In Defence of Shakespeare

Or joining the Great Conversation and Singing a Different Song In her latest post Zoe Enser (@GreeboRunner) returns to the conversation about what should be taught in schools and why. It is, she argues, all about offering choices. ‘Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.’ Henry VI, pt.2 A…

Exam Season: Anxiety, Research and Damned Hard Graft

In her latest post, Zoe Enser (@GreeboRunner) reflects on the journey that gets her pupils feeling relaxed and ready for their exams. ‘Should we be worried we aren’t more worried about our exam?’ pondered my year 11 last week. They genuinely were bemused as to why their anxiety wasn’t through the roof. They didn’t feel…

‘There must be better songs to sing than this…’

The importance of cultural capital for disadvantaged students ‘There must be better songs to sing than this…’ Rita’s Mum, ‘Educating Rita’ by Willy Russell This has always been a moment in the play which brings me to tears. Rita and her mum, sitting in the pub (the usual activity for the extended group of friends…

Hallelujah! Why I love the new OFSTED Framework

In her latest post Zoe Enser (@GreeboRunner) discusses her love of curriculum and her excitement that this love is finally being shared by OFSTED. From the very beginning of my career I have been very lucky. My wonderful Head of Department, and ex-English Teacher, Susan Walker at Passmores School, involved me in the curriculum design…

ADHD – The Rosenshine Method

In her latest post, Zoe Enser (@GreeboRunner) explores how direct instruction approaches can support pupils with ADHD and others with limitations in working memory. I recently had the opportunity to attend a CPD session on ADHD delivered by our area Ed. Psych. This is a condition which I encounter on a daily basis and is…

Dealing with Disadvantage

In her latest guest post Zoe Enser (@GreeboRunner) grasps the thorny issue of the disadvantage gap. There is no doubt that, had I been born in the last 30 years, I would have at some point in my education fallen into the Pupil Premium category. By postcode alone, I was living in an area of…

Cooking up the Curriculum

I enjoy baking. I especially enjoy baking bread. Baking sourdough bread is best of all. There is something magical about taking flour and water and seeing it come to life. There is also something almost mystical about saving some of the dough from the loaf you are making to start off the dough of the…