How Behaviour Spreads: Applying the science of complex contagions to CPD

My summer reading book this year was the interestingly titled ‘How Behaviour Spreads’ by Damon Centola. It’s an account of a decade worth of work and goes into detail about why most of the research and assumptions made about how behaviour is spread are wrong in most situations. I was fascinated by the ideas and…

Setting students: What do we mean by ‘that bottom set feeling’?

There has been a recent discussion around the setting, or streaming, of students on twitter. This tweet by Dylan Wiliam seems to give a slight nudge towards mixed ability favouring less able students. Some people are very much in favour of sets. The use of rank order as a tool to make the setting process…

Scaling: A useful tool when dealing with students

This blog is a result of a great twitter thread by Ben Newmark on parents’ evening As I’m sitting at a parents’ evening right now with a gap its made me reflect on how I’ve used scaling in other ways. My father is a therapist (of sorts) and showed me the value of using scaling…