Mock Exam Marginal Gains

"Analogies, it is true, decide nothing, but they can make one feel more at home."Sigmund Freud My primary school headteacher repeated his favourite assembly every year. It told the story of Percy Verance, a Job-like figure who, of course, endured all sorts of setbacks and problems on the journey to achieve his dreams. By the…

Can Google Classroom reduce cognitive load?

Classroom is well known as a tool to aid student and teacher organisation, but can it help to reduce cognitive load on students too? Despite being somewhat sceptical of any hype around shiny edutech, I'm excited to be joining the Google Education Summit here in Kathmandu this weekend and talking about Google Classroom. I love…

A Curriculum of Compassion #2: Connection Building

Planning Curriculum for Connection Building “The curriculum is coherently planned and sequenced towards cumulatively sufficient knowledge and skills for future learning and employment” Ofsted inspection framework 2019 The recent OFSTED focus on curriculum intent, implementation and impact may have frustrated some, but now I’m outside of Ofsted’s reach, I’ve been able just to take advantage…

Poetry off-piste:

Great teachers "take joy in going off piste, using deep subject expertise to go beyond the syllabus".Tom Sherrington, The Learning Rainforest The Year 10 Great Poetry Debate Arriving in a new school this year, teaching a new exam board and a new GCSE syllabus to Year 10, I think I often failed to go 'off…