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Research Evidence that has shaped what we do. #rEdYork

— My presentation at ResearchEd in York was an attempt to outline some of the research that has had a direct or indirect influence on our practice at Highbury Grove.  Here is a summary. The ideas we are working on at HGS include the following list; many of the ideas come from blogs. I’ve written about … Continue reading

Great Teaching: Informed wisdom in the heat of every day practice. #EducationFest 2016

  Here are the slides from my talk at the Education Festival at Wellington.   The thrust of my talk was sharing the process I’ve been on as a teacher and leader in my school, helping teachers (and myself) to develop the most appropriate knowledge and strategies – the informed wisdom – needed to make … Continue reading

Schools should be more teacher-centred.

The idea that schools should be more teacher centred has been gathering momentum in my thinking.   In fact, the whole education system should be more teacher centred.  Ridiculously, to some folk, that will sound regressive  – because we’re supposed to say that everything we do is for the children.  Well, of course.  Schools are set … Continue reading

Too much data; too many meetings: stop talking and do something.

In recent weeks, I’ve been thinking about the huge imbalance between the time and effort we spend identifying issues relative to the time and effort we spend doing something to address them.  There are two main areas where this imbalance comes into play:  assessment data and ‘referrals’. Here’s a thought experiment (One I’ve used before): … Continue reading

HGS CPD: Festival of Learning 2016:

  On Friday we held our second annual Festival of Learning following the success of the event we held last year.  Once again we were delighted to run this collaboratively with our colleagues from Samuel Rhodes School, our co-located special school partners . Here’s a flavour of the ideas that were shared. Teachmeet:  A series of … Continue reading

Debating Michaela. My take-aways.

I had a great time at City Hall taking part in the Michaela debates.   If the purpose of an event like this is to make people think and reflect, I can safely say it was a success from my point of view.   Without reviewing the content of each debate, here are my take … Continue reading

Project Soapbox. Rhetoric in action.

It’s wonderful when an idea comes together.  Last week we ran our Year 8 Project Soapbox as part of our newly established Rhetoric Roadmap – as detailed in this earlier post.  One of the many forms of oracy we’re trying to develop is the capacity to speak in public. The project was conceived by our … Continue reading

The people who’ve influenced me in 2015

In my day-to-day working life, there are several key people who I look to for solutions, for inspiration and for wisdom.  I’m lucky that my immediate team now comprises people who I respect enormously; people who will tell me what they think and offer alternatives; people whose perspectives matter to me a great deal.  There … Continue reading

My Observation Checklist.

Ok.  The title is misleading.  On purpose. I’ve been observing the newly appointed staff at Highbury Grove over the last few weeks which has been a real pleasure.  For the first time, we’re now using the Bluesky website to write all of our lesson observation reports; this links to our Professional Review documentation, handily keeping … Continue reading

FACE It. A formula for learning. 

 Have you been exploring ways to teach students how to revise for exams?  It’s something lots of students struggle with.  Based on recent experience of taking students through GCSE exams this idea was devised by AHT/HoD Deb O’Connor; a simple and powerful formula to convey the essence of good learning and revision. Neatly, it also forms … Continue reading

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