01 Jun 2013

What makes effective CPD?

Edssential article from @joe__kirby : Every year since 1856, Oxford and Cambridge University rowing crews have competed in the Boat Race on the Thames. Today, millions of people globally watch the race. As my housemate competed in Great Britain rowing trials, I’ve seen how the...
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01 Jun 2013

New challenge? Advice for getting that job

Edssential article from @headguruteacher: Very often I’m asked for advice from teachers applying for jobs, either colleagues or friends.  Each person’s context is unique to them but the messages are usually the same so I thought I would share them.  As a Headteacher, getting the...
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01 Jun 2013

What OFSTED say they want

Edssential article from @oldandrewuk : A lot of teachers have been told that OFSTED will require them to stop teaching their classes and, instead, make children sit in groups knitting their own yoghurts, pausing only to be lectured on the minutiae of how to distinguish a level 5c...
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31 May 2013

The myth of progress within lessons

Edssential article from @kevbartle: My heckles are risen so I need to post this and post it quick.  Let me nail my colours to the mast here and make a bold, unequivocal statement: There is no such thing as progress within lessons.  There is only learning. And let me make a...
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31 May 2013

The ‘OFSTED uncertainty principle’ and holding steady

Edssential article from @HuntingEnglish: “I learnt this little performance trick in only twenty minutes!” “Outstanding!” My school is awaiting the imminent visit of OFSTED. No matter how sensible everyone wants to be regarding the matter, and I would like to think our school is...
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