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From the Sandpit…

Musings on all things education by an ex-pat teaching in Dubai, passionate about talent development, teaching English, evidence informed practice and collaboration :)

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Leadership

The 20 Mile March- Lessons in Leadership

If you want the elephant to grow, feed it, dont weigh it….

Effective Feedback Policy

Effective Marking Teacher’s Handbook 2013 2014 Continue reading “Effective Feedback Policy”

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A Guide to education blogging

SRS Teaching and Learning Hubs 2013-2014

In this post I outline plans for all our staff to engage in some action based research next year as part of our Teaching and Learning Hubs. Dylan Wiliam has long advocated Teaching and Learning communities and Teacher led CPD as a more effective way of furthering staff Continue reading “SRS Teaching and Learning Hubs 2013-2014”

Part 2 (of 2) Great Learning: What are the ‘important things’ that make learning ‘GREAT’?

Part 1(of 2) Great Learning: 3 qualities that separate the best from the rest..

Top 40: Highly Effective School Leadership

Having spent a bit of time creating documents for a ‘Leadership Handbook’ that myself and other colleagues put together for academic year 2013-14. It really got me thinking about what makes a highly effective school leader. As always I sought much inspiration from the #Twitteratti and thought I would gather together a selections of the best blog posts I have read on this subject, for the purpose of sharing with other leaders in my school. This is my top 40..in no particular order.. Continue reading “Top 40: Highly Effective School Leadership”

What Mr Ofsted taught me….

Dubai Teaching and Learning Partnership (DTLP)

A message to all UK curriculum schools in Dubai

I wholeheartedly believe that no teacher or school should work in isolation of any other. I am aware that within Dubai there are already fantastic opportunities for staff to share best practice. At The School of Research Science (SRS) we always support and encourage staff involvement in the BSME CPD programme, KHDA’s WWDubai and are very excited by our forthcoming involvement in the SPARK ‘Teach Meet’ events. We also have some very exciting international links with other schools. Continue reading “Dubai Teaching and Learning Partnership (DTLP)”

I am a huge advocate of coaching in schools and believe it to be the best way to bring about genuine and long lasting school improvement. When coaching others and discussing a particular issue I will often ask, what does perfect look like in this situation? We can then discuss solving the problem and work backwards in putting together steps to achieve the desired solution. Continue reading “Leading Teaching and Learning from the Sandpit..”

Leading a Learning Community from the middle….

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