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Appraisal: Development Pathways

In the previous two parts of the appraisal series, I explored the ongoing tension between appraisal and accountability expressed by the two dramatically different approaches to appraisal: the surplus and deficit models. I also looked at how to start changing the appraisal culture through the ‘gentle pressure relentlessly applied’ approach. In this part appraisal pathwaysContinue reading “Appraisal: Development Pathways”

How to lead on teaching and learning as a middle leader? Part 2

Reading this brilliant post  from Paul Cline (@PaulCline_psy), inspired by yet another excellent post from Dawn Cox (@missdcox), made me reflect on my many years of experience as both a middle and senior leader. This is part 2 of my reflections on how to drive teaching and learning as a middle leader. Last week IContinue reading “How to lead on teaching and learning as a middle leader? Part 2”

How to lead on teaching and learning as a middle leader? Part 1

Reading this brilliant post  from Paul Cline (@PaulCline_psy), inspired by yet another excellent post from Dawn Cox (@missdcox), made me reflect on my many years of experience as both a middle and senior leader. I led on T&L as an Assistant Head in inner London and delivered an Outstanding Teacher Programme for a teaching schoolContinue reading “How to lead on teaching and learning as a middle leader? Part 1”

How do you turn book monitoring into a developmental exercise?

William (1998), Hattie (2008) and EEF (2018) all identified feedback as one of the key influencers on student attainment. Do note I say feedback not marking. I whole-heartedly believe that the quality of feedback and students responding to it is the single most impactful thing in teaching. How do you monitor it though? How doContinue reading “How do you turn book monitoring into a developmental exercise?”

Reading Matters

The article below is a piece I wrote for Renaissance on our successful implementation of the Accelerated Reader programme. The original is here. During my first lunch duty at the school, not a single student was reading in the library. Students were only paying attention to their devices. I looked at the number of booksContinue reading “Reading Matters”

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