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The most exciting time of the year

Although, up and down the land, teachers and pupils will be reluctantly returning to their classrooms and counting down the days until Half Term (if not Christmas or even the start of the Summer Holiday), this is, of course, the … Continue reading

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Can’t we just be friends?

A recent training session led by Maxson Consulting surrounded advice for teachers on the use of Social Networks.  Of course, there are a number of avenues to this, positive and negative.  There is the crucial importance of ensuring that children are … Continue reading

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Holiday homework with a difference?

As we write, schools, teachers, and children across the United Kingdom are currently enjoying their long Summer Holiday.  As ever, there are the annual calls for holidays to be staggered, the tales of schools who have cut their summer holiday … Continue reading

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Upside down leadership?

Whilst driving back from consulting work, I listened to a fascinating edition of BBC Radio 4’s The Bottom Line about leadership.  In particular, the episode concerned the notion of “upside-down management”, where the individual component organisations are empowered to make their own … Continue reading

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What they are NOT looking for…

OFSTED, the school inspectorate, has issued guidance on what they do not expect teachers and schools to prepare.  The guidance refers to lesson planning, self-evaluation, lesson grading, lesson observations, marking, and evidence sourcing. This is, undoubtedly, a useful piece of clarification, … Continue reading

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To grade, or not to grade….

Much has been written, over the last few weeks, about whether teachers should be given lesson grades after observations.  After all, OFSTED has said that they no longer give grades to teachers, rather that they take a generic picture of … Continue reading

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The national debate on Music Education

Maxson Music, and our partner company Maxson Music, are proud to be participating in the national debate about the future direction of music education. In today’s edition of The Times, a letter from one of our School Improvement Consultants, Steven Maxson, … Continue reading

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