Thoughts on marking

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Red is my favourite colour – it has been as long as I can remember.  So, you’d think that my departmental policy of using only red ink to mark in student’s books would come naturally to me.  But, I tend to flow around the class, using whatever pen or pencil is nearby to write in […]

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My top tips for teaching students predicted a grade 1-3 at GCSE

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The recent collapse of alternative qualifications and the narrow focus on which qualifications count for Progress 8 scores mean that GCSE Combined Science has become the default entry route to a science qualification for students in England. Some schools co-teach GCSE Combined Science with Entry Level Certificate (ELC), but an increasingly challenging curriculum presents difficulty […]

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Effective Revision

For the first few years of my teaching career, I would set revision lessons without much expectation. If you were going to do a test, you should at least give some chance of success by providing the lesson before for ‘revision’. I would often provide a list of suggested activities that students could pick from: […]

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