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.
It’s raining RAISE at the moment. November is the month statistical analyses and dashboards become the group reader in schools across the land. Many people have a problem navigating these number dense documents.
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
Over the past few weeks I met with a couple of teachers, at their request, to provide an evidence statement about their work and development over the past academic year. I found the discussions absolutely fascinating; one I had observed teaching a class on a couple of occasions in the week before and the other … Continue reading
At the start of the week I was asked to present to a group of people from the Diocese the changes at A-levels and GCSE. The A-level changes whilst having massive implications for workload, being brought in at the same time as significant GCSEs for some inexplicable reason, are relatively easy to understand. However, the … Continue reading
Over recent months I’ve been involved in interviews for a number of posts across the Multi Academy Trust. One of our favourite questions has been, “What will assessment look like once levels are dead?” The answers have on the whole been a bit confused.
In many ways I’m thinking out loud about some of the changes that we are beginning to see in our nearly post-level World. There is life after levels and it might be quite interesting.