Ofsted inspections to be higher stakes: for inspectors!

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Mathew 7:7 Sometimes life takes a surreal twist. In January

20 psychological principles for teachers #5 “Learning is dependent on practice”

This is the fifth in a series of posts unpicking the Top 20 Principles From Psychology for Teaching And Learning. In this post I investigate Principle 5: “Acquiring long-term knowledge and skill is

20 psychological principles for teachers #4 “Learning is based on context”

This is the fourth in a series of posts unpicking the Top 20 Principles From Psychology for Teaching And Learning. In this post I investigate Principle 4: “Learning is based on context, so

20 psychological principles for teachers #3 “Learning is not limited by stages of development”

This is the third in a series of posts unpicking the Top 20 Principles From Psychology for Teaching And Learning. This time it’s the turn of Principle 3: Students’ cognitive development and learning are

20 psychological principles for teachers #2 “What students already know affects their learning”

This is the second in a series of posts unpicking the Top 20 Principles From Psychology For Pre-k–12 Teaching And Learning. This time it’s the turn of Principle 2 – What students already know

20 psychological principles for teachers #1 “Students’ beliefs about intelligence & ability affect their learning”

We are what we believe we are. Benjamin Cardozo A few weeks ago I posted a brief summary of The Coalition for Psychology for Schools and Education’s report, Top 20 Principles From Psychology

Is it possible to get assessment right?

No. After my last blog on how to get assessment wrong, various readers got in touch to say, OK smart arse, what should we do? Well, I’m afraid the bad news is

How to get assessment wrong

It is the duty of the human understanding to understand that there are things which it cannot understand, and what those things are. Søren Kierkegaard With the freedom to replace National Curriculum

The Testing Effect is dead! Long live the Testing Effect!

Science is a way of trying not to fool yourself. The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool. Richard Feynman Yesterday we

The Variation Effect: How seating plans might be undermining learning

Observe always that everything is the result of a change, and get used to thinking that there is nothing Nature loves so well as to change existing forms and to make new

Seriously, what if you’re wrong?

If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it. If, on the

Is displaying students’ work worth the effort?

Of all the observations I made about Michaela School, one which proved particularly controversial was their decision not put display children’s work. The rationale given for this was twofold. It takes teachers

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