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Appropriate challenge for all

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Using Solo Taxonomy for Analysis of Performance in PE

This is a bit of an experimental post; it is a work in progress that will develop and evolve as this teaching strategy develops.  I am interested in finding out what impact the use of solo taxonomy will have on the ability of Year 9 boys to perform effective analysis of performance. I think that by … Continue reading

Best practice in grouping students

Care about supporting the progress of all your students, and raising the achievement of disadvantaged kids?   Yep… Sign up to our project on grouping students! Ok then, we will! ‘Ability grouping’, versus mixed-‘ability’ teaching, has been a topic of long-standing debate in the UK; as recently illustrated by the recent ‘non-announcement from the Government’ … Continue reading

Assessment without levels; our plan

Why is it happening? This video from Tim Oates summarises nicely why we are where we are: Our rationale: We wanted to create a system that allows: Students to follow sequential steps to success. Students and teachers working together to allow students to keep making progression steps throughout their KS3 and KS4 school career. Sufficient challenge … Continue reading

Maximising Learning Time: Effective Lesson Starts

As February starts, teachers with examination groups across the country suddenly become acutely aware of the passage of time; seconds, minutes, hours, lessons, days, weeks, months; no matter how you measure it the looming examination season tends to sharpen focus on what has been done and what there is still to do when supporting students … Continue reading

Using SOLO taxonomy to teach to the top and scaffold the bottom

Solo Taxonomy is the Structured of Observed Learning Outcomes. It was developed by Biggs and Collis (1982), and is well described in Biggs and Tang (2007)  I initially heard about this via Sean Allison, Deputy at Durrington High (@shaun_allison) who was kind enough to share some initial resources with me.  You can see more about SOLO on … Continue reading

The Oriel 5

During the last year as a school we have reflected upon the way that we are trying to deliver high quality learning to our students.  When I look back I am hugely impressed by all the hard work and positive energy that has been given by the staff body to this piece of work so … Continue reading