Knowledge and Skills and Teaching #Blogsync February


This post forms part of the Knowledge and Skills discussion for #Blogsync February.You can read all the wonderful and varying posts on this topic by visiting @Edutronic_Net ‘s #Blogsync page.

I have given the knowledge and skills debate a great deal of thought over the years. Periodically it pops up on Twitter and causes a huge debate. Tempers are frayed on both sides of the table and we sometimes end up with a right old Twitter storm. I’ve seen insults hurled and people blocked for daring to challenge the opinions of others. I’m loath to join discussions like that. For me it seems akin to arguing about politics or religion, you will never change someone’s mind in that way.

This month the lovely @Edutronic_Net has invited us to join #Blogsync where we can air our views in a calm and controlled manner. A grown up forum for sharing ideas. These…

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What will be the most significant classroom innovation in the next 10 years?

Shift towards student led education – the future for education!


The devaluing of content demands innovation

In my recent work, both in the classroom and in research, the most common recurring question is “what should we be teaching?” This question is valid in a world of Google, Wikipedia and instant access to information from the device in your pocket. This educational challenge is also expanded by the thousands of young people already pushing beyond the conventional system due to success in personally instigated start-ups and projects they have organised themselves. The personal empowerment and opportunities that the internet and technology offer will challenge nearly every aspect of traditional education.


The most significant innovation in the classroom during the next 10 years will not be some magical technology or even students staying at home. It will be a shift towards student-led education, which focuses on the development of key competencies for success in this century.    Photo credit

I’m lucky…

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The Challenge for the DfE with Workload

Ramblings of a Teacher

Who’d be a politician, eh?

You get the blame for everything, and yet relatively little power to do much about it.

It seems that the response to the Workload Challenge has not been received with great joy… but then, was it ever going to be? The results of the survey speak for themselves. Over 40,000 teachers responded, and the two biggest drivers of workload according to those responses? Ofsted and School Leaders, neither of which are directly within the control of the department.

The two most often-mentioned tasks that added to workload? Excessive data and excessive marking. No prizes for guessing who the main drivers of those excessive demands are.

One has to ask what people were really looking for from the DfE in response to these challenges.


The reality is that the DfE had tasked itself with a mission of improving something that it really couldn’t control. It’s true…

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Inspirational maths for free.

Frog Blog

If you love maths there is the perfect event for you on Saturday 7 February at the Headingley stadium.

It’s completely free and will be a day full of inspirational maths hosted by the Trinity Academy.

The day will look at all sorts of cool maths stuff – there will be workshops on bar modelling, tips on revision and finding resources. Best bit it’s all free and CPD accredited.

There will be some great guest speakers including Dallas Campbell, Rachel Riley and ‘The Beast’ from TVs ‘The Chase’.

So join the lead hub school Trinity Academy to learn what best practice looks like and hear from the world famous Professor Marcus du Sautoy.

Use the day to take away lots of awesome ideas to use in your primary and secondary mathematics classrooms.

For more information and to sign up for the day click here.

Hope to see you there…

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Pre Lesson Learning

Am familiar with pre tutoring and totally agree… it can be very powerful at helping pupils to access lessons fully.

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One of the early successes of our Lesson Study has been the use of ‘pre learning’ sessions with key pupils. This simple idea came from one of our vice principals @glynnlee who suggested rather than supporting key pupils to catch up with learning after the lesson, they are given a pre lesson session that introduces them to the key concept about to be taught. This short session enables staff to look at resources and strategies that will help them access the learning in class and ultimately give them a greater chance to succeed with their peers.

These sessions have been delivered by teaching assistants who work closely with the class teacher and go through their planning to ensure a common approach is adopted that benefits  key individuals who might normally struggle in the lesson. Interviews with pupils post research lesson have revealed just how powerful this technique can be. One Y4 pupil…

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