Pressure, pressure, pressure… With Ofsted’s admission that it ‘fuels teaching-to-test’ will it make a change?

I'm sure we all read the article, or at least saw its headline, which was posted on the BBC yesterday in which Ofsted chief Amanda Spielman admitted that her inspection teams put too much weight on tests and exam results when rating our schools. But what, if any, change will this admission bring? Will it… Continue reading Pressure, pressure, pressure… With Ofsted’s admission that it ‘fuels teaching-to-test’ will it make a change?

Differentiation does not just mean different worksheets…

Most of us are into our second week of teaching with our new class which means we're starting to get some understanding of where our students are at, what their needs are and how we are going to make sure this is a successful year. The word that comes to every teacher's mind at this… Continue reading Differentiation does not just mean different worksheets…

Back to School AKA Don’t Smile until Christmas…

This quote shown here from Mother Teresa is one which many would agree with wholeheartedly. The only people perhaps who may take exception to it, are us as teachers. The perennial "Don't smile until Christmas" mantra. Is it true? Does it work? Are we not going against our very purpose as nurturers and brain developers… Continue reading Back to School AKA Don’t Smile until Christmas…