Assessment, Curriculum, English, Literacy, Literature, Progress

What about the tree? Why knowledge is empowering.

'Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid'  This quotation tends to lend itself to the idea that curriculum, assessment and differentiation should lead us to expect, and accept, different things for different students due… Continue reading What about the tree? Why knowledge is empowering.

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Assessment, Curriculum, English, Literacy, Literature, Progress

Reclaiming KS3: Driving questions for rapid progress

When looking at examiners' reports at KS5, there's been a welcome move in recent years warning staff not to send students into exams with pre-prepared essay frames, writing templates and other formulaic crutches designed to get students through exams with the minimum of independent thought. Aside from my personal feelings about endless writing frames, they send the message to students… Continue reading Reclaiming KS3: Driving questions for rapid progress

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

Digital literacy, EdTech, English, iPad, Literacy, Literature, Research Skills

Approaching research skills in a digitally literate classroom

An area I'm currently exploring is how to promote digital literacy across the curriculum. One of the ways that this can be done is through explicitly teaching research skills and guiding students through the process. The result is that students gain transferable skills and a set of useful notes at the end of the process (and we don't… Continue reading Approaching research skills in a digitally literate classroom