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10 Silver Arrows: Ideas to penetrate the armour of ingrained practice

  Silver Arrows? It’s very hard to change your practice.  We’re all so busy, very often it is difficult to create space to fully explore a set of ideas and to deliberately adapt our teaching routines to absorb something new.  At the same time, we’re often bombarded with initiatives and issues to address.  It can … Continue reading

Authentic Assessment and Progress. Keeping it Real.

This post is based on the ideas that I outlined during my workshop at #TLT14 in Southampton.  It forms part of the process of rethinking assessment at KS3 now that levels have gone.  This is a live discussion at my school and is very much a work in progress. A good starting point is to … Continue reading

Teaching Year 8. So complicated; and yet so simple.

  It’s over 10 years since I’ve taught a KS3 class in a comprehensive school.  Gosh! I’m using some skills I haven’t needed in a while and, in the last few weeks, I’ve been getting my match-fitness back, dusting off the rust and oiling those wheels. My Year 8 class is a mid-range ability group … Continue reading

Headteacher’s Report. Six Weeks In.

I love the Highbury Grove School motto:  Per Ardua Ad Astra.   Through struggle to the stars.  It captures the spirit of the school’s journey and spirit of the staff.  It’s the message we’re giving to our students too:  Work Hard; Aim High – or better still, Work Extremely Hard; Aim Extremely High. Why? Because the … Continue reading

Towards Impeccable Behaviour Part 2: Ready for Launch

In an earlier post, Towards Impeccable Behaviour. Together, I described the process we would be going through to set up a new behaviour system at Highbury Grove.  Behaviour is generally very good in the school but we’re aiming extremely high, with ‘impeccable behaviour’ as our goal. We have now gone through the process of generating … Continue reading

Improving the basics: Inspired by Austin

Here’s a very short post to report on some fabulous work my Year 8s did this week.   I marked their first few pieces of work and then devoted a double lesson this week to redrafting: a slice of Directed Improvement and Reflection Time. We started the lesson by watching the Ron Berger Austin’s Butterfly video: … Continue reading

My Teaching To-Do List.

These are the things I’m thinking about planning lessons with my new Year 8 science class. I realise that this is a bit of ‘sucking eggs’ so please forgive me for stating the obvious if that’s how this reads. My experience is that it’s worth re-stating basic principles over and over again. To myself. 1. … Continue reading

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

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

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