Category Archives: Reflections

On being a long-term mainscale teacher

A couple of weeks back I came across a Twitter thread about wanting to stay mainscale and become a better teacher, and it did make me chuckle to see how the teaching landscape is morphing from one of a relentless … Continue reading

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Policing other people’s teaching

When¬†December rolls around, I get annoyed by the inevitable complaints of people proclaiming that it is too early to put up the Christmas tree. Why does it matter to people so much? There is no rule about this. If you … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Year 11s

I inherited two year 11 groups upon my arrival at the new school. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. The best: sparky students, quicker relationship building due to seeing them more often, the promise … Continue reading

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Preparing for Assessment: the Verbal Rehearsal

A few years ago, inspired by some excellent CPD, I introduced the verbal rehearsal to my KS3 students before they completed their assessments. I wrote a little about it here. I did this in a variety of ways – heavily … Continue reading

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Nurture 16/17

Time to review the past year and look forward to the new one. 1. Teaching I began the year as Head of History at the school where I had worked since I was an NQT, a post which had been … Continue reading

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The Knowledge

I’m coming clean now and admitting I thought the knowledge vs skills thing a false dichotomy (and an enormous distraction, but that’s for another time). This is a conclusion I came¬†to after spending a great deal of time mystified as … Continue reading

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2015: That was the year that was

2015 was an exceptionally busy work year, even for me. At school, I completed my first calendar year as Head of History. I oversaw a rise in the number of students opting for History GCSE, nearly launched a new A-level … Continue reading

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