Reflections on CPD and education fashions

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I’ve just finished Teacher Proof and enjoyed Tom Bennett’s writing and his points. Indeed, I recommend it to any teacher, especially those about to start out on classroom adventures for the first time.  The book aligns with my belief that teachers should never stop learning and engage with educational research (by which I mean reading […]

A summer of reading and implications for school leadership.

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Soon I start at Patcham High School and I was asked to glance over some books in preparation.  A couple of these have been around for a while, but it’s always good to refresh the memory.  My overall impression is that there’s no real ‘the way’ to teach or treat young people.  Much of the […]

Looking back at five and a half years @PrioryGeography

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It’s been quiet on here for a while as I’ve been taking a break to enjoy time with family and to mark the transition between Priory Geography and Patcham.  For those unaware, I start as an Assistant Headteacher in a couple of weeks (eek!).  This post mainly serves as a personal marker and a public […]

Why do we restrict young people to classrooms?

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Why is it that we expect children to perform within the restraints of classrooms?  Is there ever time to reflect? I recently found out that Charles Darwin often wandered along his thinking path whenever he felt the need to ponder and reflect. If Darwin knew in the 19th Century that getting outside to reflect was important, then why do many educators restrict young people […]