The Problem With Professional Development

I recently had the great pleasure to read a paper called, provocatively and insightfully, ‘Professional Development: A Great Way to Avoid Change’. It was published in 2004, by an Australian educator, Peter Cole. Though over a decade old, the messages about the deep rooted flaws in much of the professional development undertaken by teachers still …

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Odd Coupling – KS5 Curriculum

I had the pleasure to attend The Key conference today on ‘Assessment After National Curriculum Levels‘. There was a great presentation by assessment guru, Tim Oates. He was followed by a presentation from Chief of OFQUAL, Glenys Stacey; before an afternoon with schools presenting their new assessment models, including our own at Huntington School. Glenys …

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Infectious Explanations – Teach Secondary Article

  This month I wrote an article for Teach Secondary on a topic dear to my heart – teacher explanations. If you are interested then you can give the article a look here: Infectious Explanations Teach Secondary Article. We attribute too much of teaching to supposedly  ‘natural’ qualities – like how we individually, uniquely convey an …

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Have We Got Feedback Backwards?

Does a steepling pile of marking like this loom large in your nightmares? The effect of good quality written feedback is one of those few constants that most teachers can agree has a positive impact on our students’ learning. With this universal truth acknowledged, we create assessment policies and armies of teachers scratch away in the books of …

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Is Research Evidence in Education the Answer?

    “After 30 years of doing such work, I have concluded that classroom teaching…is perhaps the most complex, most challenging, and most demanding, subtle, nuanced, and frightening activity that our species has ever invented…The only time a physician could possibly encounter a situation of comparable complexity would be in the emergency room of a …

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Are Longer School Days the Answer?

With greater flexibility in setting the structure of the school day, there is a huge variety of practice emerging throughout UK schools. From different models of lesson lengths, to extended school hours, early morning school starts and even late school starts. We also have a plethora of after school programmes and models. Given the evidence, what …

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