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Coaching in education has been a part of the educational landscape for many years and yet there are still many myths about its effectiveness and validity.
It’s that time of year again. Along with the falling leaves, we all eagerly review our RAISEonline which is of course our data pack (sorry! information pack), indicating whether we need to look over our shoulder with some concern, or indeed welcome a visit from you know who. Perhaps it... View Article
Recent changes to the inspection framework have made it clear: when judging teaching over time, more weight needs to be given to the evidence of learning as evidenced in learners’ books. This should naturally lead to much more focus being given to book scrutiny as a natural part of a... View Article
Keep your eye firmly on the Classroom Assessment Ball The content of the revised curriculum and how pupils’ progress is assessed in the classroom is becoming more familiar to increasing numbers of teachers.
What an interesting year I have had working with the implementation of the 2014 English curriculum! Not only have we battled with raised expectations and new objectives but also a completely new approach to assessment. Standards look different; children may work below or at the expected standard or at greater... View Article
The removal of national curriculum levels is an acknowledgement that they were not a dependable way of defining achievement. Levels were used in a different ways by different people and organisations depending on the audience.
The Learning Challenge Curriculum is built around the principle of greater pupil autonomy in their learning. It recognises the importance of deeper levels of knowledge and understanding to underpin pupils’ thinking, promoting working at greater depth. The Learning Challenge Curriculum is built around deep thinking and encourages pupils to learn... View Article
Following Ofsted’s lead, many school leaders have adapted their monitoring of teaching to now judge the impact teachers have over time, rather than grading individual lessons. However this can lead to a lack of clarity and understanding of what to actually look for when observing lessons. The following tips may... View Article