Author: Kristian Still

BELONG - RESPECT - ASPIRE - ACHIEVE

Trefoil 26.1.10

Everyone can see in Shakespeare the mirror of their own predicament. The week my Trefoil is definitely dedicated to Shakespeare, closely followed by my teaching colleagues in the English and History Departments. It started with a conversation about Venice and so the dominoes tumbled and spiralled. Firstly – talking about the Shakespeare’s Elizabethan context, I…
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26 Jan ’20 0

We can do better for our teaching professionals

After commenting on the new teacher advert, teacher retention and recruitment remains a conversation I am invested in (and have been for a long time). September 2019 saw the STRB remit submitted by the Government with adjustments to teacher, unqualified teachers (£30,000 starting salary for teachers from September 2022) and school leaders, (within the bounds…
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23 Jan ’20 0

Trefoil 20.01.20

With the first meso cycle (10 x 50 minutes lessons) of the new scheme of learning completed, this is what I have learnt / been reminded of this term after assessing my Year 9 students first ‘control-conditions’ writing burst. The three for this trefoil: Reaffirming expectations, setting up the class and the exercise books, (sharing…
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18 Jan ’20 0

‘New’ Get into teaching advert

The new teacher advert has received mixed reviews. Some suggesting that the advert was “misleading.” Starting early was barely mentioned, yet leaving with the pupils, without marking, besmirched the credibility of the ad. (On the marking point, I have just double checked – he has got panniers on his bike.) Others took a different tact,…
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9 Jan ’20 0

Trefoil 10.01.20

The first trefoil of 2020 and my thoughts are anything but 20:20. Early starts to “run and listen” made an welcome return but they are a shock to the system. In addition, I am waist deep in a discussion centred on diversity and #allyship in education with Patrick Ottley-O’Connor @ottleyoconnor. Focusing on the labels we…
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7 Jan ’20 0

To survey or not? (part 3)

In part 1 of “To Survey or not”, Bruce Greig, (entrepreneur SchoolStaffSurveys.com and school governor), and I presented the case of whole school surveys with Tony Sheppard offering his expert opinion of Data Protection. Part 2 looked at the key question of anonymity. Here, in Part 3 Bruce shares his perspective and experienced from his…
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7 Jan ’20 0