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...