“Don’t worry, Dad… Now I can teach you maths!” – The success of the Gender Gap SSIF

I had no doubts the Sheringham SSIF project would succeed when I signed up in 2017. But only when Robert Brewster presented me with the final analysis did I realise just how astounding that success really was. In the excitement of my current forays into the realm of Knowledge Management, Participatory Budgeting and Character Education,... Continue Reading →

Workshop summary #1; “Spacing & Retrieval Practice with Cooperative Learning”

This series of very brief articles recaps salient points from the workshop for the benefit of delegates and those unfortunates who missed it.  [3 minutes to read] The five planned articles in this series correspond to the headlines of the workshop and are planned as roughly three-minute reads each: What is Cooperative Learning What is retrieval practice? What is spaced retrieval practice?... Continue Reading →

April 4 workshop; Spacing & Retrieval Practice with Cooperative Learning

This workshop turns research published by Iowa State University earlier this year into practical activities that embed subject learning into long-term memory and connects discreet knowledge to context and application. [4 mins to read] I am presenting with Ed Dooley, Deputy Headteacher at Bluebell Primary School in Norwich and SSIF Maths project lead. Ed has extensive... Continue Reading →

Stuart’s Cake; getting more out of your CPD through Implementation & Evaluation

Sir Kevan Collins, CEO of the Education Endowment Foundation recently argued that “If you’re not using evidence to inform your decisions, you must be using prejudice.” But how, as a school leader, do you know which evidence to use in your context? How do you evaluate its impact? And how can you ensure that it... Continue Reading →

A guide to the “Guide”; The overlooked Cooperative Learning resource

The "CLIP reflection & coaching guide for teachers & TAs" has been included in CPD packs almost as an afterthought since my work with Norwich Primary Academy. However, I have never myself had the opportunity to witness its true power in the hands of two teachers speaking to each other. * includes a link to a... Continue Reading →

“Mum wasn’t good at maths either, luv…” Girls, Maths & Cooperative Learning

I am very honoured to be taking part in the Strategic School Improvement Fund project to raise progress in mathematics for KS2 girls in Norfolk [Read about the actual impact of the project here.] Followers of this blog will be aware of my ongoing work with Sheringham Primary School and Nursery. The teaching school based... Continue Reading →

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