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  • Another poorly-conceived EEF study?

    10 November 2017 // 4 Comments

    Today the EEF published a long-term study looking at the relationship between structured teacher observation and pupil outcomes at GCSE in maths and English. This interested [...]
  • The tyranny of command verbs

    9 November 2017 // 5 Comments

    I have written before about why I find generic taxonomies of verbs so depressing. Not only are words such as ‘analyse’ or ‘describe’ vague, but they are also [...]
  • Substantive Concepts at KS2 & KS3

    9 November 2017 // 4 Comments

    A while ago I ran a small online project to bring together a list of substantive concepts that we think children ought to learn in Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3. Ashby and Lee [...]
  • Decoupling summative and formative assessment

    2 November 2017 // 5 Comments

    The following post is my seminar notes from a session I ran with Christine Counsell on why ‘summative’ and ‘formative’ assessment need to be [...]
  • This is a talk I gave to new trainees on the Future Academies SCITT in July 2017. It is a real pleasure to be invited to speak here today at Pimlico to a new cohort of [...]



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