Redesigning Classrooms

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In Praise of Praising and Criticising the Strategy #ThursdayThunk

Along with the Trust’s three head teachers I’m reading Carol Dweck’s book on Self-Theories; the book consists of a series of essays about her research which underpin her writing on Growth Mindset.  At the last meeting we read Chapter 15, Kinds of Praise and Criticism; The Origins of Vulnerability; it got me thinking.  The quotes below are taken from the book. Continue reading


The 100 Minute Lesson 5 Years On

There’s no ideal lesson length.  I’ve taught 35, 50, 60 and 75 minutes and in September 2011 introduced 100 minute lessons at St. Mary’s Catholic College.  Irrespective of the length of the lesson what really matter is the quality of teaching in whatever time period is available. Continue reading

Make Sure You Know Your Special Ones #SEND

Whilst at university I was twice part of the Handicapped Children’s Pilgrimage Trust to Lourdes.  Among many wonderful memories, from thirty years ago, was the lunch time one child walked into the middle of the hotel restaurant to inform their carers they had just soiled themselves (different words used) carrying in the evidence.  I also ended up in bed with one of the teachers from my former secondary school. Continue reading

Leadership: Being, Knowing, Doing (New Book)

Liminal Leadership


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