Blog: The Fallacy of Good Quality Writing and Quick Fixes in the GCSE English Language Exam 

Over the past three weeks, I’ve marked 200+ sets of GCSE English Language higher-tier writing tasks.  Some of the responses were humblingly good and others, as you would expect, were more disappointing.  The weaker responses often included one or more of the quick fixes, or bolt-on devices, I’ve listed below.  My own is view that … More Blog: The Fallacy of Good Quality Writing and Quick Fixes in the GCSE English Language Exam 

Literacy Shorts: Rhetorical Devices

Rhetoric, broadly defined, is the art of persuasion through the manipulation of language – both written and spoken. From an academic perspective, it’s important for students to possess explicit knowledge of rhetorical devices and how they function because it gives them more conscious control over the way in which they are able to communicate. Clearly, … More Literacy Shorts: Rhetorical Devices

Blog: Just a teacher

Here are the descriptors of good teaching, learning and assessment, as published in the most recent edition of the Ofsted School Inspection Handbook: The verbs that I’ve highlighted in red suggest that teaching good lessons and creating a stable environment conducive to good quality learning, as defined by Ofsted, requires a broad range of skills: … More Blog: Just a teacher

Blog: Broscience and wonderwalls

‘Broscience is great because you don’t have to waste time explaining real science.’ Broscience is particularly appealing because it appears to offer simple solutions to tricky problems.  Want to get ripped super-quickly, in time for the summer holidays?  Simple: cut out the cardio from your workout and just focus on lifting really heavy (like, really … More Blog: Broscience and wonderwalls

Blog: A few words (including subordinating conjunctions and modal verbs) on the KS1 SATs

This afternoon, I saw this image in a tweet, which had been retweeted by the @TES: In some ways, I think the sentiments expressed on the card are very helpful.  It’s important for students to understand that KS1 SATs results are not wholly defining in any sense: a relatively poor (or, indeed, strong) set of … More Blog: A few words (including subordinating conjunctions and modal verbs) on the KS1 SATs