Please don’t ask me; I’ve no ideas where the years have gone. Nearly thirty two years ago I walked into Notre Dame School, Blackburn as a probationary teacher and the intervening years are now all a bit of a blur. In a “this much I know” reflective moment; I’ve worked too hard, on too many … Continue reading
The title is a statement; arguably it should be more of a question. These would be the 5 key papers I think all teachers – from ITT to Headteachers – should read. Others may disagree; feel free to suggest alternatives. Having read them there is a a need to discuss with others; collaboratively develop your … Continue reading
Talking at a number of conferences recently I’ve suggested that we’ve got to stop reinventing the wheel and use research wisely. Research provides signposts towards what might work for us, based on what has worked elsewhere and to what extent.
Schools don’t usually group all disadvantaged pupils together and deliberately teach them badly. A lack of progress by this sub-group maybe a result of more generic issues across the school; disadvantaged children are just impacted on more.
Recently, I was given the opportunity to read a draft of Jim Smith’s Lazy Teacher’s Handbook and offer up a few thoughts; I’ve morphed the title of this blog post from it. Rather than encouraging teachers to be lazy it provides suggestions for doing important aspects of the job more effectively and efficiently.
Twelve is a good a number as any for directing people towards better teaching, assessment and learning. It certainly won’t cover everything and there are probably things you will disagree with. I don’t have any monopoly on what might improve teaching, assessment and learning. Rather these are the distillation of a number of presentations I … Continue reading