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,…

Building Resilience

“Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.”  ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free In her latest post, Zoe Enser (@GreeboRunner) explores what we can learn about resilience in the classroom from running. If you speak to anyone who knows me you will learn that I have three main…

Supporting Working Memory in the English Classroom

In her latest post Zoe Enser, @GreeboRunner, considers what we can do to teach in a way that supports a child’s working memory. Those of you who know me professionally will know that research, especially in relation to the workings of the memory and cognitive science, is something which gets me really excited. It will…

Metacognition and Self-Regulation in the Classroom

In her latest guest post, Zoe Enser (@GreeboRunner), Director of Improvement & CPD and English teacher, explores how the principles of the EEF’s guidance report on metacognition and self-regulation looks in the English classroom. Metacognition and self-regulation are without a doubt some of the latest buzz words in education. The 2018 EEF report on this…

Curriculum: From Hodge-Podge to Coherence

One of the joys of the education landscape in 2018 has been the move from endless discussions about how to teach towards a renewed focus on what we teach. On curriculum. Recent writing  At ResearchEd ’18 I was fortunate enough to listen to Christine Counsell speak about curriculum and the questions we should ask of…

Preparing to slay the dragon

In my younger days I was obsessed with all things Dungeons and Dragons. From the ages of 10 – 20 I spent my time reading about it, talking about it, writing about it and when time allowed, actually playing it. For the uninitiated (to see if you are initiated, roll a d6. If you get…

Knowledge in the classroom

  When I joined in with twitter’s educational world a couple of years ago I was struck by how much discussion there was on the role of knowledge in the curriculum. We were still feeling the reverberations of Gove’s reforms to the national curriculum and the new GCSEs were being prepared ready for teaching. Whilst…