Is it Labelling Students or Having Useful Data?

So, you’re given a new class, or if a HoY an entire new year group. The teacher(s) who had them before you handover some data on the students’ behaviour over the past year. Inevitably, there are some students who have been challenging. Comments such as “disengaged”, “cause for concern” or “unmotivated” appear for certain pupils.… Continue reading Is it Labelling Students or Having Useful Data?

Educational Fragilities Laid Bare by the Pandemic

Education is broken. Society is broken. Both have been for some time. From kids without laptops to areas without sufficient wifi to families unable to adequately feed themselves in the absence of a free school meal, this is all the evidence required to prove society in its modern form is not working for everyone all… Continue reading Educational Fragilities Laid Bare by the Pandemic

Online Learning Changes

What should stay and what should go post pandemic? I write this piece in June. For many educators, school is already out. Classrooms are left an empty shell with walls that are bare, awaiting the following year’s new and shiny displays. For others, the year is starting to wind down as the pace from an… Continue reading Online Learning Changes

Connecting The Dots; an entire year of blended learning

Done. Finished. Complete. Well, not quite. Because in the quiet moments we find time for reflection. And in the reflection we can learn much. I’m sitting here at my dining room table with a cup of coffee having enjoyed my first week of the summer break. Reflecting on the year, here’s what I’ve learnt about… Continue reading Connecting The Dots; an entire year of blended learning