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Ctrl+C – Are we just copying the same mistakes in our reports?

It's pretty vital to understand my past life in secondary education to understand the need for this post. Before my current role I was a Head of Department for a 6 form entry secondary school with around 180 pupils per year group. The department I headed was Religious Studies and I taught pretty much the… Continue reading Ctrl+C – Are we just copying the same mistakes in our reports?

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Chance to win a prize! Read me! Theme: Starter ideas

I have always thought in education "Why reinvent the wheel?", in education we have to share ideas...there is no time not to. Actually that's a massive lie. When I was a PGCE and then a NQT I prided myself on making everything....from scratch. PPTs that would would literally take one hour to make and were… Continue reading Chance to win a prize! Read me! Theme: Starter ideas

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Head over heels – What I’d be tripping over myself to do if I were a head teacher.

Firstly, at present I am only a Head of Department, it is pretty essential I point that out for context. Mainly as I think we can all be idealistic if we are not in the position that we are about to start spouting about the amazing changes we would like to make. This post is… Continue reading Head over heels – What I’d be tripping over myself to do if I were a head teacher.

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The CPD factor – it’s not one rule for them and another for us!

I have always been interested in CPD for teachers - I find it ironic that as teachers we may not focus on our own learning as effectively as possible. My PGCE started with much self reflection, it was the times of the learning journal (do they still exist?) and, though the idea was sound, the… Continue reading The CPD factor – it’s not one rule for them and another for us!

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Shhhh…Silent Debates! Ironically it helps to be able to hear everyone’s voice!

You go into a class debate with all the best intentions, you imagine the class getting into a meaty subject after a million research lessons. You've set it all up perfectly - had research lessons, looked at examples, set rubrics and outcome grades and then.... The loud ones are the main attraction, the quiet ones… Continue reading Shhhh…Silent Debates! Ironically it helps to be able to hear everyone’s voice!