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…

KS3 Mastery booklets

Below are links to download the majority of our KS3 booklets we used this year. These were incredibly helpful in supporting non-specialist teachers, disadvantaged students and improving the amount of reading in science lessons. They are varied in nature as they were written by a wide range of staff and also show a progression in…

COVID-19 response plan part 3: Mass bereavement policy amendment

This is hopefully the final post I will make in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. Part 1 on creating a temperature screening protocol from existing school supplies is here Part 2 on maintaining social distancing within a lock-down school setting is here This is the post I hope you never need to use. In times…

All the Biology SLOP you need.

Here is where you will find all my Biology GCSE SLOP booklets. I’ve taken the excellent work done by a large group of biology teachers and updated them to include: More questions (over 100 in each booklet) More maths in biology (graphs, percentage increases, standard form etc..) More literacy support (refutation texts , graphic organisers)…

I accidentally made Edutwitter Merch shop.

I’ve shared in the past a few images of posters I have in my room. They kind of have a cogsci, knowledge rich feel to them. In discussion with some people on twitter they requested the designs on T-shirts. So I’ve quickly made a shop where you can order you own. I’ve made it so…

How to run a great Science Fair: A guest post by Rebecca Offer

Earlier in the year our school held it’s fourth annual Science fair for students in years 7 and 8. It was my first year running the project and it was a brilliant success. In previous years we have run the project for year 9 students as well, however due to it being the first year…

My reflections from research ED Rugby

Here is my rundown of the talks I saw today at research ED Rugby. My own talk: “Getting through to locked-out learners” That was a highlight in my year. I’ve had an ambition to talk at a research ED for about a year and it was great to be able to hit that target. If…