Author Archives: mrlock

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CEO, Advantage Schools

“Pedagogy is overrated”

Originally posted on Mr Lock's Weblog:
Festival of education 2017 I used extensive notes to deliver this talk at the Festival of Education 2017. From the notes and my memory, here is what I said. It is very long…

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Assessment – simple but not simplistic – part two

Originally posted on Mr Lock's Weblog:
In Part one I gave a broad outline of our proposals on assessment. I hope that they will put assessment in the hands of the subject professionals in our school, enabling them to truly assess…

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Assessment – simple but not simplistic – part one

Originally posted on Mr Lock's Weblog:
This is our efforts at moving beyond the ‘crutch’ of National Curriculum levels at Cottenham Village College (CVC). It contains a proposal that emerged from an SLT meeting. I emphasise that it is…

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Moving to a knowledge-led, knowledge-rich, knowledge-based curriculum.

Originally posted on CPDL @ Cottenham Village College:
? Introduction: Our school already eschews generic skills in favour of subject knowledge and subject pedagogy. We value subject knowledge. However, we have also been through several iterations of a national curriculum and…

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Some conversations.

Originally posted on Maths is Not a Spectator Sport:
*Any resemblance to a specific individual is unintentional. Any resemblance of traits of a group of people is intentional. Manager: This is the most important thing to improve teaching and learning…

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“Just leave” – why leaving a school isn’t that easy

Originally posted on missdcoxblog:
There have been times when I’ve seen Tweets about poor practice in a school and people have said in response “Just leave” or “Not all schools are like that” or “Not all SLT are like that”.…

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Why Twitter isn’t representative of teaching but Secret Teacher isn’t either

Originally posted on missdcoxblog:
I often think that Twitter is not a true reflection of all teachers who work in all types of school. I’ve never seen any tweets saying ‘Today I had a chair thrown at me by a…

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The argument for a staff uniform…or not

Originally posted on missdcoxblog:
Across the country senior leaders are spending hours writing staff dress codes, deciding how best to tell a member of staff we can all see their thong and why sandals breach health and safety rules. Having…

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Things you only know when you teach a full day

Originally posted on Chris Eyre on Teaching:
Some days as teachers we have the joy of the full day. 5-6 hours of back to back lessons. If you are really lucky you may have two each week. If you have…

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What do you say when you’re new to a school as head?

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