Author Archives: Dianne Murphy

Three styles of problem-solving

Originally posted on thinkingreadingwritings:
How leaders deal with problems determines  . . . well, everything. It’s an awkward truth that some leaders feel safest in a state of crisis. In a crisis, everyone is too preoccupied with how to cope…

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The Implementation Trap

Originally posted on thinkingreadingwritings:
When Ofsted review schools under the new category of Quality of Education, the Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman, says that they will be looking at three areas: intention, implementation and impact. While it’s almost impossible to find…

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What Are Your Intentions?

Originally posted on thinkingreadingwritings:
Recently, the Chief Inspector of Ofsted, Amanda Spielman, gave a speech in which she outlined Ofsted’s new approach to inspecting schools. One of the key changes is a new heading, ‘Quality of Education’, which will encompass…

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A Valentine’s Day Letter – You Have Broken My Heart . . .

Originally posted on thinkingreadingwritings:
Dear Education We’ve had a long relationship and one that I, at least, was deeply committed to. We both cared deeply about helping every child to become literate – at least I thought you did too.…

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Doors to Opportunity

Originally posted on thinkingreadingwritings:
January is named after Janus, the god of doors, who looks both backwards and forwards. As always at this time of year, it is a time to reflect on the previous year as we revise and…

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Recommended Reading for Adolescents: Fiction Series

Originally posted on thinkingreadingwritings:
There are 377 books in the 41 series below – something for everyone! One of the great pleasures of teaching is to connect students with books, and a sound strategy for keeping them reading is to…

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How to find out what works in ‘What Works?’

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Choosing an effective intervention may not be as difficult as you think. For school leaders looking for evidence on the effectiveness of literacy interventions, the go-to source is Professor Greg Brooks’ What works for children and…

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