Flight Attendant Teaching – The trouble with PowerPoint

In two training sessions I’ve led this week, (ironically both using PowerPoint), I’ve momentarily had somewhat of an unscheduled rant about PowerPoint. I began teaching in 1998 when the only person to have a computer was the headteacher and the only board available was a chalk board or maybe (if you were lucky) a whiteboardContinue reading “Flight Attendant Teaching – The trouble with PowerPoint”

Getting off on the right foot

I’ve worked with early career teachers for decades now. I’ve worked as a mentor, an induction tutor, a trust NQT and RQT lead, an ECF facilitator and will be delivering keynotes for our local ECF provider next year as part of our region’s offer. But one of my favourite elements is working with our SCITTContinue reading “Getting off on the right foot”

Curriculum Triage

Curriculum Triage In the world of the medic, the process of triage is well understood. It involves performing a rapid assessment of a patient, swiftly identifying the presenting problem alongside a basic history and ascertaining the patient’s current physical and psychological condition. It is worth noting at this stage that during the triage process itContinue reading “Curriculum Triage”

The problem with seductive research

I love education research. It’s my job and I also spend a lot of my spare time immersed in it. Let’s get that straight from the get go.  I love education research. But there’s a problem with the current fixation on education research. Yes, it is important to engage with it to avoid edu-myths, folkloreContinue reading “The problem with seductive research”

The need for nuance – a bit of a wrench

There are over 24000 schools in the UK. That’s an awful lot of schools. Some are huge organisations serving thousands of children; some are tiny schools of barely more than a dozen pupils. Some are selective, teaching only those children who have already demonstrated a certain level of achievement, some are specialist settings serving childrenContinue reading “The need for nuance – a bit of a wrench”

The interconnected curriculum – The difference between bricks and mortar

The Interconnected Curriculum – the difference between bricks and mortar Individual subject teaching, or subject specificity is currently very much the topic du jour. The EIF, despite its associated protestations to the contrary, is very much an advocate of single subject teaching and the recently published subject reports make very little or no reference inContinue reading “The interconnected curriculum – The difference between bricks and mortar”

Curriculum – the Forth Bridge and Gluesticks

The problem with curriculum implementation – the Forth bridge and gluesticks Curriculum Bridges For the last few years, conversations around curriculum design have dominated all phases of the sector. No one would ever argue that a high quality curriculum is a not a key driver in raising achievement or that it isn’t a core partContinue reading “Curriculum – the Forth Bridge and Gluesticks”

Differentiation and Sunday dinner.

Why differentiation isn’t all bad Differentiation and roast dinner. Should you be so bold as to mention the word “differentiation” in conversation with educators you are likely to feel as if you are in a wind tunnel, such is the ferocity of argument around and against both the word and its associated practice. For manyContinue reading “Differentiation and Sunday dinner.”

Designing your curriculum, “Mummy, what’s your favourite dinosaur and how big is space?”

“Mummy, what’s your favourite dinosaur and how big is space?” Designing your curriculum. Having three small children in quick succession, lovingly referred to as the trinity of chaos, I spend a lot of my time trying to answer questions to which I don’t really know the answer. If I’m honest I don’t really have aContinue reading “Designing your curriculum, “Mummy, what’s your favourite dinosaur and how big is space?””

Instructional Watching – David Attenborough and Ugly Fish

Instructional watching – David Attenborough and ugly fish There is much focus on Instructional coaching at present. It is the current framework for much individual school work as well as forming a key pillar of the new early career framework. The souped up role of the mentor hinges very much on the successful use ofContinue reading “Instructional Watching – David Attenborough and Ugly Fish”