In 2013 I was feeling frustrated as a teacher. The CPD on offer in my school didn’t come anywhere near to meeting my needs – or, as far as I could see, the needs of many of my colleagues. Continue reading “The End of Northern Rocks. The beginning of…”
Something’s up in Wales. The curriculum is being radically changed. Subjects are being grouped into areas of learning – all of which are equally important. Yes, the Arts are as important as Maths! Continue reading “Cross Curricular Planning.”
I’m running a PD session in Singapore, doing my usual “there’s more to life than tests” introduction to a sea of blank faces. I realise they don’t do tests. It’s a revelation. They’re looking at me like I’m an alien and I have to quickly adapt my session. Continue reading “A Joyful Education.”
Ok, deep breaths – this one is a little controversial. But I’m going to give it an airing.
Continue reading “Kidult Teachers”
I taught a Year 4 class yesterday with lots of teachers watching.
Continue reading “Romans and Us.”
What is ‘social mobility’ if not a desire to move children from one class into a higher one?
Continue reading “Class Confusion”
I was really good at school until I hit Year 9. Something snapped in Year 9. Continue reading “Teachers Who Save You.”
I’m a school in special measures. Stubborn, me. Went ‘special’ almost ten years ago, and we’re still special, see:- Continue reading “I’m a School in Special Measures.”
Lord Adonis has caused quite a stir this weekend with his statement that “We must tackle the cancer of school expulsions – 1000s are excluded for a period of time each school day. Continue reading “Exclusions”
Last week I was able to bring you good news in relation to group work in terms of our performance in PISA tests (for 15 year olds). And now, other international comparison tests (PIRLS – for 9/10 year olds) tell us that we’re doing pretty well in reading too
– around 8th out of 50. Continue reading “And now good news for reading!!”