How Do You Deal with Lesson Observation Feedback?

If you’ve happened to read my blog post titled ‘Seven Top Tips for NQTs’ you’ll have no doubt read point five which was summarised as ‘Sometimes, Feedback Isn’t Pleasant’. No one enjoys criticism and even if the observer is as nice as pie, sometimes you can come away feeling defeated and demoralised. This got me thinking. How can you handle lesson observation feedback in a positive and constructive way? Organise a Time and Place If given the option, avoid immediate feedback but organise a meeting immediately.  This is for two reasons. First of all, you’re likely to want some time … Continue reading How Do You Deal with Lesson Observation Feedback?

Manipulatives in Maths: Suitable for the Secondary Classroom?

Content writer Siobhan Lawrence explains why visualising manipulatives is suitable for everybody. Interlocking cubes, Cuisenaire rods, counters, dice, dominoes, geo-boards, to name but a few, are all examples of manipulatives and physical objects which you might associate with a primary … Continue reading Manipulatives in Maths: Suitable for the Secondary Classroom?

Worried About Santa’s Diet?

Fiona Sutcliffe has written a resource to deal with a concern that many of us have shared. Christmas is getting nearer and I’m sure by now most people are feeling festive! Christmas is that time of year that I love, and like most people, it means spending time with family and friends, and eating and drinking a lot more than usual! I mean seriously, if you can’t eat chocolate for breakfast at Christmas, when can you? So, it might seem odd that I am discussing a resource I made which looks at Father Christmas’ New Year’s resolution. His resolution for … Continue reading Worried About Santa’s Diet?

Maths Christmas: Is It the Season to be Jolly… Yet?

Ok, so we all have those moments where we can’t get those Christmas lyrics out of our head, we’re on countdown to the last day of term and Christmas just takes over. Students constantly ask, ‘Can we do fun stuff?’ ‘Do you have a Christmas quiz?’ Along with the summer holidays, Christmas is one of those times in the school calendar year where students seem to be on a wind down from some time in November (if not earlier!) and keeping them focused, engaged and inspired in their maths learning can be somewhat challenging! So, how do you keep them … Continue reading Maths Christmas: Is It the Season to be Jolly… Yet?

Breaking Down Barriers to Oxbridge: Can Secondary Teachers Inspire Their Pupils?

The universities of Oxford and Cambridge may be the most celebrated and prestigious in the UK, but new research suggests that their intake is less than representative of the country as a whole. Figures released by the Sutton Trust charity show that just eight leading schools sent more students to Oxbridge between 2015 and 2017 than 2,900 other schools put together. The imbalance in admissions is stark: while just 7% of pupils attend private schools, they take up 42% of Oxbridge places. Westminster School in London saw an average of 70-80 students per year offered places at Oxbridge; meanwhile, entire … Continue reading Breaking Down Barriers to Oxbridge: Can Secondary Teachers Inspire Their Pupils?