Robert Brooks

Leading Practitioner

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Some Ofsted comments from reports – new things to look out for?


Check uniform


The school was given ‘good’. Data not everything?


Speaking ‘ad hoc’ to parents. Wouldn’t be as accessible in secondary?


Adult behaviour was watched. Does this define British values as listening, communication and respect?


Check uniform standards again


Don’t celebrate inappropriately


Don’t tell children their answers are ‘brilliant’ when they’re not!


Make sure classrooms are ‘attractive’ and ‘clutter free’


And organised


Ensure broad and balanced curriculum


Ensure behaviour is ‘superb’


And finally don’t shock your staff!

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To plan or not to plan? Please RT as there are misconceptions.


I’m not an authority on education matters but I do try and keep myself up to date with the latest decisions affecting teachers. So when I see a misconception on twitter I generally choose to ignore it and move on. We’re all entitled to our own opinions and that’s fine by me. Just sometimes you see something that is blatantly wrong and shouldn’t be ignored. Some things are detrimental to the profession and some things are detrimental for our work life balance. 

It all started on Tuesday morning with a tweet from @Vickiteaches

‘How often do you hand your planning in? Anyone else do it on a weekly basis like me? This is before we have taught the lessons!’

I answered her by asking why she had to hand her plans in. Did her SLT not trust her? 

This simple statement from me unleashed a debate which lasted for two…

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This much I know about…what we are up against when all we want is our students’ examination papers marked accurately


I have been a teacher for 26 years, a Headteacher for 11 years and, at the age of 50, this much I know about what we are up against when all we want is our students’ examination papers marked accurately.


Our students deserve the very best; no one I have ever worked with would disagree with that claim. And when it comes to public examinations nothing but the very best service is acceptable for our students. When they have prepared for the examinations and their scripts have been dispatched for marking, we must all have faith that the marking will be fair, accurate and expert. If we cannot believe that is the case, then the system becomes unfit for purpose.

How can mathematics marking be wildly inaccurate? This year we had one A2 student’s mathematics paper remarked; it was returned having been awarded 8 more raw marks – that’s 11% of the…

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