Recently, I went back to where I started my teaching career. I met up with a former colleague, Andy. He joined the history team in my second year. We operated within a humanities faculty, and I, as a mature entrant,
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On Tuesday 27 June, we had a drop-in session for MPs – this event was sponsored by Rosie Duffield, MP. We had conversations with MPs from all parties, and it was pleasing to hear how passionate they were about schools in their own constituencies. Conversations varied in length, but we covered the following:
A new partnership between the Chartered College of Teaching and SSAT will support teachers to embed formative assessment practices in their classrooms.
Evidence-informed practice is now a common phrase used across schools in the UK. Teachers and school leaders are actively seeking out research to identify the ‘best bets’ to implement in the classroom.
The embedding formative assessment programme was created following over ten years of research by Dylan Wiliam and Siobhan Leahy. All elements of the programme underwent rapid prototype testing, from the size of teacher learning community groups, the time between workshops and the structure of the sessions. The structure of the session alone is on its approximately thirteenth iteration.
Over the last few years, most schools have revisited their approach to curriculum planning. Rightly or wrongly, the publication of the latest Ofsted framework, particularly one with a very specific focus, tends to redirect people’s energies.
Schools are facing the worst teacher recruitment crisis since the Second World War, but there is little recognition of this in the mainstream media and little comment from the DfE.
May 2020 was a defining moment for the world: the injustice of George Floyd’s death precipitated protests across the world for racial inequalities at the core of society, inequalities that rested in the very institutions that were supposed to underpin social justice.
Year nine is a key transition point in a student’s journey. For the first time, they are being asked to make decisions which have the potential to alter their future life choices. At this young age, it is vital that students, parents and teachers work together not only for their options, but also as they become increasingly independent.
Transition means moving beyond something. It is a process that every child will go through, along with every adult that surrounds them. It seems to happen all of a sudden, but how can we help?