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…

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…

Well done, this has nothing to do with you

Last week, in the run up to the release of the GCSE examination results, myself and Zoe (@greeborunner) wrote a piece for TES debating whether good teachers might get poor exam results. It was an odd thing to debate as fundamentally we agree that it is a nonsense to hold teachers accountable for their results,…

Teacher-Writers: FAQs

If I can’t impress you with my quality, I shall impress you with my quantity Emile Zola With my new book, Teach Like Nobody’s Watching, at the printers I have started to get a lot of messages from people asking me about writing. How to do it, how to get published, where to find the…