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Ofsted’s New Good and Outstanding Risk Assessment Machine

If you’ve ever wondered whether the Big Brother of accountability is watching you; it is now.  Ofsted has always carried out risk assessments within schools using pre-determined thresholds.  It now has a new computerised algorithm to help it identify which good and outstanding schools it should be zooming in on. Continue reading


Significant Change to Progress 8 for 2018; Outliers are Out

In January 2018, the Department for Education released their latest update on Secondary School Accountability measures.  It seems a number of people missed the significant change to Progress 8 that a number of groups, including Headteachers’ Roundtable, had been calling for.  Continue reading

Let’s Go Big or Go Home: Laying the Foundations of Workload Reform

Workload reduction isn’t one thing; it’s different things to different people.  Planning, marking, data and making resources could be a burden or a core part of their professional work; it may vary depending on the level of collaboration and extent of autonomy allowed. 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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