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3 Workload Busters for @educationgovuk (DfE) #ThursdayThunk

There’s something slightly irritating about organisations lining up to tell schools and school leaders what we could do to reduce workload.  I’m not a fan of the working group, subsequent report or poster approach to reducing workload; not convinced a video is going to do it for me either.  Always better to remove the plank in your own eye before trying to remove the splinter in someone else’s.  Continue reading

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Help Teachers Keep the Faith #ThursdayThunk

The number of teachers leaving the profession is potentially catastrophic. Just in my own little world I have learnt of four cases this month. If this is extrapolated across the country; we are in deep trouble.  I believe Stephen when he argues that we need to retain our way through the teacher supply crisis (we can’t recruit our way out) and the prime responsibility for this must lie with school leaders at every level. Continue reading

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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