• Education
  • Specialist teachers at KS3?

    This post relates to specialist teachers at KS3 for the sciences and whether we should have science teachers teach any of the three sciences pre-KS4 or whether there is an argument to suggest having specialists teaching their subject improves student outcomes. I was unable to find any research on this, so this is all through […]

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  • Where are the Physics teachers?

      Where are the Physics teachers? It’s a pertinent question and one that, through current experience, is tremendously worrying. I work in a fantastic school with an exceptional Physics department. We have 70 students across A-level; three sets of AS and two sets of A2. Myself and my colleague, who is leaving, are the only […]

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  • Student Response to Mechanics

    Wandering home I was crossing the road, and a car approached reasonably fast. So I wrote a quick mechanics question and fired it out to my Year 12s (during the holidays!) The e-mail: “Hello! Yes, I’m e-mailing you over the holidays. Yes, it’s because I had a geeky moment. So basically, I was crossing the […]

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  • What will pay competition mean to teaching?

    Sir Michael Wilshaw, the Chief Inspector of Schools at Ofsted, recently suggested teachers needed to work past 3pm to earn any kind of promotion. Alongside this he also told his Ofsted inspectors that schools should be considered for a lower grade if teachers are moved up the teacher pay scales without justification. Provided there’s a […]

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  • Using Bambuser in the Classroom

    For those of you that don’t know, Bambuser (www.bambuser.com) is a fantastic resource that allows live streaming of video from a mobile device to a weblink associated with your own account. My account is here and stores all of my videos – some of which are public, some private. It’s available to use on Android, iPhone/iPad/iPod […]