I presented this topic at our recent training day with the aim of sharing a few simple ways to improve writing that can be easily integrated into lessons. I took the idea from a Geoff Barton resource (“5 Techniques to help pupils write better”) that’s around 15 years old now and still one of my favourties – you can find it here along with a bunch of other excellent resources. Continue Reading
The programme is now confirmed for the inset day in January. This is shaping up to be an exciting and interesting day! Thank you to all who are contributing and for the hard work on marketplace stalls for the afternoon. Continue Reading
I have almost finished confirming the programme for the Kennet Festival of Learning 2017 (03.01.17). Here is a provisional list of the sessions on offer and what they will involve. Thank you to all those who have agreed to present: it’s shaping up to be an exciting programme.
If you want to read about last year’s event, then visit this post for details: Kennet Festival of Learning 23.10.15
“Memory is the residue of thought.”–Daniel Willingham
When considering the factors leading to pupil progress, it is tempting to over complicate the issue. Whilst teaching is doubtless a complex art (or is it a science?), can learning really be attributed to one crucial variable: the amount of time that pupils spend ‘thinking hard’? Continue Reading
This blog was constructed based on visits to lessons and conversations with pupils. Its aim is to share good practice and provide advice on common areas for development. Crucially, we have been looking for evidence of learning without excessive marking: time-efficient strategies that help to advance pupils’ knowledge/skills and close gaps in their understanding. There are some good examples of such strategies below to illustrate. Continue Reading
I have been thinking a lot about the issue of written feedback, partly as I’ve been running inset on this topic to a few different audiences. As schools tighten up on assessment, there are inevitable concerns about the sustainability of their strategies and policies. Continue Reading