Monthly Archives: January 2016

Keeping it simple

Tonight’s 15 minute forum was led by Andy Tharby.   Andy’s session was based around his own blog on the same topic, but also this one by Nick Rose.   The premise of his session was very simple.  As teachers, we put … Continue reading

Posted in 15 Minute Forums, General Teaching | Tagged , , , | 4 Comments

Subject Pedagogy Development Session 2: Vocabulary Matters

During our INSET day today, we had the second of our ‘Subject Pedagogy Development Sessions’. The thinking behind these sessions is to put CPD back into the context of subjects. So each session has an over-arching theme, that is then discussed and … Continue reading

Posted in CPD Events, General Teaching | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Bright Spots: 22 January 2016

Andy Tharby and I took a first ‘bright spots’ walk of 2016 around the school today.  As usual, there was some fantastic stuff taking place in our classrooms – summarised below. In geography, Ben Crockett was in full flow with … Continue reading

Posted in Bright Spots, General Teaching | Tagged | Leave a comment

Non-Confrontational Behaviour Management

  Tonight’s 15 Minute Forum was led by Assistant Headteacher John Lamb.  John started the session by making it clear that the job of getting a class of hormonal teenagers to do what we want, is one of the hardest … Continue reading

Posted in 15 Minute Forums | Tagged | 4 Comments

The Best Revision Guides Part 2 – Now you can judge a book by its cover!

Tonight’s 15 minute forum was led by Director of English, Kate Bloomfield.  A year ago, Kate led a 15 minute forum discussing how she was encouraging her students to take more pride and care with their exercise books – with … Continue reading

Posted in 15 Minute Forums | Tagged | 5 Comments

Making them think hard

Tonight’s 15 minute forum was led by Director of Humanities, Martyn Simmonds.  Martyn has been thinking about how he can use the idea of ‘think hard’ questions, to stretch and challenge students with high starting points.  When teaching these students, … Continue reading

Posted in 15 Minute Forums | Tagged , , | 3 Comments