Last week, as part of our on-going staff development programme, I asked teachers to complete a Self-Review against the Teaching Standards. The intended outcome was to generate a Needs Analysis for appraisal and CPD. This was completed using Blue Sky software. Continue reading
Over the past month I have been reminded of some simple and important educational values. This blog is about teacher relationships, unnecessary workload and political claptrap. Continue reading
The current landscape for teaching and learning is divided. Here, I propose a valid step forward into formative observations without lesson gradings. This is a pragmatic and conceptual blogpost. Continue reading
Education, education, education! Over the coming months, as we approach another general election – I know we are some time away – we may be suspicious of upcoming messages from our beloved politicians.
In this blog, I present some of the classic messages we may have heard before.
This is a short and impromptu blog to gather consensus on marking.
This is a blog about my experience of teaching and learning (under the revised September 2014 framework) when Ofsted enter your school gates. This blog is not about the overall experience and the various areas that are judged during a Section 8 inspection visit.
This is all about inspectors observing lessons without gradings! Continue reading
Ofsted published an updated version of the School Inspection Handbook on 31st July 2014. This replaces the April 2014 version and also the Subsidiary Guidance (April 2014). This blog is for classroom teachers only and not for any other area of Ofsted inspections. Continue reading