The rise of generic pedagogy

Ever since reading Michael Fordham’s blog about pedagogy and curriculum earlier this week, I’ve been thinking about the striking similarities between teacher training and the MBA (Master of Business Administration) I studied for over twenty years ago. In both cases, what was being taught was not an academic subject with its own traditions and domain […]

Why I started Learning for Memory

The past year has been a bit of a rollercoaster. First I was training to be a history teacher, then I was not. Having invested considerable hope, expectation and time into my dream of becoming a teacher, it was a huge disappointment when that journey came to an end. I was initially hopeful of getting […]

Learning for Memory – We have lift off!

My new side project, called Learning For Memory ( has lift off. I have written a set of 11 booklets entitled ‘The Middle Ages’, covering a variety of topics for Key Stage 3 history teaching. The booklets are available for purchase on this link: The website will also over time be populated with free […]

ResearchED Rugby – a veritable smorgasborg of speakers

I have just come back from the ResearchED Rugby conference and I thought I would write a quick blog summarising the experience. In a nutshell, it was fabulous. The naysayers claiming it’s just a rehash of the same old speakers and same ideas should be eating their words. It wasn’t stale, it was fresh, fresh, […]

It’s been a long hard slog but …

I’m getting there! My new set of booklets entitled ‘Learning For Memory: the Middle Ages’ is finally complete and will be marketed via my new website, Please do visit and bookmark the site, as well as register your interest. There is also a sample booklet, entitled ‘Norman England’ which can be downloaded from the […]

A sneak peak at the book I’m writing (updated)

Here’s an updated introduction for the book I’m working on, which is entitled ‘Learning for Memory: the Middle Ages’. It should be available for purchase by end of May (hopefully). It has been a joy and a struggle to write, and it still needs plenty of revisions, but I’m pleased with where I’ve got to […]


Every holiday without fail, some controversy or other seems to grip edu-twitter. I remember something about eugenics last time around. Well, today the saga continued with a whole (mainly progressive) section of edu-twitter in uproar because Schools Minister, Nick Gibb, shared a blog post by Andrew Old, which critiqued the Education Endowment Fund’s meta-analysis of […]

My educational 101

This Easter holiday, I’m celebrating a little anniversary. It was two years ago that I got offered my first job in a school. In January I had made the decision to get into teaching and then managed to do some volunteering in a local school as well as with the charity IntoUniversity. Now I was […]

Workload and resources

My timeline yesterday was full of outrage following the publication of this TES article, with the clickbait headline ‘The solution to the workload crisis? Stop teachers designing their own lessons’ which was prompted by the publication of this report by the Policy Exchange. As always with these things, the actual report is a lot more […]

Far from the madding crowd

Years ago, when I was dabbling in property development, I discovered something about human nature which helped me find my little niche in the developer world. Like many others, I’d cut my teeth watching programmes such as ‘Homes under the hammer’ and tried going to auctions to find a property to buy. I’d look at […]