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Teacher wellbeing; it’s everyone’s responsibility

As I begin life as a Deputy Headteacher in my new school, it is understandably a learning curve and one that I am thoroughly enjoying. Of the many facets of my new role, one significant aspect that absolutely goes hand in hand with teaching and learning is teacher wellbeing. This makes total sense, as I … Continue reading

Leading Teaching & Learning has made me a better teacher. Fact.

I consider myself to be in a very fortunate position, why? because I get to visit lessons every single day. In fact, I feel somewhat selfish and the reason is because every day I learn from my colleagues, I discover something to take away and experiment with that helps me to improve my own teaching. Obviously, leading teaching … Continue reading

Leading Teaching & Learning; walking the tightrope of accountability, threat & trust

I consider myself very fortunate and extremely proud to lead teaching and learning in my role as Deputy Headteacher, however, that’s not to say that leading teaching and learning isn’t everybody’s responsibility, because it is. And herein lies many potential pitfalls and of course golden opportunities for leaders like myself to either grow a culture … Continue reading

Marking is damaged, but not broken……..yet

  I Believe it’s time to reclaim marking and make it our own again. It’s time to establish the hard facts, analyse what the research tells us and debunk the myths.  Ask any teacher across various educational contexts what is top 3 in terms of their workload burden and I predict this will always include … Continue reading

Teacher Appraisal – a fait accompli?

  Recently I reached out via twitter and asked the following question in the form of a poll: How effective is appraisal/PM in developing your practice in your school? Are the targets set: a) A prerequisite – imposed b) Mutually agreed c) Combination of both  The purpose of this question was to try to establish a broader picture … Continue reading

Teaching and Learning [Evolving] & under the microscope

  It’s been a while since I’ve blogged  about leading teaching and learning on a holistic level, and a great deal has changed since my initial post Reshaping Teaching and Learning some 18 months ago. Developing an effective teaching and learning model is comparable to that of honing a finely tuned race car (I’m a Formula 1 … Continue reading

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

RE: Focus

It’s that time of the academic year where the hype of Christmas has been and gone, a new year is upon us and we’re all starting to feel refreshed and raring to get back in the classroom! But what mustn’t we lose sight of in order to evolve and deliver quality first teaching and learning in … 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

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