Category Archives: Leadership

Life without lesson observation grades

  In April 2014 we stopped grading lesson observations.  This post looks at why we did it (and why every school should) and what we’ve noticed since. Why we stopped grading lesson observations Judging a teacher on a 30 minute … Continue reading

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Assessment Without Levels – The story so far

  In May 2014 we were awarded a DfE Innovation Fund to develop a method of assessing without levels in KS3.  We saw this as an opportunity to reclaim purposeful assessment and so came up with our ‘Growth & Thresholds … Continue reading

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A Review of the Sutton Trust Report – What Makes Great Teaching?

  The 15 minute forum tonight was led by Andy Tharby.  Andy was sharing some of the key points from the Sutton Trust report – what makes great teaching? The full report can be downloaded here. “This report reviews over … Continue reading

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Lessons in Subject Leadership

This week our Subject Leaders are presenting to the SLT on their summer results and lessons learnt for the coming year.  One of our most successful department is maths.  We are a large 12-16 comprehensive school, with a Y11 cohort … Continue reading

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