Monthly Archives: May 2013

Why Coaching Works

In 2009, I was fortunate enough to have a book published – The Coaching Toolkit (my mum was very proud, but I was quite embarassed with the cover, which is a bit of a shocker!)  At the time I had been … Continue reading

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Using SOLO Taxonomy to Develop Student Thinking & Learning

The 15 minute forum was led by Simona Trignano (newly appointed Deputy Leader in Science, KS3 – @simonatrignano).  During the session Simona went through the work that she has been doing this year as a part of her ‘Learning Innovator’ … Continue reading

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Philosophy for Children (P4C)

The 15 minute forum tonight was led by Lucy Darling (English teacher and Learning Leader – @DarlingDurr), looking at how she has been developing P4C within her own lessons.  For those who are unfamiliar, it uses visual stimuli to generate … Continue reading

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Developing oracy skills

The 15 minute forum today was led by Jo Grimwood – who is currently Head of Media Studies, but has just been appointed as Deputy Leader in English.  The starting point for the discussion was the fact that teachers rarely … Continue reading

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POP goes the planning!

Some time in the summer of 2012 Michael Wilshaw gave a speech to the RSA about ‘good teachers’ (see here).  In it, he spoke about good teachers not being bound by rigid and overly detailed lesson plans.  Around this time, … Continue reading

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