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….

Thinking Hard

Shared by Paul Hickson High challenge, low preparation!  How can we prepare students for the challenge of new exams without increasing our work load?  One strategy is ‘Thinking Hard’. ‘Thinking Hard’ is a strategy to encourage students to think more deeply or critically about their work in becoming more independent learners.  After all “learning happens…

My Best Friend, The Visualiser

Shared by Dave Marsham When I started at Bedford Academy in 2014, we had one visualiser, situated in HU11 and was solely used by George Lewis. George experimented with the potential benefits of its uses on teaching and learning and, because Humanities have our Learning Village Meetings in HU11, I often caught glimpses of how…

Embedding Careers Links into Lessons

Shared by Mandy Green. National  Careers Week is aims to improve the life chances and social mobility of those that need it most. At BA we celebrated National Careers week with careers related Do Now activities, the careers fair, careers talks and the career cards that many staff displayed.  However, after looking through the 2017…

“Dealing With Ramblers” – Ben Newmark

Shared by Dave Marsham Ben Newmark is a History teacher and educational blogger who I have followed on Twitter for some time with great admiration and I have found great pleasure reading his blogs. With his permission I wanted to share this blog which resonates with me from my experiences ofour OFSTED in 2015. Following…

Being Smart With Your Art

Shared by Nicola Giles On arriving at Bedford Academy I was immediately overwhelmed with the amazing facilities that the school has to offer. However, when then walking in to the drama studio to find empty display boards I was very quickly thrown back and upset that the display boards were not being used to benefit…

Safer Internet Day 2017

Shared by Rav Chowdrey. Children are increasingly enjoying and exploring content online, be it films, TV programmes or music videos. Ensuring children are protected online and providing them with the tools they need to make informed, age appropriate decisions about what they watch is equally important. This year the theme is ‘Be the change: Unite…

Embedding Technology into the Classroom – From an NQT’s Eye

Shared by Samantha Lockey with contributions from Georgie-May Lancashire, Rob Henley, Saman Ahmed, Michelle Bye-Gannon and Qahir Damani I developed in house training to encourage the NQTs to embedding the different technology available to them into their lessons. There was a selection of technology demonstrated during the session which involved Padlet, Google Docs/Slides, Google Classroom…

Revision Reviewed

Shared by Stuart Webb. In my fourth year of Secondary school, I was lucky enough to have a couple of teachers who took the time and effort to look beyond my terrible attitude and ridiculous hair and show me a few tips and tricks that they knew, things that they did when they had to…