Google Teacher Academy

Google Apps for Education, Leadership

The Google Teacher Academy is an intensive two-day training event where lucky delegates are able to experience the wonderful surroundings of a Google HQ, learn about the latest tools and techniques that Google has to offer and then, if this wasn’t enough, complete an action plan of research afterwards to gain Google Certified Teacher status. […]

October 28, 2013

An evening with Ron Berger


I was fortunate to be able to attend the Ron Berger evening held at the Campsmount academy in Doncaster last week.  Ron was invited over by the XL academy group as they are looking to employ Ron’s model of project based learning, (PBL) in their new free school. I had read Ron’s book, An Ethic […]

June 25, 2013

Expert Lesson Planning

Leadership, Learning, Teaching

I have been thinking about lesson planning a lot recently, both as a process that we all need to understand more fully and as a strategy for developing teacher practise in school.  This reflection started when reviewing our lesson observation feedback.  We have seen all of our staff teach over the past few months and have some […]

April 26, 2013

A prayer for leadership…..Charles Handy.


I picked up a copy of Charles Handy’s third edition of “Understanding Organizations” from a National Trust used book sale held at Wimpole Hall, my local NT retreat we often visit with the children. It cost me the princely sum of £1.30 and is full of pencil annotations. I was hoping they would be from […]

February 24, 2013

Lesson Observations and the cycle of school improvement

Leadership, Teaching

We are just past the mid point of the February half term holiday and so roughly half way through the academic year.  Our school improvement journey has progressed at great speed throughout the first half of the year and our leadership team has just finished observing every single member of staff in school.  This is a first for me.  I have […]

February 21, 2013

Good to outstanding teaching – some thoughts

Learning, Teaching

This post is an extension of a post I made during my ongoing work on the Good to Outstanding teaching online unit as part of the National College’s Head Start programme.  It was in a response to two questions. As a Headteacher, how can you use lesson observations to move teaching from Good to Outstanding? What is […]

January 21, 2013