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Memoirs of a work experience student – a week in Parliament

  As a foreword to what I can only describe as a sensational exploration of career aspiration, I’d like to take this opportunity to emphasise the importance of real world learning (you can read more about that in a previous blog here). In particular the value that effective, meaningful work experience can add to a students … Continue reading

Questioning; Challenge & Engagement

Questioning is a fundamental element of pedagogy, one you could read endlessly around, but the reality is using questioning to challenge and engage all learners is demanding and potentially problematic to get right. Recently I’ve been working with a team of teachers, shaping our CPD model in preparation for the new academic year. Engaging in … Continue reading

#1 In Moving Your Teaching Forward…?

  As the end of this academic year is fast approaching, I personally find this develops into a period of sustained self-reflection as the pressures of examination classes and the associated accountability measures attached to them diminish.  Although I always encourage open and honest reflection for all our teachers, with myself very much included in this, … Continue reading

Pitching Learning to the ‘Top’ – it’s all about CHALLENGE

13 years ago I was a fresh-faced 22 year old having just qualified from my PGCE study and the reality had just hit home, I was about to go into my first full-time teaching post. No doubt this anticipation and excitement, tinged with a little anxiety will be shared by hundreds of NQT’s this year too. Something … Continue reading

Teach Meet Devon – The Power of Sharing….

Last week, on Wednesday 1st July, #TMDevon finally arrived. I think it’s fair to say in just one word it was ‘epic’. We all know that teach meets, as a teaching underground revolution, are transforming CPD across the country and I felt Devon needed to be a part of it! For quite a while now … Continue reading

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