As August turns to September, and teachers approach a new academic year, there can be few who think it will be just like any other. The Pandemic changed all that with the enforced Lockdown since March and the inevitable closure of schools to many of … [Read more...] about Don’t forget the Transparency Lever to recovery!
Recovering the good learning habits and closing the gaps in their understanding. The start of the new academic year for teachers and pupils alike, will be like no other! Whilst “catching up” will undoubtedly be a priority in-year, the immediate … [Read more...] about Rebuilding the learning post C-19 Lockdown
In March 2020, almost without warning, life changed completely for all as a result of the Covid -19 Pandemic. The situation that ensued can only be described as "social disorder" as Lockdown Measures taken by the government came into effect, and the … [Read more...] about Post Covid-19- Moving into a Recovery Programme
Welcome back to a new term and a whole new academic year in which politicians are promising more money (again) and Ofsted have a new agenda for inspecting schools. Amanda Speilman is determined her changes will have the impact that she envisions, … [Read more...] about 2019/20 New Year New Challenges!!
4th September 2018 Today my elder grand daughter , Alice, will experience her first day in Reception. She was born in March 2014, the year that the “new” National Curriculum came into being in September. When she was three months old I was asked … [Read more...] about A plea from the heart! (For all the children starting school this September.)
New training available from Inspir.ed In her report (November 2016, Teaching Schools Council) Dame Reena Keeble cited the research she engaged in to determine key features of Effective Primary Practice which states clearly the importance of … [Read more...] about Creating the Conditions for Deep Learning
Are you informed about tracking pupil progress? “We do what we can to make sense of learning and give it value. Learning is complicated and when we try to simplify it and reduce it to some kind of code for recording purposes we begin to lose the … [Read more...] about Mind the gap! Busting the progress myth.
High Quality Provision in Mastery Classrooms - creating expert learners! What we as educators understand to be the key aspects of high quality teaching has not changed but the curriculum has. It is now standards based, and to provide … [Read more...] about Thinking deeper learning, expert learners!
The Primary ASSESSMENT INQUIRY is underway. We have been asked as professionals to respond to the Commission by Friday 28th October. You have to go online and send a written submission, and I thought you might like to see mine. My biggest problem … [Read more...] about My (personal) Response to the Primary Assessment Inquiry
Welcome back to the new school year and to the data checking exercise that the DfE have sent you whilst you were away enjoying a well earned break! I strongly suspect that your priorities on the first day back with pupils are likely to be firmly … [Read more...] about Newsletter Autumn 2016