Trust me, I’m a teacher

It was gratifying to read the results of an Ipsos MORI poll last month which found that teachers were the third most trusted professionals, coming only after doctors and nurses. In fact, 89% of people generally trust teachers to tell the truth. What seems very strange then, is the attitude of many in the educational…

Once a teacher…

There has been a lot of discussion on Twitter over the last few days about the elections for the Chartered College of Teaching council. Most of this discussion centers around who is, or who should be, able to stand and seems to stem back to the idea when the Council was founded that it would…

Looking both ways

The last week of term is always an odd affair. I find the time rushes by as I try to get as much done as possible to set up for the next year; all the while dodging around the break down in the normal routines as trips, sports events and various activities take over. In…

Teacher agency and educational fads

At a recent conference the head of research at OFSTED, Danial Muijs warned that ‚ÄúThere is still a big issue in education in terms of being still susceptible to various fads…“. This unsurprisingly has led to a lot of discussion about what counts as a “fad” and who should make a decision about what will…

(Not so) Splendid Isolation

Don’t want to wake up with no one beside me Don’t want to take up with nobody new Don’t want nobody coming by without calling first Don’t want nothing to do with you I’m putting tinfoil up on the windows Lying down in the dark to dream I don’t want to see their faces I…

In defense of being informed

Earlier this week I had a piece published in the Guardian entitled “How can schools use research to better inform teaching practice?” Whilst the response was overwhelmingly positive I have still spent a significant amount of time having to defend the idea that teachers should be informed about their own practice. As someone who had…

Meaningful Assessment

  Assessment is a complex beast that once seemed so simple. When I started teaching we assessed in KS3 by getting pupils to produce a piece of extended writing at the end of the topic and assessed that against national curriculum level descriptors. This created a whole host of problems. The level descriptors were never…