Vocabulary - The Fabulous Five

Last year, we introduced a Word of the Week programme during tutor time. As you'd expect, systematically introducing only one word a week across the whole academy during tutor time had a very...

Read more

On Dancing and Writing

There have been a number of excellent blog posts published recently about modelling - most notably, in my mind, this one from John Tomsett. As I read the blog, three things which I've been working...

Read more

Eleven blog posts which have inspired us 2014-15

It's nearly the end of the academic year for us - though some other schools have finished already. Below I've identified ten blog posts (or collections in some cases) which have influenced our...

Read more

Rules, Expectations and Attributes

Last Sunday was Father’s Day. Being a father myself, I’d like to think that everyday should be a celebration of fatherhood, when we consider the role that our fathers play or played in...

Read more

Developing Great Teaching

This weekend, the Teacher Development Trust published a report, entitled "Developing Great Teaching."  Our Principal sent me the link to the report just as I was about to publish yesterday's...

Read more

Pathways to Excellence

The CPD package for teachers at Swindon academy is: Inspiring Featuring internal keynote speakers, current and up to date Personalised Tailored to the needs of all teachers, supportive,...

Read more

Teaching and Learning 3.0

I've written previously about how we use our teaching and learning model to stretch and challenge our students. I've also described how we're developing a mastery curriculum to match the high...

Read more

Thinking through the Trivium

In the last few posts on this blog, I’ve mentioned Martin Robinson’s book, Trivium 21st C a number of times. The title of the book stems from the three paths (trivium) to a...

Read more

Word of the Week

For a number of years, we've been looking to develop a genuinely coherent approach to building students’ vocabulary. There are plenty of isolated activities out there which you can...

Read more

English 2.0 - A vulpine figure helps out

In my last post here, I identified that we'll be seeking to develop our curriculum even further over the coming year, drawing on the ideas of David Didau and the framework of Martin Robinson's...

Read more

1234

The school is part of United Learning. United Learning comprises: UCST (Registered in England No: 2780748. Charity No. 1016538) and ULT (Registered in England No. 4439859. An Exempt Charity). Companies limited by guarantee. VAT number 834 8515 12.
Registered address: United Learning, Worldwide House, Thorpe Wood, Peterborough, PE3 6SB. Tel: 01832 864 444

United Learning