Reflections upon metacognition and the role of teacher beliefs

By , 10th September 2018

Every year over the summer break I aim to read at least one educational book a month and in 2009 it was the turn of Guy Claxton’s ‘What’s the point of school?’. On page 113 he pays great tribute to his A level Chemistry teacher, Michael Shayer, the leading academic on the Cognitive Acceleration project. […]

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Agreeing with Ofsted!

By , 13th July 2017

When teaching full-time in secondary education I always wondered what it would be like to be part of a school where all staff shared a common view on how best to help their pupils reach their potential. Indeed, as a parent you see the potential in your own children from the moment of birth, and […]

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A new science lesson for you to try

By , 10th March 2017

Last year I was able to work with five teachers from the Compass Partnership of Schools in Greenwich. Our aim was to develop some new Let’s Think Science lessons for the primary phase and I would like to share one of them with you here. It is called the Three Billy Goats and explores the […]

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It has been quite a while.

By , 2nd March 2017

It has been a few months since my last post and the main reason for this is that we have been thinking long and hard about the purpose of the Let’s Think website. The first outcome of this discussion has been the decision to redesign and update our site. As you read this post you […]

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Gathering Momentum

By , 29th September 2016

At the end of last term I was sent an e-mail by Mark O’Donnell from Broadwater School in Surrey. They have been using CASE/LTSS for a couple of years and I was wondering how they had been getting on. I enclose his reply below: Hi Alan, It’s going pretty well. I’m really pleased with the […]

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Celebrating the difference

By , 22nd April 2016

I had the great pleasure of visiting Ercall Wood Technology College before Easter in my capacity as tutor for the LTSS project. I had not been for a while and I was wondering how things were going for this school. Quite soon into the meeting the dreaded Ofsted word was mentioned! Despite the fact this […]

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Bringing CASE in from the cold

By , 22nd January 2016

To me one of the most interesting aspects of the work started by Carolyn, Michael and Philip is the international appeal of their educational research. Regularly, at least once a month, we receive via social media or email an indication of how far reaching their ideas have become. Earlier this month Dominic Edwards shared his […]

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What a year it’s been!

By , 17th July 2015

It’s twelve months since I took over the role of site manager from Sarah and what an academic year it has been. I had little idea of the global appeal of Let’s Think! Just this term I have had the privilege of talking to teachers and senior managers from all over the world. My most […]

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Inside the mind of a school leader – part 2

By , 11th May 2015

As you may be aware we are coming to the end of the ‘experimental’ stage of the EEF funded LTSS project. We have been working with 25 schools to introduce the updated CASE lessons and PD model. Although the results will not be published until the start of 2016 some very interesting findings are beginning […]

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Inside the mind of a school leader

By , 13th March 2015

This months blog includes part of an email exchange I had with Kirsty Alderson (Vice Principle of King’s Leadership Academy). The real joy of this role is engaging with teachers and leaders over how to best foster a climate of learning rather than trying to justify that progress is linear. Once we get trapped into […]

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