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The value of an academic curriculum

I gather some university PGCE tutors are understandably upset when their training of teachers is criticised. I actually enjoyed my PGCE course. Yes – progressive stuff was pushed, but we weren’t forced into it. The conventional view at the time … Continue reading

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You failed to add value!

Every time I hear a presentation explaining Progress 8, or indeed any of the various measures used to track so called “progress”, my heart sinks. This could be because I am not a mathematician and do not find such things … Continue reading

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The joys of transition

Apologies to anyone expecting something profound on the apparent drop in attainment at KS3. This is a light hearted take on teaching year 7 from a secondary perspective You know when you are teaching year 7 when… 1. If you have planned a starter … Continue reading

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So how far can you study the culture without studying the language?

Anecdote 1 “So, what did you think of England?” I asked my Japanese student who had just visited England for the first time, staying with a family to practise English. “It’s a bit like Japan”, came the unexpected answer. I … Continue reading

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Metacognition and eduspeak – a distraction

The following post by the Quirky Teacher got me thinking. https://thequirkyteacher.wordpress.com/2017/08/19/do-the-children-know-what-were-going-on-about/ It seems to me that there are ideas in education which are “simply assumed to be effective by circular argument”, to quote Kevin Stannard. Learning styles was one such … Continue reading

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Data and exam technique – the wrong reasons to be in a flap about the new GCSEs

Having taught for a long time, I have seen many changes to the format of GCSEs. Every time a new syllabus is introduced, we all moan because we only have one set of specimen papers and we don’t know what … Continue reading

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Interviews – why do we make them so complicated?

Many moons ago, as an NQT, I remember that attending an interview was a relatively straightforward process. I was rarely asked to teach a lesson, for example. Much of the interviewing was in the style of a friendly chat. Yet I was … Continue reading

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