A Chemical Orthodoxy

Schools, Science and Education




Scene: it is 3.02pm and 8Sc2 have been working well throughout the double lesson. The bell goes at 3.05pm Teacher: ok year 8, well done today. In a minute we are going to pack up and stand behind our chairs,... Continue Reading →

What knowledge matters? Being realistic about gaps and recovery

I delivered some CPD tonight on recovery curriculums that I thought I'd post here. I'm flat out of energy so my annotations here are limp at best. Sorry in advance. Still, might be helpful. In advance of the session I... Continue Reading →

Hello Trello: Supercharge your school organisation

I'm not a particularly organised person. I forget things, misplace things and often take on more things than I can actually reasonably handle. I'm not exceptional in that regard, in fact I think I'm fairly typical, and until I went... Continue Reading →

Some top tips for making teaching videos

As a school, we've decided to spend time this term making teaching videos. There are two reasons for this: it will help our students who aren't in school and generally prepare everyone in the event of a school closerit's a... Continue Reading →

My CPD videos

The last few months have been pretty diabolical for me professionally, but one of few good things to come of this whole Covid mess has been the proliferation of free online CPD. The CPD circus is a market in need... Continue Reading →

The woods and the trees: breaking Rosenshine

Rosenshine is everywhere. And with good reason. As a basic primer for how to do Explicit Instruction, nothing is better. The paper is short, but jam-packed with good stuff about teaching and learning - good stuff which has been notably... Continue Reading →

What does explicit instruction in science look like?

As you may know, I’ve prepared the year 7 science lessons for the Oak National Academy last term. By the end of term, I finished 44 lessons, each one featuring a pre and post quiz, an instructional video and at... Continue Reading →

Behaviour: stopping it starting

I was recently asked to give a talk for United Learning about which Teach Like a Champion techniques I had found most useful for me and for people I work with. Below is a link to the 20 minutes-ish session... Continue Reading →

A year at The Totteridge Academy: the things I’ve learnt

In September of this year I became head of science at The Totteridge Academy. A new role in a new school was never going to be easy, but despite all the various trials and tribulations of the 19/20 academic year,... Continue Reading →

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