SHP25: early reflection

High Dive Teaching

My brother’s lamentable absence from his convenient London flat tonight provides me with a rare opportunity to reflect on today’s excellent conference. It was really quality stuff, all of it, and maybe even more helpful than the summer conference – less to absorb and coming at a time of year when enthusiasm is flagging in the face of mocks, controlled assessment and data scrutinising, coupled with more natural energy drains like the darker days and grey weather. There are many things I can take back that will have an impact on my practice, but I think Alison Kitson’s session on the 18th century is going to be most useful because it will change some of my lessons this week.

When we reconsidered our key stage three programme of study in July, we decided to adjust year 8. We’d always been a unit light here and all filled the gap with…

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