Losing Our faculties?

Monday, 21 November 2022

This Thursday teachers in Scotland who are members of the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) will be taking strike action in pursuance of a pay...

Cast And Crew

Monday, 7 November 2022

One of my hobbies for the last forty years or so has been amateur dramatics. I love acting and performing on stage but I have done other things in the...

Love Letter To A Profession

Monday, 31 October 2022

It’s Monday morning. The October holiday is over and a new term has started but I am sitting here typing this because I am now, officially, retired....

Stressing The Statistics

Saturday, 19 March 2022
Stressing The Statistics

On our last CPD day, held over Zoom, we heard a talk from a guy discussing a statistical analysis of our department’s exam results. He said they were...

The Accountability Scenario

Friday, 18 February 2022

Long ago, in my first job, in my first school I was, for a while, the convener of a short-lived Staff Association. In that role I was talking, one day,...

In Memory Of The Martyrs

Sunday, 31 October 2021
In Memory Of The Martyrs

I follow a Facebook group that shares pictures and cartoons associated with teaching. A week or so ago the picture at the top of this blog appeared on...

Binning Best Practice

Monday, 16 August 2021
Binning Best Practice

A few years ago there was a TV programme called ‘Room 101’ where celebrities nominated things that they wanted removed from the world forever to be consigned...

In My Day

Monday, 24 February 2020
In My Day

At eight o’clock on Thursday night the Scottish Government released figures that showed that attainment in Higher level exams had fallen, in some subjects...

What No One Wants

Wednesday, 12 February 2020
What No One Wants

I’ve never met a teacher who really loved marking homework. I’ve never met a teacher whose enthusiasm for homework spilled out into their teaching to...

Without Question

Thursday, 30 January 2020
Without Question

About two decades ago (man, I feel so old sometimes) I was involved in an educational initiative concerned with formative assessment known as ‘Assessment...