Revealing the Secrets: ResearchEd Surrey 2019

In his hugely revealing book The Secret Lives of Learners’ Graham Nuthall explored the world of learners in the classroom. From this study we saw how students saw concepts which were being taught, their own positions as learners and how widely varied, and sometimes utterly bonkers, their misconceptions about the world was. As keynote speaker…

School: What is it good for? (Part One)

The purpose of education is a debate that has rumbled on throughout time. There have been few great thinkers who haven’t tried to grapple with the difficult question of “What do we go to school for?” Even the pop band Busted tried to reach an answer, deciding it was to oggle, stalk and harass a…

Avengers, Assemble

By Zoe Enser (@GreeboRunner) Why English needs a cohesive whole school curriculum As a teacher of English in a Secondary School, it had always been apparent that I would have to be a jack of all trades. On the most basic level I am teaching students to develop their reading skills through their ability to…

Teacher Voices and Those Who Silence Us

There certainly seems to have been an explosion in recent years in the number of teacher’s voices that are getting heard. Current teachers and those who have just left the classroom are finding time to write books based on their own thoughts, practice and conclusions from reading research. TES are increasingly publishing features from practicing…

Interweaving the Curriculum

My talk at ResearchEd Conferences this year has been on Interweaving the Curriculum. Slides are at the bottom of this post. The ideas of retrieval and spaced practice are increasingly being used as lesson planning considerations and are used to help support and advise pupils when it comes to revision and independent study. In many…

Geography: It’s a piece of cake

Last night brought the first episode of a new season of The Great British Bake Off and with it much excitement. I love the show. I like the safeness, the comfort, the niceness. It is completely unchallenging. I also like the online reaction to it. The choosing of heroes and villains, the memes, snarky comments…