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Tom Sherrington

Tom Sherrington has written 303 posts for headguruteacher

Finding your voice in the on-line edusphere.

I recently re-read one of my very first blog posts from 2012 when I was starting to get excited about the potential of twitter and blogging: The quiet CPD revolution…getting louder!    Even then I thought that it might all be a flash-in-the-pan thing that could soon fall away – but it hasn’t at all.  In fact, … Continue reading

OfSTED Outstanding. The Grade Descriptors.

I’ve expressed my views before on OfSTED including the over-arching reliability question and the validity of judgements around the Outstanding/Good boundary.  In the real world OfSTED marches on but, thankfully, continues to reform and professes to operate in a more enlightened fashion.  Sean Harford explains key changes applicable to Good schools here: “The best way … Continue reading

Leading and Learning. Reflections on my first year at Highbury Grove

This is my 300th blog post on headguruteacher.com.  It seems like a good moment to reflect on my first year as Head of Highbury Grove.  Without doubt, this year has been the most challenging and rewarding in my professional career.  I’ve never worked so hard in my life – I’ve been dragging myself through the … Continue reading

Built-in CPD. Our new model.

This is the cover of our newly published CPD booklet that sets out our master plan for next year.   ‘Continuing’ has somehow morphed into ‘Continual’ which I rather like!  I’m thrilled that, after some consultation with parents, governors have approved our new built-in CPD approach.  This follows the model used at John Tomsett’s Huntington School … Continue reading

PSHE Matters. Our specialist delivery model.

I’ve always believed that PSHE is important.   There are so many strands of content that young people need to engage with and that need to be taught directly – in my view.  Sex Education and aspects of Health and Citizenship are all extremely important.  If we don’t teach them directly we’re just leaving it … Continue reading

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Hard Work. The X Factor.

Throughout this year I’ve been struck repeatedly by the thought that, within the school,  my students have all that they need at their disposal to achieve enormous success.  They have well-motivated teachers with good subject knowledge,  an inclusive and aspirational ethos, superb facilities, a strong pastoral system and a broad and rich curriculum that offers … Continue reading

My Future of Assessment Contribution for AQA

I’m very pleased to have been given the opportunity to contribute to The Future of Assessment, a collection of essays for AQA – with huge thanks to Dale Bassett for inviting me to join the group.  It was fascinating to meet the other contributors. My essay, A National Baccalaureate for England,  can be read in … Continue reading

RSA Occupy The Curriculum: The Case for a National Baccalaureate

From 2 mins 30, here is my talk at the RSA’s Occupy the Curriculum event. The rationale for the National Baccalaureate for England. Huge thanks to Joe Hallgarten for inviting me and to my fellow panelists for a great discussion. Related links: The National Baccalaureate Convention  The English Baccalaureate: Coming Soon!    If you would … Continue reading

Nicky Morgan vs The Bell Curve.

Dear Nicky… I’ve just read this: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/hundreds-of-coasting-schools-to-be-transformed In there it says this: Schools eligible for intervention will be those which fall below a new ‘coasting’ level for 3 years.  In 2014 and 2015 that level will be set at 60% of pupils achieving 5 good GCSEs or an above-average proportion of pupils making acceptable progress. I am … Continue reading

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