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Agency through Authenticity

Presentation to the #i2ipartnership teachmeet, held on 24 October 2013

If Nothing Changes, Nothing Changes

If Nothing Changes, Nothing Changes

Albert Einstein defined insanity as: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Yet, inescapably, the English education system ignores this logic, and repeats the same tired strategies and the same

Don't kill your brilliant teachers

Build a Brilliant Teacher

When a teacher fails, it’s “mea culpa”; when we succeed, it’s “didn’t the students do well?” Something that struck me when listening to John Hattie speak at the recent London Festival of Education was his

The Real World – A Meta-Letter to My Pupils

Picture this: a classroom inhabited by a class preparing for a “functional skills” English assessment. The students are clear about what was expected of them. They are working with focus and the atmosphere in the

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First Impressions Count

Here I write some of my thoughts as I head into the new teaching year. I recently received a message from a newly qualified teacher who was filled with anxiety about her first week at

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Transcending Grade Boundaries

In the eye of the GCSE English “grade manipulation storm”, I’m seeing a silver lining Almost as soon as this year’s GCSE English grades were released, the twittersphere, broadsheets and tabloids were set alight, first