Saturday Thunks

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Dropping Bombshells on Eggshells #SaturdayThunk

This is one of the blog posts that is really a “note to self”.  Year 2, 6, 11 & 13 teachers are all busy marking mock papers, prepping for early SATs or those at the normal time, analysing gaps in pupils learning, writing reports and all this alongside the usual planning of lessons and marking demands for other classes or subjects. Continue reading


The LCD Route to the Current Mess #SaturdayThunk

The lowest common denominator (LCD) is useful in mathematics when looking to add, subtract or order fractions.  Alternatively, it can be used as a phrase to indicate what a disparate group has in common.  In the educational world I sometimes think the LCD is a combination of wanting the very best for our children and young people which is then undermined by our other LCD – a fundamental lack of trust in each other. Continue reading

Fairer Funding: Your Job May Depend On It? #SaturdayThunk

The ASCL line about fairer funding being about equity but also sufficiency is spot on.  Whilst the whole topic may appear rather dry to some people your job may depend on the outcome of the discussions; quite literally. 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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