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Curriculum Coverage and Mastery #ThursdayThunk

Curriculum coverage is arguably the curse of the English Education system; a mile wide and an inch deep.  Decades of national curriculum with the indispensable and the peripheral intertwined and given a sense of equal importance. Continue reading

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Mental Toughness: The Results Are In #ThursdayThunk

Thank you to everyone who completed the MTQ48 measurer. There were 150 returns to be analysed.  I hope people found their individual reports useful, interesting and thought provoking.  Many people fed back that it was a good way of understanding the 4 Cs framework of Mental Toughness – Control, Commitment, Challenge and Confidence – and what it means for staff leader and student development. 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

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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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