Rode the Six Hundred

A few thoughts on pronouns, context, the ’blunder’, and the language of hell and death in Tennyson’s Charge of the Light Brigade. They’re tiny little words, pronouns – often overlooked, …

Marginal Learning Losses

If you want to read about Marginal Learning Gains, look no further than Zoe Elder’s blog. Zoe introduces it here – giving a succinct summary of Marginal Learning Gains – …

Teaching Nothing New

I tenuously – and hopefully – suggest that the days of measuring progress in one single lesson are gone. I remember, with pounding anxiety, observers looking for a knowledge check …

The Purest Treasure

A jewel in a ten-times-barr’d-up chest Is a bold spirit in a loyal breast. William Shakespeare: Richard II – 1.1.178-183 As the data comes in on results’ day – or …

Leading with Research

You’d be hard-pushed to find at least one person in every school who doesn’t describe him- or herself as a ‘research-led’ practitioner. I think you’d find it equally hard to …

To climb steep hills…

Shakespearean English, to some pupils, initially presents itself like an unknown language. I see some children stare at it blankly, sometimes panicked. We all know, though, that more they read …