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08
Jun

Are ideas from the world's highest performing education systems necessarily the best?

Listening to the media, it seems that the government is always accusing the UK education system of not being good enough. Pointing to the PISA report from any given year,...

06
Jun

How will NQTs reflect on their first year?

It seems such a long time ago when you were a student teacher, experimenting with developing your own approach in the classroom. You had your successes but, at the same time,...

01
Jun

Why are teachers increasing workload with unnecessary tasks?

Wherever did this culture of excessive marking originate? Teachers are spending too long on detailed marking. Putting a plastic container packed with exercise books into the...

30
May

The impact of the school funding formula

School funding has been an issue throughout my career. I have taught in five different education authorities and two different academy trusts. Each had its funding challenges...

25
May

Learning isn't linear

School leaders are obsessed with data. And this has impacted on their teaching staff. . In schools throughout the country, data has become the major benchmark for schools. ...

23
May

When should school leaders implement change?

Change is inevitable, but when should it happen? Do changes need to be subtle - changing or realigning in direction, or are they radical with a major change of direction?

18
May

Does your curriculum have wow-factor?

When I was eight years old, my class made a working volcano. Fast forward three years and I was snowed in during a school trip, which was a great excuse to build snow caves. 

16
May

How can schools invest in their teachers?

Headteachers around the country are in despair at the potential impact of the revised funding formula for their schools. 

11
May

How to build a strong and effective teaching team

How did Leicester City win the English football premiership in 2016/2017? There were so many theories but, according to the pundits, it shouldn't have happened.

09
May

Do teachers really have a lot of holidays?

Every teacher has heard it. A single sentence that dismisses the challenges of teacher workload. When interacting with non-teachers, it won't be long before you hear the...