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Never has it been more important to keep a clear record evidencing improvements in teaching and learning. This is the bread and butter of all inspections.
Guided reading has become a “hot” topic and I am finding myself spending a lot of time working with schools on developing effective practice. With the real focus on reading in the 2014 curriculum, many schools are reviewing their teaching of reading. Approach to Guided ReadingSchools approach guided reading in... View Article
Part of the NQT series of articles. For more on this series, see the main NQT: First Steps page here. 10 things to question as an NQT to help you plan your first year. Consider the following before planning your first school year: Context How will you assess... View Article
The Ofsted Annual Report 2014/15 has been released and offered some interesting findings for primary schools. Though the findings can be interpreted a few ways, I have offered a summary below.
Assessment without levels is intended to encourage a more professional, intelligent assessment. The Final Report of the Commission on Assessment Without Levels (Sep 2015) makes some interesting points, notably, “The successful implementation of the new national curriculum requires a radical cultural and pedagogical change, from one which has been too... View Article
Is there a danger that school leadership can become overly complicated? What is the essence of leading a great school? It goes without saying that at the heart of great leadership is the relentless drive to get the best for your children.
Subject leadership can be problematic in primary schools and academies. Core subject leadership normally attracts remuneration and may be within the remit of a senior leader. But the relegation of science from the subject premier league is another story, especially since the demise of SATS at Key Stage 2.
I’ve been thinking a lot recently about British values (or should that be British Values?) and SMSC Development, what they mean in a changing context and the current climate we’re in (rainy, mostly). Right… put the kettle on, glance out of the window to check if it’s still raining and... View Article