Final Pieces of the Jigsaw

This post was written by Jon Tait @TeamTait.   Standards in schools have been increasing dramatically over the past 20 years. If you liken school improvement to a jigsaw puzzle that leadership teams are trying to solve, then there were quite a few schools that didn’t have many pieces in the box 20 years ago.…

The Digital Skills Gap

This post was written by Jon Tait @TeamTait.     There once was a time that students knew more about computers and desktop publishing software than teachers. It was a scary time when you saw students knowing how to produce amazing looking PowerPoint presentations with stunning looking transitions and themes that made your own professional…

Pitching for Talent

This post was written by Written by Jon Tait @TeamTait. We’ve been hearing for a few years now that we are in the middle of a recruitment crisis. While teachers are leaving the profession in droves (more than 4,000 teachers a month left the profession in 2014/15, nearly 50,000 in total, around one in 12…

Please Sir, Can I Have Some More?

This post was written by Jon Tait @TeamTait. It’s that time of year when traditionally the heat really gets turned up on year 11’s in schools across the country. With the pressure on schools to succeed more than ever due to increased government floor targets, exam boards shifting grade boundaries and the threat of a…

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…