been a real pleasure.  For the first time, we’re now using the Bluesky website to write all of our lesson observation reports; this links to our Professional Review documentation, handily keeping … Continue reading

Modelling Good Speech. Let’s talk properly.

We’re building momentum in our drive to make the art of rhetoric a cornerstone of our approach to teaching and learning.  One aspect of that is a strategy to address common issues with student speech.  I think we need to be very explicit about the quality of speech we’re aiming for and not allow ourselves … Continue reading

Finding Balance: Joy and Optimism amid the Imperfections of Reality.

During half-term, our son was so overwhelmed by the list of things to do in Dubrovnik he started to complain. How are we going to fit it all in? We should have planned a longer trip! We told him to be grateful; to think of his glass half full and not half empty.  His reply … Continue reading

A Headteacher’s Week at HGS

Following a format I’ve used before, here is a run-down of a reasonably typical week in my life at Head at Highbury Grove.  I’ve chosen this one because it has a bit of everything in it to give a feel for the range of the activities I have in my diary.  Every week is different … Continue reading

Towards Impeccable Behaviour: Phase 2.

It’s now exactly a year since we launched our original Behaviour for Learning System. I described the principles and the details of the system in these posts:  Towards Impeccable Behaviour. Together  and Towards Impeccable Behaviour. Ready for Launch.  A year on, after another round of reviews and consultations, we’re about to re-launch the system with … Continue reading

KS3 Assessment. 8 steps towards a workable system.

We are about to launch our KS3 assessment system.  I’ve shared the full details in this post.  We’ve arrived at this model after considering all the following issues/questions/factors: 1.  Accept the reasons that NC Levels became a broken system.  This has been covered by lots of people in great detail, but here’s a quick summary … Continue reading

50 Up: One Career. Six Schools. 28 Years. A thousand mistakes.

50 today. I know – I don’t look a day over 49!  9th October. Same birthday as John Lennon and David Cameron. Reading nothing into that whatsover.  I’m 50 years old and still a teacher.  I never expected this to happen. I can remember my 22nd birthday vividly.  It was my first term as a … Continue reading

Our Emerging KS3 Assessment Framework.

Having explored different ideas about assessment at KS3 during the last year, we’re about to move forward with our approach.  Here is the explanatory booklet we’ve given to parents: Assessment at KS3 So far, we’ve been seeking a focus on authentic assessment within subjects, breaking free from all the illusions and falsehoods of NC levels; … Continue reading

Maths Mindsets: My Y10s

Three weeks into teaching my Year 10 GCSE class, I’ve come to the conclusion that a large part of my task is going to be psychological.  In a class of 28, there are so many different responses to the process of learning maths as well as to the maths itself.  Some of these are probably … Continue reading

FACE It. A formula for learning. 

 Have you been exploring ways to teach students how to revise for exams?  It’s something lots of students struggle with.  Based on recent experience of taking students through GCSE exams this idea was devised by AHT/HoD Deb O’Connor; a simple and powerful formula to convey the essence of good learning and revision. Neatly, it also forms … Continue reading


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