Growth mindset with grade targets

A teacher asked us recently: my school makes all students write their target grades on the front of their books: could this be undermining the self-belief and growth mindset I want them to have? She’s right to be worried. Although many schools believe that sharing grades in this way makes it obvious (particularly to inspectors,…

“It’s marginal gains, isn’t it? The little things.”

There often seems to be a tacit assumption that your first year in teaching – and perhaps large parts of your career – are meant to be a bit of a misery.  Teaching is certainly incredibly hard but unhappiness is neither inevitable nor unavoidable. Recent research our team conducted found that the teachers who did…

Teachers and Teaching Assistants: A team is more than the sum of its parts

‘I have a teaching assistant? What do I do now?’…Does this ring a bell? Teaching assistants (TAs) are a valuable resource and the majority of teachers will work alongside them in the classroom. Their in-depth knowledge and experience should be a gift to hard-pressed teachers but EEF research has shown that many teachers do not,…

Four ways to create a positive departmental culture

Middle leaders are often described as the key figures in making schools run effectively. Part of their power stems from creating a departmental culture, and the effect this has on the way a team of adults works.  It was fascinating to learn about how Dani Quinn (‘10 Ambassador) has sought to do this within her…