I teach, therefore I am.

Should the curriculum be prescribed or should teachers have autonomy?

This is a slightly lengthier version of my introduction to answering this question as part of a panel at the #ChoosingKnowledge event on Saturday 11th February 2017. I think this … Continue reading

February 12, 2017 · 1 Comment

Audaces fortuna iuvat- making the move to the Inspiration Trust

In many ways this blog is evidence of the journey I have taken in my thinking about education. It has been, both the means for and the evidence of, my … Continue reading

January 29, 2017 · 2 Comments

Choosing Knowledge

Like many fellow Twitter users, I’ve become fairly bored with the knowledge vs. skills debate; not because I think it’s a false dichotomy or not worthy of discussion but because … Continue reading

January 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

‘Secondary Curriculum and Assessment Design’ – the reviews.

Writing and publishing a book is a daunting experience, but sending it out for a review (especially when you are sending it to colleagues who have inspired your writing) is … Continue reading

January 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

Knowledge Organisers – facts not fads

There’s been an interesting set of discussions recently on the blogosphere about the use of knowledge organisers in schools. I don’t think there is a magic bullet which is the … Continue reading

January 4, 2017 · 5 Comments

Leadership – finding the perfect note

A write up of my presentation at #TMExcel #Leadership According to LinkedIn (!) it’s my third year anniversary of being a leader. It’s an interesting time to try to work … Continue reading

November 19, 2016 · 1 Comment

Curriculum matters – a strategic plan

My slides from the Harris Academy October Conference. In this presentation, I gave an overview of the way a school/subject leader could begin thinking about the process of curriculum design. … Continue reading

November 19, 2016 · 1 Comment

That’s how the light gets in

My presentation at #TMEastLondon entitled: ‘Adding SPARKLE to Curriculum and Assessment Design’ ‘Curriculum and Assessment Design’ isn’t the sexiest title – as many of my family and friends were quick … Continue reading

November 19, 2016 · 1 Comment

Chasing magic: WomenEd

One holiday during my childhood, we stayed in a old English country cottage. I had, if memory serves me right, just reached the age where I could be trusted to … Continue reading

October 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

Radically Academic: a new approach to CPD

My slides from ResearchEd 2016 – 10/9/16. Book available for pre-order here: http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/bloomsbury-cpd-library-secondary-curriculum-and-assessment-design-9781472928504/  

September 10, 2016 · Leave a comment