What is so scary about exams?

Shared by Sandy Campbell There was an interesting documentary a while ago which delved into the obsession with exams called “You may now turn over your paper” presented by Cambridge classicist Mary Beard. Apparently the notion of a written examination came from seventh century China to assess whether candidates for top jobs in the highly…

Whole Class Instrument Training

Shared by Caitríona Corr Whole class instrument teaching is something I experienced in my training year at an all-boy’s school in Northern Ireland. The town is flooded with grammar schools; however this was a ‘normal’ high school, thus resulting in the school having over 45% SEN pupils and a special unit for pupils who are not…

Resilience Training

Shared by Dave Marsham For the first time in my teaching career, I have found myself with a top set at KS3. How exciting! Previously I have always taught bottom sets and middle sets here at Bedford Academy and my previous school taught in mixed ability sets for History so there I was last September…

Evidencing Progress

Shared by Kayleigh Greenacre “The only time you should ever look back is to see how far you have come.” Progress is a major part of education today with so much focus on the students making certain levels of progress, we as teachers need to also be able to evidence progress both in lessons and…

To Stay True To The Spec Or To Wander?

Shared by James Davies Should we only teach the course as specified by the board and no further? Are anecdotes useful for our kids? Teaching is an art, not a science, unless it is actually Science, but even then to deliver it in an effective and ultimately successful way is, an art. I’ve always enjoyed…

Consistency Matters

Shared by Poppy LeMar on behalf of the Associate Teacher team. As Associate Teachers we have to combine the roles of being mentors, often a figure of support and consistency for our students, with providing cover when we represent an inconsistency in student’s normal timetable. Because of this, we have very different relationships with different…

Low Working Memory

Shared by Terry Spencer. During last half term in a Learning Village meeting I gave a short CPD session on Low Working Memory and thought I would share it with you. There are different types of memory: Short-term memory: holds the information needed for the present, such as a sequence of numbers, formulae in science…

A Day In My Life As A Young Carer

Shared by one of our own young carers. My day starts at 06:00 every day. However, my routine changes depending on whether my Mum is going to work or not. After I get ready and realise that my mum is going to work I go straight downstairs and get the kettle on for my Mum’s…

Supporting Presence in Teacher Education

Shared by Michelle Bye-Gannon. MEIJER, P.C., KORTHAGEN, F.A.J.  and VASALOS, A. (2009) Supporting presence in teacher education: The connection between the personal and professional aspects of teaching. Teaching and Teacher Education. 25 (09). P.297-308. Personally, I view the promotion of self-reflection proffered by the 1970’s humanistic based teacher education (HBTE) as far beneficial to the…

The Importance of Observation

Shared by Dave Marsham. In the final few weeks of the last academic year, I had the pleasure of observing teachers as part of our observation cycle, as well as being observed myself. Simultaneously, I had been teaching my bottom set Year 9 Maths class what an observation is in comparison to experiments and questionnaires. “Observations…

Attachment Theory and Its Impact On Academic Progress

Shared by Rachel Hodgkins. Since April 2015 I have been participating in the Bedford Wellbeing Project. This is a project which aimed to raise the profile of student wellbeing in schools across Bedfordshire and hoped to reduce the numbers of young people needing mental health support.  A key aspect of this project was discussing each…