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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
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 Reading Schools approach guided reading... 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