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Ed Tech and the Everest fallacy

I’ve been wanting to write this blog for quite some time, and I realise it could be controversial, but I feel now is the time to do it. Last week I presented at the BETT show in London where I discussed and shared innovative approaches to teaching and learning. The following day I had the … Continue reading

Teaching Assistants; Unsung heroes of the classroom

Teaching assistants are in my opinion, without a doubt, the unsung heroes of the teaching profession. It really annoys me if I hear teaching assistants referred to simply as ‘support staff’, they are much, much more than this. Although some may not have a degree nor QTS, they are still highly effective and thoroughly trained (making … Continue reading

‘Cover’ lessons….effective learning in your absence?

We are all absent from our classes from time to time, some of these instances are planned and some unfortunately, are out of our control. Either way this will inevitably have an impact on our students and ultimately the progress they make over the duration of an academic year and beyond. But have you ever stopped … Continue reading

School Improvement – it’s much more than just a plan

“School improvement is a process that should involve all stakeholders working together on a shared vision”   In my opinion school improvement is a process that should involve all stakeholders, working together on a shared vision and be driven by diverse strands threading throughout the school, all feeding into this process.  I would argue that … Continue reading

Professional Learning; A fresh approach to CPD

  “If we stand still, we are already going backwards”   A new academic year brings with it a new approach to professional learning. As leader of Teaching, Learning and CPD I always feel slight pressure and a big responsibility at this time of the year, pressure in the sense that, am I offering a model … Continue reading

It’s all about the bottom line

“The difficulty is maintaining equity, equality and solidarity without over-prescribing what a lesson should look like, and therefore regressing into a culture of tick boxes, checkups and closed doors to every classroom – all that was wrong with teaching and learning in the first place!”   I’m not a fan of the phrase ‘non-negotiables’, to … Continue reading

Keep your eye on the ball: Core Business

“How often do we hear or even get the opportunity to participate in a regular, focussed dialogue around teaching and learning? the ‘glue’ that holds all the component parts together.”   Over the last 12 years I’ve seen and been part of initiatives that have started at pace and then fizzled out over time. Not only … Continue reading

The Art Of Reflection

re·flec·tive (rĭ-flĕk′tĭv) adj. Characterised by or given to serious thinking or contemplation; thoughtful.   Currently I’m in the process of building our new CPD/Professional Learning model for the new academic year (I’ll be blogging more about that as it nears completion). However, there’s one crucial element that I’ve been pondering for a while, and that’s … Continue reading

Workload – Less Could Be More

With the recent escalation surrounding teachers’ workload here in the UK (again) fuelled this week by Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan: “teachers shouldn’t have to answer emails or mark homework after that cut off point to ensure that teachers were able to spend their time focusing on what they are passionate about”. And for the record, during … 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

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