British Values

Most of us want to prepare our learners for life and British Values gives us another opportunity to do that. Although I've not heard any of my colleagues contest that 'British Values' is important, they may have contested the term itself. The 'British Values' term is still being used by Ofsted, and whether we find …

A Further Education

I've always known, as a teacher of English (and sometimes maths, ICT and study skills) that there was a whole world of FE I didn't have any real involvement with- a world filled with industry expertise and students working towards employment. Being present at open days and enrolment events always gave me an insight into …

Being Evidence Informed

In recent months, I have become more aware of how research, science and evidence informs my practice- both as a leader and as a teacher. Below, you'll find that I've begun to gather together evidence sources that can support this (click the image to access).

‘If you have great lessons, you never have behaviour problems, right?’

'If you have great lessons, you never have behaviour problems, right?' Paul Dix says this in one of his opening videos for the Future Learn MOOC: Managing Behaviour for Learning. https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/managing-behaviour-for-learning/ Reflecting on my own behaviour management 'training' throughout my PGCE, I received the same sort of message: 'If you plan your lesson well enough then …

Positive Engagement from Day 1- Dawn Griffiths and Sallyann Turner

Dawn and Sallyann have worked together for 16 years and work in the ESOL, EFL and Essential Skills department at The Sheffield College. In this video, they share a range of approaches to positive engagement in their sessions. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFWcQCk2IWc Welcoming the students Dawn and Sallyann have always been committed to personally welcoming each of their …

ClassDojo to motivate and reward students- Simon Kershaw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xodoXSAl1Bk Simon Kershaw, Lecturer in the ESOL, EFL and Essential Skills department at The Sheffield College, has been making use of Class Dojo at the start of term to engage his students with positive behaviours. Many other staff in this department have also cited the success of this app in supporting a 'positive engagement' approach …

How can #LearningFirst ideas for action, to support the future of assessment expertise, become a reality?

Kate Sowter @Top_kat1 How do we bring our peers and colleagues along with us(who aren't here on a Saturday)? How can we get a national conversation going? Sam Twiselton @samtwiselton We need to see the wood for the trees and not get bamboozled by the quantitative aspects of assessment. Get on side with the teaching …