Teaching and Learning

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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. So far, we’ve been seeking a focus on authentic assessment within subjects, breaking free from all the illusions and falsehoods of NC levels; the ladder of progress that never was.  This has generated lots of … 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

Research Literacy: Literacy Research

This post contains the key ideas and materials from my presentation at ResearchEd 2015.   It seems to me that a high proportion of discussion about research in education doesn’t actually make reference to specific research evidence or trials.  I’ve decided that every time I give a talk at ResearchEd, I will look at the … Continue reading

Back to School: My priorities for getting started.

OK. Summer’s over….it’s time to get psyched up for the term ahead.  I’m joining the Maths Department this year, teaching Y10 GCSE; an exciting challenge.  I’m a science teacher with good maths skills and I have taught A level maths and KS3 several times.  So, whilst I have no concerns about my subject knowledge,  I’ve never … Continue reading

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

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


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