Educational Reader’s Digest | Friday 7th April – Friday 14th April

1.       ‘Ordinary working families’ are not disadvantaged – those claiming benefits are, by Rebecca Allen 2.       Should teachers use prequestions, by Daniel Willingham 3.       6 things to get right in every school, by Tom Sherrington 4.       Implementation, by Tom Starkey 5.       Money buys luck. Everyone else needs to work hard, by Tom Bennett 6.       What … More Educational Reader’s Digest | Friday 7th April – Friday 14th April

Educational Reader’s Digest | Friday 31st March – Friday 7th April

1.       Extreme critics and changing your mind, by Katherine Birbalsingh 2.       Ken Robinson is a teacher-basher: schools must top listening to his Panglossian ideas, by Carl Hendrick 3.       Moving on…, by Jules Daulby 4.       Blooms taxonomy – that pyramid is a problem, by Doug Lemov 5.       Didau’s taxonomy, by David Didau 6.       Are ‘closed book’ … More Educational Reader’s Digest | Friday 31st March – Friday 7th April

Embracing Awkward Conversations and Uncomfortable Truths

A reliable indicator of the cultural health of an organisation is the extent to which staff feel able to openly admit to making mistakes and errors of judgement.  Matthew Syed writes extensively about this in Black Box Thinking, where he explores different responses to failure through a number of wide-ranging case studies.  Where school improvement … More Embracing Awkward Conversations and Uncomfortable Truths

Educational Reader’s Digest | Friday 24th March – Friday 31st March

What is high challenge teaching, by Heather Fearn PowerPoint, by Jo Facer Why I do PowerPoint, by Dan Williams Is the use of PowerPoint in lessons misguided?, by James Theobald Be more Goose: A school shouldn’t rely on Mavericks, by James Theobald Get edtech right without blowing your budget, by José Picardo Dahl-dependency: break the … More Educational Reader’s Digest | Friday 24th March – Friday 31st March

High Five: A Roundup of the Opening Keynotes from the 2017 ASCL Conference

Malcolm Trobe: The Responsibilities and Obligations of Leadership The fundamental issue is that there is not enough money coming into education. System-wide, it is surely more economically efficient to provide an incentive which improves retention of teachers in the system than to have significant numbers leave and have to train ever greater numbers to replace … More High Five: A Roundup of the Opening Keynotes from the 2017 ASCL Conference

Worth Knowing: 10 Historical Allusions

Once again, all credit to Matthew Pinkett, who has already written expansively about the value of allusions in creative writing.  Hope the following post is useful – Machiavellian The Prince, written by Niccolò Machiavelli in the sixteenth century, explores the unscrupulous and ruthless world of Renaissance politics.  Useful for characterising devious, manipulative leaders: the Machiavellian … More Worth Knowing: 10 Historical Allusions

Some Notes on Question 3 | GCSE English Language, Paper 1

Question three of the first GCSE English Language paper requires students to write about the structure of the literary source they’re provided with:   Although this task seems fairly straight-forward – how has the writer structured the text? – I’ve always found the concept of structure hard to teach because I’ve never been entirely clear … More Some Notes on Question 3 | GCSE English Language, Paper 1

Some Advice for New(ish) or Aspiring Heads of Department

If you’re a new(ish) head of department, or someone thinking about making a first foray into the murky world of middle leadership, this post contains a bit of advice for you to consider.  Nothing earth-shattering: just a few of the things that I learned over the six or so years that I was a HoD. … More Some Advice for New(ish) or Aspiring Heads of Department