Photo by rawpixel.com on Pexels.com After the initial first days of feeling quite lost at the end of a term, I finally relax and live a different life for a little while. Holidays give me the much-needed distance away from the day-to-day challenges and school routine (not least being able to go to the toilet … Continue reading A New Year Guide for Middle Leaders (New and Old!)
After listening to Daisy Christodoulou speak at the West Midlands Knowledge Hub last month and reading her book ‘ The Future of Assessment for Learning’, I decided to finally take the leap and trial ‘No More Marking’ in our department. As with every other English department (I’m guessing!) marking easily becomes unmanageable and it is … Continue reading Comparative Judgement Trial and The Feedback Question
The best lessons are often those that originate at interesting and unexpected moments- unsurprisingly not the ones that you agonise over for hours. This idea for a lesson came around 20 minutes before the lesson began(!), but I had some very happy customers at the end of the lesson and a clear sense that students … Continue reading Year 12 Poetry Escape Room?
3 ways to step up the challenge in Key Stage Three English Shortly before the half term break, I asked a number of Year 13 students if they could remember the moment that solidified their decision to study English at A level. The responses were interesting: some of them said it was a particular teacher … Continue reading Three Ways to Step Up the Challenge at KS3 (NACE Blog)
In September 2016, I decided that I wanted to learn how to plaster walls. It was a niggling thought from years ago- I had been one of two girls at GCSE who wanted to take the BTEC Building and Construction course that my school offered. I moved schools in Year 10, just before the plastering … Continue reading Plastering?
Thanks for joining me! I've toyed with the idea of writing a blog for some time. Initially, I've felt uncomfortable with my voice being out there for all to read- but after some really useful mentoring as part of a senior leadership programme, I started to value the opportunity to reason with my own … Continue reading The Journey Begins