A Chemical Orthodoxy

Schools, Science and Education

How To Set Up A Centralised Detention System

At the beginning of this school year our faculty instituted a centralised detention system (CDS). Once it is set up, it's a very simple system to run and a few people have asked me how we set it up so I thought I... Continue Reading →


A Teacher In Poland

Before World War II, there were just short of 3,500,000 Jews in Poland. Today, there are 16,000. This was not a natural attrition. This is not the product of voluntary population movements. Between September 1939 and the end of the... Continue Reading →

Fixing Key Stage 3: Core Questions

  There is a growing rumbling and dissatisfaction with KS3. There is little doubt that years 7 through 9 have become wasted years and, in the face of tougher GCSEs more and more teachers appear to be finding that they... Continue Reading →


Markageddon* Earlier this school year, my Headteacher (who is a legend) asked me to present to governors on the topic of marking. Internal school politics and policies aside, I have attached the document I wrote for them as well as... Continue Reading →

My Best Lesson: Quantitative Chemistry

This morning, I think I taught one of my best lessons. I've been trying to hold off the blogging recently for the AfL Symposium but I thought people might be interested. And besides, Mark Enser has been nagging people to write... Continue Reading →

AfL in Science: A Symposium

As part of a round of high stakes observations I had two separate members of SLT come to observe my lessons*. In feedback, the first called me out on something which I strongly disagreed with. Right then and there however,... Continue Reading →

My Most Influential Blogs

I have a blogging conundrum. Like many others, the edu-blogger-twitter-sphere has had a huge impact on my teaching philosophy and practice. In a bid to join the fun, I started this blog just over a year ago. Recently, I've been... Continue Reading →

But what if I’m just not that inspiring?

For some reason my Facebook feed has been dominated by little videos from the DfE advertising teaching as a career. They’re all quite similar, featuring some young, fresh and sparkly eyed 20-something talking about how wonderful teaching is as a... Continue Reading →

Great Explainers: Richard Feynman

Richard Feynman was one of the greatest and most influential physicists of all time. Awarded a Nobel Prize in physics for his work on quantum electrodynamics, his academic career included working on the Manhattan Project and with Nasa investigating the... Continue Reading →

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