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Thoughts on lesson observations #3 - The clearing fog

The clouds that contour the Brecon Beacons whenever I walk along Offa’s Dyke provide a flip metaphor for the fog of the educational landscape. I spend many weekends walking these wet cold mountains: an escape from the electric hum of London. 741 more words

School Improvement

Exploring the education manifestos for this election.

This blog is part of a series looking at education policy in the run up to the British general election on the 7th May.

This blog aims to tell you the manifesto pledges of the 5 main parties in England (sorry Wales, Scotland and Ireland). 1,556 more words

Come back satisfactory, all is forgiven!

The taking away of ‘satisfactory’ was meant to raise expectations. It was a canny move to signify that things had to get better. Teachers and schools could no longer rest on their laurels. 1,568 more words


Primary Science Assessment - not Even Close, Yet.

Assessment of primary science is something of a bugbear of mine. While I consider the so-called ‘formative assessment’ (it should never have been called ‘assessment’) to be no more or less of a challenge than the other core subjects, summative assessment of science is different. 648 more words

Primary Education

Thoughts on lesson observations #2 | Fanning the glowing embers

When a school hits rock bottom, as mine had a year before I joined, there are two key tasks for the leadership and governors. The first is to rebuild the school: to nurture the phoenix as it slowly rises from the flames so that every child gets the world class education that they deserve. 555 more words

School Improvement

Local schools for local kids

By Karen Wespeiser

It is now 10 years since Alastair Campbell’s now infamous claim that the days of the ‘bog-standard comprehensive’ are over.  Whether or not this is true, I have been discussing this in a series of blogs on school choice ( 583 more words


Blackhorse Primary School, Emerson's Green: A Bristol Mum Review

Today Bristol Mum features a review of Blackhorse Primary School in Emerson’s Green, Bristol, by local parent, Catherine Lombardo.

My eldest son (aged six) is a pupil at Blackhorse Primary School in Emerson’s Green. 301 more words