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‘We no longer grade lessons, but’: Why lesson grading needs to end

We no longer grade lessons, but if we were to it would definitely have been an ‘Outstanding.’ Wow. Nothing like an academy with integrity, eh? We’ll say we don’t do something but we’ll do it anyway. You know, a bit like the ‘learning walk’ that lasted 45 minutes, or the Saturday revision session that was … Continue reading ‘We no longer grade lessons, but’: Why lesson grading needs to end

Intervention and Entitlement: Why We Should Not Run Holiday Revision Sessions

Exam season. While we are likely to be more on edge than usual, many of us cannot help but enjoy exam season somewhat. For me, the sense of camaraderie between staff, between pupils, and between pupils and staff, is enough to take away the dread of potentially disastrous results from Michael Gove’s new curriculum. The … Continue reading Intervention and Entitlement: Why We Should Not Run Holiday Revision Sessions

From The Frying Pan into The Fire: Before You Start Applying

This is ridiculous! No school does as much as we do! I’ve had enough! I’m leaving! Said no teacher ever. Or, said every teacher, usually during stressful times in the academic year. Often, the sentiment is a passing one, but for some, the feeling that the grass is greener elsewhere just cannot be shaken. Some … Continue reading From The Frying Pan into The Fire: Before You Start Applying