What Makes Great Training? 10 ideas for developing subject knowledge and pedagogy

The need to improve the quality of professional training for teachers is, I think, becoming increasingly well understood. In a time of shrinking budgets and teacher shortages, improving professional development has in some ways become as important about teacher recruitment and retention as improving student outcomes. Recent publications have provided clarity to where leaders shouldContinue reading “What Makes Great Training? 10 ideas for developing subject knowledge and pedagogy”

Miltonic Vision Part I: Trivium 21C, Threshold concepts and the power of ‘powerful knowledge’

A few years ago, at my previous school, I taught Milton’s Paradise Lost for the first time. Whilst I had read some of the early books in my first year at university, I never managed to complete the poem and I certainly didn’t think I knew it. The thought of teaching such as challenging textContinue reading “Miltonic Vision Part I: Trivium 21C, Threshold concepts and the power of ‘powerful knowledge’”

It’s what you know that counts: the importance of strong subject knowledge

A lot has been written about the relative merits of a knowledge-based curriculum over one that focuses more on developing transferable skills and competences. More recently, a lot more has been written about the falseness of this dichotomy and the need for a curriculum that takes account of both these ideologies, seeing the one complementingContinue reading “It’s what you know that counts: the importance of strong subject knowledge”