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I once heard Annie Lennox (Eurythmics, charity and political activist) speak about success. She said she always wanted a fur coat. Really really wante... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Thinking Skills
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‘It’s not just what you do, it’s the way that you did it!’ - By Shawn Skellon Whilst working with some Yr9’s in a B... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Assessment
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How do you hold a struggling cat? How do you hold a butterfly? How do you hold a scorpion? Varying degrees of grip I guess: tight for the cat; gentle ... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Teaching
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Humaira Bachal is 26 and has purpose. She had purpose aged 13 when she began her own school, teaching neighbourhood kids less fortunate than... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Mindset/Skillset
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Let me introduce the 'CPD Learning Crawl': Pick 3 venues within walking distance of each other. Agree a learning focus and choose a facilitator for... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Learning
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Interesting: the two stock images used by the BBC this morning (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-22873257) to report evidence slating the state sys... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Policy & Politics
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Why bother? I'd much rather have that from a pupil in class than blank-eyed compliance. At least why bother provides evidence of motivation and a moti... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Mindset/Skillset
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I recently chatted with a Head and friend who's currently wrestling with the idea of vertical class groupings. Many factors come to bear upon a decisi... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Policy & Politics
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What is the Perfect Learning Environment? by E.J.Haslett If you ask anyone in any aspect of life how to achieve their best, they will always say t... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Primary
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Michael vs Michael The battle rages ever on: Knowledge vs Creativity in the classroom. Current champions are 'Good' Michael (Rosen) and 'Bad' Michael... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Policy & Politics
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Now more than ever we must teach our children to think. We must structure their analysis, challenge their critiques, value their creativity and scaffo... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Thinking Skills
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Nothing has promised so much and has been so frustratingly wasteful as thousands of workshops and conferences that led to no significant change in pra... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Teaching
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When my mother went to school, learning was differentiated by speed. You either kept up with the teacher or got hit for being too slow. Getting hit a ... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Teaching
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Following on from this month's article on stress, I got a 'that's why we do it' email from Lizzie (A* rated thinking skills teache... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Thinking Skills
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A bit premature I know but how would it work to set your New Year Resolutions here and now. In November. So you're all set up for January 1st? Think I... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Leadership
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James Kerby doesn't realise how effective he is. Not yet anyway. Here are 3 features of his practice, 3 reasons why he has impact: 1. Delayed Objec... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Teaching
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Education is the most important contributor to personal, national and global growth; teachers the most important element of education; and learning a... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Policy & Politics
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I work in many different educational settings. Over the years I’ve noticed where the more independent learners are. Where do you think that is? ... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Learning
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Don't waste words or jump to conclusions, Carved into the wall of a cave, tucked in a fellside, deep in the English Lake District. Author: Millican... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Learning
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I admire actor Matt Damon for his humility, rigour, adaptability and for the research he puts into each role. Watch any Damon DVD 'making of' feature ... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Learning
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