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It’s not the mountain we conquer

This presentation was made to an assembly of 15-18 year olds on the day of their receiving their results from a series of practice examinations. The quote can be attributed to Sir Edmund Hilary. Thanks

Build a New English Department: Step Two – Unlock Achievement

In another step towards restoring authenticity to the secondary classroom, our department has completely re-created our process of assessment. We have abandoned the old ‘curriculum levels’ model and replaced it with a standards-based badged achievement system.

Build a New English Department: Step One – The People

He aha te mea nui? He tangata. He tangata. He tangata. (What is the most important thing?  It is people, it is people, it is people.) I start a new year in a new role,

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Rebel Education – A Documentary

An Al Jazeera documentary about the work we did at the London Nautical School Department of English

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Give them Hope

My last assembly presentation featuring one of my heroes and an exhortation to my students to be their wonderful selves.

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Presentation: Unlock Achievement

As part of my Deus Ex Machina series, here is the information that went with my presentation to Teachmeet Islington. Heaps more detail about our Unlock Achievement project can be found in my Journal entry on

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