Author Archives: heatherfblog

Why can’t our students read fluently?

Originally posted on Esse Quam Videri:
Lots of children learn to read well despite very poor or minimal teaching. I think I was probably one of those children. I don’t think my mum ever listened to me read but somehow…

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Dropping Bombshells on Eggshells #SaturdayThunk

Originally posted on @LeadingLearner:
This is one of the blob posts that is really a “note to self”.  Year 2, 6, 11 & 13 teachers are all busy marking mock papers, prepping for early SATs or those at the normal…

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A ‘privileged education’?

Originally posted on Esse Quam Videri:
Apparently private schools get better value added than state schools – even when social background is accounted for. Apparently the researchers are at a loss to explain why. I know why. I know one…

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Do You Wanna Be In My Gang? #SaturdayThunk

Originally posted on @LeadingLearner:
The next three or four years is going to see increasing numbers of schools join or establish Multi-Academy Trusts.  Some schools will decide to jump before they are pushed and others will simply be pushed.  Over…

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We’ve Taken Out The Glue.

Originally posted on Esse Quam Videri:
A post on teaching cause and effect in history I believed at least some of my history GCSE students when assured me they really did revise for their mock exams. However, the ‘splurge’ some…

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Becoming a Writer

Originally posted on Summer Turner:
I recently finished writing a first draft of a book for Bloomsbury on Curriculum and Assessment Design. It is probably the best thing I have ever done, but it was also quite an agonising journey.…

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Time to Simply Focus on Teaching, Assessment and Learning

Originally posted on @LeadingLearner:
Followers of the blog may remember last year I asked for a bit of help in forming our new Teaching, Learning and Assessment Policy.  I’ve deliberately swapped the place of assessment around in the title to…

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Year 7 grammar programme Spring term

Originally posted on When in Rome…:
As outlined before we teach grammar in both a contextualized and decontextualized way (the best of both worlds in my opinion).  We have one lesson a fortnight dedicated to grammar teaching and follow Daisy Christodoulou’s suggested programme.  You…

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Monday period 4 – Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin

Originally posted on Mr John Dexter blogs about school:
This is blog to put storytelling back into the heart of outstanding work in school. However you wrap it up much of an attention grabbing, motivating, challenging moment is – a…

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Edubook 1 (2016) – The Book Whisperer

Originally posted on When in Rome…:
I am on a mission to improve reading at our school. It’s not en vogue and our students simply don’t read. Their reading ages upon entry are low and, whilst I am undecided about…

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