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The Marking Treadmill…… is it time to get off?

There appears to have been a resurgence in anxieties and pressures around teacher workload, and the marking burden seems to be at the forefront of discussions for a vast majority of teachers. Without any doubt, marking and feedback is a non-negotiable, an essential element of teaching and learning and one that if done effectively can have … 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

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

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

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

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