Re-Thinking Differentiation

Have We Actually Been Widening the Achievement Gap?   This post was written by Jon Tait @TeamTait.   Differentiation has long been the nemesis of every trainee teacher in the land. It’s one thing getting to grips with behaviour management, building relationships with children, marking books and planning lessons….but when you first learn that you…

The Great Learning Lag

This post was written by Jon Tait @TeamTait. For years and years as a senior leader and previously as a classroom teacher I have spoken, like many others, about the great learning lag between primary and secondary. Every year secondary school teachers receive a bunch of bright eyed and bushy tailed students fresh from primary…

The Camera Never Lies

This post was written by Jon Tait @TeamTait. Filming lesson observations to provide high quality reflection In recent years, lesson observations have been seen by many as every teacher’s enemy, striking fear into the heart of even the most experienced of teachers. For far too long, the very thought of being watched by someone whilst…

Out of the Frying Pan and into the Fire

This guest post was written by Jon Tait @TeamTait.   For as long as we can all remember, teachers have loathed Ofsted inspections and, in particular, formal lesson observations. The dreaded visits that once gave you sleepless nights for a week leading up to it, then became a frantic overnight planning exercise to ensure you…

TeachMeets and the Super Heroes of Education

This is a guest post written by Jon Tait @TeamTait It’s half past 3, you’ve taught for a full day, worked through your lunch and now you are trying to get yourself re-focused on Powerpoint slide number 64 that someone is reading off during what is tentatively called Continuing Professional Development. The word ‘Continuing’ can…

The Renaissance of Research

This guest post was written by Jon Tait @TeamTait. What makes an expert? If you went back 10 years or so ago, you’d have probably cited the fact that an expert was a professor or a published author on a specialised topic. The fact that they’d had their work published gave them a halo of…

Get Every Teacher Blogging

This post was written by Jon Tait @TeamTait.   Today, the challenge that all schools face is to keep on improving the standard of teaching in the classroom. After all, it is our core business. Headline figures, levels of progress, behaviour management – you can forget all of these unless you prioritise on the one…

Dress to Impress?

This post was written by Jon Tait @TeamTait.   Today’s educational landscape is changing fast, with more and more schools becoming academies and education being slowly aligned to business-like thinking. Schools have never been in a more competitive market place for students, especially considering the birth of free schools and UTC’s on the horizon. Senior…

Securing that Leadership Position

This post was written by Jon Tait @TeamTait.   As we approach the traditional recruitment season in education we may find ourselves taking a sneaky look in the TES for more than just its stimulating educational content. Currently there are 4,610 available jobs listed in the UK, but with less than 10% of those (387)…

The Future of Learning?

This post was written by Jon Tait, you can follow Jon on Twitter @TeamTait. For hundreds of years we have taught in a relatively similar way. If you close your eyes and picture a typical classroom you will probably see the teacher at the front of the classroom talking to a room full of students.…