The Vantage Point: Things I've Learned this Year I’ve just finished my first year in a senior leadership role at a new school and wanted to get across some thoughts about what I’ve learned. A version of this will feature on Craig Barton’s podcast so if you’d rather listen to that (and hear from much … Continue reading The Vantage Point: Lessons of a First Year in Leadership
This article is an adaptation of an assembly I gave recently to mark LGBT History Month. 1969 was a landmark year for LGBT rights with the Stonewall riots in the USA. As a consequence, the 1970s saw a dramatic level of engagement and activism, but the history of this period is far less well known … Continue reading LGBT History Month: Tales of an Orange Juice Boycott
A recent blog post by Kevin McLaughlin prompted me to write this piece. His heart-felt article, entitled ‘The Depressed Teacher’, outlines his journey from being rated as an ‘outstanding’ teacher by Ofsted to being evaluated as ‘requires improvement’ by the new headteacher only one month later. From 2012 to 2016 his health suffered so badly … Continue reading The self-evident truths of staff wellbeing
The power of the testing effect has wide currency and is identified by Dunlosky et al as the most effective method that pupils can use in order to build long term memory. This sounds wonderful, but there’s a problem. Does telling a pupil to self-test actually lead to them self-testing? And if they do, are … Continue reading Harnessing the power of the testing effect
This is an old post previously published on the Wellington College Learning and Research Centre website, but I'm reposting it here in light of a recent conversation about the need to go and above and beyond what a national curriculum can offer. This blog is based on a talk given at the Wellington MAT inset … Continue reading Designing a Supercurriculum
This post is aimed at teachers who are new to Twitter, but may also be useful to those mentoring a new teacher and want to help them shape their professional learning. It's based on a talk given to colleagues at a recent inset day as part of an ed tech carousel. Twitter for Professional Learning … Continue reading Using Twitter for Professional Learning
A couple of years ago I was heading off on a course. I had to get a train there so set off early enough to arrive with time to spare for a caffeine fix. I armed myself with some reading for the train, having just bought John Tomsett’s ‘This Much I Know About Love Over … Continue reading High impact, low cost professional learning
Kranzberg's First Law: "Technology is neither good nor bad; nor is it neutral."