Why ’good behaviour’ can lead to inequity

The debate around behaviour in schools is perennial, and just as we said in the podcast episode on behaviour, we will not have time to fully discuss all of the various elements of the debate in this post. What I have to say about behaviour in schools could make up a whole book on its... Continue Reading →

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The Purposes of Education

I recently listened to the brilliant audiobook “The Purposes of Education: A conversation between John Hattie and Steen Nepper Larsen” and I cannot recommend it highly enough. The book wrestles with the question of the purpose of education through two relatively distinct and opposing lenses. Hattie’s visible learning paradigm, with a focus on empirical data... Continue Reading →

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EduBlether John Catt Educational Series

John Catt Educational are a leading publisher of professional development books for educators around the world. Check out their titles at JohnCatt.com We have teamed up with John Catt Educational to bring you a series of EduBlethers with a select group of authors from John Catt Educational. We are in the middle of securing dates... Continue Reading →

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The Power of Relationships

You know those children that take your breath away? The children who keep you up at night with thoughts of exactly what else you can do to help them. The sort of children who require constant curiosity to unpick and unravel their unpredictable behaviour. The children who no matter what you do, and what you... Continue Reading →

Behaviour and the purpose of education

I recently wrote a blog post outlining some of my thoughts on behaviour. The post was emphatically contested by several people on Twitter. This follow up post is by no means an apology, or a way for me to back-track on the comments made. I remain steadfast in my belief and perspective outlined in the... Continue Reading →

Knowledge-rich curriculum

‘Knowledge Rich Curriculum’ and direct modes of instruction are a bit of a fashionable trend in education at the moment. A range of books, podcasts and blog posts wax-lyrical about the benefits of knowledge and more ‘traditional’ pedagogical approaches in the classroom. A central and hugely popular text in this argument is the highly provocatively... Continue Reading →

Critical Reflections

As a teacher in Scotland, I am contractually bound by the GTCS standards where there is level of criticality expected in “the need to ask critical questions of educational policies and practices and to examine our attitudes and beliefs.” (P6) Further to this, the standards for Leadership and Management also suggest that: “Leaders have an... Continue Reading →

Professional Learning: Never been better?

Through the Into Headship programme, I was fortunate enough to listen to Gayle Gorman at one of our national conferences. She spoke passionately about taking the politics out of education in what can be seen in her quote below. Move from a politically driven to a professionally led system. Gayle Gorman, HMIe Chief Inspector, Education... Continue Reading →

An EduBlether with Dr Emma Kell

  Originally published May 2019 We had a good EduBlether with Dr Emma Kell about her book and teaching in general. The book is a fantastic, warts-and-all look at teaching, told through many stories of real-life practitioners. Despite some horrific stories, the book remains positive and hopeful about our profession. What is abundantly obvious throughout... Continue Reading →

Teaching Walkthrus

I was looking for a new book to read and was recommended this by a friend. It is excellent value, only £3 on kindle! A really good book and I loved reading it - the kind that you just want more and that motivates you to pick it up each time. The book is structured... Continue Reading →

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