Monthly Archives: May 2014

Desirable Difficulties

A guest post from DHS MFL Teacher Matthieu Cauchy. I first heard about this very recently. Earlier on this week, I was talking to blogger and pedagogue, our very own Andy Tharby. Whilst discussing various topics, Andy introduced me to the … Continue reading

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Mindset: Just do it….

Last week at school we had a ‘Vision Meeting’ about developing as a growth mindset school. I blogged about it here.  As usual, I was amazed at the enthusiasm and passion that came from the meeting – and the sense … Continue reading

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Bright Spots: Friday 23rd May 2014

As it was the last day of a short but busy half term, I thought I’d go looking for some bright spots today.  The day started well, when I received a message on Twitter from Jason Ramasami.  Jason had taken … Continue reading

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A Grand Day Out With Hattie & Waters

Today I attended the OSIRIS ‘Outstanding Teaching Conference 2014’ in London.  I always enjoy these events, but was particularly looking forward to this one, as they had two educational heavyweights on the bill – John Hattie and Mick Waters. Neither … Continue reading


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Vision Meeting – Growth Mindset

Today I led the second of our new breakfast ‘vision meetings’ – looking at how we can continue to embed a growth mindset across the school.  These are voluntary meetings where members of our leadership team share their vision, for an aspect of … Continue reading

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Beliefs, Fromage Frais & The Pygmalion Effect

DHS drama teacher and occasional guest blogger Lesley Graney is back, thinking about beliefs, fromage frais and The Pygmalion Effect.  Read on…… What do beliefs, fromage frais and the Pygmalion Effect have in common? Where is she going with this?  … Continue reading

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Why Standard English & SPaG Matter

The 15 minute forum tonight was led by our Head of English, Kate Bloomfield.  Kate started the forum by reminding us of the unfortunate labels that are often used to describe people who get cross about the use of poor … Continue reading

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Assessment Without Levels – An Opportunity for Growth

When the Government announced that KS3 levels were going to be scrapped, the reaction was mostly one of relief.  Many people agreed that levels had become less and less to do with learning and more to do with accountability – … Continue reading

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