Category: Teaching


Jury is out on differentiation

“Differentiation” is used to mean so many different things the term is effectively meaningless. Most are hard to do, take a lot more teacher time/effort and are unlikely to benefit students. There is my opening statement and I’d be interested in your thoughts. It is not actually mine, borrowed for the purpose of this enquiry.…
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3 Nov ’18 0

Meet MARGE and the rest of the book

There really is little more I can say, other than to reiterate Tom Sherrington’s encouraging words to grab a copy of Arthur Shimamura free ebook A Whole-Brain Learning Approach for Students and Teachers. Consume it in a couple of hour or so, it is well worth your time. If you one have 10 minutes, read Chapter 1 – “Meet Marge,”…
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28 Oct ’18 0

Why give power away

The more power you give away – the more powerful you become. Yesterday I was talking with a special Assistant Headteacher. A former student who is working tremendously hard, within a challenging context, within a tricky leadership setup. I offered the response that the more power he gave away, the powerful he would become? And that…
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19 Oct ’18 0

Rocks is back, are you coming…

Many thanks to the Teach Company for sharing – ahead of the ticket release of OneSchool #srocks19. Why you Should Head to Southern Rocks 2019 this February Fantastic speakers, numerous sessions, great coffee and tea…oh, and celebrating great teaching with great teachers, what more could you want? Kristian Still Added: 28th September 2018 I was…
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28 Sep ’18 0

Performance Reviews – think again (part 2)

Two weeks in and school is starting to find a rhythm. One of the few things new staff can be grateful for is, that for the most part, they will have already agreed their contractual terms and therefore there is no need for a 2017-18 performance review closing review conversation. However, there will need to be…
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16 Sep ’18 0

Performance Reviews – think again (part 1)

Cards on the table. I am highly critical of triennial performance reviews, performance management, of any flavour that casts dark skies over many schools up and down the country. I have been banging my very little drum, as loudly as I possibly can, telling anyone who will listen that performance review and performance related pay (PRP)…
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15 Sep ’18 0