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Deficit or Surplus? You Decide!

October 30, 2013


One of the problems facing the teaching profession today is that we have become accustomed to looking for deficits in our work. This blogpost is about where I think this ‘deficit model’ approach comes from, how I think it has gained traction, why I think it is a wrong-headed model to take at present and […]

The Gruffalo – An Allegory for Trojan Mice

October 20, 2013


Here is the opening to my #TLT13 presentation this week. The greatest allegory ever written isn’t Animal Farm by my literary hero (God, how he’d hate that description), George Orwell. Instead it is Julia Donaldson’s seminal ‘The Gruffalo’. Undetected for years, this ‘children’s book’ (and I’m doing the fingers version of inverted commas as I […]

The Black Box Between Autonomy and Accountability

October 2, 2013


This blogpost is a write-up of the notes Hélène Galdin-O’Shea and I wrote to help us in our presentation to the Labour TeachMeet event on the fringe of the 2013 Labour Party Conference. The TeachMeet-style event, organised by Labour Teachers and hosted by Tom Sherrington and Chris Waugh in Brighton on 21st September, was an […]

The Myth of the ‘Quality of Teaching’

June 29, 2013


If you’re only as good as your last post on a subject then I am completely off my rocker to even try and attempt a second “Myth of…” post. The first one, on “The Myth of Progress Within Lessons” is closing in on 7000 views making it easily my most widely read post (by a […]

Teachmeet Collaborate – Wednesday 25th September 2013

June 25, 2013


“If you want to walk fast, walk alone. If you want to walk far, walk together.” This proverb, happily ‘borrowed’ from a Steve Munby presentation at the Festival of Education, is a pithy reflection of the philosophy that underpins Teachmeet Collaborate. A biannual event this teachmeet, itself a collaboration between Canons High and Park High […]

‘Doing’ Teaching Schools as a Member of SLT

June 9, 2013


This ‘doing’ post is all about the work that I have been engaged in as a Deputy Head in the last year and a half or so. It comes with a bit of a health warning in that the school I am employed by is not actually a Teaching School. Last year we received a […]

Give it away. Give it away. Give it away now.

June 3, 2013


This is the most uncomfortable I have been starting a post: much more uncomfortable than I was writing the one about the ten best education policies by Michael Gove. I have spent 36 hours actively mulling over whether to write it now and at least six months pondering the general theme, a theme I touched […]

There’s only one F in Ofsted

May 19, 2013


Imagine if the teaching profession en masse were given a magic lamp with their very own genie in it, and that every teacher were given a vote on a collective three wishes. There would, I think, be two certainties and one highly contested third wish. The certainties would be that something pretty awful would befall […]

Spirit Levels: Exorcising The Ghost of Assessment Past

May 12, 2013


National Curriculum Levels are dead. That’s the starting point of this post. In secondary schools, at KS3, they have been dead for 5 years now. They were brutally and fatally assaulted with the disastrous KS3 tests of 2007 and then dispatched with a bullet to the head in 2008 when the SATs were scrapped by […]

Performing Monkeys

April 29, 2013


This is a post about performance as an adjective and performing as a verb in the context of teachers. In some senses, given the current context, that makes it also about performance-related pay (PRP) but I want it to be about more than that. I want it to be about the whole hoop-jumping extravaganza that […]