New book: What if everything you know about education is wrong?

I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken. – Oliver Cromwell I haven’t been posting much lately but that’s not to say I haven’t been busy

The Secret of Numeracy (across the curriculum)

A mathematician, like a painter or a poet, is a maker of patterns… The mathematician’s patterns, like the painter’s or the poet’s must be beautiful; the ideas like the colours or the words,

Revisiting lost learning by Gerald Haigh

In the practical use of our intellect, forgetting is as important a function as recollecting. – William James As teachers, we tend to do all in our power to prevent students from forgetting

Why ‘triple marking’ is wrong (and not my fault)

You can’t blame celebrity edubloggers for teachers’ unreasonable workloads – Albert Einstein In his indefatigable efforts to get schools and teachers to recognise that much of what is done in the name of

What I’ve learned about trust from arguing about driving

Those who trust us educate us. – George Eliot Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation can be trusted to act humanely or to think sanely under the influence of a

What if we started trusting teachers?

Who would not rather trust and be deceived? – Eliza Cook The only way to make a man trustworthy is to trust him. – Henry Lewis Stimson I’ve been out of the classroom for

Closing the language gap: Building vocabulary

But words are things, and a small drop of ink, falling like dew, upon a thought, produces that which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think. Lord Byron Like most teachers, as soon as

Are we fetishising marking?

When you make something a fetish, ashes and dusts will laugh at you, because they know even the most valuable fetishes will turn into dusts and ashes! Mehmet Murat ildan Last night

Teacher appraisal and the fundamental attribution error

As favour and riches forsake a man, we discover in him the foolishness they concealed, and which no one perceived before. Jean de La Bruyère You know that lad in Year 9

Why do we overestimate the importance of differences?

“For a difference to be a difference, it must make a difference.” William James We’re all different. Obviously. Just like snowflakes, human beings are all special, unique and entirely individual. But like snowflakes,

Turning the tanker: lesson grading

I spent a good part of the past year or so railing against the injustices of lesson grading: My impatience with some Ofsted inspectors 24th July 2014 Ofsted: The end of the (lesson grading)

Some thoughts on truth

Every truth has two sides. It is well to look at both before we commit ourselves to either side. Aesop This weekend I took part in a panel discussion on the meaning

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