Assessment, Curriculum, English, Progress, Reflection

Preventative intervention strategies

Having already blogged on why I don't think 'whatever it takes' is always the best way to view intervention, I presented on preventative intervention strategies at Red House School TeachMeet earlier this week. We're in the middle of exam season and there's a lot of last minute pushes, final revision sessions, drop ins and other inteventions. But it's… Continue reading Preventative intervention strategies

Curriculum

Rethinking differentiation: getting the most out of questions

"Inspectors reported concerns about Key Stage 3 in one in five of the routine inspections analysed, particularly in relation to the slow progress made in English and mathematics and the lack of challenge for the most able pupils." (Ofsted, KS3 'The Wasted Years', 2015) When I trained, the common approach to differentiation was to teach to… Continue reading Rethinking differentiation: getting the most out of questions

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, Progress

Rethinking KS3: Early Intervention

In earlier blog posts I've been exploring the ways that KS3 can be reclaimed to have a positive impact on student achievement over time. Ofsted's document KS3: The Wasted Years explores the issues affecting KS3 at the moment and, to me, gives very clear guidance to schools about what is required for them to be successful. Firstly, Ofsted… Continue reading Rethinking KS3: Early Intervention

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