A Chemical Orthodoxy

Schools, Science and Education

Collective Responsibility, Not Collective Punishment

There is a tradition called "muck-up day." I don't know when it started, but it seems to have taken root in many schools. At a school I used to work at there was no such tradition until one year a... Continue Reading →


Chemistry SLOP work

UPDATE 16/09/2017 Have added a booklet for chemistry of the atmosphere. In terms of SLOP that means the only ones I still have to do are "using resources" (snore) and moles. I haven't really decided how I'm going to approach... Continue Reading →

The Impact of Impact: Research, Schools and the Chartered College

I was very 50/50 about whether or not to join the Chartered College. I'd read the blogs and watched the inevitable Twitter flame wars and wasn't convinced. But it was right at a time when I thought teacher professionalism was... Continue Reading →


I've been on Twitter a while, but only been actively involved in the various "great education debates" over the last few months. I've learnt a lot and had many fantastic, constructive dialogues with people from all over the spectrum. Obviously... Continue Reading →

The Retrieval Roulette

A lot of people on Twitter have recently been talking about the importance of mini-quizzes and how they are carried out. I've been working on a little program to help me out with this and you're more than welcome to... Continue Reading →

Corbyn’s Class (Sizes) War

In the run up to the General Election I'm going to be writing a little bit about some of the Ed policies as they come out. It's mostly for my Facebook friends (who are generally conservative) so not aimed at... Continue Reading →

The Silliness of Silly Mistakes: Cognitive Load Theory for Kids

I constantly hear students saying that they made a silly mistake or that they didn't read the question carefully. To me, these are excuses. We don't know the material well enough, make a mistake because of it and then try... Continue Reading →

In Praise of Off By Heart

I recently shared to Facebook Tom Bennett's excellent dismantling of a ridiculous video which did the rounds about a year ago. A teacher friend duly shared my post, which was critiqued by a friend of theirs (a complete stranger to... Continue Reading →

KS3 Science Curriculum: Some Tentative Thoughts

Last night on Twitter I reached out to hear people's thoughts on how to go about writing a KS3 science curriculum bearing cognitive science in mind (1). I got some really interesting responses from people who are a) more knowledgeable... Continue Reading →

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