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...
School leadership with 2020 vision

School leadership with 2020 vision

If you are new to a senior leadership position in a school, either from an expected promotion or unexpectedly due to resignations, what is expected of you?   School improvement planning straight out of the window?   The first thing to do is be clear in your...
What’s the risk?

What’s the risk?

EduTwitter seems to be awash at the moment with talk of school leaders writing risk assessments for remote learning. With so many schools opting for live teaching using free online services, t’s easy to see why risk assessing is so important:...
Beginning the process (again)

Beginning the process (again)

Today (5th January 2021) every UK school has sent home letters to parents moving the majority of children to remote learning.   For many school leaders there’s nothing that new in this pandemic driven crisis. Leaders of failing schools are all too familiar...
Do you need to deploy online learning in January?

Do you need to deploy online learning in January?

Are you looking to put a safe, powerful and proven teaching methodology in place? If so, Microsoft Teams and Zoom are not right for you. This is simply because they are not safe, they are not powerful and they are not proven to make a difference to learning. Want...