I’ve got my Knowledge Organisers – now what?

Practical suggestions for using Knowledge Organisers in the classroom.

This blog is made up of two parts. The first is a little overview of KOs and why they can be so helpful in your medium term planning. I’ll structure this part as an FAQ based on the last year of working with departments. The second is a list of 20 practical lesson planning ideas for using KOs with pupils in which I’ll seek to answer the question at the top of this blog.  Continue Reading

‘Teaching KS3 pupils GCSE skills is useless and dangerous.’ To what extent to do you agree with this statement?

By Jon Palmer, Teacher of English & Head of H&SC

***remember to write witty, engaging and relatable intro to grab reader’s attention***  so the question was: how could I possibly teach a high level GCSE skill such as evaluation to my KS3 classes? Continue Reading

Feedback with Impact!

Time effective strategies to make sure that feedback always leads to learning

I ran an inset today with a colleague about giving ‘Feedback with Impact’. We deliberately avoided the word ‘marking’ because there are so many ways to communicate with pupils about their learning. We wanted to focus on ‘Impact’ because feedback is only worthwhile if it leads to learning. Continue Reading