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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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