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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

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

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

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

Getting Started with Lesson Study

As part of our CPD programme this year, we’ve joined the newly formed National Teacher Enquiry Network.  It offers a superb framework to help us deliver the best CPD programme we can.  A central feature of NTEN is the support offered for the development of Lesson Study.  I’ve been reading about this for a while … Continue reading

KEGS CPD Presentation.

This week I delivered a one-hour presentation to the staff at KEGS on one of our Leading Edge days. This is what we call our INSET days dedicated to our research-engaged activities.  Basically I am reflecting on some of my thoughts about teaching and learning in the KEGS context. I’ve tried to capture the key … 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

The KEGS CPD Market-Place.

Every year, on our May INSET day, we run a 90 minute session where all the teachers report back on the work they have been doing in their ‘teaching and learning workshops’, our structure of driving in-house action research. We call it the ‘carousel’ but it is more like a market-place where people mill around … Continue reading

Learning from Success: Celebration with Purpose

Earlier this week , we held a whole staff meeting to reflect on the success we’ve enjoyed this year. In terms of examinations, it has been a great year for us with record results at GCSE and A Level and our best ever Valued-Added score at KS4.  But there is a sense in which things … Continue reading

CamSTAR: Research as CPD: CPD as Research

One of the key things that first attracted me to KEGS was the concept of the ‘research-engaged learning community’.  Although it has been articulated and organised in different ways over the years, we have always held the view that teachers should be both engaged with research and engaged in research as part of the CPD … Continue reading

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