Category Archives: training

Questions about questioning: just how important is it?

“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.” Nietzsche It’s a little tiresome, but I feel I must preface this by saying that these are just my

What 3 things would you do to help a teacher improve?

If there was no OfSTED, no league tables, no SLT… just you and your class. What would you choose to do to make it GREAT? Do that anyway… Tom Sherrington Every teacher

Has lesson observation become the new Brain Gym?

I’ve thought a lot about lesson observation over the past couple of years and have come to the conclusion that it is broken. What is most worrying is that it is almost

The shocking mediation of Ofsted criteria by ‘rogue’ inspectors

There’s a lot said and written about what Ofsted do and don’t want to see in lessons, and it turns out a lot of it is nonsense. Fortunately though we have Michael

What is (or isn’t) language doing in PGCE?

After yesterday’s post on the subject of how to improve the PGCE, Lee Donaghy tweeted me to point out that I had neglected to mention the importance of trainee teachers learning knowledge about

The times they are a changin': how can we improve the PGCE?

Back in the dim and distant mists of time when I embarked on my Post-graduate Certificate in Education, there was no other way to train as a teacher. Much of my training

A model lesson? Part 1: routines vs gimmicks

It’s been a busy week this week. What with starting at a new school, getting up before 5 to drive two hours on Monday morning, living an Alan Partridge-esque existence in a particularly

Where lesson observations go wrong

Can we define an outstanding lesson? No. I get asked this regularly, and I’ve really tried. But I don’t think it’s possible. I can describe a specific example of a lesson which

Wellington Education Festival

Thank you so much to all those who squeezed in to my Deliberately Difficult session at Wellington today. I realise that lots of people were unable to see the screen due to

Icebergs, taking risks & being outstanding

How do we recognise a great teacher, a great lesson or great teaching and learning? How do we know what we’re seeing is outstanding? The sad truth is that often observers don’t

So, what *IS* the point of INSET days?

Every teacher needs to improve, not because they are not good enough, but because they can be even better. Dylan Wiliam, keynote to SSAT conference, December 2012 Back in August 2011, long before

Outstanding teaching & learning: missed opportunities and marginal gains

I work at an ‘outstanding’ school where the teaching and learning is ‘good’. As such we are squarely in Wilshaw’s sights and almost certainly due an inspection at some point this year.