Campfire CPD

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I’ve been playing around with the idea of how to create a culture of Campfire CPD now for a while, both within school and beyond.  Sat within the wider agenda of research informed practice, I do wonder sometimes whether there is a place for teachers talking to teachers about teaching (a phrase I picked up […]

Behaviour: it’s about the simple, small things

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Classroom behaviour is an emotive subject. Effective behaviour management requires long term CPD opportunities for teachers as well as clear, simple whole school systems.  From experience, school induction procedures for staff are often inadequate, especially around getting to grips with school systems. I see supporting and challenging behaviour central to my role as a senior […]

Looking in on learning: a six step cycle

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Trying to take the temperature of how teaching and learning is going is no simple task. This is mainly because there are many proxies for learning and that learning takes place over long periods of time, rather than within observable, neat chunks. This post has come about after a conversation with my brilliant colleague Mark […]

Post 1000 and 10 years of blogging: #growinggrit, an update and challenge

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Well. Blimey. It’s been ten years of blogging. Ten years from this rather pants post  (together with an horrendous selfie – what was I thinking?!). Ten years and I still haven’t made a proper site. 10 years of poor grammar, spelling and typos. Well, actually, it was 10 years a couple of weeks ago but I […]

It’s TeachMeet #GAConf17 time!

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Apologies for putting this here rather than the TM wiki, but the storage limit has been reached there! Following the success of TeachMeet #GAConf16 , we are proud to present the 2017 TeachMeet Proudly Sponsored by: Exact location to be confirmed but will be at the University of Surrey, Guildford. Followed by informal networking and the […]

So, you’re designated safeguarding lead. 7 lessons I’ve learnt so far.

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In the 15 years that I’ve been teaching, I’ve been given many roles. Since September 2016 I’ve been the school’s designated safeguarding lead. This post shares some reflections, one term into the role, with the aim that others in the same situation may find it useful.No training ever prepares you fully. Like every role within […]

Growing grit: a plan that doesn’t involve the classroom

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I believe that the most important time in school is in the classroom and that teaching and learning is at the heart of all school decisions. However, I am also an advocate of extra-curricular provision and outdoor education, in particular the ability of expeditions to develop personal attributes in young people. Indeed, my own experience […]