Category Archives: Teaching and Learning

This much I know about…why educational research matters more than ever

I have been a teacher for 25 years, a Headteacher for 10 years and, at the age of 49, this much I know about why educational research matters more than ever. It’s OK to be unsure about what you think. In a … Continue reading

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This much I know about…trying to improve my teaching deliberately

I have been a teacher for 25 years, a Headteacher for 10 years and, at the age of 49, this much I know about trying to improve my teaching deliberately. I think you have to teach, no matter how demanding … Continue reading

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This much I know about…the trouble with educational research

I have been a teacher for 25 years, a Headteacher for 10 years and, at the age of 49, this much I know about the trouble with educational research. Like my imaginary teacher, Masie Tubbs, the vast majority of teachers do … Continue reading

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This much I know about…why we should stop intervening and focus upon improving the quality of teaching

I have been a teacher for 25 years, a Headteacher for 10 years and, at the age of 49, this much I know about why we should stop intervening and focus upon improving the quality of teaching. This is my … Continue reading

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This much I know about…why we should never grade individual lessons again!

I have been a teacher for 25 years, a Headteacher for 10 years and, at the age of 49, this much I know about…why we should never grade individual lessons again! What is the Headteacher’s single most important responsibility? If … Continue reading

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This much I know about…teaching students how to plan stonkingly good essays!

I have been a teacher for 25 years, a Headteacher for 10 years and, at the age of 49, this much I know about teaching students how to plan stonkingly good essays! The art of essay planning is difficult to … Continue reading

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This much I know about…the lack of space for student flair in our examination system

I have been a teacher for 25 years, a Headteacher for 10 years and, at the age of 49, this much I know about the lack of space for student flair in our examination system. I’ve never used a course … Continue reading

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This much I know about…being coached to improve my body language!

I have been a teacher for 25 years, a Headteacher for 10 years and, at the age of 49, this much I know about being coached to improve my body language! You get what you give. I once gave my … Continue reading

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This much I know about…how to thrive when the OFSTED team arrives!

I have been a teacher for 25 years, a Headteacher for 10 years and, at the age of 49, this much I know about how to thrive when the OFSTED team arrives! Before you go any further (if you haven’t … Continue reading

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This much I know about…the Knowledge vs Skills debate

I have been a teacher for 25 years, a Headteacher for 10 years and, at the age of 49, this much I know about the Knowledge vs Skills debate. Without knowledge you cannot develop your analytical skills. As I wrote … Continue reading

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