tmatthews7 has written 92 posts for Purple Pedagogy

#Justonething no 6 Practice….

There is the temptation to only focus on the things you can do in the final few days before an exam.  We are trying to get the students to address their areas of weakness first.  The idea of revisiting and reinforcing is of vital importance when trying to improve retention and retrieval. Advertisements

Practitioner Enquiry: What impact will flipped classroom have on Y13 & Y12 students in Sociology on improved independence skills out of school and improved outcomes in school? Gunessee, S (2016)

By: Sunny Gunessee Subject Area:  Sociology The research conducted by S. Gunessee strikes a strong similarity with the process of a lesson study, it is firmly rooted as piece of independent teaching practitioners research. After a set of underperforming results from the previous cohort, S. Gunessee went to the best performing college in the UK … Continue reading

#JustOneThing no5 Distillation

Mentioning distillation so soon after the Easter break may, for some, bring back memories of sunny Gin &Tonics! In this instance it is referring to the reduction of notes to key information that triggers recall and facilitates connection.  This strategy is really helping in keeping the focus on exam preparation without being oppressive.    

#JustOneThing no4 Welcome back

Upon their return, the 6th form were presented with this as their key thing to achieve this week.  This idea from @Clairdenman is a really good way of maintaining focus and momentum in the run up to the exams.  More to follow…   


Starting a new job as a Deputy Headteacher is a daunting task, especially when the title includes words such as ‘responsible for’ and ‘quality & standards’.  My mind went into overdrive after securing the position at Oriel High School, as the enormity of the task ahead set in. Assuring the quality of teaching across approximately … Continue reading

#JustOneThing no3

   #JustOneThing no3: Action Planning  Plan the actual steps you will take – breaking down the process of revision into small manageable steps.   Follow up – stick to the plan!

10 Top Strategies for Teaching Vocabulary and Making it Stick!

A guest blog by Zoe James, suggesting some great ideas to try when teaching vocabulary. Teaching vocabulary is tricky. In my lessons, I find that it is usually those students that already have extensive vocabularies who soak up any new words while the others struggle to absorb the language at all. A lot of new … Continue reading

#Justonething no2

   This week’s instalment of the #Justonething series of exam tips for students by @Clairdenman is action planning. Supporting students to plan key improvement actions that are aiming to improve upon weaknesses identified on a Personalised Learning Checklist (PLC)

#EducatEd2016 tickets on sale!

Tickets for #EducatEd2016 have just been released.  There is a great line up of presenters and facilitators confirmed for the event. The theme of the conference is: “Towards a sustainable self-improving school system” The conference schedule includes inspiring keynotes and thought provoking, 20 minute ‘EducatEd’ talks by a range of well known presenters including; Professor … Continue reading


   A great idea by @Clairdenman – small business cards given to students that give a top tip and a timeline to exam performance.  I think it helps to take the mystery out of preparing for an exam.   It is also worth remembering that as teachers we have prepared students for exams with some … Continue reading

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