Do detentions work?

  There has been much talk this weekend about detentions; much of it revolving around an advert from a well known free school who are looking for a “director of detentions”. One interesting strand from these debates has been this one started by Paul Garvey (@PaulGarvey4) who claimed – repeatedly – that detentions “do not…

Model Live

This is my post for the Heathfield Community College Teach/Share blog. A great way of encouraging collaboration and the sharing of good practice across a school and beyond. “As teachers, it is our responsibility to show students how to use and manipulate their knowledge, to form end products and, just as importantly, to ensure that…

Why we can’t have a fun lesson today

This scene has played out at the door to my classroom day after day for years. Surly youth: Are we having a fun lesson today? Me: No. We are doing Geography. It isn’t meant to be fun. It is meant to be rigorous. It is meant to be hard. It is going to challenge you…

Creating a “need to know”

What is the best way to start a lesson? When I started teaching, way back in the mists of time (well, 2004) the “three part lesson” was all the rage. The importance of a starter was made clear as soon as we arrived fresh faced and keen of eye to our teacher training courses but…