October 19, 2014
#TLT14 - a tale of two conferences

Simon Sinek, in one of his excellent presentations about communities and culture, says the following:

What’s a community? What’s a culture? It’s a group of people with a common set of values and beliefs…when we’re surrounded by people who believe what we believe, something remarkable happens. Trust emerges…as a group, we’re pretty damn amazing. And the reason is that we all have our certain…

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October 5, 2014
Implementing Assessment Without Levels

I have blogged twice before about assessment in the new national curriculum (here and here) and looking back at those two posts now it seems high time for an update. We’ve moved on quite some way and we are now implementing our assessment without levels system (or AWOL, as our Head of Science seems intent on calling it) across the school.

Context

We haven’t been using National Curriculum levels…

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September 29, 2014
carriehopefletcher:

LOVE this quote!
Credit

carriehopefletcher:

LOVE this quote!

Credit

September 21, 2014

mockingday:

Watch Emma’s speech and take action

(via rtylering)

September 12, 2014
sesamestreet:

Learn about the power of “yet” with Janelle Monae! Part of our new season, starting 9/15! Watch the preview: http://bit.ly/1qFK8kS

So Growth Mindset it hurts!

sesamestreet:

Learn about the power of “yet” with Janelle Monae! Part of our new season, starting 9/15! Watch the preview: http://bit.ly/1qFK8kS

So Growth Mindset it hurts!

(via memesouslapluie)

August 31, 2014
"Threats don’t work unless you deliver… Never start with your final sanction or else you have nowhere to go but backwards"

— Clara Oswald (via montywest)

August 31, 2014

sarah531:

Like all good teachers, Clara Oswald is inspired by her students (albeit probably not in the way she’d hoped.)

August 31, 2014

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August 10, 2014
Growth Mindset Launch

Back in March I blogged about becoming a growth mindset school following our staff launch event.  Since that time we have been very busy preparing to roll out the ethos to the whole school. Here’s what we’ve been up to, and what we’re planning for September…

Re-branding the school

Our old school motto was “Developing Potential to the Full” – a noble idea full of good intentions. However, as John…

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August 6, 2014
Who are the new GCSEs for?

Who are the new GCSEs for?

The first post on this blog, in December 2012, was a tirade against the English Baccalaureate Certificates proposed by the then education secretary Michael Gove. In my first foray into the blogosphere, I was furious with the proposalfor two-year linear courses assessed only by terminal exams, awarded numerical grades, only available in selected subjects and accessible only to some students.…

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August 2, 2014
teneightyuk:

TenEighty Magazine launch their first physical copy at Summer in the City 2014, featuring exclusive interviews with dual cover stars Louise Pentland from SprinkleOfGlitter, and Jack Howard and Dean Dobbs.
A limited run of copies are available to purchase online.
For more information click here.Photo by Rebecca Need-Menear.

teneightyuk:

TenEighty Magazine launch their first physical copy at Summer in the City 2014, featuring exclusive interviews with dual cover stars Louise Pentland from SprinkleOfGlitter, and Jack Howard and Dean Dobbs.

A limited run of copies are available to purchase online.

For more information click here.
Photo by Rebecca Need-Menear.

(via jackhoward)

August 2, 2014

Bat For Lashes - Sleep Alone (Live On Jools Holland)
I keep coming back to this as the defining Bat for Lashes song. Stunning.

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August 2, 2014
thekristinhersharchives:

Throwing Muses. Live review of a show at Maxwells (Hoboken, New Jersey), 2nd September 1989. Written by Chris Roberts and published on Melody Maker, 23rd September 1989 issue.
The picture of Tanya Donelly is from a show at Burberries in Birmingham (UK) -during the Throwing Muses / Pixies UK-European tour-, 26th April 1988; by Phil Nicholls.

thekristinhersharchives:

Throwing Muses. Live review of a show at Maxwells (Hoboken, New Jersey), 2nd September 1989. Written by Chris Roberts and published on Melody Maker, 23rd September 1989 issue.

The picture of Tanya Donelly is from a show at Burberries in Birmingham (UK) -during the Throwing Muses / Pixies UK-European tour-, 26th April 1988; by Phil Nicholls.

August 2, 2014
teacher: alright fold your papers in half
entire class: hot dog or hamburger
July 9, 2014
My problem with ability

My problem with mixed ability

I’ve always had a big problem with grouping students by ability. The Sutton Trust EEF Toolkit shows that ability grouping, setting or streaming has a negative impact on student attainment.

Ability grouping slows progress down

Ability grouping slows progress down

One of the first blogs I read and favourited when I began exploring the online educational world was Kenny Pieper’s Setting by ability: why? which used Ed Baines’ chapter on…

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