The Video Lesson

The Good Old Days? A long time ago (2005) in a county far, far away (Essex) there was a trainee science teacher (me) who worked in a school with centralised schemes of work. You would submit your requests to the fabulous technician team, make sure your photocopying was done in time and have a flick … Continue reading The Video Lesson

“I will try to FICSU”: Maths in Science

When you try your best (on calculation questions) and you don't succeed... what you need is FICSU! Applying maths in science mainly involves calculations and there are several fine blogs about drill processes to help students work systematically through problems. All have their merits and drawbacks. I'm going to gently, but respectfully, criticise them now. … Continue reading “I will try to FICSU”: Maths in Science

Anyone for a G & T? The unintended impact of the gifted and talented list

It used to be pretty standard in schools, still clinging on in around 32% of schools according to a quick Twitter poll (n=266), to have someone working in a role known as either the Gifted and Talented or More Able Provision Coordinator. They are in charge of a list. A list of pupils who were … Continue reading Anyone for a G & T? The unintended impact of the gifted and talented list