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Modelling Good Speech. Let’s talk properly.

We’re building momentum in our drive to make the art of rhetoric a cornerstone of our approach to teaching and learning.  One aspect of that is a strategy to address common issues with student speech.  I think we need to be very explicit about the quality of speech we’re aiming for and not allow ourselves … 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

Learning by Heart: Poetry comes to Physics

Part 1: Poetry by Heart This week at KEGS we published the latest in our Learning Lessons series. This issue documents a fabulously exciting project masterminded by our Head of English, the esteemed Dr David Greenwood.  David and two colleagues, French teacher Alex Steele and Latin teacher Frank Garcia, all teach the same Year 7 … Continue reading

Un-Masking Problems with Learning: Jacardi’s Tale and other Stories

“We did 18s at my old school.”  Jacardi Jacardi joined us after transferring from another school.  He missed our baseline test, we didn’t receive any other data but we just hoped we’d get up to speed with his needs.  He was a bit of a mystery; articulate and outwardly confident but also something of a … Continue reading

Punter’s Guide to Essay Writing

Over the last few years I’ve learned a great deal as an observer of the complex process of teaching students to write essays so that they gain maximum credit in examinations.  Working with the English Department through a series of exam marking scandals and supporting our History Department, which I line-manage, I’ve picked up a … Continue reading


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