QTS levels 1 to 4: not the way forward

The education establishment is agog at Justine Greening’s latest announcement regarding an apprenticeship route into teaching for non-graduates. At the same time, we have the Chartered College of Teaching offering a £850 programme of certification for experienced teachers to differentiate themselves from the rest. In effect, this is all likely to lead to a hierarchical, […]

Cognitive psychology and my approach to teaching history this year

I have been mulling for some time all that I have learned so far about cognitive psychology and its application in the classroom, stimulated by my reading of Daniel Willingham’s ‘Why don’t students like school?’, Daisy Christodoulou’s ‘Making good progress?’, the Learning Scientists blog and Clare Sealy’s recent blog about teaching for long term memory. […]

Schools can feel like prison sometimes

I had my first primary placement day today. My Schools Direct teacher training requires me to spend 5 days in a primary school (not necessarily consecutive days – I shall be doing a day a week all the way until half term) so that I can find out what happens on the other side of […]

What I’ve learned so far about teaching

August has raced along, packed with family adventures and relaxed, lazy days at home. In its wake comes September, the most bittersweet month of the year. Already the days are growing shorter and the leaves are falling off the trees. We collected our first lot of (very young) conkers today. Of course, along with a […]