One of the drivers that led me to leave the teaching profession and start Pupil Progress was that I could see the impact an effective tracking and monitoring system would have on my students’ outcomes and my ability to support teachers in my team and do my job as a Head of Faculty.
Getting your department's assessment plan right is crucial to the success of your students, teaching team and, ultimately, the performance of the whole school.
Getting nasty surprises on results day is not ideal but, unfortunately, it does happen. It may be a small group of students, a class, or a whole course, and there are many ways you can slip up with your grade predictions.
The data looks good, the future doesn’t
While writing this blog for Pupil Progress on behaviour management strategies, I started to reflect on student behaviour more generally.
"Everything works somewhere, nothing works everywhere.” – Dylan Wiliam
“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out” – Robert Collier
Your lesson begins. You present your students with a quick recap quiz to assess their readiness for their GCSE exam (which has somehow crept up on all of us). Answers are given and students score themselves out of 10. Scores range from 2 to 10. The panic and anxiety begins to set in for all students gaining lower scores – they have not been revising. Those gaining perfect scores? Fatigue and exhaustion are obvious – they’ve been doing too much revision!
By Andrew Sweet and Alex Fairlamb
How are you? Are your family and loved ones well? How’s work, your relationships and your life?
Joining the ranks as a head of your department is an exciting step in your teaching career. You feel like you can really make a difference at your school, and you’re proud to be acknowledged for your achievements as a teacher. At the same time, this is the beginning of the next stage of the journey in your personal development. How do you establish your new leadership role with conviction?
Last weekend was the inaugural TMMathsIcons event. Being surrounded by like-minded professionals, networking, and discussing how we can improve our practice is truly one of my favourite things to be a part of. It has taken me to many conferences, and I’ve been part of many Twitter chats because of it. But organising a free TeachMeet for other Maths Teachers has really been the pinnacle of my CPD to date.