April 15, 2014
Tracking progress over time: flight paths and matrices

Everyone should already be familiar with the KS2-4 Transition Matrices. A staple of RAISEonline, they were the first thing our HMI asked me for in our last Ofsted inspection and form the staple diet of inspectors judging the impact of a secondary school on progress in English and Maths.

Framework for KS2-4 Transition Matrices

Framework for KS2-4 Transition Matrices

And quite right too. It’s common for secondary teachers to bemoan the…

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March 21, 2014
Becoming a growth mindset school

The idea of becoming a growth mindset school has been over a year in the making. Our Headteacher bought each member of SLT a copy of Mindset for Christmas, and it was the main agenda item at our annual senior team conference. Today I launched the idea of becoming a growth mindset school to all staff at our INSET day. This is the basis of the presentation I did.

Our INSET session was for all staff…

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March 19, 2014
Proud Letters

Today was one of those lovely moments in teaching where you see an idea you’ve spend months planning come to fruition and do some good. Today was the day of the “Proud” letters for Year 11.

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A letter of hope…but not delivered by owl!

Back in January, I wroteto all Year 11 parents and carers asking them to write a letter to their young person to show their support, offer them advice, and motivate…

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March 18, 2014
Creative Writing - Poetry Workshop

I was reminded today of one of my career highlights. When I was a keen young second-in-English, I organised a creative writing workshop for enthusiastic students of all ages with a visiting poet, Anthony Dunn. He ran a great workshop which I have adapted and run myself numerous times since. Here’s how it works:

The shock of the unexpected – The Jaguar

The world rolls under the long thrust of his heel

The world rolls under the long thrust of his…

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March 16, 2014
Little Boots at SXSW with Moog.

Little Boots at SXSW with Moog.

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March 9, 2014
What I know now about how the brain works

Cognitive science – how the brain works – is quite important to teaching and learning. So why is it that it’s only been in the last three years of my career (which started in 1996) that I’ve learned anything about it?

I am certainly not an expert. My science qualifications go up to GCSE level. You would think that a postgraduate certificate in education would include something on the functioning…

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March 4, 2014
The Other Stuff

This week the DfE finally published the 2013 Teachers’ Workload Diary Survey. Primary teachers work for an average of 59 hours per week; secondary 55 hours. Headteachers put in 63 hours per week at secondary. In response to the survey, I had the idea of blogging my diary, to show what a typical week for a secondary deputy head was like. I soon realised that this had all the makings of a vanity…

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February 23, 2014
Should Ofsted be sharing best practice?

Best Practice in English

Best Practice in English

In amongst all the “we’re not grading lessons any more…in fact, we haven’t for a long time (even though all the teachers who’ve been inspected recently have had their lessons graded)” fuss this half term, there was another mini-farrago when Ofsted published a Good practice resource – Engaging and inspiring learners in English, especially at Key Stage 3It was a decent…

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February 23, 2014
Fiyero and the Scarecrow: defying gravity

In describing the visit of selected edubloggers to Ofsted, Tom Sherrington drew parallels with the visit of Dorothy, the Lion, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow to the Emerald City to meet the Wizard.

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“Scarecrow has a brain!” concluded Tom, and it certainly seems that the bloggers have done good work in pulling back the curtain to reveal the mere mortal presence behind the…

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February 11, 2014
theirdarkaddress1:

Sylvia Plath died on 11th February 1963 in one of the hardest winters on record. This is the last poem she wrote.
EdgeThe woman is perfected.Her deadBody wears the smile of accomplishment,The illusion of a Greek necessityFlows in the scrolls of her toga,Her bareFeet seem to be saying:We have come so far, it is over.Each dead child coiled, a white serpent,One at each littlePitcher of milk, now empty.She has foldedThem back into her body as petalsOf a rose close when the gardenStiffens and odors bleedFrom the sweet, deep throats of the night flower.The moon has nothing to be sad about,Staring from her hood of bone.She is used to this sort of thing.Her blacks crackle and drag.

theirdarkaddress1:

Sylvia Plath died on 11th February 1963 in one of the hardest winters on record. This is the last poem she wrote.

Edge

The woman is perfected.
Her dead

Body wears the smile of accomplishment,
The illusion of a Greek necessity

Flows in the scrolls of her toga,
Her bare

Feet seem to be saying:
We have come so far, it is over.

Each dead child coiled, a white serpent,
One at each little

Pitcher of milk, now empty.
She has folded

Them back into her body as petals
Of a rose close when the garden

Stiffens and odors bleed
From the sweet, deep throats of the night flower.

The moon has nothing to be sad about,
Staring from her hood of bone.

She is used to this sort of thing.
Her blacks crackle and drag.

February 8, 2014
Flappy Bird and a Growth MindsetThe GCSE set topic for Media Studies this year – the promotion and marketing of video games – has…View Post

Flappy Bird and a Growth Mindset

The GCSE set topic for Media Studies this year – the promotion and marketing of video games – has…

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January 31, 2014
Learning is uncomfortableThis week at Year 11 parents’ evening I found myself giving the same advice to a series of…View Post

Learning is uncomfortable

This week at Year 11 parents’ evening I found myself giving the same advice to a series of…

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January 16, 2014
Closing the Gap Marking - Twilight CPDAs part of our twilight INSET programme this year I am delivering a CPD session on marking. It’s a…View Post

Closing the Gap Marking - Twilight CPD

As part of our twilight INSET programme this year I am delivering a CPD session on marking. It’s a…

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January 13, 2014
It’s not skills - it’s know-howI’ve never really engaged in the knowledge vs skills debate before. I thought I knew where I stood.…View Post

It’s not skills - it’s know-how

I’ve never really engaged in the knowledge vs skills debate before. I thought I knew where I stood.…

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January 1, 2014

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