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In July 2015, Ofsted published their good practice survey, ‘Teaching and play in the early years – a balancing act?’ (150085). The build up to this publication made me expect some kind of mind-blowing revelation. In fact, I finished reading the booklet and felt first relief (that there wasn’t something... View Article
In the last few years, assessment in early years seems to have exploded to unmanageable levels and some teachers are highlighting, ticking, cutting, sticking and squeezing children into boxes (not literally). If you remember the first version of the Early Years Foundation Stage in 2008, you will recall Development Matters... View Article
Over the past eighteen months, I have worked alongside many schools as they reflect on the pedagogic practice that has been their mainstay. Differentiation has come under particular scrutiny and prompted a forensic review of its impact on pupil outcomes.
There has been lots of talk about mastery since the first draft of the national curriculum was published. We need not be too precious as it was clearly being talked about in the 16th century.
Let’s consider the importance of intervention in teaching by looking at it from the opposite perspective; that is, from a school where it is not a priority and does not form part of the underlying pedagogy. Imagine you’re the visitor to that hypothetical school. Be ready to consider the impact... View Article
The value of evaluating mathematics from a pupil’s perspective As part of my consultancy work in schools I have found myself having many discussions with headteachers, principals and subject leaders about the breadth and balance of their curriculum. Maths has emerged as one subject that sits very much alone in... View Article