Author Archives: cazzypot2013

Thoughts on Tristram Hunt’s Teacher Oath Idea

The problem with the teacher oath idea is that we have very few agreed values in teaching. We are still arguing about what constitutes a quality education. Of course, we can all agree that we want the best for kids, … Continue reading

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The Resourcefulness of Teachers.

“Truth is ever to be found in the simplicity and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things.” Isaac Newton I’m sure there must be other professions that are similarly prone, but it does seem to be that schools are … Continue reading

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Lesson Observations: Progress at Last!

Today I had my latest lesson observation. For those who may not be aware, I’ve had a long, drawn out, and, at times, deeply unpleasant battle with my school’s management team over the accepted internal lesson observation process (and the … Continue reading

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Nine go to Ofsted

Today I went to a meeting with Mike Cladingbowl at the Ofsted office in Birmingham. There were nine of us Twitter teachers present (@FKRitson @maddymoran @JamesHu63571530 @LouRegan1 @llewelyn20 @schamberlaincca @ShellTurner4 @MissDCox and me @cazzypot) and very pleasant meeting it was too. … Continue reading

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Ofsted Clarification for Schools: Spread the Word!

I am delighted to see that Ofsted have produced a clarification for schools document. At last, it seems, Ofsted have accepted their responsibly to offer some guidance for schools regarding what Ofsted do/do not expect to see. As much of … Continue reading

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A Trip Too Far?

An English Trip to Shakespeare’s Birthplace For the last fourteen years I have taught English to secondary-aged pupils at a Pupil Referral Unit in the Midlands. Many of these students are vulnerable and complex, some are in care, and a … Continue reading

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Tough Love

Last week I finally returned to work. After nearly six months off, I at last felt emotionally and physically able. I was also feeling a bit isolated from the world of teaching, and anxious to be ‘back among it’ I … Continue reading

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You Can Go Your Own Way. OR : recording progress is a matter for you, and you alone.

Below is a quote from the most recent statement from the DfE, regarding the impending demise of national curriculum levels: “We accepted the Expert Panel’s recommendation to remove level descriptors from the national curriculum and not replace them. This is … Continue reading

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The Secret Recipe of Learning? Learn Potion N°9

I was listening to Daisy Christodoulou on Radio 4 on Mon 16th Sept, as part of ‘The Educators’ series of programmes. Here, she was talking about the importance of knowing information to achieve mastery of a subject. In order to … Continue reading

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Successful Behaviour Techniques : the Key to Teaching in PRUs

For the last 12 years, I have taught English at a large, city-wide PRU — or pupil referral unit. In our case, the PRU operates as a number of small centres spread around the city. Our PRU is for pupils … Continue reading

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