05 Jan 2014

I can see clearly now….

Edssential article from @shaun_allison : I thought I would write this post in the spirit of #nurture1314 – starting with a confession! I used to be a bit of an OFSTED chaser – there’s a lot of it about. By that, I mean I used to spend a great deal of time distributing checklists,...
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04 Dec 2013

Planning to Get Behaviour Right: Research Plus Experience

Edssential article from @LeadingLearner : There is nothing like a discussion about behaviour and discipline, either in the staff room or in the classroom, to get people talking with passion, intensity and all too often from totally different perspectives. “The area of discipline...
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03 Dec 2013

Modelling for excellence

Edssential article from @shaun_allison : I’m fortunate to watch a large number of lessons – being taught by brilliant teachers.  There are many things that they all do well, but one thing they all have in common is that they are great at modelling.  Now it seems fairly obvious...
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28 Nov 2013

Defining the Butterfly: Knowing the Standards to Set the Standards

Edssential article from @headguruteacher : In preparing to deliver some CPD inputs recently, at my own school and another in Essex, I’ve been thinking about the problem of providing the appropriate level of challenge for all learners in the work we set and in the work we accept. ...
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28 Nov 2013

What to aim for as SLT

Edssential article from @hibs1974 : What a good SLT should try to aim for….. After many months of deliberation, I have finally decided to have a go at blogging. To start with, I’m going to have a go at trying to add to the debate that has been going around Twitter recently about...
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17 Nov 2013

HOW CAN WE CREATE ‘AN ETHIC OF EXCELLENCE’ IN OUR SCHOOLS?

Edssential article from @HFletcherWood : “For twenty-five years I’ve led a double life.  I’m a full-time classroom teacher in a public school.  In order to make ends meet for my family, I’ve worked during the summers, vacations, and sometimes weekends, as a carpenter.  In...
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10 Nov 2013

It’s the behaviour, stupid! Turning a tough school into a good school

Edssential article from @StuartLock : This post is about “what we did”. I’ve written about behaviour a few times before,most recently after seeing Tom Bennett speak at the Festival of Education at Wellington. Over the last year I’ve become increasingly proud of the school I work...
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10 Nov 2013

A Car Crash Conversation

Edssential article from @Gwenelope : SLT has taken a bit of a bashing on Twitter of late, some of it, in some circumstances deserved, some less so.  Within my own school I have a good relationship with most members of our SLT team, mainly because; despite some of the decisions...
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10 Nov 2013

Developing a strong learning culture in the face of adversity

Edssential article from @TeacherTweaks : Last year, I blogged about trying to develop a stronger learning culture at my new school. Generally, teachers were keen to develop their practice but – and it’s a big but (no pun intended!) – teaching and learning conversations were all...
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09 Nov 2013

Professional Development at my academy – No Lesson grades EVER!

Edssential article from @ChrisMoyse : So here goes. This is my first ever blog post on my first blog and may be my last as I’m not sure how often I will get the time to do this. I have tweeted many times about how much I dislike graded lesson observations and, as a result, I do...
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