A broken system. Progress 8, GCSEs and SATs.

 

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A couple of weeks ago I spent 3 hours with the infinitely patient Lucy Rimmington from Ofqual, trying to get under the skin of Progress 8, the new GCSEs and what it all means for teachers, children and parents. Continue reading “A broken system. Progress 8, GCSEs and SATs.”

Knowledge Organisers are, Err…Ok

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Probably the blandest title I’ve ever written for a blog that – but it kind of fits the mood. There’s been some hoo-hah recently about knowledge organisers. Are they good? Bad? Boring ways of forcing facts down little gosling throats or essential diets for healthy learning? Continue reading “Knowledge Organisers are, Err…Ok”

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Teachers: A Review – Part 1.

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When my free copy of Battle Hymn dropped onto our doormat last week, our nine year old grabbed it excitedly. He loves books. “That’s a bit of an aggressive title!” he declared before handing it over to me.

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Entirely Without Compassion

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There seems to have been a lot said recently on the merits of a ‘no excuses’ behaviour policy – some of it quite self congratulory. But I have some questions about the impact that the overall ethos of bragging about being “strict” has on other schools.

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