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What a damp squib Andrew Marr’s 4 handed debate on school history on this morning’s radio show turned out to be. Gove was given such an easy ride. Nothing on why he backtracked so dramatically from the unteachable draft of February: nothing on why history is not taught to all to 16. He joked his [...]

New materials on KS2 history unit: Stone Age to Iron Age

I have just uploaded the outline key questions of the planner for the KS2 Stone Age to Iron Age unit. The complete planner is close to completion, and will be available within the next few weeks. In the meantime, subscribers are welcome to request draft versions of materials they might wish to trial with their [...]

OFSTED criticises SLTs' misguided lesson observation criteria- the end of mini-plenaries?

Today’s Chief Inspector’s report helpfully brings into question some Senior Leadership Teams’ assumptions about what passes for good learning. I am particulalry pleased to see 3 sacred cows being put to the sword. Firstly

Over-detailed and bureaucratic lesson plans
– Excessive detail within these plans can cause
teachers to lose sight of the central focus on pupils’
learning

■Secondly

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