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It’s Time for Learning: 5 Implications for Your Classroom

It’s the start of the new school year and it’s time for learning.  Staff’s learning and that of the pupils goes hand in hand.  I’ve often said if you want it in the classroom you’ll need it in the staff room first.  Effective pupil learning will be helped by staff having a greater understanding of what learning entails. Continue reading

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Key Stage 2 Writing Assessments; There Has to be Another Way #ThursdayThunk

This month Year 6 teachers, up and down the land, will be submitting their Writing Teacher Assessments.  The Key Stage 2 Writing assessment process is currently a workload creation vehicle.  The outcomes are considered so dubious they are ignored; they pretty much count for nothing.  Independent writing means different things in different schools and the teacher assessment process is a tick box, recipe following nightmare.  There has to be a better way. Continue reading

The 3Rs of Working with Disadvantaged Pupils

Statistically, working in a school with a large number of disadvantaged pupils of white ethnic origin isn’t likely to lead to many accolades or much acknowledgement. Blackpool is one such town; fortunately there is no all boys’ school; the hardest of the hard school improvement miles is raising attainment and showing good progress for white disadvantaged boys.

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#5MinMarkingPlan

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.

#5MinBehaviourPlan

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

#Outstandingin10Plus10

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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