Monthly Archives: June 2014

@BMTeachmeet 25 June 2014

I was lucky enough to attend and present this week at a new venue for TMEssex. Burnt Mill Academy, Harlow hosted their first Teachmeet. Toby Hall ran a very organised evening. We were entertained on arrival by a school singing group, the food was gorgeous before and at the break. The Head Boy was MC and did very well, if stuck at times for jokes. The prizes team – more pupils were very courteous and efficient at the. Conclusion of each twitter based competition.

Many of the attendees were colleagues at Burnt Mill with a few outsiders, the issue of attracting others to events – the “how” of attracting new audiences to participate in Teachmeets.

Three regulars of the region’s Teachmeets – Martin Burrett (@ICTMagic; @UKEdChat and @UKEdMag), Paul Hutson (@NightZooKeeper) and myself in @globalsolo guise enjoyed the wealth of prizes as we tweeted furiously.

Next week it’s co-hosting at @TMHavering on Tue. 1 July and a video presentation made for #TMStratford on Thursday 3 July. This has led me to using Haiku Deck and Knuvio iApps for the first time.

Management of staff pressure

Currently as we head towards a “level-less” field for Key Stage 3, we see many developments to show progress, making sure that pupils are aware of how to develop their answers. Any system that provides information that enables pupils to identify skills / content that will raise their attainment is to be encouraged. However, leaders / managers must consider the increased demands in terms of marking load they may be putting on some staff within their school. Changes to schemes of work or assessment are best done simultaneously as the systems are not mutually exclusive. Where you have staff with class allocations that vary from 4 to 13, there has to be a recognition that greater numbers of groups require additional time to mark effectively and new systems cannot be introduced as quickly as lessons are further apart.

A short post based on being a receiver of pressure. Do not think that I am against such systems. The information provided to pupils is valuable in guiding their future efforts. Just plan such changes ahead and consider what fallout is possible.

@NRocks2014 a day in the North…


An education event organised by teachers for teachers and the theme of Reclaiming Pedagogy. Sign me up,well even more forward, could I present for you? two Andys volunteered to present separately to the two organisers and we then joined forces as the #2Andys (Andy and Anne chapter).

Working outa presentation by email, twitter and phone with an overnight stay to check resources. We were ready.

Northern Rocks was based in Leeds at The Leeds Metropolitan University. The drive in from AndyYorkshire’s home saw wind turbines (year 8 unit currently) and then the Leeds Northern ring road displaying great transect evidence of settlement zones (last year 8 unit). 

Our chosen topic- Solo taxonomy and the globalsolo network. Well we set our room up, then the second room because we had been moved to the 2nd floor. Slightly more chairs, that might be useful. Off the Blue Hall in the rain for panel discussion – not what I would use in a classroom but a range of views espoused. Then off ahead of the crowd. AndyYorkshire waited calmly while AndyglobalsoloEssexyounger… Bellowed solo taxonomy top floor out of the window. Soon we were filling up, started to record numbers in the room, then a few more squeezed in. We had to turn away people once we got to 48. we were told later that they were queuing on the stairs – wow. Anyway AndyYorkshiresmarterattireseniornicehap did the theory very well as always and then Andyessexyoungerglobalsolomadsocksfor@belmontteachforkniilsocks spoke about the globalsolo network (see The workshop was a great start for us to a great day. This is a short but Important post to see how our day began, much, much more to feedback on.