Monthly Archives: August 2017

What Australian parents need to know about the maths wars

Originally posted on Filling the pail:
Embed from Getty Images Following my piece on the reading wars, I thought it would be worth writing a brief for parents on the maths wars. These are not as high profile as the…

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“This debate doesn’t happen in schools”

Originally posted on Othmar's Trombone:
Ah, the good old debate around traditional and progressive philosophies of education. An important debate for some and one that such people tell us has given them enlightenment and understanding about what they do…

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Change and continuity in history teaching

Since accepting a history teacher training place through Schools Direct, I have delved into the substance and theory of my new profession, reading teacher blogs, professional journals and books (both history and theory books) . I must confess to finding … Continue reading

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How do you change a school’s culture?

One of the lovely things about reading lots of teacher blogs is that it stimulates my mind and gets me thinking about particular issues or ideas. Often, having pondered these thoughts, I am minded to put them into writing here, … Continue reading

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Beware of the Reading Traps

thinkingreadingwritings Avoid the pitfalls lying in wait for school leaders seeking help for struggling readers. If we can read, we tend to assume that reading is easy. In a large organisation like a secondary school, those who struggle to read … Continue reading

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Half a million hits – my top five posts

Originally posted on Filling the pail:
Embed from Getty Images As the hit counter on this blog ticks past 500,000, I thought it would be worth sharing my top five posts of all time: 5. PISA shows you can’t always…

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A quick introduction to the education debate

Originally posted on Filling the pail:
Embed from Getty Images There is a great debate going on in education about what and how we teach. A lot of teachers are unaware of this discussion, even if they notice the specific…

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Ignorance is strength

Originally posted on Filling the pail:
In 2011, I read an academic paper that changed the course of my career. Until this point, I had taught fairly explicitly but this was a guilty secret. I knew that it was superior…

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Statutory guidance matters; removal of elected govenors

Originally posted on Governing Matters:
The Department for Education has today issued the updated statutory guidance setting out the arrangements for the constitution of governing bodies of all local-authority-maintained schools. It has been updated with guidance on new powers to…

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A Heart for School Improvement

thinkingreadingwritings What one issue lies at the heart of school improvement? You are reviewing your school improvement plan, weighing up what to prioritise, what to focus on, thinking about whole staff vision, professional development, and of course how to prioritise … Continue reading

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