The teacher training years…

Teacher training is really tough. I'd like to help. So I'm planning a section dedicated to the first couple of years of teaching through ITT and into NQT. So what can I help you with today? I'd love you tell me what you want to know more about. As usual, I'll always try and present … Continue reading The teacher training years…

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Yet another growth mindset post…

With the most honorable of intentions, hundreds if not thousands of headteachers and senior leaders will be giving the old 'Growth Mindset' assembly this half term. Preparing our students - in particular the poor sods in Year 11 - for the gruelling revision and exams to come. The most frequent messages that I've encountered seem … Continue reading Yet another growth mindset post…

There’s more to class discussion than you think…

When a student’s work does not meet your expectations do you say “Well done”? For many teachers, this is the immediate reaction to a student giving the first answer that pops into their head. It’s like we’re so pleased that somebody said something, anything, that we’ll give praise to the first answer that materialises. The … Continue reading There’s more to class discussion than you think…

Make Time For Improvement

We keep forgetting: it’s improvement that counts. Not marking. Not grades. It's improvement that counts. Marking policies can easily miss the point because they often tell us how many times per term to mark, how many positives and how many next steps to write. You see it doesn’t really matter how you mark or how many next steps … Continue reading Make Time For Improvement