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Texting Your Way to Improved Attendance

The link between good attendance and higher levels of attainment are pretty well established.  Many school leaders talk about “quality teaching first”; I understand and accept the basis of their logic but if a pupil isn’t in the classroom s/he won’t benefit.  You’ve got to get them in first. Continue reading


Are Assessment, Data and Tracking Systems Worth the Effort?

Back in September 2014, when the Trust formed, we started a big conversation about what assessment would look like in our post-levels world.  The conversation just kept getting bigger as inter-related elements – teaching, learning, data collection, tracking, monitoring, accountability, reporting to parents and school improvement – were all brought to bear on our discussion and decisions. Continue reading

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

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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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