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The Real Substance of Education

The debate over the “real substance of education” is inexorable.  Some may view it as a broad and balanced curriculum; the most reliable metric is arguably a well-conceived set of standardised and externally assessed examinations.  I differ, “the real substance of education” is the person and the people with the most reliable metric being a life well lived. Continue reading


It’s When Knowledge Rich Aligned with Evidence Rich Pedagogy

Going back over 20 years, when I was teaching full-time, the science curriculum seemed as knowledge rich as ever. The change over these 20 years has not been so much to the knowledge but to the understanding of how we can teach using evidence developed through disciplines like cognitive science. Continue reading

Obsession with Exams is Forcing Schools to Restrict Curriculum and Leading to Damaging Consequences

Teachers and parents are becoming increasingly concerned that exam pressures are forcing schools to offer a limited, bare-bones education as they start prepping pupils at younger and younger ages, according to two surveys commissioned by GL Assessment. Continue reading

New Book: Liminal Leadership

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It won't get your marking done in five minutes but will help your structure your marking so you and the students get the most out of it.


Getting the behaviour of students right, in the class room, is the challenge for every teacher. This simple planner will take you through the main stages required to help you achieve a purposeful learning envionment


Ideas and the thinking behind a professional development to help improve the quality of teaching and learning. Keep the learning tight, the lesson plan loose and focus on the learners

Planning to Get Behaviour Right: Research Plus Experience

The thinking behind the #5MinBehaviourPlan and our whole school approach to managing behaviour.

Education for Wisdom

Why the four knowledge dimensions (covering knowledge and skills) and a moral compass are at the heart of an outstanding education.

When Feedback Met Bloom

A look at the power of Feedback to students using Bloom's four knowledge dimensions

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