Leadership, Staff Development

Happiness starts now. Have a break.

When somebody else verbalises the thoughts you've been pondering for a while, it's an enlightening experience. I had the privilege of watching Andy Cope (@BeingBrilliant) deliver a keynote presentation this morning and the key, very refreshing, message is that happiness is a myth. It sounds depressing but actually, what he suggests is that we've bought into… Continue reading Happiness starts now. Have a break.

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Assessment, Curriculum, English, Progress, Staff Development

Progress over time: Why there may be still a place for ‘well done’

In a time when Ofsted no longer grade individual lessons and there's a move towards demonstrating 'progress over time', a new focus for observation, scrutiny and inspection has been identified: marking. The major problem with this focus on marking is that - like when 'Ofsted wants to see...' was the be all and end all of… Continue reading Progress over time: Why there may be still a place for ‘well done’

Curriculum, English, Literacy, Literature, Progress

Reclaiming KS3: Engagement

In this series of blogposts I'm exploring ways that KS3 can be reclaimed rather than being viewed as a second priority behind KS4/5. To go further, what I'm suggesting is that if schools want to ensure maximum progress gains at KS4, then targeted investment in KS3 is essential. The three ways that this can be achieved are: Challenge… Continue reading Reclaiming KS3: Engagement

Curriculum, English, Progress

Reclaiming KS3: Challenge

There's been a lot of focus on KS3 and the role it plays in achievement at KS4. Sometimes I wonder if due to pressures in the upper school, KS3 risks becoming the neglected sibling of KS4/5. It shouldn't be. If KS3 is purposeful, challenging and engaging, the chances of having the progress gaps to be filled… Continue reading Reclaiming KS3: Challenge