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The #5MinMainThingPlan by @LeadingLearner and @TeacherToolkit

It’s the start of another term or half term and there seems so much to do.  As Stephen Covey’s famous quote goes, “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.”  In an increasingly frenetic world and the busyness of the school day it is too easy to lose focus. Continue reading


One of Those Days – Let’s Prioritise

This post won’t make that much sense without reading One of Those Days – The Challenge.”  The challenge was about how you would cope with the day from hell – an angry and aggressive parent, an unhappy member of staff, a meeting about progress data that you are unprepared for, a middle leader who is seeking your support to get an increase in capitation and a complaint from a parent about a member of staff. Continue reading

One of Those Days – The Challenge

We’ve all had one of those days but how would you feel if your day from hell appeared as an interview task.  This year we have been using a new task when appointing middle leaders.  The following task required completion in forty five minutes and then formed part of the interview in the afternoon when the candidates would be asked questions about it.  This is some half term fun, I’ll give you some thoughts and pointers on it later in the week. 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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