Tag Archives: Challenge

What do teachers do to help the clever ones get even better?

On Friday, Andy Tharby and I walked around the school.  We visited lessons of Y11 high starter students, who were doing particularly well in that subject.  We noted some of the things that these teachers were doing, that would probably contribute … Continue reading

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What to do with the clever ones?

Last Friday we had an INSET day.  Our focus was thinking about how we can push and challenge those students with a high stating point, so that they make even more progress.  Our starting point was to think about something … Continue reading

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Supporting students with a low starting point

Tonight’s 15 minute forum was led by Deputy Leader of Mathematics Shane Borrett.   Last year Shane taught a Y11 class, all of whom had a very low starting point in maths.  At the start of the year, they were all … Continue reading

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Another Six Things – Stretching the High Starters

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about using the 6 principles from ‘Making every lesson count’ to support the learning of students with a low starting point.   This week, I want to turn my attention to our brightest … Continue reading

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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

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Think Hard

We are talking a great deal about the importance of high expectations, challenge for all and effort, at our school at the moment.  Rather than thinking about them in isolation though, we should probably be considering them as being very much … Continue reading

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Success with low ability students

The 15 minute forum tonight was led by maths teacher Shane Borrett.  Shane has been thinking about ways in which we can ensure our low ability students are successful.  He suggested the following. Have high expectations of what they can … Continue reading

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