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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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5 Evidenced Based Papers All Teachers Should Read

The title is a statement; arguably it should be more of a question.  These would be the 5 key papers I think all teachers – from ITT to Headteachers – should read.  Others may disagree; feel free to suggest alternatives.  Having read them there is a a need to discuss with others; collaboratively develop your depth of understanding and then work hard at implementing within the classroom and staff room until they are systemic or fluent.   Continue reading

Powerful Dialogue in the Classroom #Nudge

Whether you are a parent or a teacher the suggestion that conversation can change “the brain and boosts its response to language, spurring lasting literacy skills” is worth taking note of. The research completed in early years needs to be viewed through the usual caveats about causation, single study, transferability … it’s interesting rather than definitive.

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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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