On Thursday I had the pleasure of listening to Ross (aka @TeacherToolkit) talking about Mark. Plan. Teach., his latest book. The issue of differentiation and the challenges it poses for teachers popped up in discussions a number of times during the day. My views on differentiation have changed over the years and changed quite significantly.
Some schools take the kitchen sink approach; throw everything at it. Others are so underfunded that Pupil Premium funding is essentially used to ensure they can deliver a core education. Many schools have latched on to the Education Endowment Foundation Teaching & Learning Toolkit. Collectively, however, we are failing to have an impact. The statistics are clear and stark. Continue reading