Forget about assessing learning after lessons

Today I not only have my first ever article published by the TES, it’s made the front page! Those of you familiar with my output will recognise the arguments and be familiar with

What I learned in my visit to King Solomon Academy Part 2 – The Lemov lecture

When I reported my observations about King Solomon Academy, a number of commentators pointed out the similarities to some of the Charter Schools in the US. Any similarity is the Charter model,

What I learned in my visit to King Solomon Academy Part 1

Yesterday I wangled a visit to the latest ministerial touchstone for excellence in English education, King Solomon Academy just off the Edgware Road in Westminster. The Ark sponsored academy has the dubious privilege of being situated

Do you need a research champion in your school?

If you haven’t read this great article by Carl Hendricks, Director of Research at Wellington College, on the need for ‘research champions in schools, you should. In it Hendricks persuasively sets out the

#ResearchED – Everything you know about education is wrong

If you have always done it that way, it is probably wrong. Charles F. Kettering I realise I must have come as something as a disappointment for all those expecting the curly-headed

Further thoughts about evidence in education

Facts as facts do not always create a spirit of reality, because reality is a spirit. G. K. Chesterton Meaning and reality were not hidden somewhere behind things, they were in them,

Some tentative thoughts about evidence in education

To get anywhere, or even live a long time, a man has to guess, and guess right, over and over again, without enough data for a logical answer. Robert A. Heinlein I’ve

I ♥ rote learning

Memory is the cabinet of the imagination, the treasury of reason, the registry of conscience, and, the council chamber of thought. St. Basil I’ve been reading and enjoying Getting it Wrong from the

Back to School Part 5: Marking

This series of #backtoschool blogs summarises much of my thinking as it’s developed over the past few years and is aimed at new or recently qualified teachers. Each area has been distilled to

Back to School Part 4: Planning

This series of #backtoschool blogs summarises much of my thinking as it’s developed over the past few years and is aimed at new or recently qualified teachers. Each area has been distilled to 5 ‘top

What does John Hattie think about education?

If you don’t yet know, BBC Radio 4 have lined up a series of 8 interviews with the leading lights of the education world. In the second programme of the series, Sarah Montague

Back to school Part 3: Literacy

This series of #backtoschool blogs summarises much of my thinking as it’s developed over the past few years and is aimed at new or recently qualified teachers. Each area has been distilled to 5 ‘top