The VNET Curriculum Conference beyond the What & the How #1

Ofsted's lead researcher. A unicorn in red. An inclusion specialist off his meds. A flute playing chemistry professor. A grand old man. Some philosopher-CEOs. And a teacher with digital traction in New York, Tyne & Wear. What do they have in common? Well, aside from the fact that they spoke at Friday's VNET Curriculum Conference? I personally felt... Continue Reading →

Speak of the Devil: When conference themes come calling

You know you have not wasted your time at a conference when you refer to it the next day. Thus is the case with yesterday's event at King's Centre in Norwich.   [4 minutes to read] I had many a thought-provoking experience at the VNET Curriculum Conference and was planning to unpick them in clever, thematic posts.... Continue Reading →

Exclusive Inclusion; A Dialogue from the Isolation Booth…

On the precarious balance between the rights of disruptive pupils to develop academically and personally and their classmates' right to not get punched in the face. It may not be as difficult social media make it seem. [4 minutes to read] Take the recent high profile Twitter controversy around exclusion and isolation: When Fakenham Junior School *... Continue Reading →

Thoughts on CPD accreditation #2; Missing the (quality) mark

Risk assessment: Why the Chartered College's CPD Quality Assurance project might have a negative effect on the value and variety of CPD available to schools. [5 minutes to read] Any quality assurance scheme in education faces a number of serious challenges before even getting off the ground which, if left untackled, could inadvertently lead to... Continue Reading →

Ofsted & The Co-Creative conversation

No public body seems more hated and reviled by its stakeholders than Ofsted. And the vitriolic twitter comments on last week's well-being survey are nursery rhymes compared to the language used in private. Because education profoundly effects our lives from, well, EYFS to the grave, Ofsted's work should be defined by its commitment to transparency,... Continue Reading →

Thoughts on CPD accreditation #1; Consultation or Conversation?

The Chartered College of Teaching's new CPD Quality Assurance project is a one-shot-only opportunity to get everyone talking effectively. This article is a call to increase stakeholder involvement. [3 minutes to read] As a teacher trainer, I have a vested interest in any initiative around CPD accreditation and I was very pleased to receive an invitation to... Continue Reading →

First public chapter: What’s in this Book?

This is the first public excerpt of "The Beginner's Guide to Cooperative Learning." Please use Facebook to comment, like and share. The chapter “What’s in this book?” is to help busy readers to quickly focus on that which interests them. Chapter II: What's in this Book? Whether you approach it as a leader or a teacher, this... Continue Reading →

Be a part of the book: “Beginners Guide to Cooperative Learning”

Andrew Howard and I are inviting colleagues to comment and advise on the first draft manuscript of our book "The Beginners Guide to Cooperative Learning."   "Beginners Guide to Cooperative Learning" is not for academics but a manual for real teachers facing hands-on challenges. As is clear in last week's article, Expecting the Inspection, teachers using Cooperative... Continue Reading →

Expecting the Inspection; Cooperative Learning and Ofsted et al.

Based on experiences from schools, this article gives advice on how to best prepare yourself (and your visitor) for an inspection of a Cooperative Learning class. Teacher: "Okay kids, grab your completed answer sheets, get up and do a Catch1Partner using (XYZ) vocabulary and (ZXY) subtasks. Go!"  For children, no explanation is needed. That may not be... Continue Reading →

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