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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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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Stretch and Glow

If you were following our blog back in December, you'll remember that our focus this term is stretching our students further through the use of modelling, questioning and providing activities...

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A Trivium of Mothers - Holding On and Letting Go

I spent Christmas, which now seems quite a long time ago, with three mothers: my own mother, my mother-in-law and my wife (mother to our two children). This experience, combined with my...

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