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RSA Essays: Licensed to Create? Incentives for improving teacher quality.

Today, the RSA has published a collection of 10 essays on the theme of improving teacher quality and the concept of licensing.  This has been, in part, stimulated by Tristram Hunt’s policy proposals.   I was delighted to have been invited to contribute an essay and I have included mine in full below.  Interestingly, the … Continue reading

Teaching Year 8. So complicated; and yet so simple.

  It’s over 10 years since I’ve taught a KS3 class in a comprehensive school.  Gosh! I’m using some skills I haven’t needed in a while and, in the last few weeks, I’ve been getting my match-fitness back, dusting off the rust and oiling those wheels. My Year 8 class is a mid-range ability group … Continue reading

Contemporary educational ideas all my staff should know about

  As I look ahead to starting my new job at Highbury Grove,  I’m thinking about all the conversations we are going to have about learning.  To a large degree I want my teachers to be as up-to-date as possible within their own subject domains. They should know the latest OfSTED position ( eg with … Continue reading

Scale: CPD, research, and getting the basics right.

In our quest for a deeper understanding of our work as educators, across all the debates, conferences and blogs,  I sometimes think that we lose perspective on the relative scale of different aspects of raising achievement in schools. There are hundreds of variables and we’re rarely able to make like-for-like comparisons  that  help to identify the relative … Continue reading

Pedagogy Postcard #20: The abstract-concrete connection

A series of short posts about specific elements of teaching practice that I think are effective and make life interesting. Some are based on my own lessons and others are borrowed from lessons I’ve observed. There’s a tipping point in many subject areas when the learning moves beyond the territory of tangible ideas, objects and … Continue reading

Pedagogy Postcard #14: I teach it; you teach it back

A series of short posts about specific elements of teaching practice that I think are effective and make life interesting. Some are based on my own lessons and others are borrowed from lessons I’ve observed. This is a tried and tested method that scores well in the Hattie effect-size rankings.  It’s a process with a … Continue reading

Pedagogy Postcard #10: Personal Projects

A series of short posts about specific elements of teaching practice that I think are effective and make life interesting. Some are based on my own lessons and others are borrowed from lessons I’ve observed. One of the aspects of the curriculum that I love are the opportunities students have to pursue their own ideas … Continue reading

Pedagogy Postcard #9: Group Work

A series of short posts about specific elements of teaching practice that I think are effective and make life interesting. Some are based on my own lessons and others are borrowed from lessons I’ve observed. Talking about group work in teaching as a defined ‘thing’ that could be useful, useless, a waste of time or … Continue reading

Pedagogy Postcard #8: Big Picture – Small Picture:

A series of short posts about specific elements of teaching practice that I think are effective and make life interesting. Some are based on my own lessons and others are borrowed from lessons I’ve observed.  (NB, I’m a stickler for saying ‘dissect’ as in disperse, disappear and dissipate; not rhyming with bisect. That’s the true meaning.  We … Continue reading

Pedagogy Postcard #6: Modelling: Showing how it’s done.

A series of short posts about specific elements of teaching practice that I think are effective and make life interesting. Some are based on my own lessons and others are borrowed from lessons I’ve observed. Modelling is a core element of good teaching but one that I often feel could be developed further.  There are two … Continue reading

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