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  • Are the Teachers’ Standards fit for purpose?

    17 December 2017 // 1 Comment

    I must begin on a positive. The whole profession has been crying out for years that the training period teachers have is not sufficient – indeed, one of my very first blog [...]
  • There’s been a bit of chat recently on Twitter about the use of textbooks in lessons. In history, this is part of a wider debate that has been going on for some years. You [...]
  • 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 [...]



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