Author Archives: Anthony Radice

About Anthony Radice

An English teacher of English in England.

How Not to Prepare for Reading Tests

Originally posted on The Traditional Teacher:
Can you prepare for an ‘unseen’ reading test – a test in which you will have to read something you’ve never encountered before, and answer questions on it? To answer this question, we need…

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Can Schools Make a Difference?

Originally posted on The Traditional Teacher:
When studies are made of how much difference schools make, they focus on finding out the main factors which contribute to the variation in academic success, and discover that schools are a relatively small…

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Literature: What Is It, and Why Do We Study It?

Originally posted on The Traditional Teacher:
This is a slightly edited version of a talk I gave to all Inspiration Trust primary staff on 20th October 2017. This morning, I want to examine what we mean by literature as a…

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English Language: The Vampire Subject

Originally posted on The Traditional Teacher:
Michael Fordham has already written eloquently about how English, as a whole, is a Frankenstein subject, a monster composed of a myriad of vastly different parts artificially stitched together. Within that jumble of odd…

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The Problems with Grade Forecasting

Originally posted on The Traditional Teacher:
You don’t fatten a pig by weighing it. ‘We know what we are, but not what we may be’- Shakespeare, Hamlet It has become a truism in education that good professionals are able to…

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Music for All

Originally posted on The Traditional Teacher:
One of the most memorable things about my first week working for the Inspiration Trust was when John Stephens, the Trust’s recently appointed Director of Music, had the whole staff of the Trust singing…

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Creating a New Professional Paradigm

Originally posted on The Traditional Teacher:
The professionalisation of teaching has gone hand in hand, historically, with the promotion of progressive ideas. One of the first campaigners was the American Horace Mann in the nineteenth century, and he succeeded in…

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