The Excel Academy

How can we be outstanding?


By A Steele  Over the last few weeks, the Teaching & Learning team at the academy have been debating exactly what marks a lesson as not just good, but ‘outstanding’. Not so long ago (within the last decade) Ofsted moved to no longer grading lessons – seeing this as a futile measure in a one-off […]

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Seven Myths about Education


As a teaching and learning team, we have chosen the standard of focussing and honing in on ‘Setting the standard.” We are interested in this particular area so that we can draw on prior knowledge and experience of how we model expectations and then, in turn, cascade relevant strategies on this standard on a whole […]

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Teaching & Learning Blog #2: ‘Teacher in role’ cooks up a storm in feisty Lady Macbeth lesson


Rodgers and Hammerstein got it right when they said, ‘let’s start at the very beginning.’ It is always important to reflect, refresh ideas and re-group whenever making decisions or contemplating something new. This mantra not only resonates with life but also is essential to developing pedagogy and lesson planning. And so, like a modern day […]

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