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Meeting OfSTED: The Game has Changed.

This post follows on from the excellent accounts from David Didau (@LearningSpy)  and Ross McGill (@TeacherToolkit) about our meeting with Mike Cladingbowl at OfSTED HQ on Tuesday this week. (Update: Shena Lewington (@ClerktoGovernor) and Tom Bennett have now also written accounts of the meeting.) For me, this was the second time I’d met Mike Cladingbowl, … Continue reading

Evaluating and Improving our Practice: A Paradigm Shift

In the last week, a series of events and meetings at my school signalled collectively that we’ve turned a corner with our view of some key processes. How we evaluate and improve the quality of teaching overall. The role of lesson observations The way we regard our action research activities as a feature of self-evaluation and … Continue reading

Taking Stock of the Education Agenda Part 2

I started writing this some time ago, taking stock of a range of educational issues based on various influences in the last year, not least of which has been some of the bloggers – as shown here.  I ran out of steam after three sections in Part 1: Professional Capital Teaching and Learning Principled Curriculum … Continue reading

Taking Stock of the Education Agenda Part 1

Intro This has been a rather remarkable year in education and in my professional life.  Amid the permanent white water of policy change, I’ve been fortunate to have numerous opportunities to engage with teachers, school leaders, academics and policy-makers.  The world of twitter and blogging continues to provide a wonderfully rich seam of challenging material.  … Continue reading

OfQual Insights: More thoughts on exams.

This week I met Glenys Stacey, the CEO of OfQual.  She’d invited me to share views about aspects of the examination system.  I had previously met Amanda Spielman, the Chair of OfQual – where she offered advice on our Baccalaureate model.   OfQual leaders are keen to engage in dialogue with people in the profession, … Continue reading

My Blog Manifesto

This post is merely a way to highlight the posts on my blog that, collectively, might represent a manifesto for change: 1. Reforming our Qualifications and Assessment Framework to provide a unifying, inclusive umbrella for the achievements of all learners: Towards a Proper English Bacc This is connected to developing more intelligent and sophisticated assessment processes: … Continue reading

Planning a lesson sequence; observing a lesson sequence.

I used to be Deputy Head at Alexandra Park School in Haringey.  We opened the school in 1999 with just 162 Year 7s and 11 members of staff.  We called ourselves ‘The First XI’ for a while..until the staff who joined later got sick of it!  For the first few years, while we could afford … Continue reading

Evaluating Teaching and Learning: The Departmental Review

One of the key issues for us, as it is in any school, is to ensure that the quality of teaching and learning is as good as it can be.  This requires us to engage every teacher and every department in a continuing cycle of evaluation, feedback and planned improvement. Over the last two years … Continue reading

Accountability We Can Trust

I’m convinced that our existing accountability framework is preventing schools from improving at the pace that they could be or in the way that they should be. OfSTED and Performance Tables dominate the thinking of too many Heads and teachers to a degree that is unhealthy, unnecessary and counterproductive.  I have written about these issues … Continue reading

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