Practising Retrieval


How many of our students rely mainly on reading through notes or revision guides, thinking this is how to revise? Unfortunately they are practising recognition, not free recall, and it can be very misleading. They feel they know the material because they have learnt it a few months ago and recognise it, but this is […]

10 things to say about ratio?

I was surprised to hear that in the pre-2013 Key Stage 3 national curriculum there was only one statement about ratio, whereas in the current version there are ten statements. I was surprised because I did not remember, from my work on the development of the current curriculum, that there were so many, so I […]

Supporting your child through GCSEs

What to expect during the GCSE years and how to support your child If you have a child about to embark on their ‘GCSE journey’, there are probably any number of questions spinning around your mind. Aside from the obvious one (which is “where has all the time gone? It only seems like yesterday they […]

Intent. Implementation. Impact.

These three words have been on the lips of many school leaders during 2019 and now will continue to be at the forefront of every school’s agenda. 14th May saw the latest OFSTED framework finally published with only minor changes from its draft form released earlier in the year. The one significant change being the […]

Thoughts on marking

Photo of different coloured pens

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 […]