Weaving a Web

How the new teaching frameworks can support teachers to grow Learning we know is a complex thing. Developing the intricate web of knowledge that pupils need, with its various interlocking parts, woven together with their experiences and wider understanding of how the topic sits within the world, is difficult and teachers spend significant periods of…

Building Knowledge

There has been a lot of talk recently in my social media interactions about interpretation of texts in the English classroom. Interpretation is an interesting thing as not only do we have elements of context, some of which are more or less clear depending on the text (for example, knowledge of historical periods and biographical…

Lessons from the Classroom

What can we learn from curriculum development in our schools to support teacher developing? It has been refreshing to see how much progress has been made in recent years with the curriculum in schools. Having come through the days of complete freedom on an individual teacher level, the prescription of National Strategy tied closely to…

Getting the best from Rosenshine

Teachers have many different tools available to them. Sometimes the sheer choice of what we have available can be overwhelming, and the absence of absolutes can make these choices even more difficult to navigate. All we have available to us are ‘best bets’ as Professor Robert Coe calls them in The Great Teaching Toolkit, so…

What’s Your Problem?

School improvement is a complex thing. Whilst some seem to believe it can be done almost overnight and have even got some great examples to share, for most of the rest of us, it is a long slog which takes time and sustained effort to get right. Sometimes the lure of the quick solution calls…

In Safe Hands

I can recall my early days of teaching vividly. Much as I loved my mentors, they were very much of the view I would either cut it or not as a teacher, and whilst I could go to them with specifics, there was little guidance in terms of the way I should do things. There…