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‘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

Squeeze every last drop of learning out of every lesson

  ‘A thirst for knowledge’ is a phrase that has become very much on-trend in education during recent years and if you throw in ‘students display a love of learning’ the OFSTED rhetoric is complete. Personally I’m very fond of this statement, I cannot disagree at all. However,  I’ve always found myself thinking what does it … 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

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

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

Cooperative approaches to learning… it’s all about ethos.

  Following a recent teacher talk wednesday – #TeacherTalkWednesday, where the discussion was around cooperative approaches to learning, my colleague Cicely Alsbury has very kindly contributed to my blog: Cooperative teaching and learning is about fostering an educational environment which provides opportunities to build resilient, inquisitive, resourceful and inspired learners. I grew up in an educational … Continue reading

#TMDevon

Why attend #TMDevon? The question really should be; Why not?! In addition to the endless informal networking opportunities, you’ll get the chance to listen to real teachers presenting on innovative approaches to all aspects of education from the latest EdTech in teaching and learning through to Masters/EdD level action research. This will be delivered through a … 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

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