Progress on Behaviour – Haven’t I Seen This Graph Somewhere Before?

Last summer I wrote a post about a more focussed approach to meeting the needs of disadvantaged students: Premier Pupil Premium. In this I mentioned groups we were focusing on, including those students receiving the pupil premium whose challenging behaviour seemed the main inhibitor to progress. We also set up a comparator group of students … Continue reading “Progress on Behaviour – Haven’t I Seen This Graph Somewhere Before?”

Tackling behaviour to improve learning – a rocky road but we’re getting there

Last year I wrote a post called ‘Progress on behaviour – Haven’t I seen this graph somewhere before’ about work I had been leading on improving the behaviour of pupil premium students for whom we had identified poor behaviour as the main inhibitor to learning. That became my most read post by quite a long margin. … Continue reading “Tackling behaviour to improve learning – a rocky road but we’re getting there”

From budding biologists to citizen scientists

Children often take a keen interest in the natural world and national curriculum science contains several elements exploring biodiversity including sorting, identifying and classifying different species, and understanding the interdependencies that exist between organisms. I have written previously about the importance of practical science, so I was interested to be introduced to a website and … Continue reading “From budding biologists to citizen scientists”

How schools can help tackle knives

I wrote this post in February 2018, then updated it in April to include information about the Home Office #KnifeFree campaign launched in March. This new UK-wide anti-knife campaign picks up on many of the themes of the Scottish No Knives, Better Lives campaign, which I mentioned in the original post, and forms part of … Continue reading “How schools can help tackle knives”

Holidays and Health

Image: pixabay I have written a number of posts about things teachers can do to stay well in the face of the demands of the job (which you can find in these posts about wellbeing), but I haven’t previously considered school holidays.  Are school holidays good for our health?OK, that might seem like a daft … Continue reading “Holidays and Health”

Workable Wellbeing 3

Last Sunday, the #SLTchat topic was wellbeing, hosted by @ottleyoconnor, a topic this Twitter discussion forum has addressed before. The irony of teachers tweeting about work-life balance on a Sunday evening notwithstanding, I have always found theses discussions really useful and they have inspired these earlier posts on wellbeing. Workable wellbeing Workable wellbeing 2 Returning … Continue reading “Workable Wellbeing 3”

New Specification AS – Waiting for Results Day

I originally wrote this a few days before the 2016 AS and A Level results came out. I added the postscript after the dust had settled on results day. I teach psychology, one on the new AS specifications taught from September 2015. This Summer’s AS exams were the first test of the new specification, my … Continue reading “New Specification AS – Waiting for Results Day”

Don’t Read This – learning with a little reverse psychology

In December I contributed at a TeachMeet organised by Rob Bown (@CheneyLearning1) at Cheney School, Oxford. My presentation was about using visual cues to help A Level students link researchers with particular research studies and theories. However, what seemed to catch most people’s imagination was one particular type of resource I mentioned – file and … Continue reading “Don’t Read This – learning with a little reverse psychology”

Getting the better of email

I posted this originally at the start of November 2015 and then updated the post at the end of the month with some thoughts on how the strategy was working – see the end of the piece. I recently read this article by Kevin Kruse writing in Forbes magazine on dealing with email: How millionaires … Continue reading “Getting the better of email”

Workload – a small step in the right direction

Inspired by #SLTchat The #SLTchat discussion on workload on 7th December inspired me to think of ways to embed principles on limiting workload into practice. If you haven’t yet taken part, SLTchat is an excellent Twitter school leadership discussion forum each Sunday 8.00pm – 8.30pm (UK time). Do give it a go – you’ll pick … Continue reading “Workload – a small step in the right direction”