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#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

I was observed today…. and I loved it!: Teaching outside the box

Remember the old days when a lesson observation was THE deal breaker, well at least in my mind it was. This was my chance, a window to showcase my repertoire of teaching tools and cram as much into that 30/60 minute session as I could, an all singing all dancing lesson, in essence I was … Continue reading

Growing Your Own – Sustainable Leadership

We’ve all seen it or perhaps even experienced it first hand; the charismatic Headteacher who turns around an underperforming school, only to see all this work unravel within months of the inevitable successive promotion to another educational setting. Now, I’m not condemning the aspiration of colleagues like this, but I do feel that sustainability has to … Continue reading

Handing over the baton: The power of change is yours……

Although I’m not a fan of key word bingo and leadership buzz words, on this occasion I’m going to make an exception. At some point in the change process the ‘baton’ needs handing over, and in this case it will be to our teachers, who will become the engine house of change.  A couple of … Continue reading

The Pupil Pursuit

Innovation in teaching and learning is rife not only here in the UK but globally too, you only need to spend a week on twitter following the array of educational ‘chats’ to realise that.  But do school leaders, myself included, actually understand how this innovation impacts upon the day-to-day student experience? Leading whole school teaching and learning, … Continue reading

A Snapshot On Pedagogy

Although I love writing the occasional blog all about my experiences in education, I’ve decided to jump on the ‘Vlog’ bandwagon. I’m fortunate and privileged to work with colleagues who have a wealth of inspirational, innovative and creative approaches to all aspects of teaching and learning. So it would be a shame if they didn’t … Continue reading

Book Looks – Inclusive, Developmental & Reflective

Work scrutiny, well that’s nothing new I hear you say, and you’d be right. However, the question I ask is, how and where does this sit within a schools teaching and learning strategy – to what extent does it relate to targeted CPD and inform sharing of practice, involving all staff and not just benefit those … Continue reading

Sharing is Caring……..

If you engage with educators on twitter, participate in the array of ‘tweetmeets’ such as #SLTchat, #UKedchat, #aussieED, follow leading educational blogs like headguruteacher, TeacherToolkit, Dan Roberts to name but a few, or frequently attend teach meets, then you’ll know that the topic of conversation invariably comes back to sharing of practice; innovative, low-cost approaches to effective … Continue reading

What does progress actually look like?

In education and even more so as teachers, we hear the term progress all the time; all students need to make progress, progress checks, planning for progress, data informing progress, progress through effective feedback and so on… but what does progress actually look like in day to day classroom practice and how can we measure … Continue reading

Re-shaping Teaching & Learning

As the journey to shifting our whole school approach to teaching and learning continues, I thought I would post an update as recent conversations with colleagues in other schools seem to indicate that there are still anxieties, elements of uncertainty and a perception of apprehensiveness with moving to ungraded lessons. I would ask why? If … Continue reading

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