The purpose of this blog was initially to support the sharing of ideas, resources and create a forum for discussion.
It has been some times since I last posted anything on this blog, mainly because, for a period of time, my focus in schools drifted from teaching and learning. Fortunately, my role within a new multi-academy trust, and an organisation that I strongly believe in, has allowed me to focus my attention on teaching and learning once more and the development of policy and practice across a family of schools.
In June 2016 I was delighted to join Reach4 Academy Trust as Deputy Director of Education. Our purpose is to bring educational equity to areas of the country that deserve good schools and good teachers the most. It is an exciting time and I am delighted to be working with a group of excellent school leaders who are committed to providing excellent opportunities and outcomes for the children in our care.
The Essential Guide to Classroom Practice was a project to bring ideas together and share them so that they could be discussed and used to influence classroom practice. The book was written over three years ago now. My perspective on education, ideas and practice have significantly changed and grown. I regret that I have not been able to share my thoughts and learning through this forum. It seems I am not much of a blogger, or a ‘tweeter’ for that matter (something one of our Directors of Education keeps reminding me (he is though, and a great educator to follow – @Benedick1). However, I do wish to share and collaborate with teachers outside my own circle of schools.
From time to time, I am contacted by teachers who have read my book. I always enjoy hearing from teachers and enjoy sharing the strategies, policies and practice I am working on. Indeed, I am very excited to be working on a new book. It’s a slow burner and will take some time to bring everything together. It will explore the principles and practice around all-through education. Something we are very passionate about at Reach4.
So, if you have come across my book and have found your way to this blog then I apologise that it is somewhat lacking in the sort of content and rich debate you will find on some of the other wonderful education blogs out there. I just don’t have the time!
Nevertheless, please take this as an invitation to get in touch with the author to share, discuss and collaborate. After all, this is how we learn.