What makes an expert?

Last week I was lucky enough to attend the ResearchEd national conference in London. I have spent the last week mulling over the sessions I attended and writing up my notes. Any errors are most certainly my own but this is what I took away from my day.  Peps Mccrea – Expert Teachers I am…

Keep Calm and Just Teach

As we approach the end of the summer holidays I notice a real surge in posts and tweets from people worried about returning to the classroom. The issues that keep being mentioned are things like a feeling of being overwhelmed, of not knowing where to start, of feeling inadequate and not being able to keep…

What makes the difference?

A few days ago, after getting our GCSE results, I wrote a quick post about some of the things we had done as a department that I felt had made a difference and helped us go from getting “quite good results” to “really quite excellent results”. Since then people have asked lots of further questions…

Where did it all go right… again?

This time last year my department got the best GCSE results of my time in teaching. We had made some changes and reaped the rewards (I wrote about it here) but I always knew it was going to be a hard act to follow. Well, we followed it and improved on it. When WJEC finally…

Picking your battles

Two years ago I decided that my department should have one particular focus for improvement. I work at a wonderful school, where results are very good and our kids generally want to do well. I was concerned though that there was a risk of complacency  and the data seemed to bear this out. Results were…

Teach Like Nobody’s Watching

I love being a teacher. After 14 years in the classroom I just can’t imagine doing anything else. I love sharing the love for my subject and having the opportunity to keep studying it myself. I love the fact that every day is different to the last and always has new challenges. I love having…

Candles in the Darkness (Part 4)

I have written before about the image I have of teachers being candles in the darkness. The potential we have to shine brightly in a world of negativity, ignorance and unthinking cruelty is huge. I genuinely believe that we have the power to make a difference and be a positive force. We can make a…