Tag: Assessment

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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

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.

Four Successful Homework Strategies

Homework is one of the most fraught areas of secondary teaching. We know it’s important, its impact is visible and its routines don’t offend common sense. Yet in the daily reality of the classroom homework

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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