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  • Oracy in a knowledge-rich curriculum

    Published 17/07/19

    If knowledge is power, being able to communicate that knowledge is powerful. Therefore it is hard to understand why oracy is not on the tip of everyone's tongue.

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  • Mathematics: a fail-safe for society

    Published 17/07/19

    In recently joining Inspiration Trust, I have taken stock of where I have come from, who I should thank, and where I intend to develop. I have been a teacher for eighteen years. I began as a newly qualified mathematics teacher and eventually enjoyed three years as an advanced skills teacher (a teacher who supports other teachers in the region). By 2010, I realised I wanted to make the move into senior leadership and this is where I have spent at least half of my career.

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  • High-leverage teaching for all

    Published 24/06/19

    I reckon I have the best office in my school. Don’t get me wrong, it’s got old furniture, a cupboard full of drama props and old musical instruments, nothing on the walls, and a window that won’t open. It is, however, next to the music practice rooms and all day I can hear young musicians practise with expert tuition from their dedicated music teachers. If I ever feel at a loss in terms of educational direction, all I need to do is close my eyes and listen to a refined educational process that has always been strong and improving over many centuries.

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  • It ain't necessarily so

    Published 10/06/19

    I’ve always conceived of the education profession as fundamentally relational at heart. One of the most frequently stated reasons for entering the teaching profession is the desire to ‘make a difference’ to the lives of young people.

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  • Making memories by the metre

    Published 14/03/19

    At Charter, we always have a poem or a speech which all staff and pupils are working on learning together. This has so many academic and cultural benefits.

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  • Singing through an expanding domain in KS2

    Published 26/02/19

    One of the most joyful parts of being director of music for a trust, is being able to support Key Stage 2 class teachers, who are not usually music specialists, in rejuvenating the primary music curriculum.

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  • Curriculum: it takes a community

    Published 24/02/19

    Curriculum. You can’t get away from it these days, it is the word at the tip of everyone’s tongue and the top of the list at every senior team meeting. For many this seems to be a bit bizarre: haven’t we always had a curriculum? What else was happening in those classrooms?

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