- Everyone has the right to their own ambitions
- Nobody has the right to define anyone else’s level of ability
- Everyone deserves dignity, respect and space to express themselves
- A teacher’s job is to teach as effectively as they can
- A student’s job is to learn as much as they can
- Hard work and grit are to be celebrated
- No one should be lazy or rude
- Language is powerful and creates our world
- There is only one Earth, and we all live on it. Respect it
- Think for yourself
If I am to maintain my integrity in my work life, my actions need to match my values.
This is a first attempt at putting those values into language and I hope to refine them and most importantly to act in line with them, without worrying about who might be upset!
See below for Professor Dougan’s comments on immigration, which he emailed me today.
A friend shared a video of a talk given by Professor Michael Dougan of the University of Liverpool’s Law School. As he explains, he’s spent a lifetime studying and practising EU law, and as such has been a go-to consultant for various news outlets during the buildup to the referendum.
Continue reading “What is the EU?”
It is clear that we need our lives to have a purpose, to feel that our actions form part of something bigger than ourselves.
When Julia, a passionate and committed teacher, was forced to take extended leave from work, she had to find activities to fill the gap and to provide meaning to her day to day existence. Going from such an intrinsically fulfilling and gregarious job to a quieter, slower, less social existence would have come as a severe shock. It would have been easy for Julia to slip into a cycle of anxiety and stress leading to isolation and depression.
Continue reading “How does the mind affect health?”
One of the many ironies of the desire by so many in the UK to vote to leave the EU.
A common line of reasoning I have heard is that the EU is like a dictatorship run by Germany. Continue reading “On the UK, EU and Germany”
Submitted last minute – at 10:45am on Friday 29 January 2016!
Here is the government page with details of the consultation:
(In a large part paraphrasing Tom Sherrington – thanks Tom!) Continue reading “My EBacc consultation response”
My school has produced a first draft proposal for a new assessment framework relating to the new GCSE grades, and looking to move to a system without levels.
The gist of it is: a student comes into school, and based on their prior attainment they’re set a ‘projected grade’. This is the minimum expected GCSE grade (e.g. grade 5).
Teachers will use this to set a professional target.
In each year, the same grading system will be used, so a student should in theory progress from grade 5 in Year 7 to grade 5 in Year 11, with each subject setting the standards against which these judgements will be made.
As I spent some time on my response to this first draft proposal, I thought it would be worth sharing more widely. Below is my response. I’d be interested to know what you think.
Continue reading “Assessment without levels – prologue”
As those exams begin to loom large, here are some ideas on how to support students to develop the skill of active revision.
Ian, a science teacher (in a mystery location!) has shared his ideas for all to see; I particularly like his mneumonic “MORSE” and his ideas on how to get best use out of past papers (see below)
- M neumonics
- O rganisation
- R ehearsal / Repetition
- S implification / Summarising
- E xtension
For all of the AQA GCSE science units, there are learning checklists saved in the cloud – on Dropbox (No log in required – you can share these links with students for home access. Note that Dropbox is often filtered by school servers, but I can assure you these are accessible from home or on mobile devices)
Ian’s blog about revision is here: GCSE Science Revision – Teaching of Science, and the page where he described some different ways of using exam papers is here.
He and others have also put together some excellent revision booklets, for students to complete. These can also be found via the link above, or directly via is.gd/AQAsciencerevision
And if that wasn’t enough, he’s also made a lesson activity to support students’ skill in answering 6 mark questions. He has blogged a lesson plan, and this is the PowerPoint he uses for it, which can be adapted with different questions.
What a generous fellow he is.
Curiosity comes first
Embrace the mess
(Thanks to Ramsey Musallam, via TED http://on.ted.com/cxcI)