Changing Mindsets for Maths Mastery

This blog post is largely a response to the article that I have just read from the NCETM entitled ‘Mindset: why is it so important in teaching for mastery?’ , relating to the pushing ahead with adopting the Shanghai mastery approach to teaching and learning and how important the psychology of teaching is to this particular…

How exactly will we do it the Shanghai Way?

It’s been a manic few weeks since my last post with the end of term approaching, lots changing at school with rolling the timetable forward early and meeting new classes, PiXL papers to administer and mark, plus the usual end of year bits and pieces to mop up. So there’s been a lot to take…

Brexit

I stayed up most of the night last night, being something of an election geek, and having voted Remain myself I was very disappointed with the result, I’ve spent most of the day ranting, but I can accept that the majority of the country has spoken. I can accept well reasoned arguments even though I…

The Mental Health Issue

I’m writing this post largely alongside the piece yesterday in the TES by Tom Bennett regarding the importance of tackling mental health issues which also addressed some of the perceived myths surrounding the reporting of mental health issues. Whilst some found it a little controversial, I believe it was a well-intentioned, well written article that…

Five Steps to Solving the Recruitment Crisis

“The Department for Education (DfE) has repeatedly missed its target to fill training places. At the same time, it has remained woefully aloof from concerns raised by front-line staff and freely available evidence.” “…disconnect between real-world problems and a government department whose haphazard approach to teacher training risks putting pupils’ futures in jeopardy.” “From its…

Back in the Saddle

It’s fair to say that my recent lifestyle can be classed as ‘sedentary’. The combination of Lottie being born 19 months ago (resulting in the usual lethargy after a blur of late nights, early mornings and very little sleep in between) and the myriad of hospital visits over the past seven months has meant that…

It’s a marathon, not a sprint

For those of you who are friends with me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter, you may have seen a slightly surprising bit of news from me a couple of days ago… that I have secured a place to run in the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon on behalf of children’s cancer charity CLIC…

SATS resits policy could be most damaging yet

I have two confessions to make – I love data and I see the merits in testing children. There, I said it. It may not make me popular with some, but I’m one of the ones who revels in the sight of a gap analysis spreadsheet or a set of figures. It’s probably just the…

No Excuses? No thank you.

There has been a lot of talk recently of the ‘No Excuses’ educational model (not least from the excellent @drlindagraham and @JarlathOBrien) and so I thought I would briefly throw my two penneth into the mix as, to me, it seems a somewhat curious being that just doesn’t sit right whichever way I look at it. I got…

Focus on the silver linings, not the clouds

This is the second article that I wrote for Beesotted, back on the 10th February 2016 (the original article can be found here on the Beesotted website). We are a club in transition – a club that is evolving from long-time obscurity towards becoming a household name. This transition is never going to be a…

Consolidation is not a dirty word

This was my very first blog post, back on 23rd August 2015, for the Brentford FC fanzine Beesotted (Click here for the original article on the Beesotted website). The recent sale of Andre Gray has prompted me to put finger to key for Beesotted for the first time owing mainly to a number of things…