Archive | July, 2016

Why Accountability in Our Schools is a Total Shambles #HTRT2016

11 Jul

The accountability system for primary schools is so broken it could take a decade to fix.  In secondary schools the fix could be quicker; the problem is we are currently measuring the wrong thing.

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Could do better – end of term report on government’s school improvement strategy

11 Jul

Below is the end of term scorecard I presented to the London Teaching School Council’s conference on 8th July 2016 on the government’s performance on school improvement. With the end of…

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12 Pointers Towards Great Teaching Assessment and Learning

4 Jul

Twelve is a good a number as any for directing people towards better teaching, assessment and learning.  It certainly won’t cover everything and there are probably things you will disagree with.  I…

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A policy for feedback, not marking

3 Jul

Ramblings of a Teacher

Less than two years ago I worked with a colleague on an update of our marking policy. Part of the change was a shift to calling it a feedback policy.

Unfortunately, what we did was gave it “Feedback policy” as a title, and then wrote a marking policy. Old habits die hard. But this is one that I’m determined to kill off. So over the past term and a half I have worked with staff across my school (mainly those who are full-time classroom teachers) to develop a new approach which is properly rooted in Feedback.

In doing so, I had a few aims, but the most pressing was to move the shift from focussing on marking for evidence, to a policy which identified evidence of feedback. (There is, after all, a reality that someone will want to scrutinise it at some point!) Part of the reason for that was my…

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What are you going to do about workload?

3 Jul

The famous JFK inauguration speech encouraged American to “ask not what your country can do for you–ask what you can do for your country”. An almost typically American message of …

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