My Mum & Misconceptions

My mum is an exceptional woman. An occupational therapist for most of her career, she was inspired by some voluntary bereavement counselling she did for a few years and then retrained as a psychotherapist in her 50s, completed a degree, and then a Masters, and worked very successfully with all sorts of people struggling with an extraordinary […]

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Information about ITT

Matt Burnage wrote a somewhat devastating thread about ITT on Twitter recently. I completely understand where he’s coming from and I thought I’d get my thoughts down on each of the points he’s made and some reasons why it might seem like ITT Providers, and/or schools, are dragging their feet. These are just my own […]

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Designing a new SKE curriculum

I’d like to acknowledge Ben Arscott’s (2018) article in Impact, as the inspiration for the structure of this blog post, which is part of the Curriculum In Science symposium. Part one of the series is by Adam Boxer. Part two is by Ruth Walker: language of curriculum Part three is by Gethyn Jones: designing curriculum […]

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Do we know anything about the impact of subject knowledge on retention of early-career science teachers?

There is evidence that early-career science teachers are particularly vulnerable in terms of retention (Allen & Sims 2017). Evidence suggests that a number of factors affect teacher retention across all subjects but it is less clear why early-career science teachers are more at risk than teachers of most other subjects. It may simply be that […]

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