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New Challenge Ahead. I’m moving on.

So, the time has come for me to move on from KEGS.  This week the announcements went out and I told the staff, student and parents at KEGS that I’ll be leaving at the end of the year.  At the same time, the Highbury Grove community was informed of my appointment. It’s going to be … Continue reading

The Progressive-Traditional Pedagogy Tree

This post is based on my talk for #PedagooLondon14 at the IoE. Having offered to run a workshop ages ago, when finally pressed for a title by the wonderful, patient organiser Helene Galdinoshea, I’d just been reading another rather tedious, acrimonious tit-for-tat twitter exchange.  Progressives vs Traditionalists acting out The North vs The South or … Continue reading

‘Learning Lessons’ from great schools – my trip to KEGS.

Originally posted on @ragazza_inglese:
I love my job. I am irritatingly smug about it and feel – on a daily basis – insanely lucky to be a teacher. One of the many aspects that I am currently enjoying is learning about building an English department. The joy of being at the beginning of a…

Miscellany of Memorable Moments

Miscellany of Memorable Moments Previously I’ve written about my darkest days in teaching because I think it should be recognised that these things happen in schools. However, more often schools are places where funny, bizarre and embarrassing things happen; things you never forget. Here are some of mine: Bad first day. I was late to … Continue reading

Y9 Science Co-construction Continues with Space and Pressure

Following the last post on my Year 9 co-construction activities, we have been enjoying learning about Space and Pressure.  The Space Team has had a lot of interesting ideas and, between us, we have planned and delivered some interesting lessons. The lessons on scale of distance and size in the universe and solar system were … Continue reading

Lesson Study: Preparing for AS Essay Writing

Following on from my first foray with Lesson Study, documented in this post, I had the pleasure of joining forces with the two-person Economics team at KEGS to form another Lesson Study trio.  Using the NTEN guidance, we went through the following process: Initial meeting:  Discussion of a possible focus and plan of action.  Jon … Continue reading

My WordPress Annual Report 2013

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: This blog was viewed about 340,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 15 days for that many people to see it. The busiest day of the year was October … Continue reading

Highlights of 2013 and Hopes for 2014

I’ve enjoyed reading several of these posts from other bloggers so I’ve decided to join in. I’m going to keep it to 10:10, instead of 13:14 – so I can keep it going in a manageable way in future years. Highlights of 2013: 1. School Success I’m lucky to work at a school like KEGS; … Continue reading

My EduBlog Award Nominations 2013

Reading blogs is now my main mode of interacting with ideas about teaching and school leadership. It’s been an incredible year in my view.  Choosing a few nominees is difficult but these are the bloggers and tweeters that I feel influence me the most: Best individual blog:  David Didau @learningspy Best group blog: Edutronic_Net #BlogSync … Continue reading

The QTS Debate

This week has seen yet another massively important issue tossed around in a cavalier fashion by politicians and media folk.  It’s the all-too-common attack-as-defence routine:  ie – here is my view and you must be a complete idiot/light-weight/joke/hypocrite/fascist if you don’t agree.  It’s pretty frustrating. I am talking about the debate on Qualified Teacher Status.  … Continue reading


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