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My Dad and the last #EdTech Revolution.

Today is my dad’s birthday.  He would have been 76.  As one of many follow-ons to my blog about his death in 1977, earlier this week I had the pleasure of meeting Pat, my dad’s PA at the British Council in the mid 70s. She contacted me after finding my blog and it was lovely … Continue reading

My 2015 Blogging Scrapbook.

January I started the year having received a detailed response from Ofsted’s Sean Harford to this Just gimme some truth rant.  It was a real surprise that he’d responded within 24 hours during the holidays.  His response found its way into the TES, SchoolsWeek and BBC news – as Sean admitted that OfSTED isn’t as reliable … Continue reading

The people who’ve influenced me in 2015

In my day-to-day working life, there are several key people who I look to for solutions, for inspiration and for wisdom.  I’m lucky that my immediate team now comprises people who I respect enormously; people who will tell me what they think and offer alternatives; people whose perspectives matter to me a great deal.  There … Continue reading

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

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

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

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

Our framework for teaching and learning

The Highbury Grove School Framework for Teaching and Learning This document is an attempt to pull together the work we’ve shared as staff during the last year to lay the ground for our agenda for improving teaching and learning at our school over the coming years.  It combines some conceptual thinking, ambitious goals and the gritty … Continue reading

Making Speech Count: Rhetoric in Practice.

Rhetoric, as part of the Trivium, is central to our Framework for Teaching and Learning. We’re now starting to put the ideas into practice.  This week, our newly appointed Director of Spoken Literacy, Andrew Fitch, gave out this excellent guide to putting rhetoric into action in everyday lessons. It’s great. Shared here with Andrew’s permission. Download … Continue reading

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