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‘You’ve got the music in you’ English makes waves in developing cultural capital –  a window into yesterday…

‘You’ve got the music in you’ English makes waves in developing cultural capital – a window into yesterday…

Quickly approaching the end of the academic year and, it has to be said, we are all well and truly exhausted. It takes a little bit longer to get up

Teaching Boys – what we’ve learned

Teaching Boys – what we’ve learned

by A Steele For the past few years, we’ve known that the gap between boy and girl achievement has, in a number of subjects, been widening. This is

Pedagogy in History

Pedagogy in History

Vocabulary in History – by Ben Tomasik No teacher would disagree that a broad vocabulary is a desirable thing for our students to acquire. 

How can we be outstanding?

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

Confessions of an English Teacher. Work hard. Think hard. Excel.

Confessions of an English Teacher. Work hard. Think hard. Excel.

By Steph Dudley Education is a challenging, but extremely rewarding, profession. The adventure begins with the studying: endless hours of essays and

In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.

In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.

By Steph Dudley, Siobhan Copeland and Rhiannon Bedford   It is Sunday once again. Saturday feels like a lifetime ago. You decide to sit down at the

Seven Myths about Education

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

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

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

Teaching & Learning Blog #1: Motivating Boys

Teaching & Learning Blog #1: Motivating Boys

Boys winning the race to GCSEs? “Why do we have to do this?” “How much do I have to write?” “How many questions do I

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