Using Ideas from Lemov’s TLaC, Michaela School and Tharby’s Memory Platform to Improve Vocabulary

Teaching Victorian texts with students for whom the language, style and genre is alien yet they have to write eloquently about in exam conditions, is a challenge. One of the biggest challenges is the amount of unfamiliar vocabulary peppered throughout.

Using Ideas from Lemov’s TLaC, Michaela School and Tharby’s Memory Platform to Improve Vocabulary

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TDRE Boss Blog: Christmas Lesson (2017 Edition)

TDRE Boss Blog: Christmas Lesson (2017 Edition): The end of term always tempts teachers to go for ‘fun’ or ‘easy’ lessons. I remember learning the hard way that student…

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TDRE Boss Blog: The Feast of St Nicholas

TDRE Boss Blog: The Feast of St Nicholas: Is there a Santa Claus? This blog first appeared on the BCYS site in December 2016 For some, the start of Christmas is when they…

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TDRE Boss Blog: The Great Textbook Battle

TDRE Boss Blog: The Great Textbook Battle: Last week I attended I attended the Policy Exchange event hosted by John Blake and featuring Nick Gibb, Emma Lennard, Robert Orme and …

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Ofsted Annual Report 2016/17: Governance matters

Governing Matters

Amanda Spielman presented her first annual report as Ofsted Chief Inspector today. The full report can be read here. Below, are the parts of the speech where governance was referred to (the numbering is that of the report itself).

Schools that require improvement

Inspection outcomes

Deprivation

37. A common factor in the schools that do not improve to good or outstanding is that they have a higher proportion of deprived pupils. Fifty-five per cent of the schools that currently require improvement have high proportions of pupils from deprived areas.

38. Although these schools can face major challenges, great improvements can be, and are, made. Last year, six schools that had previously required improvement were judged to be outstanding at their latest inspection. Four of these were in the most deprived quintile of schools. Having lots of children who are from deprived backgrounds may make improving a challenge, but it…

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Test reliability, and why it matters for primary school performance tables – Education Datalab blog

This year’s Key Stage 2 performance tables will be published tomorrow, summarising the attainment of pupils in KS2 tests in reading, maths, and grammar, punctuation and spelling (GPS). But how…

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Evidence Based EFL: Try this, it works! Written Error Correction

Evidence Based EFL: Try this, it works! Written Error Correction: I’ve come across a few posts on written error correction recently. ELT research Bites took on the topic in a two part post  ( 2 ) a…

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