Outstanding Lessons

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A Teacher’s Top 3 Must Haves

With the pantomime season almost upon us; if you had three wishes to magically acquire “must haves” for a teacher what would you go for?  The only certainty about this post is I’m almost certainly wrong but thought I’d offer it to get people to reflect, disagree and debate.  Identifying only three is artificial but it does mean you have to develop a sense of priorities.  You can’t go on writing an endless list.  Here’s mine for what they are worth. Continue reading

Feedback Matters #ThursdayThunk

The road to great feedback is paved with good intentions and broken teachers.  The idea of feedback sounds so simple and easy yet it has become a triple coloured workload nightmare in many schools.  It’s not often a policy excites me but I thought the two Feedback Policies I received this week, one written for our primary academies and the other for our secondary academy, showed a mountain of common sense. Continue reading

Teaching Touchstones and Mantras. What’s Yours?

Very early on, in headship, I developed a series of three touchstones that proved useful when faced with complex decisions.  Was the decision I was taking legal and moral?  Would it keep the wolves away from the door (read Ofsted)? And would it, when implemented, be good enough for my children? 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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