A different approach to a school improvement plan

A different approach to a school improvement plan

There are few harder tasks than to rapidly improve a school. I know because I did it.   I’d like to share some of the things I learned along the way… To improve a school quickly, you have to improve teaching so that learning increases and achievement rises....
Teacher conundrums

Teacher conundrums

As a teacher, I once taught a boy called Jay*. Jay was lovely; a 5 year-old bundle of energy who lit up our classroom. He was also a flipping nightmare to get work out of. If I sat beside him he could get on. If I moved to the table next to his, his work slowed...
Shhhhh it’s too noisy in here!

Shhhhh it’s too noisy in here!

I bet if you’re a teacher you’ve not said that in a while! I imagine it’s something you’d love to say again soon… a class full of children is better than a muted live lesson, right? Right now it’s really noisy out there when it comes to all the EdTech tools vying to...
What’s your gold standard?

What’s your gold standard?

A recent TES article debating whether live teaching is actually ‘gold standard’ online teaching has got us on our soapbox (you can read the full article here https://www.tes.com/news/coronavirus-schools-online-learning-are-live-lessons-really-better-recorded-ones)....
Is free always the best option?

Is free always the best option?

Today it was announced that the mobile phone companies are going to make thousands of government-funded lessons, produced by Oak National Academy, available free of charge until schools re-open. You might think that we, as a company that sells our online learning...