What makes the difference? (Part 2)

Teaching it Real

At the beginning of this year I wrote a post called What makes the difference? This was after we achieved some excellent GCSE and A level results both as a department and as a school, our option numbers were soaring at the same time (suggesting pupils were also enjoying their lessons) and there seemed to be a real sense of change in the department. I wrote the post in answer to people’s questions about what we were doing that seemed to be making this difference possible. The problem is, it is very hard to identify what it is that makes the difference in a school because we all do so much. Hattie’s research suggests that almost every intervention put in place has some kind of positive impact. We are just too close to it to see what matters.

Over the last year we have had a lot of requests from…

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