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1,000,000 Views. Thanks A Million!

  Forgive this rather self-indulgent celebration.  I’m absolutely astonished that my blog has reached the million milestone and it can’t go without a bit of a stock-take. Here are the monthly stats since I started:   Back in May 2012, I made my first tentative steps into blogging.  My ‘Hello World’ post included the following … Continue reading

Lesson Observations Unchained. A New Dawn.

This is a short reflection on the massive difference it makes when you stop grading lessons.  I’ve embarked on the process of observing all of my teachers in my new school. Wow – what a privilege that is.  So far I’ve seen 20 lessons – I saw 9 English lessons last week.  I’ve got some … Continue reading

Sutton-Gates Teacher Development Summit. Part 1

Right now, I’m in Washington DC to take part in a two-day event sponsored (all expenses paid) by the Gates Foundation and the Sutton Trust. I’m one of 24 British Heads taking part, alongside my Heads Roundtable partner-in-crime John Tomsett, the legendary Alison Peacock and Sir Alasdair Macdonald, former Head of Morpeth in Tower Hamlets. … Continue reading

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

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

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

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

Every child still matters; Communities still need cohesion

  As most readers will know, until Michael Gove came along, government policy was to make schools more explicitly responsible for tackling a range of social issues under the two umbrella strategies of Every Child Matters and Community Cohesion. As a reminder, the five strands of Every Child Matters were: Be healthy; Stay safe; Enjoy … Continue reading

GCSE Outcomes and Transition Matrices: A data tool every teacher can use.

As most people recognise, when evaluating the degree of success in a set of GCSE outcomes we need some sense of the baseline before we start making like-for-like comparisons.   At the risk of stating the obvious, how well we’ve done all depends on what our results look like relative to the prior attainment of … Continue reading

Towards ‘Impeccable Behaviour’. Together

In my discussions with my new colleagues at Highbury Grove we’ve talked about the need to ensure that the teaching and learning agenda is put at the centre of all we do – in terms of CPD, ethos and our overall improvement strategy it is the most important thing. But we’ve also agreed that getting … Continue reading

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