Our (Simple) Literacy Policy: Revamped

A blog by Literacy CHAMPION, Katy Scott.

Distilling. It’s important. With all that teaching and learning noise out there we need to keep things simple. That’s what The Kennet Literacy Policy is – it distils what we know into black-and-white, simple sense. Continue Reading

Let’s Get Pupils Thinking Hard pt.1

“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

No Pens Wednesday

The 8th June will be the second ‘No Pens Wednesday’ which we have run at our school.
Last year, the event was hugely successful due to the fantastic work of departments: in every classroom I visited, there was something different and exciting going on.

This year, I would like to make the event even more successful, and this blog is all about how best to encourage good quality talk in the classroom.
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“The Research Homework”

It’s tempting to give up on setting research based homework because of the exhausting battle against plagiarism, but there is an alternative! See these resources and ideas from the Literacy group.

Although I’m sure that plagiarism has always been an issue for teachers, it seems that it has never been easier for pupils to hand in others’ ideas as their own. Continue Reading