All it takes is a conversation

The educational landscape is undoubtedly ever evolving and changing. As the sun sets on one idea, view or approach, so the next day starts with more thoughts opinions or aspects to consider. After working in education for nearly two decades, I have come to see this as an essential part of the Teaching Profession, which […]

If nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies.

Earlier this week, the government published its latest response to the review of assessment in primary schools. The full report can be downloaded here. In primary education, we are used to constant change. We have experienced numerous changes in the assessment system since SATs were first introduced in 1990 for all seven year olds. The […]

The things we’ve done..and the things we will do.

As the Easter break starts we can reflect on the fact that we are now two thirds of the way through the academic year. Our Reception class are now settled and confident in school and our Y6 pupils are approaching some big changes and challenges ahead. During this last week we held our progress evenings […]

Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.

On Friday, we had the privilege of inviting a second group of Bury school leaders into our school to start another of our leading assessment programmes. During the morning, they visited our classrooms with their Y4 guides to see assessment in action. Whilst they were visiting classes, I spent a half hour in the hall […]

#LearningFirst Inspiration

In February 2016, Dame Alison Peacock, headteacher of the Wroxham School, a primary school in Potters Bar, Herfordshire, tweeted a message to ask teachers and leaders to put #LearningFirst. This single tweet resulted in over 500 educational professionals, including many teachers and school leaders, attending the Learning First conference in Sheffield on Saturday, including myself […]