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

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

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

Broken Windows Behaviour

The Broken Windows study, carried out by social scientists James Wilson and George Kelling in 1982, highlights the link between conspicuous maintenance of an urban environment and the apparent reduction of crime and disorderly behaviour.  The basic thinking is this: a broken window that is left unrepaired signals that nobody’s particularly bothered about the building, … More Broken Windows Behaviour

Should SLT teach their fair share of the awkward squad?

A very simple opening gambit from me: I believe that senior leaders should regularly teach a decent number of students who are challenging in terms of both behaviour and educational needs.  That’s not to say I believe that senior leaders shouldn’t have a mixed timetable with a nice bit of sixth-form here and there, nor … More Should SLT teach their fair share of the awkward squad?