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The Curse of the Definitive Judgement

I can still remember when I first heard the language of judgement in a classroom. I was teaching on an estate in South Bristol. It was 1996 - Education Education Education just a few months away. I was a youngish... Continue Reading →

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Management Realism – TRYING to get Performance Management right

This is not rocket science but it takes a little guts and trust on behalf of managers. There are no numerical targets for performance management this year. No get this level, achieve this score, mark this many books, understand this... Continue Reading →

Why Observation is Critical to Schools Success

There has been a lot of ‘debate’ this week about lesson observations based on the following ‘Starter for Five’ (Advice for new teachers) from mylifeasacynicalteacher. The post advised: Find out what the observers are looking for Give them what they want... Continue Reading →

A NEW approach to Lesson Observations 2015/16

It's time to rethink the way my school approaches lesson observations again. I have not done traditional graded lesson observations for some time now and have flit between thinking this is a good and a bad idea. In truth I... Continue Reading →

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