Back to school

In December 2013 I left the classroom for a life of swashbuckling and adventure. There were as many push factors as there were pull and I was very nervous about whether I’d be

Protected: Foreword by Robert A Bjork

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Using Threshold Concepts to design a KS4 English curriculum

The big change a-coming for curriculum design is that the final vestiges of modularity will soon have been licked clean from the assessment spoon; from September it will linearity all the way. Many

How could we improve accountability?

If accountability is the solution, what’s the problem? It’s become axiomatic that you can’t remove accountability from education and that teachers must always be held to account. Why? Because they’re feckless scoundrels

What might be a good proxy for learning?

Professor Rob Coe’s speech, From Evidence to Great Teaching, at the ASCL conference last Friday seemed to generate quite a bit of energy on Twitter, as did Carl Hendrick’s post on engagement. Coe

Collective punishment

Collective punishment is the punishment of a group for the actions of an individual. The logic is that if one terrorist (or freedom fighter) launches some kind of attack on an oppressor, then

Learning is invisible – my slides from #LEF15

For all those who asked for my slides after my presentation of the London Festival of Education at the IOE, here you go: #LFE15 Learning is invisible from David Didau For all

Landmark: a million thank yous

I began blogging in July 2011. In January 2012 I signed up with Google Analytics and have clocked up over 2 million pageviews since. Then in July 2013 I shifted the site

Should group work be imposed?

I recently posted some thoughts on what group work is and isn’t good for. At no point did I say it was good for nothing (although predictably my opinion was caricatured as

Why (the hell) should students work in groups?

In a recent TES article James Mannion and Neil Mercer make the following claim: In not using group work, students are denied the chance to develop skills that can not only help them

What to do about workload?

Work is not a curse, but drudgery is! Henry Ward Beecher To much fanfare in the press, the DfE has released the findings of its Workload Challenge survey. The idea is straightforward:

Should we support the College of Teaching?

I’d love to be able to provide my unequivocal support for the proposed College of Teaching. Obviously I’m fully in favour of professionalising teaching, but while I’m convinced of the good intentions

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