A Student’s Perspective: Stretch and Challenge in Lower Sets

Shared by a Year 10 student at Bedford Academy. At Bedford Academy, on several occasions, I was able to achieve high grades despite being in a lower set where many people might be underachieving compared to average school grades because of their ability. I am not able to achieve such high targets, though, in all…

“Rethinking Boys Engagement” by teacher and educational blogger Mark Roberts

Written by teacher and educational blogger Mark Roberts, shared by Dave Marsham Teaching boys is straightforward. That’s what I was told as a trainee teacher. There were strategies to follow. Top tips to implement. Sure fire ways of guaranteeing engagement in every single lesson. These strategies were logical. They were common sense. They worked for…

A Day In The Life Of A Young Carer Part 3

Shared by one of our own Bedford Academy students I used to look after my dad. My dad had a brain tumour. My role as his career was to help him go up and down the stairs and I had to help him when he wanted to go out. I used to push him in…

Social Media as a Teaching Tool: Inspired Ideas Discovered on Pinterest

Shared by Nicola Giles, Carly Watkins, Shaista Khan, Hannah Webb, Emma Reason and Dave Marsham Like Twitter and Facebook, Pinterest has its place in teaching too! In the third and final blog looking at Social Media as a Teaching Tool, we explore the inspirational ideas to be found on Pinterest. Pinterest is all about inspiration…

Social Media as a Teaching Tool: Making The Most of Twitter

Shared by Hannah Potter, Lucy Warner and Dave Marsham We got on the Twitter bandwagon for various reasons. For one thing it was a way of keeping up with current affairs (important for many subjects!) and for finding new resources and innovative ideas. We like to post them and encourage our students to read them…

Beyond The Basics: Using Impero As A Teaching Tool

Shared by Paul O’Sullivan Towards the end of last academic year, I had an observation where I guided the whole lesson using Impero as my primary teaching tool. It was either going to go really well or really badly. Luckily, I have been teaching like this for a while and students are in the routine so…

10,920 Days

Shared by Sandy Campbell on his retirement day. 10,920 days Mathematicians will have to forgive me if the calculation above is inaccurate but this is the approximate number of days I have spent in school since September 5th 1961 when I first crossed the threshold and entered the classroom of Mrs McLeod in a village…

Embedding Numeracy and Literacy Within The Classroom

Shared by Aaron Ram. Striving for excellence places responsibility for promoting the development of numeracy and literacy skills on all classroom teachers, rather than leaving such wizardry solely to the Maths or English department. This is an admirable aim but at first glance causes mild panic for us teachers of various other subjects. Some research…

Going Paperless

Shared by Sam Lockey I despise paperwork! Anyone else? A cluttered desk frustrates me! Anyone else? I used to enjoy marking course work but I was always worried that I would lose some of the students’ work before a member of the team suggested that I try implementing the Google applications into my lessons. I…

Preparing Students To Fail

Shared by Dave Marsham My daughter turned three this week – how I have no idea as it seems only last week that I arrived at Bedford Academy for my first day when she was just five days old. I find it fascinating how resilient she is and how she has no fear of failing….